John Kolm

August 14, 2017 | John Kolm


“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook […]

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January 30, 2017 | John Kolm

Handling Opposing Political Opinions At Work

In the twinkling of an eye, the Trump shall sound… and we shall be changed.” -1 Corinthians 15:52 Let’s imagine a land far, far away, where there has just been an election.  It has, to put it mildly, been both controversial and conflict-ridden.  One candidate won, another lost, even that is questioned by some, each […]

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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 19, 2016 | Staff Writer

UCLA Brain Researcher Ron Stevens Demonstrates Teamwork at Montgomery College (VIDEO)

Innovation and teamwork took center stage in Rockville last week. MCTV reports. Visit Montgomery College Innovation Works webpage for more information. Visit our PEG partner MCTV10 (Montgomery College Television program schedule) to see more Montgomery College Television.

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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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June 8, 2015 | John Kolm

A Controversial Blog

Or – Why Teleconferencing Will Never Be The Answer We hear a lot about teleconferencing, telepresence and telework.  And there’s nothing wrong with any of it.  I just hosted a webinar, I Skype with colleagues all over the world and my company could not survive without telework.  So I’m as connected as anyone.  But to […]

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September 17, 2014 | John Kolm

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The Worst Team-Building Program Ever

“If you don’t go fire-walking, you’re not a team player.” So came the edict from the management of a large company, a brand known to everyone in America. And the luckless managers involved – well, they felt they had little choice. What are you gonna do – say no to the CEO and be branded […]

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