Problem Solving – Part II: Tips and Tools 

Last week, in Problem-Solving – Part I, we discussed the Why and How of problem-solving. But what if problem-solving skills don’t come naturally? Well, problem-solving is a soft skill, which means it comes naturally to some and is harder to learn for others. But the good news is that you can still refine the skill until it’s a sharp and ready tool …

Fun Facts with Hamilton: 4th of July Edition

Ahh . . . the 4th of July. America’s favorite holiday! It’s a day we celebrate freedom! A time to commemorate the moment in our history when we declared that  “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, …

Newly Graduated? – 7 Tips for Moving Forward

Congratulations! You’ve passed the milestone of college graduation! You have your cap, your gown, your degree . . . and, most likely, a student loan to pay off. So now what? Advice for Grads — 7 Tips for Moving Forward Keep Moving  “You don’t have to see the first staircase, just take the first step.”  –Martin Luther King Jr.   …

Passive Candidates and Long-Term Vision — 5 Tips for Recruiting

The job market is tight right now.  The reality is that many, many candidates, the same ones you want and need, are already employed and not looking for work. These “passive candidates” are not looking for a career change. But they are probably open to at least talking. If the shoe fits, that is. A LinkedIn study showed that: 79% …

Avoiding Politics at Work

The political divide has never been more intense. These days, politics come up at just about any dinner table, water cooler, or outdoor seating patio. And no matter what side of the aisle they are sitting on, everyone cares.  A lot. About everything. Working with people who think and are passionate about things quite different from yourself can cause a …

Foster a Sense of Belonging  

If there’s anything 2020, with all of its Zoom meetings and social distancing, taught us, it’s that we humans are hardwired for connection and belonging.  Besides meeting a deep, emotional need, employees who feel a sense of belonging are more likely to stay with the company — reducing the high cost of turnover. 7 Ways to Help Your Employees Belong …

Looking for a Fresh Start in Your Career? Consider Your Clerical Side.

Every industry needs clerical help. After all, a business cannot run without “taking care of business.” Somebody must answer the phone, keep track of data, manage the books, organize, schedule, and the list continues. The plus side is while clerical positions usually require a calm, unruffled, pleasant personality and strong attention to detail, they typically do not require extensive education. …

The Path to Excellence in Management

While management skills look great on a resume and are reflected in your paycheck, it can be a challenging position to fill. No, you don’t have to be the expert in every area, but you have to be aware of the needed expertise and how to obtain it. The success of your team/department rests on your shoulders, which means you …

Optimizing Your Home Office

“If you don’t pay attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.”   —David Allen COVID-19 certainly brought sweeping changes to the landscape of the workforce. What everyone thought was a temporary switch from office to remote has become a permanent solution for many.  As we all know, working from home had its …