Dead Reckoning

To reckon is count, estimate, or compute.  Or to consider.  In the cascade of media coverage on workplace harassment, “reckoning” has emerged as a word, or maybe the word, to describe this moment.

The word acknowledges that we’re not done yet, though:  we’re in more than a moment.

Dead reckoning is a navigator’s iterative calculation process used to estimate location.  Given information believed to be certain, like starting point, distance traveled, and speed, a navigator can calculate a ship’s dead reckoning position, or fix.

Per the American Practical Navigator, dead reckoning’s “…most important use is in projecting the ship’s position in the immediate future and avoiding hazards to navigation….

(continued in my December, 2017 newsletter)


For the last 2+years, I’ve been experimenting with sending my work out to a more targeted audience.  If you’d like to read my entire take on “reckoning” and the top workplace story of 2017, it will go out on 12/31 in my December, 2017 management newsletter.  Click here to subscribe.

Down the road, I may link back to the newsletter for the rest of this article.  I haven’t decided about that.  There’s more on my thinking about this in the newsletter, too.

Thanks very much for reading.

Photo:  Navigation, by Julien Carnot, on Flickr, under CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Does Your Organization Does Need a Code of Conduct?

Leaders frequently refer to mission and values as though they are fully realized operating systems.  And when you’ve done the work, they can be.

Often, they’re a bit intangible.

Values are more than what you say you believe.  They’re what you actually do:  what you allow, and what you hold people responsible for enacting.

I’ve written about this before, so won’t go on and on here.

Codes of conduct address behavior and action; at best, they allow people to recognize the embodiment of values.  And when values are being violated.

There’s a deeper dive in my October/November newsletter, where I talked with Jed Schmidt, one of the founders of Brooklyn JS.  Here’s a teaser for our conversation.

The audio will be available in the newsletter, which goes out in mid-November.  You’re invited!

Photo:  Knights, by Brad from Flickr, used under CC2.0 license.