Category: Sidebars

When Candidates “Ghost” an Interview, It May Be Proof of a Bad Candidate Experience

HERE’S A HIRING TREND we could really live without – job candidates who are “ghosting” (aka, blowing off ) scheduled job interviews, or, failing to show up to work for new positions they had accepted. Last month, USA Today published a story that indicated that this new phenomenon was due to the strength of the job market and our near-record

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Improving on Your Weaknesses? The Smart Play Is to Build on Your Strengths

If I’ve heard it once I’ve heard it a hundred times while listening to managers give performance reviews to their employees – “Here are the areas you need to work to improve on.”  It sounds like a really smart thing to do, doesn’t it? After all, don’t we all want to improve on our weaknesses? Well

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What I’ve Learned About Leadership: There Are Many Ways to Be a Great Leader

ONE OF THE FIRST things you learn about leadership is that there are a lot of ways to be a leader and demonstrate leadership. Years ago I had a boss who tried to tell me that I wasn’t a leader. Want to know my response? “Hey, I AM a leader — I’m just not your

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The Best Leaders Know That Letting People Fail Can Help Them to Grow and Improve

RAISING CHILDREN, and leading people, isn’t easy. In many ways, leadership is similar to raising a child. The goal is to have people who are self-reliant and self-sufficient, but the trick is knowing just how much help to give along the way  — and when you might actually be giving too much. Although it seem to

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No Matter What You Call It, Taking Time Off Between Jobs Is a Good Idea

I LOVE IT WHEN a long-time workplace practice suddenly gets re-defined and is referred to by some silly new terminology. Yes, I was excited when I discovered what The New York Times is now calling that time you get off in-between jobs. Although I have a lot of problems with America’s Newspaper of Record – it’s

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A Business Truism: You Learn a Lot More From a Bad Boss Than a Good One

HERE’S A MANAGEMENT TRUISM you can’t avoid: You learn more from a bad boss than you do from a good one. I was struck by this when I came across an old Corner Office” column in The New York Times. It was a Q&A with Dawn Lepore, the now-former chairwoman and CEO of Drugstore.com, and

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Here’s More Proof That in Life, It’s Never Too Late to Make An Apology

JUST WHEN I’M ABOUT ready to finally give up on human nature, something happens that helps to give me a little hope again. And believe it or not, this new hope comes courtesy of controversial radio personality and “King of All Media” Howard Stern. I’ve watched or listened to Howard for many years, and although I don’t

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One Last Lesson From Charles Krauthammer: How You Die Speaks Volumes About How You Lived

EDITOR’S NOTE: Charles Krauthammer died June 21 at age 68. RIP Charles — we will miss you! SOMETIMES, I FEEL THE PULL of my Native American ancestors. My Indian blood lines are from my great-grandmother Marion Beaver, who was from the Narragansett tribe, and I  feel them tugging at me sometimes, particularly when it comes

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Queen Elizabeth Should Be Proud: Her TV Counterpart Is Finally Getting Paid Properly

LIKE SO MANY PEOPLE, one of my very favorite shows on TV today is the Netflix original The Crown. I love it for the same reason’s I loved Mad Men — it brought me up to speed on an era I was too young to fully appreciate but just old enough to vaguely remember. But,

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Retiring in Your 30s? It’s Just Another Bad Idea Coming Out of Silicon Valley

THE GENERAL CONSENSUS has been that it’s hard to find highly skilled job candidates. But what if a number of the best and the brightest decide they just want to stop being the best and brightest and retire while still in their 30s? This is the latest big idea coming out of California’s Silicon Valley, a

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