09Feb 2017

I’ve just finished two books on motivation and perseverance; Grit by Angela Duckworth and Drive by Daniel Pink.  Grit examines “paragons of grit”, quantitative research, and anecdotal evidence to provide a very convincing argument that making large immutable goals and moving towards them unrelentingly is the only way to truly achieve incredible success.  Drive that […]

09Jun 2016

There are obvious signs that a person is not ready for management or has been put in leadership role too soon.  Such as continuing to do tasks that should be delegated, taking back assignments from subordinates, not communicating expectations to team members, and not creating a growth environment by micro-managing team members, but having foresight […]

20May 2016

Clear your calendar for the next week from 10am to 4pm we are running suicides in the conference room.  Anyone that has heard a coach or gym teacher shout out “We’re running suicides” stomach’s would drop if their boss sent out that email.  Lucky you will be running sprints figuratively not literally.  A sprint is […]

13May 2016

What a new study by Brandon Rigoni and Amy Adkins shows is contrary to popular belief.   They asked participants how important certain organizational attributes were during their job search and found the things most important to them actually aligned best with baby boomers, quality of manager and management and interest in type of work, with […]

05May 2016

Although it’s easy to reject silly notions in business like sleep pods in the office or miniature golf on the roof.   The fact is that it works and that play is important to everyone’s general satisfaction with life.  Most folks will tell you that when you find what you love it won’t feel like work […]

28Apr 2016

Creating processes or algorithms allows anyone to accomplish almost anything.  It takes the scientific method and applies it to business.  We can even teach processes thought to be uniquely human and have computers create paintings or symphonies that are quite good.  By creating a process you are effectively making the art of anything into a […]

15Apr 2016

It’s not a secret that the legendary company man is all but a myth these days, but there are some industries where talent has an upper hand simply because supply doesn’t come close to demand.  These supply shifts can be motivated by global level events like WW2 that saw the start of executive search firms […]

08Apr 2016

Asking for a raise or a promotion is a difficult thing to do for most people.  Money in general is difficult for most people to discuss openly.  It’s almost comical that in a day in age when taboos are disappearing like icebergs folks still have trouble talking about money.  Compensation is at the root of […]

31Mar 2016

First, I would like to address I am in fact a white male and me writing about diversity may seem like the Pope writing about abortion, but I share in an ardent belief with  the second paragraph of the declaration of independence “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all “people” are created equal, […]

24Mar 2016

By 2020 an estimated 1.4 million engineering and computer sciences jobs are going to be in the marketplace and their are not enough projected STEM graduates to fill the roles.  The marketplace is going to give workers a strong upper hand and the shortage will lead to unsustainable growth in many technology sectors if trends […]

17Mar 2016

From 1997 to 2015  EEOC charges filings have steadily increased into what was hopefully a crescendo in 2012 with 99,947.  The EEOC from 2008 to present has had mean filings of about 90,000 compared to around 80,000 in the previous 11 years.  In this time marginal increases have been seen in all obvious categories.  Of […]

11Mar 2016

There is something to be said for someone that has the ability to meet and read a person across from them fluently.  What their insecurities are, their level of wealth, hyper social or reserved, raw intelligence, general likability and stress resistance.  It takes a vast amount of  acquired knowledge in order to deduce someone’s cultural, […]

03Mar 2016

Beethoven wrote most of his most revered music while deaf.  It would have been completely justifiable for Columbus to turn back to Spain and very few would have blamed him.  Abraham Lincoln achieved a great deal of success despite personal depression, political hardship and the Civil War.  Martin Luther translated the Bible while imprisoned at […]

23Feb 2016

Post 2008 financial crisis fingers were pointed in nearly every direction and the fog of war nearly successfully managed to hide many that were most at fault.  General themes began to emerge from economic thought leaders and one of those themes pointed squarely at C suite incentivization being the cause of short-cutting, cheating, and negligence […]

18Feb 2016

Over the past few years we have seen a variety of strategies utilized to replace CEOs.  Being able to learn from these strategies and create competent solutions is crucial to creating a value adding transition. For the sake of brevity we will focus on two strategies that have been widely used in the 2010s, one […]

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