Four Advantages That Set Career Changers Apart

People often think they have to play catch up when they switch careers. While there will certainly be a fair bit of technical or job-specific learning to do, one shouldn’t discount the value of the skills and experiences they bring to the new profession. Specifically, career switchers have the following advantages over some traditional candidates: Optimism: When you’re new to […]

Onboarding Excellence

Many companies waste an insane amount of time by loading employees up with information they won’t recall, training they don’t need, and organizational commercials they don’t want. It is one of the least “customer focused” processes that HR provides. If you expect more from your company, ask HR to follow these simple steps: Focus on the Audience: On day one […]

How to Find Meaningful Work

The definition of meaningful work differs from person to person. And while the what may vary, the how you obtain and the why it matters is largely the same. Typically, meaningful work feeds your interests, has an impact on various stakeholders, and sparks continuous learning that causes the cycle to repeat. Meaningful work is not some elusive ideal that requires a […]

How to Speak Like a Pro

Public speaking is a challenging endeavor. Even the experts get a few butterflies before hitting the stage. Whether you shrink from the mic or relish any opportunity to work a room, follow these five tips to avoid coming off like an amateur. Cut the Long-winded Intro: People will tune out if you make them listen to a lengthy bio. Whether you’re giving […]

How to Recover From an Office Blunder

If you’ve been in the workforce long enough chances are you’ve made more than a few mistakes. Your ability to recover depends on the type of blunder, it’s size and impact, the company culture, and how you approach the aftermath. Content or Context Many mistakes are job-specific, content-based errors which involve not knowing what or how to do something. While typically associated with those new […]

Culture Change: More Than a Project

Many companies approach culture change like a project, but it’s not that simple. While change management includes elements of project management, it has an added layer of complexity that must be account for. Change, at its core is personal, emotional, and largely internal. Culture change only happens and sticks when the majority of employees have insights meaningful enough to adjust their beliefs about […]

Guest Blog: 6 Ways Small Business Owners Can Make Their Days More Efficient

The saying “Time is money” is certainly true for small business owners. Being as productive as you can (and wasting as little time as possible) plays a major role in your success. Whether you work from your home or out of a coworking space with separate meeting rooms, balancing your daily responsibilities is essential. That’s why it’s important to keep the following time management […]

Escaping the Overqualified Trap

Overqualified is a ridiculous concept. In no other exchange would the customer complain about getting a product or service that is too good, too experienced, or too smart. Getting optimal value for the money offered should be ideal. So why then do hiring managers reject competent, engaged candidates based on an arbitrary assessment of their skill set and motivations? Would these same people […]

How to Break Free of a Creative Rut

Creative ruts can spring from anywhere, even success. When we do something well we naturally attempt to recreate the magic by following the same formula. The process can work in the short-term, but often the scale of the achievement, as well as the joy in producing it, diminishes over time. Before long, you can find yourself struggling to produce even lackluster results. Some believe […]

Ditch Your “Shoulds” and Level-up New Year Goals

We all have rusty goals, items that have languished on our to-do list for months or even years with little to no progress. Lose the weight, write the book, start the business, then snag that corner office. You know the one with a seating area you could land a Cessna on. There are plenty of reasons for not making them happen. […]