How Are You Managing Your Time?

I’ve been trying to catch up on some of my business reading, and in the process of doing so I just finished a Harvard Business Review article by Sylvia Ann Hewlett and Carolyn Buck Luce entitled “Extreme Jobs The Dangerous Allure of the 70-Hour Workweek.”  It seems that we are developing a workforce that thrives on working these long hours.  The article did point out that these individuals are well compensated for the hours they work, but what concerned me was more on the price they paid for such a commitment.  A commitment is not necessarily asked of them by their management.   Consider the following: The forty hour work week… Read More

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Do You Have A Job Lined Up Once You Graduate?

AAs February comes to a close and spring break approaches for many college students, there is another event soon to take place. Graduation. Over a million students will graduate from college this year, and 80% of them will move back home. According to a recent article in Student Voices, only 33% of graduating seniors will have jobs lined up when they graduate. The remaining 67% will find it will take them 6 – 9 months before they land a job. In an HBR article written by Jeffery J. Seligno, he wrote the following: Every year, high school students and their parents spend much time, effort, and money on the college… Read More

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How are your social skills? You need them at work.

So, how are your social skills? What you say? Social skills, why would they be important. I have a great job in the IT industry. I work with people who like me and understand me and what I do. I get along with them just fine. If that is what you are are thinking while reading this, then I encourage to keep reading, and you will soon understand the relevancy of my question. In The Theory of Moral Sentiments Adam Smith wrote the following: “We can never survey our own sentiments and motives, we can never form any judgment concerning them; unless we remove ourselves as it were, from our… Read More

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Alexander The Great’s Leadership Styles: What One Can Learn From Them

Partha Bose’s book, Alexander The Great’s Art of Strategy, he described the seven different leadership styles Alexander used to conquer and rule the world before his death at the tender age of 32.  Bose cataloged Seven Distinct Leadership Styles, Alexander developed and used to motivate his warriors. Trusting, Inspirational, Connective, Aggressive, Humanistic, Commanding, and Marauding. Perhaps his best was his Connective Style. Before going into battle, Alexander would ride up and down in front of his troop frmation and call out to familiar faces and extol them on their bravery in previous campaigns. Calling these people by name. Knowing how they performed on the battlefield and extolling their tenacious in battle… Read More

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Who Owns The Leadership Development Process?

Who owns the leadership development process for the company? I mean who is the ultimate person responsible for ensuring that you’re recruiting, hiring, and retaining talent for your company.  I would not be surprised if some said Human Resources or others said the CEO.  Those who selected the CEO are half right. Ensuring the recruitment and retention of key talent is a shared responsibility between the CEO and his board. Human Resources are responsible for developing and administering a reasonable process that assists the CEO and Board in ensuring that Leadership Development takes place.Consider this quote from Chief Executive Magazine: “Forget capital, strategy, R&D.  In today’s fast-paced, global economy, the… Read More

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Invest In Yourself Is an Investment in Your Future

The other day I was going through a bin of books and came across “Life’s Little Instruction Book,” by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.  It was a gift given to me by a colleague I worked with several years ago.  On the inside cover, she wrote, “Tim not that you need this! I thought you could use this to instruct others.”  I had forgotten that I had this book and finding it the other day I read through it and came to this lesson, “commit yourself to constant self-improvement.”   Such a simple statement and idea, but for many, it’s a hard thing to do.  Too many of us have commitment phobia.… Read More

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Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays It Really Doesn’t Matter

Christmas will be upon us in two days, and soon, New Years. You have to wonder how the year has passed so quickly. I hope that 2017 has been kind to you and that you have great 2018. Despite all the hyperactivity by some whether we should wish someone Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays seems to contradict the meaning of this holiday. I don’t think Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John worried about how people we would say to each other during this timeframe. But, at some point this has become overshadowed about who has the correct greeting or gives the biggest present. Maybe that’s why the Puritans banned the celebration… Read More

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a great holiday. It is a time for the family to come together to share great food, watch football from High School, college and of course the traditional Detroit vs Whomever. I particularly enjoy this game as it affords me the opportunity to talk smack to my daughter for reasons I still have yet to figure out she is a Detroit Lions fan. I can only surmise it has something to do with her going to a small college in Michigan. However, it makes for good nature smack talking on my part. I recall one year when the Lions were up it even looked like they might win.… Read More

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November 22, 1963 – A Date I Will Always Remember

I walked into the classroom, and one a classmate said the president had been shot, I laughed and said yeah, Lincoln was shot, thinking he was trying play a joke on me because it was my 5th-period history class. He then said, no, somebody shot President Kennedy. Stunned, not believing it until our teacher came in and turned on the radio where we all listen in absolute silence. I could not believe what was happening, I thought, how in our day and age was could such a heinous act, the assassination of a sitting president be committed. In my view, it was something you only read about in history books… Read More

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Are We Helping You Have A Fulfilling Life? Can You Answer This?

Well here we are at the final question for consideration; Are we helping you have a fulfilling life? Of the three (Are we helping you be effective in your current job? Are we helping you build a successful career? Are we helping you have a fulfilling life?) this is perhaps the most challenging. Why, for this simple reason, you have to consider what you want out of life and how your current job is a) helping you achieve it or b) the possibility that what you are currently doing won’t remotely get you there regardless of what management may or may not do for you. If you feel that management… Read More

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