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. […]

How to Make the Most of Your Interns

Interns have a different perspective on employment opportunities than traditional job seekers. While some, especially those close to graduation, might actively play the long-game in hopes of securing a position post-graduation, most seek a short-term experience that may ultimately be used elsewhere. Specifically, interns are concerned with practical, front-loaded benefits and questions such as what can I learn from this 90-day assignment? […]

How to Manage a Long-term Leave

Much has been written about what to do when a high-performing employee gives notice. Should you counter, dig for insight during the exit interview, or simply wish them well and up your talent game in hopes of avoiding a repeat performance? But what happens when your rock star is talking break not break-up? Some situations like maternity, disability, and even sabbatical are clear […]

Should You Return to a Former Employer?

Some industries and organizations expect an element of employee churn and don’t think twice about rehiring workers. The bounce-back phenomenon however is not exclusive to service-based industries or early talent workers. While some individual managers might write you off once you leave, savvy leaders and HR professionals understand the triggers that make people leave and the common rationales for their return. It’s a small […]

How HR Job Seekers Can Cash-in on the Big Data Craze

Not all number crunching takes place in finance and operations. To be effective, even relevant in the future, employees in every department need to have at least basic analytical skills. Even Human Resources, a discipline traditionally known for “people skills” must embrace this shift if they are to be taken seriously. The Challenge High performing HR professionals help business leaders manage their people data with […]

3 Steps to Success for New Employees

New hires often feel pressure to impress right away, but too much “I oriented” activity can actually hamper results. Instead of allowing the destructive duo of ego and self-doubt free reign, take these three actions in quick succession to make your first few days as productive as possible: Ask Smart Questions: You can only learn so much about an organization and its […]

Write Your Way From Stress to Success

Stress shows up in different ways for different people, but a common early-warning indicator is the frequent ill-timed “space out” session ­­– you know, the moments when you’re there, but not really all there. It happens to everyone: the daydream filled business meeting that offers co-workers a non-responsive blank-stare in exchange for their inquiry or the working lunch that has you absentmindedly scarfing down a […]

How to Inspire Your Team When You’re Down

Even the most optimistic leaders have an off day, a time when they feel less than inspired. Still the responsibility to motivate and activate others remains. When you hit those emotional dips, you can reenergize yourself and your team by revisiting the three levers of change. Describe the Positive Future State:Recall and reiterate the WHY behind your strategy and goals. When you consider those who will […]