There’s a lot of feedback out there about feedback. Organizational cultures are reworked to support it, managers are expected to give it, and we’re all supposed to seek it out. (There may even be gender issues to consider, which I discussed in this post, leading to some vigorous feedback for me.) We know that to [...]
One of the things I had to do as an adult was learn to see what makes a good job. Some people intuitively know how to find a job that feels good. Most of us spend the first half of our lives trying to learn what feels right and the second half of our lives...
Celebrations often take an entire weekend to travel to and from so the following Monday you sometimes feel more tired that going into the weekend. Here’s your chance to rejuvenate and focus your week into productivity in your career and your work on your personal brand. Here’s what our authors covered: What Makes Employees Love [...]
Just because you haven't achieved your dream yet doesn't mean you can't live your passion. Vanessa Musi discusses her journey to open her own gluten- and sugar-free bakery.
This is a biased review of the book, Trust Works! by Ken Blancard, Cynthia Olmstead and Martha Lawrence This is a biased review of Trust Works! It is biased because I had the opportunity in San Diego to meet and spend time with Ken Blanchard and the Blanchard Company two weeks ago. I was impressed by how down-to-earth [...]
I was born a pessimist. From a young age, my thoughts have gravitated to the glass half-empty mentality, negatively impacting my own life satisfaction and my relationships with others. Over the last several years, though, I’ve been working to change...
At a recent visit to the beautiful Keukenhof flower gardens in Holland, I learned about the practice of topping. As flowers grow, sometimes the growers cut off the tops of the flowers, which they believe causes the plants to invest more energy into flower growth and less into seed production. The expected result is flower [...]Show More Summary
It may seem obvious. You were invited to an interview with the hiring manager or recruiter. They beckoned you because they like your resume and believe you are qualified for the job. At this point, it’s all about the dialogue, and you are a fantastic interviewer, so what else do you need but yourself and [...]
Happy Mother’s Day! I’m lucky enough to get to spend today with my mom. She’s in town for some wedding planning stuff, so we’re enjoying our first Mother’s Day together in years. While I have great memories of all of the amazing things my mom has done for me, some of the most important things [...]
I’ve written before about working with people you don’t like. But what happens if you’re the manager and your employees don’t get along. That’s the conundrum this manager faces. I’ve been the manager at a restaurant and bar for about 5 years. The place used to have a “family” feel when it came to the [...]Show More Summary
As I become more experienced and more successful in business, I’ve begun to realize that most successful people don’t make a lot of money because they are lucky or because they know the right people. Nor do I believe that people are simply born destined to become wealthy. Rather, I’ve come to recognize that many [...]
“Watch your thoughts for they become words.? Watch your words for they become actions.? Watch your actions for they become habits.? Watch your habits for they become your character. ?And watch your character for it becomes your destiny.? What we think, we become. ” -Margaret Thatcher Measuring the EQ—or emotional intelligence quotient—is the latest attempt by [...]
College students have a reputation for being broke, yet they always find a way to buy the essentials (most often that seems to be beer). In fact, most students borrow money to pay for their education, so it seems a bit odd to consider them a lending source. Yet that’s exactly what Lend for America [...]
I’m always surprised at the vehemence with which people say they hate the term “personal branding.” “I’m not a brand, I’m a person!” they demand. Except you are. As Kyle Lacy and I said in Branding Yourself, “A brand is an emotional response to the image or name of a particular company, product, or person.” [...]
Check out the chart below as Exhibit A: Change and taking risks is difficult. Of course, if you don't have the right number of people in your organization who are comfortable asking "what's next", it's going to catch up with...
photo: ALsocme Okay, Cubicle Warriors, here’s the deal: Your manager just gave you the assignment to speak to an all-department (or all-hands!) meeting to describe an initiative that you’re working on for the team. Worse, you get to explain everything in ten minutes. Gulp. You’ve seen these presentations, haven’t you. PowerPoint slide after PowerPoint slide [...]
photo: Ethan Hein Recently, I had a conversation with a person who works for a company that has had complete job security. Now, though, sites are being closed, layoffs are happening and he’s worried about if this company is still the place to work. The first step if you are worried about your job is [...]
photo: quinn.anya A key to success on the job is a task management system that works for you. Whether that task management system is a methodology like Getting Things Done or a 25-notes-on-the-whiteboard approach that you invented, knowing your workload and your work inventory is key to accomplishing your tasks. Until it all gets out [...]
Let me ask you a simple, yet complicated, question. Have you ever received work goals from your manager that you thought you could attain? Goals that were reasonable, measurable, and were able to be attained from your own work? Looking back on a (very) long career, I’d say no. Or very rare. When I was [...]
Gwen Stefani’s song ‘Harajuku Girls’ reminds me of a place in Japan where standing out is the norm, at least every Sunday! “Harajuku girls. I’m looking at you girls. You’re so original girls. You got the look that makes you stand out” Located in Tokyo, Harajuku is a place where every Sunday teens dress up in various unique [...]