I had the most endearing experience this past week, a homecoming of sorts. No, it didn’t involve football, or any other socially-close behavior. No travel either, other than maybe a bit of time travel which I don’t believe is covered by our current state of semi-lockdown. It was a tweet chat. For those whose knowledge […]Read More You Can Go Home Again
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? […]Read More Will this Job Fit You?
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 […]Read More To HR, with Love
Ok, not all of them. Just the ones that ask for characteristics that don’t co-exist in normal human beings. Many years ago, I spoke at a conference and got a great question. (This was rare at the time.) It was from from a man who hired sales people. He wanted to know if he really […]Read More Eulogy for Job Descriptions
What does your sales support staff do for you? Fill out forms, route paperwork, fax, make you coffee? If all you’re thinking about are tasks, you’re missing the most important reason for having great support people: increasing your productivity. If you’ve chosen your sales staff well, they are the creative equivalent of an active volcano. […]Read More Dear Sales Leader, Please Answer ASAP
The economy might, on average, be improving, but if you – or someone you love – worked in a factory that closed, the odds are, their personal economy is worse. Maybe even a lot worse. It’s easy to blame it on politics and trade agreements, but let’s talk about what business owners can do to […]Read More Back to Work!
I was looking through some old items I kept from the first blog series I ever wrote, not in search of anything relevant to today, but more as a reality check on what life was like then. And this one from just a bit more than ten years ago jumped out at me since, although […]Read More “WE BELIEVED HIM, AND HE LIED.”