DO you see me?

Do the rules you set for employees have rigid black and white boundaries? Is there any flex ever for unique situations? Do you take the time to really see and consider the needs of your most consistent performing employees, even though they may be atypical?

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Moe Carrick
Beyond Happiness

I am tired of people I meet saying, “oh you are the one that helps people feel happy at work, right?, often when they see my book FIT Matters: How to Love Your Job or learn of my consulting practice. People often misinterpret my message to employers as trying to make people happy, as if it is a permanent state that we can create with a special trick or tool.

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Moe Carrick
Work. Mother.

The innocuous term “working mother,” descriptive of me for 22 years, still leaves me feeling pushed up against the wall, it’s metaphoric hand on my throat. Inherent in the expression is the profound double bind that I, and many (white*) women, feel at the exact intersection of two of the most vital roles of our lives.

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Moe Carrick
Just Two Questions

I learned a lot in graduate school. I remember endless case studies, readings, and practicums. I participated in countless dialogues and discussions. Much of what I learned all those years again shaped who I am and how I practice. But … 

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Moe Carrick
Balance is a Croc

The phrase “work-life balance” is such a croc.  Maybe for a few (rare) people, the equation that adds up to harmonious unity between when and how they work and when and how they live is a lovely thing to behold. In my minds eye, these precious few have a life like this:

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Moe Carrick
What Mary Tyler Moore Taught Me About Work

Anyone who knows me is aware that I am not presently a huge fan of television. But as a kid, I watched a lot of it! We used to make popcorn and sit on the floor, pajama-clad, mesmerized right in front of the TV. When I was a pre-teen, The Mary Tyler Moore Show taught me all about the world of working women by being an entertaining and exquisitely written show. With the television icon’s recent death, I find myself thinking often about how seminal her influence was, and how grateful I am for the sitcom that ran from 1970-1977 and streamed into my living room on Saturday nights for almost a decade very near bedtime.

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Moe Carrick
American Workplace Narcissism

A leader in Europe raised differences in norms about reporting relationships as a factor in their new “matrixed” leadership plan. A leader in Mexico brought up the lack of women leaders in his organization and wondered if diversity training would help. And a US based leader interrupted a Japanese colleague 3 times before getting feedback that culturally, this was seen as impolite.

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Moe Carrick