The Tour!

The idea started with a question from the team (Mei and Liz) about whether I would be doing book signings for Bravespace Workplace, my new book due out in May. I answered “Yes, I think so…”, while explaining that a modern “book tour” a’ la Michelle Obama is rarified air reserved for the very famous. Despite modest success with my first book, FIT Matters, I would have to make any tour happen due to my own effort, although my Publisher Maven House Press would be completely on Board.

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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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Jim Morris
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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Jim Morris
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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Jim Morris
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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Jim Morris
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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Jim Morris
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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Jim Morris
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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Jim Morris
Fitting in: Remotely

Increasingly, clients, colleagues, and associates ask about how best to manage the unique dynamics of remote workers—employees who are not co-located to the company’s main headquarters. Distances vary from two buildings a few streets apart to offices in three or more continents.

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Jim Morris