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How to Deal With a Difficult Coworker

No matter how hard you try — or how much of a people person you are — there is one coworker with whom you simply don’t gel. As the word “coworker” implies, you work with this person, so it’s hard to avoid him or her in meetings, on e-mail chains or even at the water […]

Is your company’s purpose this clear and inspiring?

Last month I gave a keynote at Danish pharmaceutical company Xellia. While waiting in their lobby, I noticed the sign above, carrying probably the simplest and most inspiring company purpose I’ve ever seen. As you may know, one of the...Show More Summary

Pre-Employment Tests Can Help #HR Hire Faster (and Better)

(Editor’s Note: Today’s post is sponsored by Criteria Corp, a leading provider of pre-employment testing services. Their testing system, HireSelect, is a SaaS (software as a service) solution that enables organizations to increase recruiting effectiveness using state-of-the-art technology. Show More Summary

Take Calculated Risks for Career Advancement

I’m not asking for utter fearlessness and risk without thinking. Just “go for it” a little more and more often than you have in the past—and more often than others do. If you hold back, you’ll get into a rut, slip behind, fade out of...Show More Summary

The Best and Worst Markets For HR Managers....

Had a client at Kinetix ask me last week where in the US I would build out a presence if my goal was to hire capable software developers with limited competition. Made me think that would be an interesting question...

Audi’s ridiculous Super Bowl ad gives us only myths about pay. Here’s reality.

Women earn $0.79 for every $1.00 men earn, but Snapchat co-founder Even Spiegel earned $2 for every $1 his co-founder Bobby Murphy made. Where is the pay inequity? What if I said, nowhere? Now, we’re going to keep this discussion toShow More Summary

The Future of Project Management with Moira Alexander

Project management thought leader Moira Alexander chats exclusively with The Fast Track about issues such as the difference between Project Management and change management, the unique requirements of remote project management, and the most effective use of software tools to...

The Secret Ingredients of Sales Training That Deliver Results

This original article was written by Steve DiGioia. Improving the performance of a sales team is a common goal for senior managers, because it can have a very clear and direct influence on the overall performance of a business. However,...Show More Summary

The 20 most common objections to happiness at work and why they’re wrong

The happiness backlash is in full swing. All kinds of pundits and cynics are coming out of the woodwork to declare that happiness at work is stupid, impossible, naïve, silly, manipulative and/or bad for you. They’re wrong and their criticisms often reveal a fundamental lack of understanding of the happiness research. Show More Summary

The Customer Is the Customer

Someone recently left a comment on HR Bartender with a mention of the old saying, “The customer is always right.” I think my opinion of the saying has changed over the years. There are times when the customer is absolutely right. The...Show More Summary

Swiss Saturday: Cultural Similarities

I’ve kind of gained this perception that all Swiss parents are better parents than I am. Now, logically, I know there are some pretty rotten Swiss parents, but since my son’s teachers are always lecturing me on how disorganized my son...Show More Summary

Ramp Up Your Brand Network with LinkedIn Groups

In order to drive more exposure for your personal brand it’s important to be actively communicating with your connections in order to build a stronger network. With the right strategies in place your business can attract influencersShow More Summary

Stuff the Capitalist (aka KD) Likes: BLINK 182! As a Metal Band...

Who am I? Who cares? Good questions. It's my site, so I'm going dig in once in a awhile by telling you more about who I am - via a "Stuff I Like" series. Nothing too serious, just exploring the...

What Can You Dump Today to Be More Productive?

Using the 4D’s of Time Management can help you become more productive. But, there is a cost. While you may be respected for your time management skills you may not be very well liked. Be aware of this when you apply The 4D’s to yourShow More Summary

Office Space: One Size Doesn’t Fit All – Friday Distraction

It seems like for every article out there extolling the virtues of the open office environment, there’s another one cursing their existence. I ran across a Forbes article recently declaring “The Open-Office Concept is Dead.” The thing...Show More Summary

Need Help? Here’s What Your HR Department Can Help You With

HR has a bad reputation. (See title of Blog.) But there are lots of things your human resources department can help you with. Some of these you may know about and some of them might be surprises to you. Even bad HR people should be able...Show More Summary

Is it Fun to be Your Brand Advocate?

Much of the time we talk about ways to be connected, referred, recommended and advocated for.  From logistics, strategy and tactics, there are many valuable tips and posts!  Yet, there’s a basic question that we often fail to address...Show More Summary

Is Your International Travel Destroying Your Moral Compass?

My son was a baby when our family moved to Switzerland. If you have any stereotypes of the Swiss in your head, it’s probably that they are clean and orderly. This stereotype overwhelmingly plays out. For example, the street cleaner truck goes down my suburban street every week. Show More Summary

Is Your Employment Brand (and Managers of People) Ready to Take On Trump?

As the Donald Trump as President experience reaches its second week, one of the big issues on the table is whether your employees expect you as a leader to take a stand related to your views on the recent policy,...

Disruption 101: How to Ignite Change in Your Company

As a general rule, human beings fear change and will often fight to maintain the status quo. If there are individuals within your organization who are either not interested or downright hostile toward a focus on disruptive scenarios, there are...

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