Will this Job Fit You?

Managers are challenged every day to make sure they have the right person in the right job. Job descriptions, position requirements, and requisition procedures are supposed to make the process easier, but they rarely ask the real question: Is this person the right fit for us – and are we the right fit for them? […]

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Three Rules for Firing People

I did executive career counseling long before ‘You’re fired!” became a meme. That’s how I got to thinking about how end of a job is similar to the end of life. Having made this connection, three guiding principles came into focus. They are: Maintain a ‘least restrictive’ environment. This means allowing the dying person the latitude to do what they need or want to […]

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To HR, with Love

So you are searching for a manager who is a “big picture visionary with great attention to detail” – or at least that’s what the hiring manager told you. No problem… since I don’t have to recruit for you. But I’m feeling this obligation to let you know why this job description bullet point won’t work.  This is the work equivalent […]

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Privacy, Data, Trust, and Love

The near-complete annihilation of privacy can be a terrible thing. But when it happens between two people, the result is an extraordinary reward called ‘falling in love.’ So why, then, are we seeing such an uproar about something that – under the right circumstances – we are so willing to surrender? Perhaps the current conversation […]

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Warning: Powerlessness May Be Dangerous to Your Brain – and Your Business

I remember reading an article another scientist sent me, essentially describing some research in the Netherlands. They conducted three ex­pe­ri­ments, putting Dutch uni­ver­s­ity stu­dents in dif­fer­ent sce­nar­i­os de­signed to make them feel ei­ther dom­i­nant or sub­or­di­nate in ‘rank’. They were then asked to perform think­ing tasks, such as solving puzzles.  The ‘pow­erless’ ones had trouble […]

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Expanding Time

“In effective teams, people are able to share time appropriately. They cooperate over it and in the act of sharing it they actually cause it to expand.” – Dr. Janice Presser Apparently I said that a while back because I found it quoted (with appropriate attribution no less!) a while back. I checked with the […]

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