My New Hire Looked Better on Paper. Now What?

Employment of humans is tricky business. An interview is like dating. We need to be a detective, psychologist, analyst, motivator, and entrepreneur. In short, an all-around sleuth. Here’s a question I just got from a reader. Today I’ll handle the “What now?”  I wrote earlier Continue reading My New Hire Looked Better on Paper. Now What?

Thinking about your future as you prepare to vote

As we move into the election cycle once again, it seems prudent to re-post some notes on Thinking. I recently wrote a very small book that encompasses an entire day’s seminar: Thinking About Thinking. I made it cell-phone sized so our electronically connected public would Continue reading Thinking about your future as you prepare to vote

Small Towns: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Common wisdom is that small towns are great places for kids to grow up. Yes and No. My first town had a population of 70, the next one was 800, and the next was 5,000. When my very large family moved away from each of Continue reading Small Towns: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Social Media is the Bar Scene from Star Wars™

Cyberspace is packed with characters, weirdos, sweethearts, fascinating writers, boring idiots, stalkers, criminals, and hacks. And they all gather at the pool bar called Social Media. It’s fascinating and time consuming, sometimes time-wasting to hang out there. And it has become the focus around which Continue reading Social Media is the Bar Scene from Star Wars™

Memories & Music Connecting the Generations

I sat in the 10th row center. By the second set, the Beachboys had everyone on their feet, stomping, hooting, hollering, singing, and passing the beachball around. Down a few rows to my left I could clearly see a fuzzy white head of permed hair Continue reading Memories & Music Connecting the Generations

Friends ARE Benefits

Friends are good for us. You know that. A friend is someone who just accepts you the way you are. And when you aren’t being yourself, they let you know. Friends are important for survival. They improve our immune system and provide us with biological Continue reading Friends ARE Benefits

Community Trumps Tragedy

I was touched by the community pride in Halifax, Nova Scotia on the 99th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.  Museums and displays proudly and solemnly showcase the efforts of Nova Scotians when the survivors and the dead from the icy waters were brought Continue reading Community Trumps Tragedy

Find Strength in Your Community

Things happen. Life turns on a dime. People are more important than Stuff. And if you gather your community around you before you need them, you will be more resilient, and you will survive whatever life throws at you much better. Continue reading Find Strength in Your Community