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?

Those Pesky Millenials: Interviewing Tips

First – people are people. I think of “Millenials” as anyone around the ages of 17-28, even though some are still in High School. Your candidates may be students still in college or those who opted for Vocational School or On the Job Training. This Continue reading Those Pesky Millenials: Interviewing Tips

How to travel safely through airports

It’s that time of year. Americans pack their stuff and take off for places deemed better than their backyard. If you are one of those, and if you have not traveled much in the past decade, take some advice from a Road Warrior and make Continue reading How to travel safely through airports

Reviving Work Ethic, Interview with Eric Chester

I caught up with Eric Chester on his new book, Reviving the Work Ethic. Beth: Eric, in your view, what’s wrong with work ethic in America? Eric: The decline of work ethic is not uniquely an American problem. It’s affecting all Western nations and a Continue reading Reviving Work Ethic, Interview with Eric Chester

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

It’s Time Small Business Takes Success Back

Quality Circles, Total Quality Management (TQM), Management by Objective (MBO), Management by Wandering Around (MBWA), Six Sigma, Empowerment Training ~  Sound familiar? Then you’ve been around as long as I have. Notice one thing about the trends? The pendulum swings from right brain to left Continue reading It’s Time Small Business Takes Success Back

Networking a Life Saver in a Down Economy

Harvey MacKay wrote a book about it: “Dig Your Well Before You Need it.” He said you need to get your ducks in a row when things are going great, and not wait until your life or business is hanging by a thread. To me, Continue reading Networking a Life Saver in a Down Economy

Early Bird Politics… Sunday Musings

There’s a rhythm in the desert. We humans think we’re so different from the other critters that roam this earth, but not really. If we watch how they interact, we’ll find great insights into ourselves and our instincts. Such is true this warm Sunday morning. Continue reading Early Bird Politics… Sunday Musings

The July Blogathon

I mentioned last week that a group of my speaker friends are blogging together for the month of July. It’s a great exercise to not only get us to blog more frequently, but to help the newcomers figure out this wonderful toy. I’ve always had Continue reading The July Blogathon

Volunteer Organizational Psychology 101

The secret to maintaining an effective and successful volunteer organization is to remember “volunteer” is the operative word. Too many volunteer organization leaders act as if they are running a Fortune 500 company. They forget that the volunteers are there because they get value from Continue reading Volunteer Organizational Psychology 101