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Work In Progress
Welcome to Work in Progress, a blog in which I try to be part observer, part adviser and part provocateur. I write about such issues as the "employment deal" between workers and organizations, people management strategies, advances in workplace technology and the social safety nets designed to catch displaced workers. I'm convinced the world is progressing toward an era of greater reciprocity between workers and employers, and organizations that get ahead of this trend are more likely to thrive.

Lars Living Large

June 7, 2013
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If you're done with the people-management realm, thanks for the memories, Lars. If not, I look forward to your next act.
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Happy Talk? Keep Talkin' but Start Doin'

May 9, 2013
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If leaders rule by fear they get bullies and brown-nosers. If they rule by micromanaging, they create disengaged employees. The core of a high-performance culture is respect, one entrepreneur argues. And the absence of it is certainly the mark of a dysfunctional one.
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Marissa Mayer's Missed Managerial Opportunity

April 26, 2013
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The Yahoo CEO should have seized the chance to shape the debate about telecommuting as a managerial issue.
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They Are Worth More

April 25, 2013
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Retail and fast-food restaurant workers in Chicago are protesting for a wage increase today, April 24.
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They Are Worth More

April 24, 2013
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That $8.25 an hour is a wage you pay to high school kids living with their parents, not an adult trying to live a decent life in a U.S. city.
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Is Bullying the New Sexual Harassment?

April 17, 2013
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Office ogres exact not only an emotional cost but a monetary one. They can poison productivity, stifle creativity, and force good employees out the door.
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All In Favor of Improving Maternity Leave Policies?

April 15, 2013
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At a time when businesses are expecting more from their employees than ever before, I feel a little reciprocity is in order. Companies could simply go beyond the pregnancy discrimination laws and FMLA leave policies and give their employees longer and compensated maternity leave.
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As Per Sheryl Sandberg's Request, a Male Opinion About 'Lean In'

March 22, 2013
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In a recent interview about her book, Sheryl Sandberg calls on men to 'lean in' when it comes to the discussion about women in the workplace. So that's what I'm doing: providing a male voice.
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Marissa Mayer, the Boss Who Has to Hire

March 15, 2013
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