Welcome to Sword Clicks where I'll provide a handful of links every week so you can explore topics that interest you. No muss. No fuss.⚔️ Don't mess with this woman ... the 1st Female Sailor to complete Navy Warfare Training....Read More
Conflicts WITHIN the Organization
These days, the conflicts “IN” The Workplace” seem to dominate the headlines ... but what about the conflicts “WITHIN” the workplace? This anonymous story suggests the outline of such conflicts, and introduces us to the kinds of conflicts that destroy...Read More
Would You Be Proud of Your Culture if Mom & Dad Were Watching?
What happened to the simple lessons your parents taught you? You don't want to be this week's whipping boy. The candidate this week seems to be Elon Musk and his purchase of Twitter. (It's amazing the range of negative responses...Read More
98 Years of Lessons from My Mom
My Mom at Age 92 My Mom had an abundantly rich life. She passed away on Good Friday in 2017 at the age of 98 and 2/3 of the way toward 99. She was healthy for her entire life until...Read More
Sword Clicks of the Week
Welcome to Sword Clicks where I'll provide a handful of links every week so you can explore topics that interest you. No muss. No fuss.⚔️ I find it hard to believe that airlines pay their flight attendants this way, but...Read More
What are you using to run your life?
How often are you dashing from pillar to post, fighting the clock to get more done?Pretty often I suspect. Today’s quote is a reminder that there might be a better approach, and while it requires a longer-term perspective, it might...Read More
Start Drinking. Coffee First. A Chilled Mug of Amnesia Next.
Go ahead. Take a seat and start sipping that delicious mug of amnesia. Feel free to pound down more than one if you need it. Think of it as good news. No calories. Low carbs. Non fat … AND loaded...Read More
What We’ve Got Here is a Failure to Communicate
You may not have heard this phrase, but it’s from the 1967 film, Cool Hand Luke, a Paul Newman feature that you shouldn’t miss. The dialogue comes from a famous scene where the captain of the prison chain gang extols his charges with...Read More
Don’t Focus on Winning? What? Say that again?
Wait a minute? Aren't we supposed to focus on winning? Victory and all that? Maybe, but let's think about that for a minute. Is winning really your primary objective ... or are you seeking the outcome that flows from a...Read More
What’s the Future of the Organization?
Photo by Emily Morter on Unsplash That's a bold question to ask, isn't it? In my lifetime ... and it's longer than most ... I'm not sure I've seen a changing landscape like the one we're seeing today. Sure, we've...Read More
Learned Behavior is One of Our Biggest Obstacles.
It’s fascinating to me how our learned behaviors so often get in the way of our otherwise sound instincts. Imposter syndrome is one of these afflictions. Although it is defined in several ways, it refers to a fear of failure...Read More
Who do you wish you didn’t have on your team?
I don’t know of a single leader among the hundreds I’ve coached over the last few decades who wouldn’t nod their head and say something like, “Yup. That’s about right.” when they see this quote from the book, The 4...Read More
What Leaders Can Learn from the Amateurs and Pros
The week that ended last Sunday is my favorite sports week of the year. There are a lot of reasons why I love that week. For one thing, the contrasts are extraordinary. Unbridled enthusiasm, competitive zeal, office pools, no million...Read More
Challenges in the Workplace
This quote speaks volumes about the changes the pandemic has provoked across the Workplace. If you don't take it to heart, the uphill battle is even steeper. Stay tuned. There s more coming in this week's Sword Tips newsletter. If...Read More
9 Easy Steps to Ruin Your Reputation
If anything teaches us about how to handle ourselves in public, er, how NOT to do it, the incident between Will Smith and Chris Rock at last week’s Oscar’s event, and its aftermath, is a textbook example of exactly how...Read More
What are the Two Things that People Inherently Do?
Sylvester Stallone is a box office legend with movies like Rocky & Rambo. What you don’t know is that he was once so broke he had to sell his dog at the 7-11. You also may not know that the...Read More
Does Communication = Collaboration?
One of the most popular words in the business lexicon these days is collaboration. Everyone’s eager to flatten the organization, get rid of hierarchy, eliminate command-and-control structures and collaborate across broad multifunctional teams. Do we really understand collaboration and why...Read More
Five Frogs are sitting on a log ….
There’s an apocryphal story that you may have heard from your Dad growing up: Five frogs are sitting on a log. Four decide to jump off. How many are left? The first time I answered, “One.” “Nope,” he responded. “Five.”...Read More
How AI can change the way we drive Wanna know exactly how much time you waste in congested traffic? I didn't think so ... but it's about 55 hours/year due to congestion alone according to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute's...Read More
Don’t Live a Life Full of Regret
You’ve probably heard a lot of interesting quotes about life’s regrets. None of us is immune to the unwelcome sentiment of regret. It’s far too easy to look back and wonder why something didn’t turn out as we hoped ......Read More
Your Turn: What App are you using to manage your Email?
Photo by Maxim Ilyahov on Unsplash Each week, we’ll ask a question to get your best idea on a particular topic. The following week we’ll share your best tips.This Week’s Question: What’s the #1 tool or concept that you apply to...Read More
Around the Web …
We better keep our brain connected to our body. Stress is likely the principal backdrop for mental health issues, so you should take a look at the contrasting articles about stress in our Business Brief segment. Neuroscientists believe our brains...Read More
What would you do if you were Captain Flint?
How you MAKE decisions will affect the SUCCESS of your decisions. Are you able to make the tough calls when you need to? Photo by Zoltan Tasi on Unsplash In a TV episode of Black Sails, a compelling saga about...Read More
Now You Know …
How many ways can you combine 6 Lego bricks? We're talking 6 bricks of the same size and color. I really wanted to use this question in a contest to award $1 Million ... but I knew you'd cheat and...Read More
Geeking Out is NOT just about PCs ….
Geeking Out is not just about computers. It's also about the technology that surrounds us everywhere. I try to shed some light on some of the interesting discoveries, achievements and advancements that have affected our lives ... and some warnings...Read More
Making the Big Bucks … and Worldle (not Wordle).
Big Bucks inside the NBA ... and outside. What surprised me the most is the size of the off-court earnings for so many of these NBA athletes, something that's equally widespread in other sports. Here are the NBA’s most marketable...Read More
What’s Francis Ford Coppola Been Doing?
Yes. It's hard to believe, but the Godfather movie is 50 years old this year. Coppola is not "really" back. He's been here all the time ...but is now preparing to bet $100 million on a film he's been trying...Read More