Why Gen X Doesn’t Like to Brag

October 7th, 2015

I spend a lot of time (probably too much time) analyzing generational differences. And of course studying millennials makes this easy because…well…um… there are just so many differences. But sometimes I can’t tell if I am really looking at a generational variance, or just some personality characteristic that I have that others don’t. Case in […]

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Image Crafting: A Workplace Full of Phonies

October 1st, 2015

At some point we have ALL worked along side a phony. They take credit for someone else’s work. They laugh at the boss’s jokes. Or they claim to be interested in things they aren’t. It’s frustrating, it’s annoying, and thanks to social media, it’s taking a new twist. Welcome to the era of the image […]

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Why TED Talks Inspire but Don’t Make Leaders

July 24th, 2015

Have you ever noticed that TED Talks all sound the same? From the speed of the dictation, to the hand gestures, to the flawless execution–it’s all identical. But of course this isn’t by coincidence. It’s a carefully crafted formula.

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Stop Running Your Business Like a Frat House

April 20th, 2015

There is an alarming trend happening right now. It involves ping pong, Nerf wars, keg stands, and foosball. No, I am not talking about an Animal House sequel. I’m talking about workplaces resembling more of a frat house than an actual place to work.

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Why it’s so Hard to be Yourself at Work

April 10th, 2015

“Be true to yourself,”  “Be authentic,” “Be transparent”. It’s what we hear all the time. It’s how we are supposed to act everywhere we go. But let’s be honest, that advice is not meant for the workplace. When we preach authenticity, what we are really evangelizing is the transparency of someone’s positive traits. We don’t […]

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How to Survive in a Job Market full of ‘FireCrackers’

January 8th, 2015

One of best friends recently lost out on a job opportunity because he wasn’t a ‘firecracker’.  In other words, he lacked the spark, eagerness, and vitality of someone much younger than him. While employers may not officially be able to discriminate based on age, it’s happening everywhere. Don’t believe it? Just look at all the […]

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Why I’m Worried For Gen X

November 24th, 2014

When I tell my brother, a fellow Gen Xer, that I’m concerned about Millennials taking over the workplace, he laughs. He insists that he doesn’t feel intimidated by a generation who fails to show up for work on time while putting in the least amount of effort…

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Have we Ruined Leadership?

October 24th, 2014

I’m always in awe when I watch old footage of famous leaders giving speeches. Sure the content and delivery is inspiring, but what really amazes me is the respect that leaders once got. Back then, when leaders spoke, people listened.

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Successful People Are Bigger Jerks Than You

August 20th, 2014

A while back a boss of mine, who was a semi-successful CEO, sat me down to inform me that I would never ever be a leader. I think I was supposed to be offended. Only I wasn’t. If he was truly a successful leader (like he constantly reminded me) then the thought of not sharing characteristics with […]

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