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By nature of having both a seven and nine-year-old living under the same roof as me, I get the privilege of arbitrating many disputes. “She hit me!” cries the young one. Or, “He knocked me down!” says the other. When it’s a physical dispute, my next question tends to be, “Did s/he do it on purpose?” When the answer is “no,” it’s a quick resolution. An accident is easy to forgive […]

Categories: Authenticity, future, Goals

Authenticity is one of those words. It has, in recent years, become one of those popular, hip, fashionable, buzzy buzzwords that people toss around very casually in the name of their brand or your brand or some other brand. We seem to turn a lot of good ideas into buzzwords, but I think there is something especially horrendous about doing it to authenticity. You do not have to look very […]

Categories: Authenticity

Compromise is a funny thing. It often seems to have a negative connotation (in politics for example), but obviously if we are going to be in the world with other people, compromise is part of the deal. Relationships (healthy ones at least) require compromise. Employment, community, commerce, democracy, family, all of these things require a certain amount of compromise. Seems to me that compromise should be something that we study, […]

Categories: Authenticity, Integrity, Joe, people

Just finished a wonderful book titled The Thing Itself, by Richard Todd, which is an examination of the American pursuit for authenticity from a variety of perspectives. Lots of pages in this book are dog-eared, but one of my favorite passages is in the forward. “The word is “authenticity.” I will not become ensnared here in an effort at definition but let it be heard itself as we go along. […]

The issue of authenticity has been increasingly pulling on our attention the past 2-3 years. We see how authentic an employee is willing and able to be at work as a pretty important variable in the work experience equation, with implications for both employee and employer. We continue to write and speak more about authenticity, and we occasionally get a note or a message from someone telling us that “you […]

Categories: Authenticity