GRIT: Do you have it? Can you get it? A Podcast bookreview

We have all heard of perseverance. We have all heard of “stick-to-it-ness.” Now courtesy of Angela Duckworth we have Grit. She wrote a book called Grit The power of Passion and Perseverance.  I read her book recently and was impressed by it. It wasn’t all science, though she talked about the science behind what she …

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How to keep from struggling in your working life

Many of have struggled with our “purpose” in life. We have struggled with answering the question “Are we in the right job?” I certainly have. Part of me wants to write. As a result of that I have been following a writer by the name of Jeff Goins for several years. I have been following …

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Future Friday: A Lesson in the Value of Social Media Connections

On a futuristic TV program called Almost Human a recent episode called “Disrupt” featured a story about a boy who was killed in an accident involving a “smart house.” His mother was distraught and told the police that she knew of no one that would want to kill him. He was a “loner” and had …

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The Top 4 Reasons HR Pros Should LOVE Sales Reps!

  This guest blogger has been a guest before. Bill Ramsey is a friend for numerous reasons. He is part of my Three Men and a Book network, along with Todd Schnick. He works for a company called RightFitHR and he specializes in assessments. Bill finds that getting through to HR people is frustrating. We …

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Your Relationship Investment

  As you know I am an HR consultant. I specialize in helping small businesses deal with the highly complex area of employment law regulations they have to deal with on a daily basis. They do this without having anyone on staff really trained in this area. I say this to illustrate that my business …

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A Book Review of Predatory Thinking: A Podcast

The third podcast of Three Men and a Book focused on a book by Dave Trott, a copywriter based in the U.K. The book was Predatory Thinking, A Masterclass in Out-thinking the Competition. This was an interesting book, probably not one I would normally read. It is good, however, to read out of your normal …

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A Podcast Book Review of Pink’s To Sell is Human

  Most of us do not really consider ourselves in the field of sales and are generally happy for it. Dan Pink, who keynoted at the SHRM 2013 conference (see my notes here) told us differently. His research found that 8 out of every 9 people in the U.S. do some sort of sales in …

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Empowering employees to make decisions: A review of The Decision Maker.

Do you allow your employees to make decisions? Without repercussions for mistakes made in that decision? Well you should, at least that is the contention of Dennis Bakke in his book The Decision Maker. I read the book and found it to be an interesting story of how a company is turned around when the …

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To Hire Correctly Hire SLOW

There is no paucity of advice on how to hire people that will help you make the proper match between the individual and your needs as an employer. I have written about this topic as well here and here. As I was falling asleep the other night, during that twilight of the brain time when …

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