Want Better Results? Don’t Wait

Success demands movement. Even movement in the wrong direction can provide valuable lessons…an opportunity to refine your approach and course correct. Inertia is a death rattle. Nothing kills dreams faster than a stagnant stance. If you want more out of a hobby, work, relationships…anything really, you must apply energy. Life is about experience, experimentation, and expression. If there is something you want […]

Diversity Gone Wrong

The single biggest challenge employers face with diversity in the workplace is that they are looking for the wrong thing. Somewhere along the way the concept of corporate diversity, or “inclusion” as it is now known, got cheapened. It got boiled down to a marketing effort where every website and annual report features a smattering of just the “right” amount of male and female, old […]

How to Scale Company Culture

Culture is the engine that drives organizational performance. Individual contribution is always important and leaders should reward those who exceed expectations, but as a company grows, you have to focus on scalability. That means thinking systemically. Having a compelling vision and a solid strategy is important, but you need more than words on a page. Foundational clarity around what an organization does and how it goes […]

Unhealthy Self Talk

There’s an old joke: You can talk to yourself all you want. It’s when you start answering yourself that you’re in trouble. There’s some truth to that. Healthy people talk to themselves all the time. They unconsciously recite their grocery list while shopping, mutter a sarcastic line in response to a ridiculous statement, or even absentmindedly work through the logistics of […]

How to Answer Classic Interview Questions

Hiring managers aren’t always experts at the hiring portion of their title. For many replacing a team member or adding a new one is a dreaded, time-consuming task taken on as infrequently as possible. It’s an understandable sentiment. After all, they have day jobs and the complexities of sourcing, hiring, onboarding, and training can be major distractions. Of course savvy HR and business leaders […]

How to Disagree with the Boss

It’s a rare bird that actively seeks conflict. We all face it of course: butting heads with a buddy, an argument with a spouse, or another round with your mother-in-law. And while daily life is littered with potential spats, most of us have learned to gracefully steer clear of unwinnable, unimportant conversations. But what happens when the disagreement involves something […]

The Problem with Boss Babe

In an effort to stand out in a competitive world many career-minded professionals try their hand at personal branding. Finding your niche is a useful endeavor, but when it degrades into ill-conceived monikers like IT Ninja or Marketing Architect, you come across as amateurish. Recently the trend has jumped the shark into the girl power world with so juvenile titles as Girl Boss […]

How to Answer Odd Interview Questions

Some interviewers have logical, data-backed reasons for asking, what on the surface, can appear to be an oddball question. They might be soliciting insights into your decision-making skills, values, or creativity. There’s nothing wrong with this as long as the questions and the evaluation of answers are validated and consistent. Unfortunately many ill-prepared interviewers are just winging it or trying their hand a practice […]

You Need Zs to Be an A Player

As a father, business owner, CHRO, and gym rat I know first hand how hard it can be to fit it all in. I’d like to believe that I need less sleep than the “average” person, but that’s just a bravado cocktail comprised of one part optimism and five parts foolishness. You simply can’t escape biology. We all need to recharge […]

4 Signs That You’re Ready for the Next Job

It happens. The new becomes common, the bloom falls from the rose, and the ordinary creeps in to what was once the job of your dreams. There’s ways to reclaim your mojo and approach an old role with new vigor of course, but sometimes an ending is just what you need to prompt a new, more meaningful beginning. If you’re experiencing […]