Why You Must Add Value at Every Meeting

Early in my career I eagerly attended my first out-of-state business review meeting with a strategic alliance partner. Because the relationship was of critical importance to our company, a large contingent of us made the cross-country trip to our partner’s site, investing valuable time and money in our visit. As we crowded into the conferenceContinue reading “Why You Must Add Value at Every Meeting”

5 Steps for Professionally Turning Down a Job Offer

Some jobs aren’t the right fit and, before the interview process, it isn’t always easy to tell. Remember to always research the company and its executive leadership team before the interview process. Whether you have multiple job offers on the table and need to turn one down in favor of another or you simply feelContinue reading “5 Steps for Professionally Turning Down a Job Offer”

Workforce Planning…..Create the plan now

Workforce Planning Workforce Planning is a core function of human resource management and it is related to the systematic identification and analysis of what an organization is going to need in terms of the size, type, experience, knowledge, skills and quality of workforce to achieve its objectives. It is a process used to generate businessContinue reading “Workforce Planning…..Create the plan now”

Why taking risks comes with huge rewards!

I had a great 1.2.1. meeting this morning with a young member of our staff and the topic or risk came up….and no not the board game. If you ever want to achieve the life you’ve always dreamed of, you will have to start taking positive, calculated risks.  It is a must to take chancesContinue reading “Why taking risks comes with huge rewards!”

Crap, I hired the wrong person!

I woke up this morning to a 6AM voicemail from a great client of mine with the following message, “FUCK MIKE!  I hired the wrong person, call me to discuss, I need help fixing this!” This is a painful situation for a CEO. You’ve had a gigantic gap in your executive team, and you findContinue reading “Crap, I hired the wrong person!”

What should I ask my new boss?

New boss coming to town?  Don’t freak out, don’t start thinking of new ways to kiss his or her ass, that never works. Before you can know what questions to ask, you need to ask yourself what you want to know. Barring urgent projects that can’t wait, keep your questions basic and to the point.Continue reading “What should I ask my new boss?”

It’s Not My Responsibility!

When I am going to facilitate a meeting or a training session, I arrive nice and early to set up the conference room to create a positive environment for all of the participants.  At the conclusion of the day, I make sure the room is tidy for the next facilitator.  However, even if I useContinue reading “It’s Not My Responsibility!”

What a mentor can do for you…

The word “mentor” has its roots in Greek mythology—Homer’s Odyssey to be exact—but the importance of this concept to career success is no myth. An experienced colleague, known as a mentor, can provide invaluable help to you as you begin your career and advance in it. When you are starting out you obviously know veryContinue reading “What a mentor can do for you…”

The battle between fear and motivation

Has fear ever gotten the best of your motivation? When this happens it can be very frustrating and disappointing. No motivation means little or no action. The end result is likely to be that another goal falls by the wayside. No matter how much you want to achieve your goal the lack of motivation willContinue reading “The battle between fear and motivation”

Run, Forrest, Run!!!!!!!!!!!!

As we are set to close week one of November, my brain has been fixated on the holidays.   Thanksgiving is right around the corner, Catherine’s obsession with Black Friday, Christmas, and of course the New Year.  With the new year comes the one thing that I hate the most, a New Year’s resolution.  IContinue reading “Run, Forrest, Run!!!!!!!!!!!!”