Nonsense stops you from being successful. Nonsense is always at work. It never stops. That’s the bad news. The good news is that there is always some sense in nonsense, if you look for it. The Chief Nonsense Officer aims to help you make the nonsense at work work for you (in 60 seconds. No more, no less). Make contact via firstname.lastname@example.org
#283: Disappointed by the Low Price of Beauty
Every gift to Santa should come with a warning. That's right. I said "to" Santa. (We know how it works. You buy a gift, write a name on a card, and give the gift with the card to Santa. Santa gives the gift according to your instructions.)
And the warning? Make sure that Santa does not let slip how much you paid for the gift. Because people are strange. Witness the following true tale.
#282: There Is No Art to Cleaning Fouled Communication
The annual office festivities are returning. Unless, of course, you still WFH, in which case you will be PAT (partying at home). Annual office parties always remind me of this true story from way back in 2015. (Maybe I can't forget it because modern art befuddles me. Maybe because corporate communication baffles me. Maybe because cleaning ladies are privy (ha!) to secrets. Maybe all the above.)
#218: This simple financial strategy works wonders when times are bad. Or good.
In case the threat of recession does not recede, heed this radical advice: Don’t be seduced by fancy financials. Just follow the (real) money.
#280: Success Comes From Lobbying in the Lobby
Here's my favorite definition of politics, from Merriam-Webster: Politics is "the art or science of government."
Why is it my favorite? Because it not only applies to countries, counties and municipalities. It also applies to organizations. The art of leadership might get all the attention, but if a leader cannot govern....
And surprise, surprise. Lobbying is a huge part of governing well. But only if those who lobby know how to lobby well.
#279: If You Drop Your Standard, You Signal Defeat. Ask Any King.
Here's an uncomfortable truth about (raw) capitalism. When there's more than a sniff of risk in the air, we are more than willing to compromise our values to stay "successful."
#278: Don’t Protect Yourself From Enjoying Yourself
There's a lot of gloom and doom coming our way. Yes, I know, it depends who you're listening to. But let's assume "they" are right. (This time.)
When faced with approaching doom and gloom, what do the wise do? I have no idea. However, I suggest you enjoy the little things, good and bad, just a little more than you did yesterday. As if today is "It", the end of times. (Without taking your eye off the future, because the future has a nasty way of happening.)