Blake's Blog

Book Review: "Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever" by Walter Kirn


For the last two nights, this 211-pages-page-turner absolutely possessed me. The [not-long-but] short of...

Creative Destruction


Like ants in a mound, we all sense the vibrations of impending change.

In particular,...

Book Review: "The World Without Us" by Alan Weisman


Once upon a time, in an organization far, far away, I coached a young man...

Book Review: "How the Mighty Fall & Why Some Companies Never Give In" by Jim Collins


Jim Collins' (or, ahem, Collins's, if I am to be contemporarily...

Gratefulness & Humility


As tomorrow is Memorial Day, I hope that all Americans who can... will appreciate the&...

The Future of Work


The 5/25/09 issue of TIME Magazine had a great, little article on ...

Purpose, Meaning, and the Good Life


For those of you who were kind, curious, and committed enough to devour my...

The Redemption of an Angry Team


On my last trip to the great northwest, I had the distinct displeasure and responsibility...

Sticky Friendships


A woman, very important to me, recently shared this story:

"I spent ...

The Insidiousness of Workplace Gossip


Workplaces are grapevines; that's just the way it is. Sadly, there are...

Aesop & Scar Tissue Times


What a difference seven months make.

In October, as the unwinding of our world'...

Variety & The Mind


Sometimes the smallest, simplest things catch my attention. I don't know why,...