Here’s a halfway decent article about how employers need to provide employees with choice. There are other terms for choice, often “autonomy” being one, or “the ability to work on one’s own.” If you’ve ever worked in white-collar, you know that basically how the game works is you come in…


I got this from a friend earlier today:

I just had a final interview for a senior HR Director position. The interview was with the CEO and two senior leadership team members.

The CEO was so disconnected. When he asked what was important to me, I said something along the…


There are probably as many reasons people drink, or drink to excess, as there are people who do it, ranging from “relationship with mother” to “dog passed away” to various other things in between. I myself have been on this Merry-Go-Round of general life bullshit for probably 12 years now…


I’ve worked at 3–4 companies in my life with headcounts around 175–300 — so not massive companies, but decent-sized, having to make semi-big payrolls — and in each of those cases, the place had a larger-than-life founder, oftentimes very establishes or revered in a specific industry. In one case, the…


Already written a bit about managers and the supposed “Great Resignation,” as well as about the current emotional reckoning around work. As we breathlessly write these thought pieces every hour on the supposed “Great Resignation” and how “every aspect of work is shifting” — has anyone told the middle managers…


I lived in Minneapolis for 22 months at one point — I’m still largely unclear as to why — and I actually interviewed for jobs at General Mills twice, neither of which I got. I sometimes think what my life would have been like if I had gotten those jobs…


Here’s what we know: Increasingly, people in the United States do not identify as religious. According to the Pew Research Center, the number of Americans who identify as atheist, agnostic, or “nothing in particular” increased by 9% in the decade between 2009 and 2019 for a total of 26% of…


Here’s a 2018 Harvard Business Review article on “impediments to innovation,” in turn cross-referenced in this newsletter from Stowe Boyd on Sunday evening:

What are the most common barriers to innovation in large companies? According to a survey of 270 corporate leaders in strategy, innovation, and research and development roles…


I’ve been contemplating this one for a long time. I think I got my first “Here’s a woman holding a baby in an operating room” photo in probably January 2009; I got my last one about 18 days ago, so I’ve been on this train for 13 years, give or…


Look at a tweet like this:

I guess the main thing I would want to know is, aside from customer-centricity and maybe bias to action, are executives at companies evaluated or bonus’ed off any of these things? No, right? Most of these are actually fluffy terms that don’t mean…

Ted Bauer

Blogging, largely about work and how to improve it. How I make (some) money: http://thecontextofthings.com/work-with-me/

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