Month: January 2015

A Candidate’s Interview Questions

At the end of any job interview a candidate is often asked “Do you have any questions for us?” When the candidate answers “No, not really” the impression is created that they aren’t interested, insightful, or engaged. Here are some typical candidate questions from Business Insider. Check them out and consider asking a couple of these at the

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Gossip: Good Sign, Bad sign, or Just a Sign?

The Harvard Business Review just came out with an article “Stop Enabling Gossip on Your Team“. Yet in 2013 that same magazine published an article entitled “Go Ahead and Gossip.” As a consultant I spend a month or two at a school district and then move on. The level of gossip in an organization is immediately clear to

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This is the Way We Have Always Done It

I learned a new expression recently. “Jumping the shark” means holding on to an idea that has run its course.  It originally referred to the TV show Happy Days where one particularly silly plot device is now viewed as the moment when the show’s writers officially ran out of ideas.  Rather than give the show a dignified send off, they

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Book Review: Magic Words by Tim David

What can a magician teach you about business?  A Lot, it turns out. To quote the author: It’s pretty hard to be a leader if no one is following. If you want to move mountains you need to be able to move people…Most people try to motivate others by begging, bribing, and reasoning them to

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An Authoritarian Education

I saw an author describing the J curve on TV a few years back.  I couldn’t find reference to the concept in an internet search, so I cannot give appropriate credit to the original author.  The gist of it is that to move from a dysfunctional to a functional government, an authoritarian system will only take you so

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