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Attention to Detail Disorder

As far as I’m concerned, there are two types of people in this world: those who pay attention to detail and those who don’t. Unfortunately, it seems that the latter far outnumber the former, and the chasm grows wider as I grow older. The disparity is such that I am beginning to believe that those with attention to detail are the ones with the problem. Yes, I am about to opine on the virtues of paying attention to detail—despite the fact that Richard Carlson told us “don’t sweat the small stuff” in his best-selling book of the same name.

First, a disclaimer: I am a type-A, anal retentive, obsessive-compulsive, perfectionist. I have been for as long as I can remember. Therefore, attention to detail comes as naturally to me as breathing, blinking or hitting a golf ball with a wicked slice. However, I am not suggesting that these are the qualities that are sorely lacking in society today. A simple appreciation for details will suffice. After all, it’s the finer points of life all around us—the seconds, the pennies, the numerals to the right of the decimal point—that make life (and us) interesting and unique. Continue reading Attention to Detail Disorder

The Employee Engagement Calculus

You could fill a room with business books, articles and blog posts that talk about “employee engagement”. Have you heard of it? Perhaps you’ve seen it referenced on a poster in the workplace, or in a PowerPoint deck from HQ, or mentioned in a communication from your business leader or HR. Has anyone ever bothered to explain to you what it is and why it matters? Before you dismiss it as touchy-feely corporate jargon de jour, allow me to attempt to convince you otherwise—to extol employee engagement as the single greatest business factor that can lead a company to towering heights and unparalleled success. Wow, how’s that for setting the bar high? Continue reading The Employee Engagement Calculus

American Dream: Is the Dream Turning Into a Nightmare?

The American Dream. You know what it is—the belief that prosperity, success, and upward mobility can be achieved through hard work. According to James Truslow Adams, in his book The Epic of America, written in 1931, the American Dream is:

Opportunity for each according to ability or achievement…a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.

Do people still believe that?

There’s a story dominating the headlines this week about an anonymous man in San Francisco, California—supposedly he made a killing in real estate—who is leaving envelopes stuffed with cash hidden around town for others to find (and keep). He Tweets clues to the location of the bounty using the handle @HiddenCash. According to his Twitter profile, he’s conducting “An anonymous social experiment for good”. Not surprisingly, he went from zero to 348,000 followers in less than a week.

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