Should I join this startup?

Guest: Justin Vandehey Books, Business Development, Career Advice, Career Paths, Interviewing, Leadership, Networking, Talent Strategy 3 Comments

Recently, a good friend of mine asked to grab coffee to talk about the pros and cons of leaving his current employer to join as the first employee at an early, seed-stage startup. In reflecting on his questions, I began to think back to the period in my life when I too left a steady job at a larger company …

Drucker – FOT – Modern

It Always Pays to Help Employees Build on Their Strengths

John Hollon Books, Business Development, Career Advice, Career Paths, Coaching, Culture, Employee Communications, Employee Development, Talent Management, Training and Development

If I’ve heard it once I’ve heard it a hundred times while listening to managers give performance reviews to their employees – “Here are the areas you need to work to improve on.”  It sounds like a really smart thing to do, doesn’t it? After all, don’t we all want to improve on our weaknesses? Well … no. Although it would …

Management By Best-Selling Leadership Book – They’re Laughing at You.

Kris Dunn Books, Culture, Employee Coaching, Employee Engagement, HR, Kris Dunn, Leadership, Learning and Development, Managing People, Robots

Let me start this post by making a disclaimer – I’m not anti-leadership book, nor am I anti-personal development. There’s a real need for all of us to look for ways to get better at what we do professionally. I believe enough in leadership/management skills that I actually created a training series for managers of people called the BOSS Series. …

Straight to Hell Book Review

Laurie Ruettimann Audacious Ideas, Bad HR, Books, Laurie Ruettimann

I just finished reading Straight to Hell: True Tales of Deviance, Debauchery, and Billion-Dollar Deals. The author, John LeFevre, has enjoyed a distinguished career in international finance (per his Amazon author page). He joined Salomon Brothers as a young graduate and finished his career with Citigroup in New York, London, and Hong Kong. Bur Lefevre is best known for his …

Ending the Fiction of Lifetime Employment

Steve Gifford Audacious Ideas, Books, Career Paths, Change, Culture, Giving Notice, Personal Brand, Retention, Steve Gifford, Succession Planning

You probably aren’t working in the last job you’ll ever have.  Heck, there’s a good chance you’re not even in the single digits of employers before you retire.  So, why do we pretend that we are? That’s the interesting issue that is posed in this month’s Harvard Business Review, entitled Tours of Duty: The New Employer-Employee Contract.  The authors lay …