What questions did you ask the last candidate you tried to hire? What expectations did you have about what they would bring to the table and the types of leadership and results you expected to see? What were the things that made you want to choose the person you actually hired? Now ask yourself, are… Continue reading Are You Living What You Expect In An Interview?
One particular summer Friday a few years ago, I was fortunate enough to be working from a remote location at a beach town. I wasn’t supposed to be working that day, but an “urgent” (in quotes because it was someone else’s definition of urgent) project meeting came up that was four hours long that I “had”… Continue reading Using Urgent for Urgent’s Sake
There are plenty of programs for students to learn more about career choices and industries in their field (think internships and co-ops). Why do businesses stop doing that for experienced people? What if you could build a bootcamp / externship-type program for your business where you bring in talent from other industries to work in… Continue reading Business Boot Camps
Have you ever ran a half day, all day or multi-day meeting and wanted to get better live feedback about how it was going? Would you like to receive real time feedback about your performance, without disrupting whatever was happening? What are some ways you could receive this type of instant feedback, and make it… Continue reading Instant Meeting Feedback
I love going to spas. No, not the kind that are advertised in the back of local newspapers, but the real kind that are luxurious retreats from the outside world. Periodically being in a place that is specifically geared towards helping me relax and recharge while being extremely comfortable is as close to perfection as… Continue reading Work Spas
Very similar to Beg Forgiveness Cards— How about creating an awards program in your group specifically to highlight failure. Celebrating success is great, but celebrating failure could just lead to better success. What else do you need to celebrate in your group to help entice more of that behavior?
Getting your team to believe that failure is an option or that taking prudent risks are OK is sometimes hard. Most people in a work environment are trained to believe that things need to work out correctly all the time. If you’re trying to get your team to live into the phrase “beg forgiveness rather… Continue reading Beg Forgiveness Cards
If you have to work five days a week, work a better five days. Work on Sunday and you’ll be less distracted and focus better because to most other people it will be a day off. Being able to focus means you’ll also get your work done faster and usually with better quality. Take off… Continue reading The Sunday to Thursday Workweek
Want to know a quick way to stand out in the increasingly crowded marketplace for online classes? Get smaller, go niche. Sure, you could take niche to mean “we’re only going to offer classes in this particular subject and be the absolute best source for online classes for that subject”. Or you could take a… Continue reading A Different Kind of Niche Learning Site
A few days ago, I got an informational handout from a company that made me laugh. Basically, the bottom of the page featured the disclaimer: “Reproduction by any means is prohibited without permission. If you’d like to purchase copies of this handout please…” This was from a consulting company that makes all of its money… Continue reading Stop Hoarding Your Work