Ok, You Just Graduated From College, Now What?

It would seem those who didn’t make to their college career and placement center may be in luck compared to previous years 2018 appears to the be the best year for this year’s crop of newly minted college graduates. According to a CareerBuilder, survey companies are in the hiring mode. They are on the hunt for graduates with business and technology degrees. Also, it seems that starting salaries are in the area of $40,000 or higher depending on your degree. Those who major the STEM areas are looking at salaries between $66,521 – $61,867 depending on your STEM major according to the National Association of College and Employers (NACE). For… Read More

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Happy Graduation Day – Maybe. Do You Have A Plan

May and June is the time when colleges and universities will be graduating their senior classes and setting them out to fend for themselves finally, or so they think. From the college or university perspective, they have honored their part of the education contract. They have provided the information the student needs to be successful in their future endeavors. At the graduation ceremonies, dignitaries will give lofty speeches, and admonishment about going forth to follow their dreams, and change the world. The graduating class of 2018 will be full of hope and confidence that they will indeed be able to apply the admonishment of taking on the world and having… Read More

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Sorry For Being Missing In Action.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder, is an old saying when someone has been out of communication. I sure not posting to my blog for three months counts as an absence, perhaps benign neglect is more appropriate. I was reminded of this by a colleague that I did make a promise to stay current with this new blog. So I fall upon my sword, and once again promise to do better. With everything going on in the world there are a host of topics I could discuss that would no doubt be interesting on which to write.  However, I have made a concerted decision to stay away from world events… Read More

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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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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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