Leaders have new ideas. They want to improve their organizations. They roll out programs and communicate expectations. Too often, they do this once and expect the organization changes, instantly, because they willed it.
(This fable was found on an anonymous door in an engineering hallway at the University of Wisconsin. Captured in a photograph, transcribed, then forgotten for 20+ years. If anyone knows the origin or author, please let me know so I can credit them.)
One sunny day a rabbit came out of her hole in the ground to enjoy the fine Continue reading “The Graduate Student Thesis”
Any construction worker will tell you a 20-oz framing hammer, the perfect size and weight for driving structural nails into solid wood framing, is not the right hammer for finish work. For finish work, use a lighter weight hammer with a specific clean finish head. And no one would use a finish Continue reading “The Right Hammer”
Some people – men and women alike – get into long-term committed relationships, have a family, and spend their lives managing day-to-day logistics in a home life that is packed with activities not always of their own choosing. These people may find themselves giving up personal freedoms in Continue reading “Frustration vs Loneliness”
My son wore a costume to school today for Halloween. He is a high school sophomore, and he wore a costume last year as a freshman only to discover that virtually no one else in the school wore costumes. This year, he was pretty set against standing out and was not planning to dress up. But the Continue reading “The Halloween Hump”