Monthly Archives: April 2016

Celebrating the Comeback Kids

Back when I was teaching in an HR master’s degree program, one of my students was involved in a project at her company called The Comeback Kids. It’s a recruiting program that focuses on bringing back former employees, and it’s the sort of thing you should consider. Having employees leave your firm is not necessarily […]

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Making Your Own Luck

Many people attribute success or failure to good luck or bad luck. “Being in the right place at the right time,” or its opposite, are often viewed as the reason things go one way or another. Maybe it is true that some things “just happen.” Maybe there are in fact some things outside your control […]

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Avoiding a Culture of Fear

Are your employees afraid to make mistakes? A student once talked to me about feeling overwhelmed by a project I had assigned them. He told me he was unable to sleep the night after getting it, and he used the word “fear” four times in the conversation. There is absolutely no reason at all that […]

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Take a Break

Even people who love what they do need a break. One of the nice things about leading talented people is that very often they are passionate about what they do. If you have people who do not mind going to work, or are in fact looking forward to it, that’s a good thing. Speaking for […]

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Stay Engaged While Staying Out of the Way

There is a lot of concern around the world about low employee engagement. We know that engaged employees do better work, do more work, and create a strong employment brand that decreases recruiting and retention costs. One response to engagement worries is to help make work more interesting, and to more carefully recruit employees who […]

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Education is a Sunk Cost

Lots of people make career decisions based on what they have done in the past rather than on what they want to do in the future. A big factor in that is education. I cannot count how many times I have heard someone talking about a job they would enjoy and then say “but I […]

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Break Away From Your Network

The people you know can push you forward. They can also hold you back. When the time comes, you may need to cut some ties in order to innovate, and be able to lead your employees to do the same. Frans Johansson wrote in The Medici Effect about the importance of breaking away from your […]

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Flexibility vs Uncertainty

The last thing you want in a your organization is to be so tied to policies and practices that you never do anything new. It helps to be flexible and allow your employees the freedom they need so they can do what helps them do their job best, which may not be the same for […]

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The Difference Between Creativity and Innovation

We recently led a conversation for some folks at a tech startup, and questions came up about creativity vs innovation. Very often these words are used interchangeably, but they really are different things, and both are important for your organization. Let me point out, though, that these are OUR definitions, based on readings we have […]

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Does Physical Exercise Make You Smarter?

Maybe. Some studies of elementary school children a few years ago not only looked at their results on cognitive and complex memory tests after exercise, but also scanned their brains and measured different areas for development. What they found was the growth of important areas of the brain where critical and complex thinking occurs, with […]

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