How To Cut Costs Without Damaging Your Culture

Companies sometimes have to make difficult business decisions. One of my clients is a company like that. They recently needed to make major expense cuts, in the range of half a billion dollars, and this meant dozens of policy changes ...

Work Has a Serious PR Problem

I wonder when work first became a “four-letter word.” When did people start hating their jobs? Was it one of the first hunters, who didn’t really like hunting but had no choice, it was hunt or go hungry? Whoever was ...

How Do You Know When You’re in the Zone?

For those of us that get a certain kind of high off productivity (hello, fellow happy workaholics!), the feeling we’re really looking for is flow. (You know, Mihály Csíkszentmihályi’s gift to positive psychology? I can’t pronounce his name either. First or ...

How Do You Talk About Your Weaknesses in an Interview

“And what would you say your weaknesses are, some opportunities for growth?” “Well, I care too much. I’m a perfectionist, and I can be a bit of a workaholic.” …crickets… That was the wrong answer. Those aren’t weaknesses. Those are ...

The Dream Job Project: Part Two

So, you’ve given yourself permission to dream about what this proverbial “dream job” might look like in your life which means you read Part One, and you’ve started imagining what it might feel like to get paid to do something ...

The Dream Job Project: Part One

Henry David Thoreau probably didn’t know when he wrote, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined,” that it would end up on fridge magnets all across America. We don’t do magnets in our house ...

This List Makes Giving Feedback Easier

Not long ago, I was in a meeting with the leadership team at a new client. The company is an industry leader in their specialized market, and they have a new boss. The new CEO joined the company to lead ...