How to Negotiate a Flexible Work Schedule Without Looking Like a Slacker

Hiring a new employee is a dicey proposition. Candidates face pressure to impress to be sure, but hiring managers are also under the gun. Selecting a candidate that performs poorly can damage their reputation and call into question their leadership and decision-making skills. No one wants you to do well more than the person who hired you. So having the skills to […]

Four Things to Considers Before Taking a Sabbatical

There are a variety of reasons people consider taking an extended break from their chosen profession. For some it’s a question of burnout and sanity maintenance. For others it’s less about running from something and more about running toward an opportunity be it travel, education, or a side project with the potential to become a full time gig. Others still […]

Chill Out: Seven Steps for Remaining Calm In Stressful Situations

We’ve all been there: the moment before a big presentation, the seconds after the handshake on a job interview, the first customer call post a big product launch. If you’re going to shoot for success in business chances are your life will be dotted with stressful situations. So how can you keep your cool when the heat is on? For many, perspective provides the […]

Can You Be Promoted Too Quickly?

There’s a difference of course between ten years of experience and one year of experience repeated ten times. When it comes to expediting one’s career trajectory, project and role diversity can be a great catapult. Callenges, stretch assignments, and mistakes can also advance our learning curve. That said, too many young professionals adopt a “fake it till you make it” mindset […]

How to Stay Relevant as a Long-tenured Employee

Job hoppers are red flags to many recruiters and hiring managers, but they are not the only candidates to give these gatekeepers pause. Long-tenured employees are often shuffled to the bottom of the resume pile because they are, perhaps unfairly, perceived as inflexible, stuck-in-a-rut, unmotivated, or even unlikely to thrive in a new setting. To avoid looking like a laggard, keep […]

Defining Wealth

Wealth means different things to different people and that definition often changes as we move through life. There’s no right and wrong. It’s a question of perceived value. The trick is understanding and accepting what is truly important to you at any stage so you can pursue it without hesitation. For some wealth means amassing a fortune while for others it’s expanding their circle […]

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 about […]

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 […]