I spend a lot of time connecting with my team and customers at work. In many ways, I've spent most of my career interviewing people. At first, I was literally just screening candidates for jobs, but over time I've found a much more valuable use for those interview skills. In the last 10 years I've … Continue reading 5 Thoughtful Questions….a Different Way to Provide Difficult Feedback
So the whole premise of this website and blog (that I've struggled to pay attention to over the last 30 days) is to focus on being a better manager of life - something I've not done so well as of late. Let me assure you, I attempt to be a student of what I write … Continue reading 3 Steps for Taking Back Control of Your Situation
Let me be clear, I do not have my life figured out. I know I have plans and I've set things in motion to move my life in the direction which I'd like to be headed. However, I don't fully understand every thing that has happened or will happen. I've laid awake at night like … Continue reading Making Sense of Where You Are
I've been so busy over the last couple days I've not had time to post in my normal cadence. Between the new year, work, planning for vacation next week (yay) and prepping my syllabus for my class this semester I've been stretched a bit thin. I was discussing one of my favorite books, The 7 … Continue reading Sharing Other People’s Ideas
I love nothing more at work than to start the day off for my team with a great morning "huddle." Everyone that is scheduled comes together where we take time to recognize, discuss results and new company initiatives, and I always like to throw in a conversation about development at the end. I learned early … Continue reading To Fish or To Hunt? An Analogy for Your Goals
So admittedly, this title seems a bit ominous. I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, and a quote by J. Paul Getty was shared by the host. "The employer generally gets the employee he deserves." I was immediately blown away both by the simplicity of this quote and by its profound truth. For … Continue reading Do You Deserve a Great Team?
At some point in your life, you've probably dealt with this issue. Whether it be in undergrad working on a project with a group of students or in a work environment where day in and day out you're carrying the load of your supposed support system. If you're looking back and thinking, "You know I've … Continue reading Your Peers Aren’t Pulling Their Weight. Now What?
"Do you have anything for me?" It's a question most of us had from our boss. It often comes off as a generic way of checking to make sure we are "ok," but ultimately it is uninviting and the risk of responding never seems worth the potential reward. You're not alone in sharing a fear … Continue reading Three Conversations You’re Struggling to Have with Your Boss and How to Make Them Easier
Do you ever feel like the clock of your life keeps time only in extremes? What I mean is one extreme is as if the span of time has no end. You're bored. You deal with what seems like a big issue at work or at home and you're CERTAIN that at least an hour … Continue reading 3 Steps to Reclaim & Manage Your Time
"Why hasn't this promotion happened for me, yet? What am I not doing?" These are questions that have haunted many of us, myself included. Our careers are often how we define ourselves. Many of us spend more time at work than with our families. Then we go home and spend a great deal of our energy … Continue reading Want a Promotion? Here are Three Things You Should NOT Do.