Motivation

The Rules for Being Funny… or Serious

Here it is in a nutshell: There are no rules. I’m sorry if you expected more than that, but anyone who professes to know a one-size-fits-all definition for each band of the humor spectrum is lying or misguided at best. It is usually a matter of situation and timing for something to be found funny. In company reorganizations we can refer to misguided efforts as “rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic,” but there was… Read More »The Rules for Being Funny… or Serious

When is a job not a job?

“If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.” – George Bernard Shaw Recently I acted on emotions rather than logic because of a hard lesson that was taught to me years ago. Last week I publicly confronted a job spammer on LinkedIn. I should have known better. Showing someone the error of their ways never works if they are as despicable as I suspected this… Read More »When is a job not a job?

Cynicism Is Also a Basis for Ethics

This article originally was posted on May 10, 2013 under the title “Corralling, Conquering, and Cultivating Cynicism.” To say that this was edited for the series on ethics would be too kind… it has been butchered, disassembled, and put back together again. Cynicism is one of the basic foundations of how we think and is sometimes a pathway to the truth. Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr said, “I think there ought to be a club in which… Read More »Cynicism Is Also a Basis for Ethics

The Ethics of Trust

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This was originally posted on April 2, 2013 titled “Creating an Environment of Trust” and has been edited for inclusion in the series on business ethics. Trust and ethics are not the same, but are linked together as to be inseparable. Science fiction writer Robert Heinlein said “I don’t trust a man who talks about ethics when he is picking my pocket. But if he is acting in his own self-interest and says so, I… Read More »The Ethics of Trust

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

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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: “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Regardless of the origin of this modern catchphrase, there is a… Read More »Job Search Reality Check (Part 4 of 5) – Strategic vs. Tactical