Hello World, It's Me

My manager called, he is encouraging me to write up a blog post about my new role at Red Hat. So I open a browser and surf to my intranet profile to write it and, of course, realize I really need to start an internal blog and not just a one-off post. And I need to start at the beginning, just as I do here. I started work life as

The Fourth Element of Success - The "Giver" Interaction Style

Adam Grant author of Give and Take (*) says success is a combination of hard work (motivation), talent (ability), and luck (opportunity)… but there is a fourth element — how we style our interactions with others. In other words, how relate to others and collaborate with our co-workers matters: Takers – want more than they give Matchers – equally give what they get Givers – give more than they get. When takers

Dialing in to Context

It happened again. The Harvard Business Review newsletter sent me an article about creativity – not a bad thing, per se, since I requested it. But a quick look at their latest articles on creativity shows that there are a number of them, and they are recent, which indicates the importance of this topic. Yet, do you notice anything about the topics in the list that might be in contrast to your

Creativity complicates women leaders Leaning In

I admit that it took me years to get and read Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In and the only reason I did was because I read a book on women and negotiation called Women Don’t Ask by Linda Babcock. For a long time I wondered what Ms. Sandberg could possibly know about the struggle of women in the workplace and the struggle for us to get opportunities and create our

What is Creativity? What is Innovation?  (20170124)

There seems to be a great deal of confusion about who is creative… are people who have new ideas considered creative, (but what if those ideas have already been around a long time?), or do we only consider those who start with nothing and end up with something  the true creative types (i.e. inventors, artists)?  Have you ever read this quote by Mark Twain:   There is no such thing as

Being a Badass in your Personal Life and Work Life

  Excerpt from You are a Badass: “You’ll probably have to do things you never imagined you’d do because if any of your friends saw you doing it, or spending money it, you’d never live it down. Or theyd be concerned about you. Or they’d stop being friends with you because now you’re all weird and different. You’ll have to believe things you can’t see as well as some things