Writing

I have more than 16 years of experience writing about a variety of workplace issues. Over the years, I’ve spoken to myriad top executives and thought-leaders to create provocative content. And while I may not have all the answers, by asking the right questions, I always aim to elevate thinking around business’ most vexing challenges. Just as important, I am passionate about retaining the serial comma!

To view my full assortment of cover stories, feature articles, short pieces, Q&As, blog posts, photo essays, book reviews, and more, head over to my writing portfolio. (You may also want to check out my contributions to The Inclusion Solution, a diversity and inclusion website for which I am a regular columnist.)

Meanwhile, here’s a selection of some of my greatest hits. Enjoy!

d10fd00f-36b8-4c4f-bc84-0c0230e5e3f3Performance Anxiety
The Conference Board Review
Your people are insecure. Dispirited with their place in an organization, some people fear not losing but keeping their jobs.

 

0b22d85e-06dd-446c-849c-db349e18c24aWhy Parents Do Not Belong in HR
TLNT.com
Do not embolden your people to run to mom. Mom does not work in HR. An overworked executive does.

 

1f940250-8570-4805-b7a1-80a8f65d39f8Want Better Results? Quit Focusing on Them
TLNT.com
Companies continually reach into a bloated box of Band-Aids to fix a performance-management system that isn’t actually broken — because it never worked to begin with.

 

56df6318-ba7c-4380-80f7-3fb5c87366c6Workers Behaving Badly
The Conference Board Review
Should companies care about all ethical infractions by employees? Or just specific bad behavior? Or specific workers? Where do you draw the line?

 

0cfc7982-7066-4075-9441-21cb71aab5ecThe Wrong Way to Promote Wellness
TLNT.com
Let’s start with an uncomfortable truth—there is not one corporation that cares about its workers’ health.

 

5c059044-2fa6-449d-a3c4-3982ddd8e6f4Let Your People Go
The Conference Board Review
Attempts to padlock exit doors have warped turnover into retention’s devilish twin. Should your company tolerate—even encourage–voluntary turnover?

 

736e88ea-d428-4c41-abe3-c724d47da8edUnfair Business Practices
The Conference Board Review
What perks do workers deserve? When do they deserve them? Why do they deserve them? What does it mean to “deserve” anything?

 

3071b318-a248-423f-9a67-8a5a642cf314Mistreatment
The Conference Board Review
No organization tolerates bullying. So why do so many workers continue to feel abused? And what can companies do about it?

 

95865afc-7993-4f38-82c1-d2fe89ec44b5Who’s in Charge Here?
The Conference Board Review
This article is not about your company, because you have managers, who have managers, who have managers. But do you need them?

 

7c3401c7-0cdb-493d-a46b-431e71105282“Just Say No”
The Conference Board Review
If only fighting bribery were that simple. Besides, if odds are that more people get away with it than don’t, isn’t bribery just good business?

 

284efac9-a57b-406e-ba26-4bc9cbabf9f0What About the Rest of Us?
The Conference Board Review
In thinking about executive, not just CEO, compensation, how ought you pay your top people?

 

16bf95b6-550e-4695-af23-e20cca897b1cThe Case Against the Business Case
The Conference Board Review
Focusing on financials can be bad for business. You may just end up wasting time and effort making business cases for business cases.

 

efbb8a66-676e-4f0e-87d4-6a09de4a244aThe Perfect Punishment
The Conference Board Review
“We need to talk.” Hearing your boss utter those stern words can carry you back to second grade. Searching the world for the right way to discipline workers.

 

381969ce-51f3-4650-8028-e00001734d87They Can’t Read. They Can’t Write. They Can’t Count. They Can’t Think. 
The Conference Board Review
Why your people can’t do what you need them to do. And more importantly, what you can do about it.

 

dd1703c5-7b94-46ea-9236-f99132343cf3Too Many Chiefs Spoil the Company
The Conference Board Review
How many CEOs does your company have? There are chief ethics, experience, environmental officers. And that’s just the E’s. But who should get a seat a the table?

 

d29544f5-60d9-44e3-8717-215449f86389Workers’ Rites
The Conference Board Review
Does your company have a witch who can’t work on Halloween? How far must you go to accommodate an employee’s religion?