At the Workplace

January 3, 2017 | John Kolm

A Man Called Phud

“Hi”, said the stranger.  “My name is Allen Owen Phud.” “Phud”, I thought.  That’s an unusual name. We were at a corporate reception.  It was the usual cast of manager types and specialists in various fields, everything from computer software to team dynamics.  I was the team dynamics guy.  Music was playing.  There were drinks.  […]

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September 23, 2016 | John Kolm

When The Bottom Line Goes Through The Heart

Like me, I’m sure you’re following the Wells Fargo story in the news right now.  In the days since the story broke on September 9th, their share price has fallen by about 10 percent, with no reason to think that won’t continue. On a year-long graph, it looks like stepping off a cliff.  That cliff […]

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August 22, 2016 | John Kolm

Up With The Downside, Down With The Upside

In defense of managers who make weak, maddening non-decisions. Other than accidentally spitting through a closed car window, there can be few things more frustrating than a manager who just won’t take a risk. Whether it’s a boss who won’t let you take a training course (what if you’re needed while you’re away?), a head […]

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April 8, 2016 | John Kolm

Congratulations, You’re A Marine

Little Jimmy Smith joined the Marine Corps at age 19, and he was full of excitement. Imagine his surprise when he arrived at boot camp to find not people doing push-ups, crawling through mud or stripping and reassembling rifles but instead, a large and well-lit room full of computers. “It’s the new way of training […]

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March 14, 2016 | John Kolm

Conflict Till The Last Trump

  You can learn many things from watching a presidential race, not all of them political. The combination of high stakes and detailed media coverage surrounding the Republican race to the nomination, for example, allows you to view everyday office and workplace dynamics through the lens of a high-profile struggle that everyone can identify with. In […]

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January 21, 2016 | John Kolm

Rejection Man

Meet Rejection Man. Superman can fly.  Batman has money.  Spiderman can climb skyscrapers.  These are their superpowers.  But what, you ask, is the superpower for Rejection Man? Rejection. You’ll meet him – or her – in some workplaces. It’s the person who refuses to engage in any optional interaction.  The one who walks out when […]

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January 10, 2016 | John Kolm

Happiness In a Rainstorm (PHOTO)

This week it’s a guest blog, written by our Ops Manager Amanda Biller.  Something happened on one of our team and leadership programs recently, the client noticed and had a long discussion about it, and I asked Amanda to write about this incident in her own words.  They say the most powerful story you can tell is […]

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January 4, 2016 | John Kolm

A Brief Explanation of MBTI Type (PHOTO)

ISTJ: These letters in no way define you.  They are based on bad science and charlatanism.  Your fate is not written down anywhere.  Do what excites you, and pursue the dreams you really want. ISFJ: These letters in no way define you.  They are based on bad science and charlatanism.  Your fate is not written […]

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November 16, 2015 | John Kolm

A Thought Experiment

“Imagination is more important than knowledge”. – Albert Einstein Let’s imagine that you take a staff climate survey of your organization, and discover that 80 percent of your people are unhappy.  Unless you work in an industry where it literally makes no difference how unhappy or disconnected your staff is, you’d more than likely assume […]

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October 31, 2015 | John Kolm

Team Blood Pressure

High blood pressure has no symptoms.  For many people, the first symptom of undiagnosed high blood pressure is a stroke or a heart attack. Work teams are no different.  Sudden crises in a work team – an erupting conflict, say, or a nasty accusation that throws the group into chaos – are very often the […]

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