Standards don’t define me

bandsThis is the time of year when managers are getting ready to finalize performance reviews and while the process itself is antiquated many employees are going to find out how much employers want them to fit in their defined box. Continue reading »

Employers need to streamline the hiring process

dream-jobsAt a time when the buzzwords in corporate America are innovation, disruption, and game-changers — all actions that require recruiting the best talent in the marketplace — organizations, instead, are artificially creating bureaucratic inefficiencies that are inexcusably cumbersome and that result in the creation of legions of antagonists. It’s a waste of human capital, it’s a huge waste of everyone’s productive time, and it damages the reputation of an organization and the individual doing the hiring. Jobs are scarce enough, and the general economic vibe is insecure enough that companies and managers believe that they can be cavalier about how they treat people outside the organization — but in this thinking lies madness. Now that 20th-century-style employer loyalty and benefits are a thing of the past, employees return the disfavor, churning through organizations at a rapid clip. If a typical new hire is only going to stay at a company for two to four years, why sweat the decision so much? Be responsive. Act fast. Trust your gut. Continue reading »


Who you hire makes all the difference, but it’s not all about what’s on their resume, especially not at a startup. Once you have a group of candidates who are technically qualified for the position, then you need to make sure you hire people who are excited about the position and even more importantly about the company.


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Most People Don’t Want to Be Managers

NOTME-logoFrom Harvard Business Review comes this great article: Most American workers aren’t interested in becoming managers. At least, that’s what a new CareerBuilder survey seems to suggest. Of the thousands surveyed, only about one-third of workers (34%) said they aspire to leadership positions – and just 7% strive for C-level management (the rest said they aspire to middle-management or department-head roles). Broken down further, the results show that more men (40%) hope to have a leadership role than women (29%), and that African Americans (39%) and LGBT workers (44%) are more likely to want to climb the corporate ladder than the national average. Continue reading »

5 Signs Of A Bad Boss And How To Deal With Yours

bigstock_Quarrel_7968373Having a bad manager or boss can result in higher levels of work-related stress.  For most people, job stress is the most significant form of stress they have. The American Institute of Stress reports that 80% of workers feel stress at work, and four out of 10 workers say their jobs are either very stressful or extremely stressful. This stress in the workplace originates from job security, workload, work-life balance, and, of course, people issues. Continue reading »

Lower-paying jobs dominate

low payingThe U.S. economy earlier this year recovered all the jobs lost during the recession, but those new jobs pay an average of 23% less than the ones lost in the downturn, according to an analysis released Monday by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.  Job losses in the higher-paying manufacturing and construction sectors were largely replaced by jobs in lower-wage industries, including hospitality and healthcare, the report said. Continue reading »

9 Work Habits You Need to Stop Doing Today

badhabitscomp_050812__1336493351_8732Perhaps you’ve heard of a “not-to-do list.” CEOs and productivity experts recommend the idea highly as a huge productivity booster that will help you free up time and headspace for all the things that really matter.  Sounds great. But what should go on it? Best-selling author Tim Ferriss has some ideas. In a recent short podcast, he named nine bad work habits that entrepreneurs and others desperately need to eliminate (chances are, you are doing at least a couple of these—I’m personally massively guilty of No. 2 and No. 5). So there is almost certainly something here that can boost your output. (by Jessica Stillman) Continue reading »

Millennials have the right idea about work

passion workAn Intelligence Group survey found 64% of Millennials would rather make $40,000 per year at a job they love than $100,000 a year at a job they think is boring.  My response to that stat is “it’s about time a demographic group stepped up for what they want and need”.  If the values of the Millennial generation hold up over time, corporate America may be in for a shock. Continue reading »

Why work sucks for most

0601WORK-master675According to the New York Times “even if you’re lucky enough to have a job, you’re probably not very excited to get to the office in the morning, you don’t feel much appreciated while you’re there, you find it difficult to get your most important work accomplished, amid all the distractions, and you don’t believe that what you’re doing makes much of a difference anyway. By the time you get home, you’re pretty much running on empty, and yet still answering emails until you fall asleep.” Welcome to corporate America where you are expected to give 110% while employers treat you like numbers on a balance sheet. Continue reading »