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Nov 25 2015

Management Lessons Learned from Black Friday

Thanksgiving is about gratitude, and, no matter your belief system or country of origin, that concept is one that resonates. Also, there’s nothing like gathering around a table with friends and loved ones to do some serious eating. And, let’s be honest, drinking. And then eating again.


Nov 11 2015

Want to Thank our Veterans ? Hire Them!

Unless someone close to you has served, Veterans Day can sometimes end up being about a day off and department store sales with maybe a moment or two devoted to thinking about veterans.Which is kind of crazy. Where would we be without the brave folks who fought for us in World Wars I and II and every conflict thereafter?   The answer can be chilling.  

Oct 29 2015

Are You Holding Yourself Back?

More than anything else, self-sabotage can totally derail your career.  Recently, I was reminded of this common problem during a conversation with a friend. He’s diligent, smart, a team player and qualified, yet he’s having a hard time taking the next step in his career.  The reason? 


Oct 09 2015

How To Work Your Way Back From Summer

Remember what it was like at the start of a new school year? The fresh new backpack, school supplies, classes, and, according to our teachers, a clean academic slate.  Though it was hard to leave summer vacation behind, it was always so exciting  - even if you were nervous - to go back to school. 


Sep 13 2015

Navigating the Work Culture Jungle

After reading the New York Times article about Amazon’s culture, I was left with the impression that the working experience there would be somewhere between Lord Of The Flies and Oliver Twist.


Aug 04 2015

Are You Hot Under the Collar?

2015 has been the hottest on Earth’s record, but I don’t need to read The Washington Post to know that. All I have to do is open the door and let the DC summer air flood my foyer with unbearably swampy heat.

Jul 01 2015

How the 4th of July can Make You a Better Manager

Back on July 2, 1776, members of the Continental Congress voted in favor of breaking with England. Two days later, everyone signed the Declaration of Independence.  After that, everyone had a lot to do - there were troops to train, supplies to organize, strategies to develop, and a war to be won!


Jun 14 2015

Waiting by the Phone

 Waiting by the phone sucked when you were a love struck teenager, and it’s just as wretched when you're waiting for a post-interview callback. In between obsessively checking for missed calls and refreshing your personal email, the interview plays over and over in your mind.