Nonsense stops you from being successful. Nonsense is always at work. It never stops. That’s the bad news. The good news is that there is always some sense in nonsense, if you look for it. The Chief Nonsense Officer aims to help you make the nonsense at work work for you (in 60 seconds. No more, no less). Make contact via [email protected]

#45: How fearful is your short-sighted hierarchy?
Nov 5 • 1 min
Fear at any level on the hierarchy makes all of us short-sighted.
#44: To be a leader, be a leader
Oct 31 • 1 min
You want to be a leader? Then be a leader. It’s that simple. However, there’s just one little problem.
#43: Get lost to get fresh
Oct 29 • 1 min
Get lost for a fresh perspective on life.
#42: Why you can’t live your life in a straight line
Oct 24 • 1 min
The turns determine where you end up.
#41: No tantrum needed as you add bad days
Oct 22 • 1 min
Why do infants throw more effective tantrums than adults?
#40: Trying to be glum is too much fun
Oct 17 • 1 min
Happy chappies with their fake smiley faces and their ‘have a nice day’ choruses annoy me into grumpy retorts.
#39: Can the bad, then raise the praise
Oct 15 • 1 min
It seems that every generation repeats the same old debate: should we reward good behavior or punish bad?
#38: Become a bigger Who as you shrink your What
Oct 10 • 1 min
By now you know there are only three ways of changing.
#37: Give goals the laser treatment before it’s too late
Oct 8 • 1 min
Here’s the trick to achieving your goals. When you are running out of time, it’s time to make like a laser.
#36: When in a moral morass, think with your gut
Oct 3 • 1 min
Are you a moral hypocrite? Of course you are. So are we.
#35: How to avoid written tomatoes
Oct 1 • 1 min
Yes, you have a powerful way to stop the on-line bully.
#34: Why a calm center leads frenzied activity
Sep 26 • 1 min
The closer you are to the center of things, the slower you need to move, the less you need to do, to get somewhere new.
#33: When teamwork means specializing in nonsense
Sep 24 • 1 min
Too often, at least for my liking, I encounter teams that allow people to specialize in nonsense, and to become very good at it too.
#32: When slipping on uncertainty, follow your heart
Sep 20 • 1 min
All small decisions, if you know the facts, should be dealt with consciously. But in large matters, where facts are missing and things uncertain, you must follow your heart.
#31: How not to join the dark side of emotional intelligence
Sep 17 • 1 min
The dark side to people skills has always existed. We join the dark side when we assume we are too intelligent to have our emotions manipulated.
#30: Stop encouraging leadership at work
Sep 12 • 1 min
What are leaders supposed to do? That’s right, leaders are supposed to create a passionate vision that will inspire me to live up to my full potential.
#29: Don’t ignore clueless communicators who have earned respect
Sep 10 • 1 min
I get very annoyed when I read a garbled report, a jumbled email or a truncated text message. Surely, being able to write well is a basic requirement for success.
#28: Let them make excuses for you, not use you as the excuse
Sep 5 • 1 min
Politics, it seems, is everywhere. It is supposedly a good thing because it helps you to get things done. Actually, it is a way of claiming success without being seen as the snake on the corporate ladder.
#27: Success depends on having access to gossip without passing it on
Sep 3 • 1 min
The trick is to have access to gossip without passing it on.
#26: Don’t judge a culture by its covers
Aug 29 • 1 min
Americans are truly strange. So I thought many years ago on my first Memorial Day in the USA.
#25: Leadership tricks for a summer holiday
Aug 27 • 1 min
Are you one of those executive types who simply cannot shrug off the leadership mantle on your day off? Then try these tricks.
#24: Liking you is not a recommendation
Aug 22 • 1 min
I like you. But I’m not sure that I can recommend you.
#23: Struggle free of nose grinding
Aug 20 • 1 min
As you recover from your vacation, give yourself a break and walk the easier path.
#22: Create imbalance to make change happen
Aug 15 • 1 min
The way to create change is to first create imbalance. Let me explain.
#21: Vacation time is wasted time unless you’re in time
Aug 13 • 1 min
Are you going on vacation? Oh well, it will be a complete waste of time… unless you are in time. No, not on time. In time.
#20: How to be a real manager on vacation
Aug 8 • 1 min
August is the month when real managers go on vacation while juniors hold the fort. It is also when a lot of MBWA takes place.
#19: Delegate your office to have a proper vacation
Aug 6 • 1 min
The fear of being held responsible stops many managers from delegating effectively. And thus from having a decent vacation.
#18: The safety in setting nonsense goals
Aug 1 • 1 min
Have you seen that ridiculous sticker on the back of big trucks? You know the one. “Safety is my goal.”
#17: Bad mood rising makes you less gullible
Jul 30 • 1 min
Bad moods help me to think clearer about how to be cranky.
#16: What is the key aspect of leadership?
Jul 25 • 1 min
Is there one aspect of leadership that is critical above all others?
#15: The sticky memory in balanced threes
Jul 23 • 1 min
Use this trick when giving a talk and you want your message to stay standing even after the audience has left.
#14: Science made me shifty
Jul 18 • 1 min
The human face is mentally demanding, and so, to focus my brain, I look away. To think.
#13: Why I look away to give you a thoughtful response
Jul 16 • 1 min
I learned long ago that looking away keeps stray thoughts at bay.
#12: Don’t only build your strengths
Jul 12 • 1 min
Your strengths might make you a superstar for a while in one special area, but those same strengths might make you a dysfunctional manager, parent or spouse.
#11: Whistle as you (stop) work
Jul 10 • 1 min
Remember when we had a time limited for work? It was called the 8-hour day and the 40-hour week.
#10: The three most important words I have learned
Jul 3 • 1 min
When a leader makes a statement, outlines a plan or offers a solution, followers stop thinking.
#9: Periodically pull the plug to wipe your life
Jul 2 • 1 min
What do you do with too many emails, too many text messages, too many articles saved for later? You don’t cut out, shut down or stop saving, do you?
#8: How your curvaceous bottom can lead to liking (your job or project)
Jul 1 • 1 min
Don’t give up when it feels like you’ve hit bottom. That’s where you find the curve that takes you to the top.
Please match your content with context
Jun 28 • 1 min
If you want to act a part or show off, then use a stage. If you want to build a solid foundation for a concept or a career, then use a platform for support.
Why I expect nonsense in every cubicle, corner office and boardroom
Jun 27 • 1 min
From that day onwards I treated organizational life with a great deal of suspicion, expecting nonsense in every cubicle, corner office and boardroom. I have inhabited them all and nonsense has not disappointed.
Slow down, you speak too fast
Jun 22 • 1 min
Speaking too fast is a common mistake. We know that we can listen faster than a speaker can speak, and so when it is our turn to speak, we speed up.
What has me dumbfounded and keeps me flabbergasted about amazing, astounding and astonishing teamwork
Jun 22 • 3 min
It is ridiculous for business teams to try to be like sports teams. And it can be dangerous. Here’s why.
Why nonsense happens at work
Jun 22 • 1 min
Organizations are strange concoctions. They are staffed with people who agree to strive for collective objectives in exchange for individual rewards.
Why nonsense is abundant
Jun 22 • 1 min
Why is nonsense so abundant? Because it is a natural, renewable resource.
Why Nonsense At Work Will Be in Little Bytes of 60 Seconds
Jun 21 • 2 min
The Chief Nonsense Officer explains why future episodes will be exactly 60 seconds in length. (More on
Introduction to Nonsense At Work
Jun 21 • 1 min
What is nonsense (at work)? Why is there a podcast about nonsense at work? Does nonsense have a purpose? How should you react to a podcast on nonsense at work? Answers supplied in this episode. (More on