Is Your Ego Getting in your Way?

Writing for Training Magazine online, Dr. George Watts and Laurie Blazek address a difficult subject that almost no one talks about in professional development: the role ego plays in your leadership style. They don’t pull any punches. “The ego is the psyche’s trickster”, they write. “It’s the wrong-minded attempt to perceive and project yourself as … Continue reading Is Your Ego Getting in your Way?

5 Ways to Make Your Point More Effectively

Speaking up in meetings can be nerve-wracking for many people.  Even workers who are not normally shy feel panic at the thought of expressing ideas in front of the boss.  One employee of a nonprofit says she can feel her throat close up if she’s called on to express an opinion.  Another colleague says, “I’m … Continue reading 5 Ways to Make Your Point More Effectively

Hot and Cold Conflict in the Office

Conflict happens on the job. Even people who agree on what must be done can have strong disagreements about methods. When resources are scarce or performance pressure is high, you can easily have conflict that boils over. Mark Gerzon, a mediation expert and author of “Leading Through Conflict: How Successful Leaders Transform Differences into Opportunities,” … Continue reading Hot and Cold Conflict in the Office

What We Don’t Miss at All About the Office

“Hell is other people.” Jean-Paul Sartre One benefit of working from home is being able to avoid contact with other humans. Pre-pandemic, coworkers spent more waking hours with each other than with their families. That much togetherness inevitably means we drive each other crazy. Quality Logo Products surveyed 1,902 employed Americans and asked what behaviors … Continue reading What We Don’t Miss at All About the Office

Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda. How Shame is Holding You Back.

Think about the last time you made a mistake. Just to make it interesting, make it a pretty big mistake. The kind that gives you a sick feeling in your stomach. The kind that costs you a night’s sleep before you have to tell your boss, or your team, or your spouse that you screwed … Continue reading Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda. How Shame is Holding You Back.

Pushing Doesn’t Work. Pulling is Unreliable. Try Leading Instead.

Seth Godin writes: “Tugboats don’t usually tug. They push. That’s because pushing is more mechanically efficient than pulling. When we pull, there’s tension and slack in the ropes, and the attachment between the puller and the pushed keeps changing. But the metaphor gets far more interesting when we think about leading instead. One bird at … Continue reading Pushing Doesn’t Work. Pulling is Unreliable. Try Leading Instead.

How to Create Great HR and Recruitment Videos

(A gust post from VEED.io) Many businesses are turning to video recruitment in order to find the best employees, A well-made HR or recruitment video can help you attract top talent and show off your company culture. Jere are some tips for creating great HR and recruitment videos in this article. When creating your next … Continue reading How to Create Great HR and Recruitment Videos

How to Signal Your Social Distancing Comfort Zone

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers is a hugger. He proved that after an interview with Fox reporter Erin Andrews in December. After a socially-distanced interview, the two, who are friends, came in for a maskless hug while the cameras were still rolling. Predictably, Twitter blew up. If you’re a hugger, times are rough right now. … Continue reading How to Signal Your Social Distancing Comfort Zone

Gifts, Talents and Skills

How do you set yourself apart from the hundreds of applicants competing with you for your next dream job?  You may find yourself up against people with more experience or education and more prestigious job titles on their resumes.  Your challenge is to let the interviewer know that you are a special person who brings … Continue reading Gifts, Talents and Skills

Gut Feelings

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. ~ Albert Einstein Intuition is part of the human experience. It’s the ability to know something without thinking consciously about it. It can be more reliable … Continue reading Gut Feelings