Frans Johansson’s Medici Effect:  Uncovering New Paths to Innovation

Maybe you are a business entrepreneur looking for ways to assemble and motivate a productive staff. Maybe you are a human resource professional whose livelihood depends on understanding the best practices for hiring, leading and motivating a workforce. Maybe you are just looking for some...

5 Ways to Turn a Creative Block into a Creative Flow

Many people assume that creativity is something that can be turned on like a light switch when needed. Nothing could be further from the truth. Creativity is like a house cat that will come out and be sociable only on her own terms. However, in an environment where creativity is an important part...

3 Workplace Scenarios to Avoid if Self-Regulation is NOT Your Strong Suit

Several factors go into making up a person’s Emotional Intelligence, and self-regulation is one of the most important. Self-Regulation speaks to one’s ability to manage emotions in a social setting. Someone with a high level of self-regulation is likely to succeed under pressure and not be...

5 Keys to Creating the Ideal Work Environment

One of my favorite interview questions to ask candidates is “what’s your ideal environment?” If the environment is not right, skills, values and other intangibles may not matter.  Different individuals thrive in different environments. The key to craft an ideal environment is to understand a...

Why Manager is a Four-Letter Word to Me

I have a personal disdain for the word “manager.” When I think of things to manage, I think of a 401(k), irritable bowel syndrome or a crazy ex. When I think of the word manager, I think of someone who is in charge that asserts their authority. Often this authority is used negatively reacting to...

9 Ways to Deal with Conflict in the Workplace

Dealing with conflict at work will help you reduce the drama and increase the productivity.

5 benefits of bringing your dog into the office

Thinking back to the start of my career, I couldn’t imagine the idea of bringing your dog into the office. And no, I’m not all that old! But I’ve noticed a trend over the past few years of seeing dogs in more and more places, especially non-traditional places that didn’t necessarily welcome dogs in...

3 Ways To Turn Negativity Into Positivity

There’s an old saying that life is what happens to you while you’re busy making plans. And it's very difficult to transform negativity into positivity. While we like to think we control all aspects of our own destiny, it’s simply not the case. We have to be willing to roll with the unexpected...

How to Avoid Five Common Pitfalls in the Workplace

We all start out with the best of intentions. The new job we’ve just been hired for is going to be the best one we’ve ever had! Our plan is to go in early, work diligently and productively and surpass all expectations. And we really believe we can pull this off, at least until we encounter one or...

Hire the right candidate every time with these 3 steps

Joe Smith seemingly has the whole package. He has a solid resume, great references, skills that showcase his expertise in his field and plenty of success stories to his credit. On paper, Joe seems like the ultimate “can’t miss” candidate. Joe looks the part and his appearance seems to match his...