Monthly Archives: November 2017

You Cannot Plan Your Entire Career

When I meet new clients or speak at a conference I always make sure to briefly describe my background so people understand my perspective better (and so they know I’ve had a solid mix of education and experience). More than half the time someone mentions that I have had a pretty unusual career. Yes. Yes […]

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Beyond the CV

When we recruit new employees, an obvious first step is to look at their CV. Some of the things that make for a great employee, though, might not show up on it. If you have a company that is growing, if you are always hunting for new opportunities while overcoming new obstacles, if you are […]

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“Engagement” Is Not the Same As “Development”

There are a lot of fun things you can do as part of your employee development. There are corporate retreats, escape rooms, Outward Bound and “ropes courses,” scavenger hunts and big flashy company meetings with dancers and singers and maybe a comic or two. But are your people actually learning anything? Too many companies engage […]

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Bad Apples

There’s an old saying that “one bad apple spoils the bunch.” The idea is that if you have one apple rotting, the rot can spread to others. But what happens if the rot doesn’t spread? What happens if the apples just get up and leave? Apples don’t have legs, of course, so it’s hard for […]

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Never Give Up

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Marathon runners have many sayings, one of which is “The race truly begins when you are ready to quit.” The point here is that when you feel like giving up, that’s when you need to dig deep and call upon all the strength you have. Nobody wants to stop 10 kilometers from the Finish, so […]

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Working On The Side

A recent article in Fast Company explored companies’ willingness to let employees engage in “side hustles,” or doing work outside the company. This has gotten bigger than simply driving for Uber; that outside work can get pretty involved and, in the eyes of some companies, can be very beneficial. Obviously, you cannot allow an outside […]

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Look Before You Leap

“If everyone else jumped off a bridge, would you jump off it too?” As a kid, you may have been scolded by your mom for doing something, and then told her, “Well, everyone else was doing it!” She would then respond with the question above, and if you were a real smartass you would answer […]

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Gaslighting

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Over on Medium (and if you’re not reading, and writing on, Medium, why not???), Sarah Cooper offers on interesting take on the concept of “gaslighting” in the workplace. If you are not familiar with the term “gaslighting,” it is a form of manipulation designed to get people to doubt themselves. She offers 8 “tips” in […]

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