What You Can Learn From the Great White Buffalo

Ben Olds Always Be Closing, Ben Olds, Employee Coaching, Good HR, Guest: Ben Olds, HR

We all have them—those rockstar employees who are the “go-to” for every hairy problem and on the short-list for every succession plan. Many of us can rattle off 10 of these “A-players,” with little trouble differentiating between them and the “B-players” who are solid employees and coming along nicely but clearly in a different league. All of us could likely …

Embracing Competition in the Workplace

Ben Olds Audacious Ideas, Ben Olds, Driving Productivity, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Good HR, Guest: Ben Olds, HR, HR & Sports

The other day, I was listening to a friend discuss what a competitive equestrian she was growing up. As I am wont to do when fake-listening to someone wax stories of yesteryear, I started daydreaming. I couldn’t help but think: Why do people compete at riding horses? Equestrian is an artform, isn’t it? Who was the first narcissist who sat …

Admitting Imperfections Can Be So… Perfect

Ben Olds Audacious Ideas, Ben Olds, Coaching, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Guest: Ben Olds, Leadership, T+D

It happened again. We spent two weeks putting everything we had into preparing a pitch for organizational consulting work to a potentially huge client, and—once again—were shot down. This wasn’t unheard of. Any career in consulting is going to be rife with rejection. But it always stings a little bit when you see 150 hours of your work poured down …