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Read my latest stories for The Wall Street Journal, Passcode, The Harvard Business Review, JSTOR Daily and more.

How to train your own AI in 15 minutes

The non-geek’s starter guide to building the skillset of the future with a custom GPT Managing people has long been the path to advancement. Now, the same is true of managing AIs. In many professions, there’s a point at which the only way up or forward is if you take...

How to plan what you can’t imagine

What career or professional decisions would you have made in 2018, if you'd known that in just two years, the world of work would look dramatically different? There are no do-overs for us as prisoners of linear time, but we can use our pandemic-era experience of...

Collaboration lessons from Die Hard

This article is just one long spoiler for the movie Die Hard. If you haven’t seen it, you should—it’s a classic! Unless you hate seeing gunfire; then you should really not see it.   We often talk as if online collaboration is a new challenge, one minted by hybrid...

Meet your new robot cheerleader

The best thing an AI can produce? Better, happier humans. We should expect nothing less. And that means harnessing AI for joy, as well as productivity. That begins with using AI to boost your own professional or personal motivation. Just last week, I stumbled onto a...

Your Cyber Monday gift guide

  Our Family Throughout History I created this gift collage from images I made with MyHeritage.com's AI Time Machine. I love Cyber Monday because it combines three of my favorite things: Shopping, gifting, and of course, Cyber. To help you make the most of the...

How to work when your life is a mess

This is the time of year when I often hear from other parents with autistic kids, or kids with other kinds of complex challenges. It’s the same time of year that often found our own family in crisis: Far enough into the school year that classroom meltdowns or calls...

The 3 meetings you need on your calendar

At their core, meetings are about relationship enablement. That’s the argument I make in my piece for the Harvard Business Review, 3 Project Management Strategies for a Hybrid Workplace. As I write in HBR: When so many of us have packed calendars, it’s tempting to...

The paradox of hybrid work

At long last, I have Covid. Our family had eluded the plague all this time, largely because we entered lockdown already optimized for isolation: Rob and I both worked from home, and one of our kids is homeschooled. I got Covid the way I expected: speaking to a roomful...

How to foster culture on hybrid teams

At its best, hybrid work not only boosts your employees’ individual effectiveness; it also strengthens your organization and team culture. But “culture” means different things to different people, partly because we tend to be a little fuzzy about defining it (is it...

How to play your way to AI fluency

Can coat hooks level up your AI skills? I’ll admit it sounds like a stretch. But that’s exactly how I boosted my AI literacy over the summer, as an almost accidental by-product of our home improvements. In the course of replacing our entryway closet with coat hooks, I...