If You Build It They Will Come: Coworking’s Potential Big Miss

According to Wikipedia, coworking “is a style of work that involves a shared working environment, often an office, and independent activity. Unlike in a typical office environment, those coworking are usually not employed by the same organization.” Further, “coworking is also the social gathering of a group of people who are still working independently, but who share values, and who are interested in the synergy that can happen from working with people who value working in the same place alongside each other.”

 

Ok, now that we have a definition of what coworking is — beyond the obvious — let’s address the reality. Questions that often surface like, “What the hell do we do with all this office space we thought we needed from decades past?” are often the foundation of its existence. Remember the time when a bank branch was believed to be required on every corner and a local bookstore was expected to be in every town? It seems like Home Depot and Amazon solved this problem, and eventually, Amazon will be the cure for everything we need.

To read the rest of my article on the Huffington Post click here. 

It Is Important To Be In Sync With Your Team Morally

I take great pride in the teams I have built and led over the years. At the risk of sounding discriminatory, I have found that I have tried to hire morally good people. I often say in the workplace that “I hire people who are good out there and in here too.” I have high integrity, and I expect it from the people I lead. I have been fired for refusing to lower my integrity quotient. I have quit for the same reason. There are some things I am unwilling to do for money. I am a Marketing and Sales executive. There are ample situations where bending the truth or over stating something present themselves.

                                                          I resist every time. 

To read the rest of my LinkedIn article about why you will think being morally connected with your team is important click here. 

I Found the Book in Me

Pumping my head with someone else’s words helps me form my own. It’s that simple.

I read a lot and listen to music all the time particularly when I read. Even in the office. I have had a boom box under my desk for many years. I am respectful to others and will ask if it is ok if I play it during conversations. I have never had someone tell me no. I turn it off for conference calls and more formal meetings.

At home we have speakers throughout the house, including outside on the deck and in our yard. I have a neighbor who calls the police on me once or twice a year. He doesn’t like music. It must suck to be him. To read the rest of my book announcement click here. 

Leading the Revolution of Older Workers: Someone Has to Do It

I have been around for a long time. I plan on being active in business for a hell of a lot more time, too. It is my belief that you can perform at a high level for as long as you want. You will have to maintain your health, if that is what you want to do.

                                                                Just Do It!

To read the rest of my article on working for decades click here.

 

Don’t be Don Quixote at Work. Here’s Why.

Cervantes created our character as a guy who read too many books. He had too many stories in his head and started to live his life acting them out. Don Quixote, written in 1605; is regarded as the most successful commercial book ever written. At least that’s what Wikipedia says. Five hundred million copies sold; not bad.

So I wonder: Is it possible to have too many stories? Too much experience? Do our brains get filled up with them?

To read the rest of this article click here.