Little Brothers Grow UP

Little Brothers Grow UP

Work in big corporations long enough and you start to recognize the caste system inherent in the professional community. R&D is indispensable, Manufacturing has to actually make the ideas come to life, and then somebody has to sell it, so Sales becomes critical as...
Simple & Systems are Siblings

Simple & Systems are Siblings

Solving problems for my customers is what I do.  For that matter, it’s what we all do, right?  But how? I’ve found that customers appreciate simple and effective over complex and grandiose.  However, HR gods and goddesses tend to take the perspective and behave...
“Always Drink Upstream from the Herd”

“Always Drink Upstream from the Herd”

“Always drink upstream from the herd.” – Will Rogers Did you know that in a corporate HRBP role, you can actually run into the complication of being too damn friendly?! Truthfully, it can be a problem; “going native,” or “Stockholm Syndrome,” or imprinting, or...

The Subtle Art of Influence

When I was a kid, my favorite bedtime stories were the ones with a point (even then, I was a real piece of work) – so my inclination was to steer far away from frivolity in lieu of some good ol’ Aesop. Face it, if you want a good metaphor, you need to kick...