It’s easy to sound insensitive when offering ideas to job seekers. But frankly, things are desperate out there and people need real help. Regardless of your politics, this administration has shown remarkably poor leadership when it comes to reviving the economy or inspiring business leaders, and now as Obamacare rolls out, it’s damage to our wallets and future employment is looking
At 37 years old, I was fired from my job. So after nearly 15 years of working in a conventional office, my wife and I made the decision to launch into a freelance career working from home. The transition wasn’t easy. Suddenly I didn’t have access to the copy machine, the office phone system, the conference room, and all the other resources a company makes available to employees. As a result, I needed to switch to guerilla mode and switch fast. Here’s a few of the key changes I made that not only allowed me to increase my productivity, but helped me eventually build my own business:
In trying to write books like “One Big Thing,” speak internationally, and help our great clients, lately I’ve found myself working most weekends. I do like the quiet, and I can get so much more done without the phone ringing, or having to get ready for a meeting or conference call. But the problem is, I’ve noticed that I’m hating Mondays. Without taking Saturday and Sunday off, work is just a
The highest levels of performance in sports, the workplace, school, or the nonprofit world, never happen without trade-offs and sacrifice. The extra hour an Olympic athletic spends training is an hour less he or she can spend with their family. The extra effort it takes to win that major client project means chipping away at your personal life. For most people, the illusive idea of work/life balance is an illusive ideal, because
While working on a project with a mutual client, branding strategist Dawn Nicole Baldwin gave the organization’s Communications Director some excellent advice. Because it was so relevant to the situation many of us are in, I thought it worth sharing. Whatever project you’re working on, client you’re working with, or boss you’re working for, these are important principles to remember:
One of the most difficult challenges I face with clients is managing their expectations. It happens in a million ways. Sometimes they don’t have all the information, other times their past experience colors the relationship, or they simply don’t have the experience to evaluate success. Whatever the cause, it’s up to you to manage the outcome. Why?
In this fallen and broken world, something bad is going to happen. Count on it. The question is – how will you deal with it? Some people get fired. Others lose a loved one. For some, it’s a project that doesn’t happen, or a dream that’s shattered. My wife Kathleen and I just remodeled our kitchen. I know the old saying that if your marriage can withstand a kitchen remodel, it can withstand anything. But believe me, there were moments I was ready to either sue the contractor or jump off a cliff. Dealing with that disaster taught me