Being an Ethical Leader

I recently read a story by a writer who spent nearly a decade researching the Enron collapse and how it happened. You remember the collapse of Enron in 2001, don’t you? The cumulative effect was a company in ruin, thousands of trusting employees without their retirement and life savings, and a business landscape forever changed. A little bit of our country’s innocence died with Enron.

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Technology Can Lead to Distracted Workers

Distracted workers will cost employers in the U.S. alone nearly a trillion dollars in 2016. Read that again once you pick yourself up off the ground. This is what one trillion dollars looks like: $1,000,000,000,000. That’s almost 1/20th of the national debt. Smart phones, personal email, March madness, fantasy football, day dreaming – it all adds up and it’s costing your employer a ton.

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Living Thankfulness

Being thankful should not just happen on the fourth Thursday in November. This is akin to only going to church on Easter and Christmas. The big man knows if your heart is in it, or if you are merely going through the motions. But, what exactly is being thankful anyway? Is it saying thanks for something you have received and then just going about your business? I believe that if we open our minds enough here to say “no, it’s more than that!”, we will see that being thankful is not just giving or saying your thanks, it is about living your thanks. It is showing through actions rather than telling through words.

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Look for Empathy in Your Future Leaders

Almost every organization I work with is trying to hire better leaders than the ones they have right now. I say almost every one, because they all say that they do, but some act in completely opposite ways. The battlefield for acquiring true leaders is ferocious as we head into the back half of the Gen X era leading this country. Here is the problem I see. Again, every company wants better leaders, but most can’t understand what a leader even is. That is why there are so few transcendent organizations, and elite levels of success are so hard to come by. We often get seduced by sexy dollar signs when trying to define leadership. I can say this forthcoming statement with 100% conviction. The very best organizations I work with do not try to train people into leaders. They identify leaders, and help develop them into greater leaders.

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Interviewing Pitfalls, Part 1: Handling Tough Questions About Your Past

The old adage of “you are what you are” is really very true. What happens in the past is written into history in ink and cannot be erased. We remember fondly the great times, and tend to flush away the painful memories. There is nothing wrong with that necessarily, it’s just that, a first interview is typically a screening out process, and certain questions are posed in order to aid this process. Answering technical questions is likely going to be the easy part of an interview. It’s the stuff about our imperfect selves that is really hard answer for most of us. Here are some common landmines to step around.

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Top 5 Reasons Your Offers Get Turned Down

Nothing in my job is more deflating than to deliver an offer to a candidate, only to have it turned down. The worst part, I almost always know it’s going to happen before it does. In sports terms, it’s like tripping and breaking your leg 100 meters from the end of a mile long race. Uggh! Painful indeed.

Most of my clients tell me that the hiring process, especially at the strategic levels, is painful enough. Finding a candidate you like, and feeling like you are closing in on bringing them aboard, only to have the rug swept out from under your feet has to be terrible. Point being, as a recruiter, I empathize with your pain when this happens. Great news though! All of it is 100 percent avoidable.

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