Motivation

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

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It 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 aircraft is slowly rolling forward toward a crash into the terminal building. Our minds take our position as the frame of reference, and the rest happens automatically. The term “relativity” makes… Read More »Job Search Reality Check (Part 2 of 5) – The Theory of Relativity

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 make a up a joke about anything: “Just stare at that wall and say something funny!” Without missing a beat… Read More »Off the Grid: Not Necessarily HR – Wallpaper

Off the Grid: Not Necessarily HR – Flattery Without Fakery

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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, “Say thank you to Grandma for the nice present.” This may be intended to create a polite society, but it… Read More »Off the Grid: Not Necessarily HR – Flattery Without Fakery

Workplace Taboo Part I – Employee Free Speech

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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 misused. Look at what the first amendment actually says: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or… Read More »Workplace Taboo Part I – Employee Free Speech

Off the Grid: Not Necessarily HR – Run-Flat Tires

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The last time I went shopping for a new car, I almost didn’t select my first choice because it only came with run-flat tires. I had seen the commercials where a mother and her young child were on the side of a deserted road with a flat tire… in the rain of course for added impact. Safety has always been of paramount importance to me, but this was a new concept. These tires were more… Read More »Off the Grid: Not Necessarily HR – Run-Flat Tires