July 20th 2015
Psychotherapist and psychologist Albert Ellis developed Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy in the 1950s. Always blunt, Dr. Ellis was known to declare that “should-hood leads to shit-hood.”
July 15th 2015
Here's a video of AccountingWeb's live CPE that took place last November. I got to hang out with power players like Michelle Golden, Geni Whitehouse, Doug Sleeter and a slew of others. We talked about all kinds of things pertinent to CPAs and other professional knowledge workers. My topic was how to lead yourself even when the leadership in your firm isn't what you would hope for. Here's the link:
July 7th 2015
Hiking over the past year at an 8,000-foot elevation has taught me a few things that apply to working life. I hope you find them useful.
July 6th 2015
Brittany, a twenty-something employee, received her annual evaluation. She got a pretty good review from her boss, along with a nice raise (at least in the boss’ opinion).
June 15th 2015
A friend of mine, describing a former employer, said something like this: “That woman just sucks the bliss out of every happy moment. Doesn’t matter what it is. She has a way of seeing the negative in everything – and never fails to express it.”
June 8th 2015
Recently, one of my friends was knee-deep in a very difficult client relationship. She had worked with this client for many years, during which time he had always been relatively unapproachable and untrusting. Sometimes he was rude and disrespectful. Always quick to find fault, he never showed his appreciation for her counsel, support, or expertise. Sound familiar?
May 12th 2015
Sometimes, the adage is true: it is lonely at the top. It’s also loud, particularly when team members dislike your leadership decisions. You know what I’m talking about: bringing in a new partner or senior manager; firing a team member; changing the pay or leave structure; down-sizing those glorious cubicles.
March 31st 2015
This title bears my harsh but truthful discovery. Like everything else, I learned it the hard way, by trying to coach people who should never have been sent to me. The good news is, it’s only happened a handful of times, and always when a boss has required that someone get coaching.