Is measuring time productive?

The end of time

We’re obsessed with time in our working lives. We trade our most productive hours for salary and benefits. We agree office hours, vacation time and PTO. But time is just an input. It’s not a deliverable. Are we measuring the right thing?

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Why ethics suffer in a recession

Truth may be a casualty of war, but ethics are a casualty of recession. When the going gets tough, the weak cheat. It’s just easier than competing fairly. It’s an economic barometer, and we’re seeing and uptick right now.

Broken chain

The power of routines

After six months (count them) of silence, I’m back publishing here. I hope you’ll forgive the lack of communications and content. I’d like to say it was a deliberate plan to recharge the blogging batteries after seven years, but the truth is simpler. I became over-committed and something had to give

Thank you note

Thank you, thank you, thank you

Most of us don’t say ‘thank you’ enough. We breeze through our days, letting people help us without taking the time to recognize those efforts or reward them. It’s almost as if there is a finite amount of gratitude and recognition we can give, and we want to eek it out over time. As if by thanking people liberally we demean its value.

meeting for coffee

How to ‘meet for coffee’

A popular request in Silicon Valley is to ‘meet for coffee’. This is often a euphemism for a short meeting with no fixed agenda, beyond getting to know one another. As far as it goes, this can be productive – business is social after all. Many strong business relationships – with clients, partners, investors and potential employees start with an informal intro. But how do you make the most of them?