The Art of the Handstand

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: “I really like her as a person, but…” I was talking through employee issues with a client, prepping her for her first performance reviews. She kept using phrases like “He’s really nice, but…” “She is a good worker, but…” “He doesn’t cause any problems, but…” I let her go on…

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Which Way Are You Rowing?

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: Which way are you rowing your boat? I love NYC. The Big Apple. The City that Never Sleeps. I was walking through Central Park across the bridge overlooking happy people rowing boats around the lake. It was a beautiful warm day and everyone was smiling. After a while I began…

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Thoughts From the Coffee Table: Rudy’s in NYC is one of my favorite dive bars. And not just because of the giant pig. They also serve free hot dogs. Rudy’s is cash only, has some cheap but delicious beer, and booths that are so covered in red duct tape that I am fairly certain they…

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Getting Older is Ruff

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: I’ve spoken recently to 3 managers who each made similar statements: “I still have so much more to give, but I know I am not young anymore.” Their ages? Mid 60’s, 50’s and 40’s. Each is going through a transition. A retirement, a RIF (reduction in force), and a company…

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Give a Little Bit…

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: A few weeks ago I decided to get involved with “Adapt a Classroom” supporting a 2nd grade class in the US Virgin Island of St. Croix after watching a story on Good Morning America. Still reeling from the hurricanes last Fall, it has been a difficult road to get these…

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I’d Like to Buy a Vowel

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: I once gave a very tough performance review to someone with great talent. Initially he soaked up everything like a sponge, and his positive attitude was contagious. Then he changed. He began to complain. Make excuses. Take it out on his team. I coached him, talked to him, paired him…

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