Hate Bureaucracy? Read ‘That’s Not How We Do It Here!’

Hate Bureaucracy? Read ‘That’s Not How We Do It Here!’

What’s “That’s Not How We Do It Here!” About? In this “That’s Not How We Do It Here!” book review, we follow a young, ambitious meerkat who is part of a mature clan with over 150 members. This clan is well managed with detailed procedures for how to do just about everything. One day, a vulture starts attacking the clan and throws them out of homeostasis. The clan struggles to address the unexpected threat. Trust degrades as leaders turn to figure pointing and enforcement of existing policies….

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SpongeBob Series: How to Erase DoodleBob’s Damage to Your Reputation

SpongeBob Series: How to Erase DoodleBob’s Damage to Your Reputation

“Well, well, what is this? Ah, the artist at sea. Let us watch and see the fruits of his struggle. Ah, it seems that inspiration has struck.” Inspiration strikes us all when we are the artist drawing our path forward. SpongeBob and Patrick once found themselves with a magic pencil. Let’s see how they damaged their reputation with this newfound power: SpongeBob’s first creation is a simple jellyfish – graceful and majestic. Second to that, he draws a mustache for…

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SpongeBob Series: Be Successful Without Ripping Your Pants

SpongeBob Series: Be Successful Without Ripping Your Pants

Recall a time when you felt successful. You enjoyed your work, felt valued, and had a great sense of confidence. But then someone came along and changed your perspective. They made it seem like you’re on the wrong bus; like you were headed for rock bottom because you weren’t like them. SpongeBob felt this – it all started at Goo Lagoon. Let’s take a look at what happened: “Hey Sandy, look! I’m sandy!”. Sandy just eats it up. What a player, that SpongeBob – he’s…

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Hate Change? Read ‘Who Moved My Cheese?’

Hate Change? Read ‘Who Moved My Cheese?’

What’s “Who Moved My Cheese?” About? Dealing with change is hard – especially when it’s happening at work.  Luckily, there’s a book out there that will help you cope with organizational change.  The best part is: it takes less than an hour to read. In this ‘Who Moved My Cheese?‘ book review, we follow the fictional story of four mice in a maze. Two behave primitively, while the other two act more human-like. The four mice spend their time searching for cheese in…

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Starting Over at 40: How to Escape Your Rock Bottom

Starting Over at 40: How to Escape Your Rock Bottom

Life is great! You have a sweet house, a job you love, active hobbies, and a great group of coworkers. But what happens when you find yourself on the wrong bus, blissfully unaware? Will you catch on quick enough to get off (before someone moves the cheese)? Or will you find yourself in a free fall towards Rock Bottom? Now you you find yourself starting over at 40. It’s silly to say, but SpongeBob was there too. He found himself…

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Have Trouble Sharing Your Ideas? Read ‘Shortcut’

Have Trouble Sharing Your Ideas? Read ‘Shortcut’

What’s “Shortcut” About? Analogy goes far beyond the “If hammer is to nail, then ax is to ____” we learned in school. It is a powerful shortcut for exploring a problem, proving a point, and shining light on an obscure concept. John Pollack’s ‘Shortcut: How Analogies Reveal Connections, Spark Innovation, and Sell Our Greatest Ideas‘ takes you on a skillfully written journey through some of history’s most pivotal political policies (he was a speech writer for Bill Clinton) and game changing innovations. He highlights analogies…

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5 Ways to Spice up Your Resume Like it’s Going on Instagram

5 Ways to Spice up Your Resume Like it’s Going on Instagram

On a lazy weekend morning, you scroll through Instagram. Boring, boring, boring. Pause……double tap. Stop right there. Think about what just happened. What compelled you to (1) stop and (2) actually “Like” one picture in a sea of many? Something about this one caught your eye and met your satisfaction. It was worth your time and recognition. Believe it or not, recruiters go through the same exercise. Stacks on stacks of resumes; half of them won’t be spared a passing glance…

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Office Politics for Engineers – A Network Topology

Office Politics for Engineers – A Network Topology

So you’re an engineer who just started working at large company – completely unaware of the office politics for engineers. It doesn’t take long for you to see the endless possibilities for improvement. A token ring…are you kidding me??? These are low hanging fruit, my friend. But just as you start to make moves to improve the situation, suddenly everyone is going against you. Information becomes atrociously difficult to come by. How come you’re public enemy #1 as soon as you start to take…

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5 Reasons Your Email Would Make a Frustrating Movie

5 Reasons Your Email Would Make a Frustrating Movie

It’s opening night at the theater! Aspiring filmmaker Alan slaved over his movie for  longer that he’s willing to admit. It’s all finally going to pay off. The content is finished, the word is out, and it’s time to sit back and watch the world….watch? But next thing Alan knows, theaters are empty, critics are not impressed, and he’s hit with 15% on Rotten Tomatoes. But he has such an important message to share with society! Why don’t they get it? Why won’t they…

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How to Get Better at Anything: 7 Lessons from Failing at Omelettes

How to Get Better at Anything: 7 Lessons from Failing at Omelettes

What does flipping omelettes have to do with how to get better at anything!? Well, I’ve got a story for you…   The Day that Omelettes Taught You How To Get Better at Anything The birds are chirping; the sun is creeping through the blinds, and your alarm clock blasts some music to jar you out of sleep. Woot, breakfast time! You make your way down to the kitchen to see what’s on the menu for today. Huh. Cereal looks…

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