Tag: Motivation

Job Search Reality Check (Part 4 of 5) – Strategic vs. Tactical

The biggest mistake made by a job seeker is to begin without planning their search. Jumping into action without a plan is counting on luck rather than skill. In reality there is no such thing as luck. A quote sometimes attributed to Benjamin Franklin and used by many more recent management theorists goes like this: …

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Job Search Reality Check (Part 2 of 5) – The Theory of Relativity

This has happened to most of us: While sitting in a window seat on an airplane at the gate, the plane at the adjacent gate begins to back out onto the tarmac. For a second, there is a momentary feeling of panic that your plane is slowly rolling forward toward a crash into the terminal …

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Off the Grid: Not Necessarily HR – Wallpaper

One of my proudest moments in immediately generating a spur-of-the-moment humorous ad lib was a private conversation with my wife over coffee… well, I do coffee and she does tea, but the principle of morning banter is the same. I was in a silly mood and cracking jokes and she commented that I could probably …

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Off the Grid: Not Necessarily HR – Flattery Without Fakery

One of the most difficult things to do is to give someone a sincere compliment without sounding a little bit cheesy. Even the everyday words we teach our kids to say reflexively are tinged with slight hypocrisy because they happen by brainwashing rather than actually thinking about it. “Tell your sister you’re sorry.” How about, …

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Workplace Taboo Part I – Employee Free Speech

Americans have a legacy handed down from the founders of the nation that they have freedom of speech. Perhaps it is good that this is too often taken for granted and that everyone feels free to speak their mind on almost anything and everything. It is also a right that is highly misunderstood, misquoted and …

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