I interview people. I love it. I am passionate about it. Interviewing is a skill that I developed over 25 years on local and national network television. I continue now thanks to all the avenues of communication provided by the internet. A mentor of mine told me: “You will recognize a passion if you were called to do it at 3 AM for no pay. You would know it because you would get out of bed with ease and do it with no hesitation.” I know sex might fall into that category for some of you, but that will be…
Don’t single out people of color to discuss racial issues
Don’t use them as guinea pigs
Do a 360 confidential survey
Don’t blow the answers out of proportion
Ask for recommendations in the survey
Make sure everyone knows the unwritten
rules in the workplace (and there are are always unwritten expectations that are unique to each organizational culture)
Make your expectations clear not just the desired outcomes but how you want things done.
Have a clear and fair grievance process. Have a process in place for people who have trouble with their immediate managers. For example: If an…
I hate phone trees. I was searching google for others who hated phone trees and I ran across and ad: Phone trees for churches. It got me thinking.
“If you want to talk to God, press 1 for prayers, press 2 for complaints, press 3 for questions like: Dear God What do I do now? press 4 to get back to the main menu.”
It’s almost impossible to get a human being to respond when you call a major company for help or information. If you want to talk to a person in charge, you may have to answer several…
I currently coach a few geniuses. I have more than my fair share.
They have some things in common. They are breathtakingly smart and can fire off tons of data in a New York minute.* They are so caught up in their projects, creations, and inventions that they don’t see the value in having people get to know them. …
I’m all about striving for excellence, but we’ve lost the middle of the spectrum where you could just be good. Now more than ever, we face a choice between being exceptional and being worthless.
You nailed it! We even miss the brilliance that could benefit us all by the assumption that only a certain sector of society with wealth and credentials get to be heard. I have found as an interviewer that some of the most stunning insights have come from those folks who are in the middle and even the bottom of the ladder.
For managers it is abundantly clear that it is nearly impossible to keep the outside world out of the workplace. The issues that arise inevitably come inside in the form of conversations around the water cooler or now as interruptions in the virtual environment. One example: Asian-Americans are not only experiencing worry and concern when they are outside due to increased hostilities, but they have concerns about how their colleagues view them and what incorrect information has affected their working relationships. Racism does not exist in isolated sealed areas but rather it seeps in through social media and day to…
I can understand why you don’t share. You think you are not qualified to share your idea. Somebody told you that you were not smart enough. Friends and family made fun of your ideas. No one else has said it, so maybe it is too weird or bizarre.
“Who do you think you are?”
“Others have spent years working on this problem, why do you think you have something to say?
The voice in the head can be crippling and worse yet it is robbing us of you.
I am amazed why some jerks get so much attention. The reason…
Don’t misunderstand. I am a small-time trader. I trade because it allows me to pay attention to the world in an interesting way. The big ups and downs in the market never seemed to have any real connection to my day to day experience. But buying and selling stocks whose ups and downs connect me to my world, gives me an additional observation tool. I invest in what interests me and in things that I use.
Bitcoin was a curiosity. I was not an early adapter with bitcoin. I wanted to understand cryptocurrency and it’s growth so I bought some…
Satire by Phyllis Haynes and Tech Contributor Arthur Fleiss
The new entry to the marketplace can sense and count your racist thoughts. By counting how many of these you have in an hour, it will force the user to acknowledge racist thinking and over time encourage the user to decrease those thoughts. More than 4 in an hour will set up a beep. The user will get rewarded for heartfelt meditations and communications. Loving thoughts and phrases will earn badges like: Great Human or Gracious Being.
The device cannot read your words but it can categorize where the signals are…
I faced a spiritual dilemma in writing this article. I was genuinely inspired by the imagery offered by a key person in my story but when I researched him, I found many accusations and allegations about this person mixed in with his extraordinary accomplishments. I could have written the sensational allegations but decided that since he was no longer alive he could not defend himself. More importantly, I would be benefiting from writing the lurid descriptions of the accusations if I put them to paper. So I have not.
Some of you may say: “Come on, didn’t you know about…