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Contrary Opinions

November 16, 2016 0 Comments
Contrary Opinions

In a safe environment, there is room for contrary opinions. Opposing views are truly heard. In a healthy and thriving organization contrary views are not only heard, they are encouraged. Contrarians are not naysayers or doom-and-gloom people. They simply look at things differently! The Red Card Some organizations insist that there always be a contrary proposal—a […]

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Remembering Winter – Fondly!

February 10, 2016 0 Comments
Remembering Winter – Fondly!

We grew up in the Northeastern part of the United States of America: Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York (up-state, Syracuse area). Our daughter is living in the Boston, MA area and sent this beautiful picture (today, 2/5/2016) of the sunset after a fine winter snow storm. And it caused a flood of memories that of course, merged […]

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We Don’t Want Employees

July 23, 2014
We Don’t Want Employees

Face it; many (most?) employers have employees only because they have to in order to provide a product or service. Few employers will admit this in public. They make jokes about it — “Business would be fabulous if I didn’t have to deal with employees,” — and we know that jokes are at least half true. (By the […]

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Employability

June 5, 2013
Employability

Though things have continued to improve, there are precious few among the unemployed who are upbeat about their job potentials. There are also few of those who are still gainfully employed that feel their positions are secure. And while there are many who are paying attention to making themselves employable, most seem not to be […]

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Book Review: Drive by Daniel Pink

June 15, 2010
Book Review: Drive by Daniel Pink

Daniel Pink has hit this one out of the park, again! Finally, someone has connected the dots on motivation, and why our system doesn’t work. We’ve been starring at those dots for decades. Pink points out that, for all practical purposes, management hasn’t changed in a 100 years. Leaders and managers cannot motivate employees; not […]

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Framing and success factors.

March 25, 2010
Framing and success factors.

This post discusses how properly framing the discussion about the culture of your company and how a prospective employee will fit in leads to the establishment of success factors for an open position with your company.

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Growing and retaining productive employees

March 16, 2010
Growing and retaining productive employees

Recently, on one of the e-mail lists to which I subscribe, a colleague mentioned that he had been counseled by one of his mentors that the best thing he could do for his good employees was to fire a bad employee. Sounds harsh. Yet it is true that for the greater good, we have to […]

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Multitasking, a modern day myth?

March 2, 2010
Multitasking, a modern day myth?

Multi-tasking is not all it’s cracked up to be. If you and your team are trying to handle many things simultaneously, you are likely delivering poor results in all those tasks.

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Loyalty . . . to what?

January 21, 2010
Loyalty . . . to what?

We can’t have it both ways. As employees, if we think it’s fair to give two weeks notice and leave an employer to pursue our own self-interest, then it is fair for our employer to have the same privilege. We cannot believe that there is an obligation for a company to employ us as long as we want to work there while we retain the right to leave at will.

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Book Review: Free Agent Nation by Daniel Pink

April 27, 2002
Book Review: Free Agent Nation by Daniel Pink

This book is all about how America’s new independent workers are transforming the way we live and the economy in which we work. This book was recommended by a new friend and mentor and it has been timely indeed. The work that Daniel Pink has done to document the new business model sweeping America will […]

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