creative

Kick-Start Your HR Creativity – Two Lessons From Jared Leto

The Thin Red Line. Fight Club.  American Psyco.  These are films that solidified Jared Leto‘s success as an Oscar-winning actor. Then, as his star was rising, he basically stopped making… Get the Rest

career advice

Kick-A$$ Career Advice for 2016

It's that time of year. The traditional time of reflecting and planning for our professional lives is upon us. It's bull. It's actually the worst time to be doing any

exit plans

Why Exit Plans Are Better Than Retention Plans

I’m becoming more and more convinced that if you want to build an organization that can sustain high performance over a long period of time you need to

let it go

5 Signs You Haven’t Let Go Of Your Old Job

About 79 years ago, I spent a fair bit of time working on a software implementation project in Saudi Arabia. It was a career-altering and---in some ways---life-changing experience

enemy

#Paris – The Enemy of My Enemy Is My Friend

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my career, it’s that every manager of people or talented individual contributor has a shelf life. Not sure what I’m talking

work hard

Can You Train People to Work Hard?

Think about the people who have failed at your workplace. We know that it’s not usually because they lacked technical skill. It usually falls into one of two

never forget

September 11, 2015.

Everyone remembers where they were fourteen years ago today. I remember and I reflect on a decision I made that could have altered my career. September 11, 2001.  I

leadership birth rate

LEADERSHIP BIRTH RATE: Some Leaders Are Just More Fertile Than Others

A few months ago, I wrote about an alternative measurement of quality of leadership called Leadership Gravity.  I've got another one for you, but this one is about kicking

work characters

Your FOT Mad Men Wrap-up

How is it that almost an entire week has passed since the series finale of Mad Men---perhaps the most important workplace-related pop culture phenomenon in the last decade---and

questions

Do I Want To Work In HR There?

Interesting read here about the questions you should ask before joining a start-up. Having 3+ start-ups under my belt, I can tell you I agree with most of