How to handle the Buzzkill on your team

Everyone hates a buzzkill.  You know who I’m talking about, that person in the office that smiles during a meeting but then starts a behind the scenes revolt with their negativity. I hate those types of people. In fact, there is nothing that will kill my creativity, energy, and focus quicker than a buzz kill.  … Continue reading How to handle the Buzzkill on your team

Calling in a Threat During a Meeting

Go ahead and admit it, you've thought about it.  There you are, sitting in another one of those marathon meaningless meetings, wishing you were on an episode of SAW rather than sitting in that cramped room listening to the same speech over and over again.  Then, one happy thought skips across your mind as a … Continue reading Calling in a Threat During a Meeting

Tip for Success: Know When to Shoot the Bird

Have you ever tried doing something to push yourself out of your comfort zone and against the odds, only to have nay-sayers constantly balking at you every step of the way? Like the poor climber in this picture, leading a change or striving toward success can be extremely difficult all by itself. However, when you … Continue reading Tip for Success: Know When to Shoot the Bird

Why You SHOULD “Date” Those Who Report to You

Why You SHOULD “Date” Those Who Report to You! Posted on April 21, 2011 by wtrentcotton One of the most misunderstood leadership concepts surrounds recruiting. Most managers botch the recruiting function in two ways: They are reactionary to openings Once someone has joined, they stop recruiting In essence, recruiting is much like dating and the relationship … Continue reading Why You SHOULD “Date” Those Who Report to You

Being a “Ghost Hunter” Leader

There are tons of shows out there around the whole idea of hunting for ghosts. Some are incredibly ridiculous and could be a better fit on the Comedy Channel rather than the channels they are on. My favorite is Ghost Adventures with the muscular frat guy and his two pals who like to make themselves … Continue reading Being a “Ghost Hunter” Leader

Top Talent Acquisition: Stop Fishing in the Wrong Lake

You have to admit, this would suck.  Thinking you’re about to catch a fish only to find out you’re the prey.  Believe it or not, this happens a lot in talent acquisition.  Your goal is to find the right people to augment your group, only to find that you have just brought on board the … Continue reading Top Talent Acquisition: Stop Fishing in the Wrong Lake

Stop Fishing in the Wrong Lake- Creating a Recruiting Strategy

In the previous draft Top Talent Acquisition: Stop Fishing in the Wrong Lake, we spoke about the importance of broadening your recruiting strategy.  Today, we are going to talk about developing a recruiting strategy, or as I would prefer to title it, "How Not to Kill Your Recruiter and the Recruiting Strategy".  (Decided that one wouldn't … Continue reading Stop Fishing in the Wrong Lake- Creating a Recruiting Strategy

“To Do” or Not “To Do”- That is the Question

So, if you're like any other regular, task-focused professional, you live and die by the great, all powerful "To Do" list.  Every morning or every night before you leave, you work feverishly to get your list going so that you can relax.  Unfortunately, it is also how you determine success on any given day.  How … Continue reading “To Do” or Not “To Do”- That is the Question

When to Ask Why

In school, I would have pulled a stunt like this.  Actually, one time in college, I had to write four or five papers in one class.  I liked the professor, but I was certain he did not read any of the papers required.  Ok, maybe he read the first two and last two pages, but … Continue reading When to Ask Why

What Leaders Can Learn from The Costa Concordia Tragedy

The Costa Concordia was Europe's largest-ever cruise ship when it launched in 2006, however, not a lot is being said about that now with the ship being on the rocks.  Considering the age with high tech GPS and mapping systems,it is pretty hard to believe something like this could happen.  Furthermore, it is more than … Continue reading What Leaders Can Learn from The Costa Concordia Tragedy