What can I read to become better at my work?

Mar 22

On the job, has the boss or the management of the company ever recommended a book?  Its usually short, an “easy read” they say.  It reeks with simple lessons about customer service, collaboration, values or good leadership.  Often including fables with fairly simple characters who’ve overcome some drama at work or some personal ordeal.  If they can...

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Strengths in Action

Feb 12

Strengths in Action

I’ve known a lot of very skilled leaders over the years.  The most successful have a knack for recognizing and activating the best in the people that work with them. There’s a tool that the rest of us can use to develop this ability. The VIA Inventory of Strengths also known as the VIA Survey is the measurement instrument designed to assess  24 character...

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What’s Strong With You?

Jan 15

What’s Strong With You?

I’ve always been fascinated by people and understanding what makes them tick.    My dad studied child psychology and used my sister and me as experimental subjects.  Later, in college, I turned away from the accounting, finance and IT courses and devoured psychology, sociology and anthropology.  I was gripped by human resources and unlike many, entered the...

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3 Words for 2015

Jan 07

  As this blog has developed over the last few years it’s been difficult to pull the trigger on posts.  I blame a couple of people I follow (partly) for this deficiency.  They express themselves so eloquently that I find myself at a loss for words.   But seriously folks, I’d like to thank Geoff Talbot.   I’m deeply grateful for our friendship, one that...

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Welcome to the Company!

Jan 09

Welcome to the Company!

Everyone can vividly remember starting a new job, or these days, several.  It’s a very memorable time.  We’re flush with optimism, but with a healthy nervousness.  Change is hard, but most of the time, we need new opportunities. You arrive on the first day.  The New Hire Process or Checklist can often be your first look at the day-to-day.  Unfortunately, they can...

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What’s The Plan For Your Business Next Year?

Oct 15

What’s The Plan For Your Business Next Year?

The leaves are beginning to change color here in New York.  To plan for a business strategy post, I read my 2012 year end article.  It was a more personal review.  This year, I will provide a few personal reminders, but focus on the workplace for the rest. For yourself: 1-Take a vacation.  If you’ve worked all year without a break, stop for a few days. 2-Plan...

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