Welcome To My Place

I’m glad you're here.  I hope you’ll find it to be a place to learn about great workplaces, get inspired to create your own, and overcome any obstacles to doing so.  Here, you’ll find my curated collection of thoughts, ideas, and resources gathered over years of studying, observing, working with, and working in great workplaces (and workplaces on their way to great).  Look around, and then start a conversation…with me or with others.  Great workplaces have never gotten that way without rich dialogue.

As for me, I am an author of three books – check out the “Books” page for more information, and visit www.mygreatworkplace.com for even more resources.  I am also an educator – I teach in undergraduate, graduate, and executive education programs in the Foster College of Business at Bradley University.  And, I’m a speaker and consultant for leaders in workplaces large and small, in any industry or location.

Latest Blogs


Excuse Busting

You are a successful, driven, accomplished manager who believes in your ability to create a great workplace. But, when you are surrounded by excuses, you may spend precious energy convincing others (and yourself) that infusing your environment with more trust, pride, and camaraderie is worthwhile. What you may wish for is an “excuse buster” – an if-then script that allows you to decisively respond to others’ excuses and get on with the real [ Read More ]


Really? Another Book Called No Excuses?

When we began writing No Excuses, the title was our short hand way of talking about the book’s content, and it ended up being the working title that we used with our publisher and anyone who needed a way to reference the manuscript. But, we never imagined the title would stick. Turns out that the very reason we thought it wouldn’t ultimately end up being the title – the sheer number of books out there titled No Excuses, dealing with topics from [ Read More ]

Latest Book

No Excuses: How You Can Turn Any Workplace Into a Great One

No Excuses: <span>How You Can Turn Any Workplace Into a Great One</span>

In this follow-up guide to The Great Workplace, experts from Great Place to Work® Institute, Inc. reveal the most common excuses managers use for why they can't create a great workplace. Authors Jennifer Robin and Michael Burchell poke holes in every single excuse. Whether the reasons involve the organization's leadership, employees, environment, or any other factor, the authors explain that if managers lead people properly, they can create a great workplace. The authors explore how managers can interrupt their own negative thought patterns and instead create lasting change, and they describe how great workplaces have surmounted [ Read More ]