What is This New Hire Supposed to Do?



I’m only talking to leaders today.

We tend to fall into this rut. I have a position on my team. A person leaves. We need to fill that position.

Before you fill your next position, as yourself this one question:

How will this hire bring us closer to reaching our business objective? 

In fact, you might want to ask that question in the interview of the candidate. How are you going to move us closer to meeting our business goals and objectives, and of course, first tell them what those...


State of the Union 2020 - the Super Bowl of Politics & its Impact on the Workplace

This year, the State of the Union will take place on February 4 at 9 p.m. EST. This date is significant for several reasons. It takes place one day after the Iowa caucuses, amid a presidential campaign, and likely in the aftermath of the impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate. While the address takes place during a whirlwind political climate, SHRM remains focused on policy, not politics, advocating for positive workplace solutions.

Plan on watching the SOTU? Join SHRM’s government affairs team and participate in our interactive SOTU Bingo and enter to win an gift card!



Creating a Culture of Contribution by Asking for Help



In the workplace, asking for help can mean the difference between success and failure. This isn’t anecdotal—in fact, research has revealed a number of proven benefits, such as: 

  • Higher job performance and satisfaction.
  • New-hire success. 
  • Finding jobs—or talent for job openings. 
  • Creativity and innovation. 
  • Managing stress. 
  • The benefits of help-seeking accrue to teams and organizations through team performance, cost reduction, productivity, and profitability. 

Based on research, plus 25 years of business consulting and teaching experience, I’ve identified eight main reasons we don’t give ourselves permission to ask for the things...


The Power Loom and Fairness



James Hargreaves was a creative weaver who worked in Lancashire England in the mid 18th century. He is one of the people credited with the invention of the “spinning jenny”, which was a multi-spindle weaving machine, that lined up 8 wooden spindles at one end. With the advent of the steam engine at the start of the industrial revolution, the spinning jenny evolved into the power loom. The power loom had a tremendous impact on the workforce of the time. Spinners were put...


Post Resignation, My New Normal Is Anything but Normal



This is the second in an essay series about making great, big, career leaps of faith without both fear and a safety net. In the first, I told personal stories of career pivots while sharing that people should not let fear limit their potential. I encouraged elective unemployment if the outcome meant living a better, richer, and fulfilled life.

I also took great care to discourage emotional decision making and shared that walking away from a paycheck is not a decision one should make lightly. Finally, I promised that...


The Big Game


My colleague Nick recently posted on social media that he received a text from a former lacrosse teammate, and they spoke about their last game together. What he gleaned from that conversation is how much he misses going to battle on the lacrosse field every day with his team.

But then he had a revelation.

He still does go to battle with teammates each day, only in a different way—in a business setting.

Maybe you’ve played team sports—maybe you haven’t. Maybe you are a sports fan, or maybe you get together...


2020 Goals for Small Businesses Who Put Employees First



Of course, we had to start the year with a goals/resolution type post. Are you even a blogger if you don’t?

In all seriousness, I start here for one big reason. I don’t hear many small business leaders talking about their people-related goals. If I ask, they will tell me how many people they want to hire or an area where they may want to improve skill sets. Beyond that, they haven’t given much thought to goals specific to current employees.

If this is you, here are a few ideas....


The Printing Press and Micro-Credentialing



While the printing press and movable type were used in China in the 9th century, and inventors such as Bi Sheng and Wang Chen are credited with great advances in printed text, it is Johannes Gutenberg whose name is most affiliated with the printing press. In 1450, Gutenberg started experimenting, using metal instead of wood – and developed his own ink that would affix to metal. In 1452, Gutenberg started producing printed copies of the Bible. This had a profound effect throughout Europe.

Monks, who had been hand illuminating the...