Focus on Team Optimization, NOT your Low Performers

One of the driving forces of innovation in Silicon Valley is not the one or two geniuses roaming around the campus of a Google of Facebook. Software engineers in The Valley are encouraged to work together because studies show groups tend to innovate faster, see mistakes more quickly and find better solutions to problems.

Running from the Zombies- Why Creatives Suffer in the Corporate World

The wildly popular AMC series Walking Dead, features a band of survivors who band together in a world plagued by flesh-eating zombies. If you think about it, most of corporate America is a lot like the Walking Dead series. You have so many people that aimlessly walk through the halls, zapped of life and creativity. … Continue reading Running from the Zombies- Why Creatives Suffer in the Corporate World

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

The New KISS: Keep in Simple Strategy

Yes, I was one of those kids.  Actually, I don't think I've graduated from the sarcastic approach to live in the least.  I was one of those that would do something similar to the picture on the left.  Why do they make things so complicated?  I remember getting in trouble in my pre-algebra class for … Continue reading The New KISS: Keep in Simple Strategy

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

Don’t Abbreviate Follow Up (F/U)- Part III

Ah, the last of the trilogy.  In movie series, this is where I want the author to so desperately put everything together for me.  Well, I won’t make any promises here, but let’s get to it anyway. My final H in the list of follow up fowl ups that chap my hide is quite simply, … Continue reading Don’t Abbreviate Follow Up (F/U)- Part III

Don’t Abbreviate Follow Up (F/U)- Part II

In “Don’t Abbreviate Follow Up Part I”, we talked about the importance of knowing when to and when not to email as a follow up action.  This time, we are going to talk about another tactic commonly used today.  The “Generic Thank You Letter.” Nothing says love like the generic thank you letter.  I love … Continue reading Don’t Abbreviate Follow Up (F/U)- Part II

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

Don’t Abbreviate Follow Up-Part 1

Sure, you haven’t done it before have you?  You’ve never set up an appointment with a colleague, client, or prospect and used the abbreviation F/U on it.  Well, I guess I am the only one who will be honest here and I will tell you, I have done it more times than I care to … Continue reading Don’t Abbreviate Follow Up-Part 1

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