Designed for Failure

We need to rethink this.Despite countless classes, blogs and stories on how to be a better leader apparently most of us still suck at it. As the 2013 Gallup State of the American Workplace reports, uh, this is not a skill.Maybe the problem is one of design: all these things we’re supposed to start doing … Continue reading Designed for Failure

People & Politics

People aren't always rational.As an undergrad I studied economics. When I did my MBA I reveled in finance, stats and operations. I enjoy the Lego-like fit of numbers and the smooth arc of a curve as mathematical solutions are plotted. How numbers make sense.But people aren't numbers.PeopleAs outlined in Maslow's Hierarchy - a solid tool … Continue reading People & Politics

Best Blogs 25 April 2014

Welcome to #BestBlogs, the weekly curation of the world of work.The latest ideas on organization life, personal collaboration and the politics of work from practitioners around the globe are collected here so you may become more effective, perhaps even more satisfied, in career.Every week, our themes emerge organically and here we find a thread of … Continue reading Best Blogs 25 April 2014

5 Things I Wish Hiring Managers Knew About Recruiters

A guest post today from my good friend and incredible recruiter, Will Thomson!I have been in the recruiting and sales game for 20 years. I have had the opportunity to work with hiring managers of all shapes and sizes. I have worked with some great ones and I have worked with difficult ones. Somewhere along … Continue reading 5 Things I Wish Hiring Managers Knew About Recruiters

The Party’s Over

When to go.Many blogs provide advice on success in your job but one thing we don't read about much is knowing when and how to leave. Contrary to myth adults don't typically huff and puff and storm off the job. We have too many constraints to simpy walk in a lá Johnny Paycheck and tell … Continue reading The Party’s Over

Best Blogs 18 April 2014

Welcome to #BestBlogs, the weekly curation of the world of work.The latest ideas on organization life, personal collaboration and the politics of work from practitioners around the globe are collected here so you may become more effective, perhaps even more satisfied, in career.Every week, themes emerge organically and here we find a thread of personal … Continue reading Best Blogs 18 April 2014

Big Deal

I'm a big deal.I know I am because someone recently asked me for some pithy comments on helping candidates market themselves more effectively. Yee haw, can you say sweet spot?Pithy? Me. Candidates? Me.Marketing? Me again... I am really close on this one. Of course when the story finally came out the website owners decided my … Continue reading Big Deal

Small is Beautiful

And then the problems started.We talk a lot about systems, employee engagement, the war for talent, best practices and so on. These are all important and deserve our attention.We don't talk much of the small stage however. The day to day interactions our work lives are made of and why they matter.Big is SexyTalking about … Continue reading Small is Beautiful

Best Blogs 11 April 2014

Welcome to #BestBlogs, the weekly curation of the world of work.The latest ideas on organization life, personal collaboration and the politics of work from practitioners around the globe are collected here so you may become more effective, perhaps even more satisfied, in career.Every week, themes emerge organically and here we find a thread of personal … Continue reading Best Blogs 11 April 2014

Like This!

You really, really like me! Not. Recently I've noticed a conversation both in real life and on line that's a little bit worrisome. HR is whining again. Periodically someone somewhere writes an article bashing HR. I don't know why, I don't even care. Bash me all you want, you will still call me when you … Continue reading Like This!