Inspiration and Leadership

01 Oct

Would You Hire Someone Who Was Overqualified?

Businessman balancing coffee cups

Anyone who has spent any time looking for a job understands how depressing it is to be rejected by a potential employer. For overqualified job seekers, however, that rejection can seem even worse. If you’ve ever tried to explain that rationale to someone you’re not going to hire, you know even as you speak that […]

16 Aug

You’re the Answer, If You’re Curious


It’s ironic to look at it this way, but when we’re looking to hire a new person for our team, we often put in a list of qualifications that are basically used to disqualify candidates. Think about it: if you’re inundated with stacks of resumes and applications, sometimes the easiest way to thin down the […]

30 Jul

How Recognition Can Fire Up Your Team


How excited is your team to be at work? Ok, “excited” might be too much to expect, but if you sometimes feel like some of your people are just going through the motions, it’s not just you: according to Gallup, only 34% of employees are engaged at work. And what’s worse, that’s an all-time high […]

03 Jul

The Art of Giving and Receiving Praise


Praise in the workplace. We sometimes forget to give it. We’re often at a loss on how to receive it. But as leaders, we need to understand how important both are to our own careers. Think about it: one of the most frustrating events we regularly experience in our careers is achieving some high, difficult […]

28 May

Organizational Skill of Leadership


Being a leader means more than just fronting a business enterprise: you’re also head coach, recruiter, decision-maker, and more. The best ones are the glue that holds everything together and the oil that makes it run smoothly. Efficient leaders must rely on an entire arsenal of skills and talents, but perhaps the most important of […]

01 May

Who Is Leading US Science and Technology?


If we have learned nothing else over the half a century, we have learned that diversity in leadership is not only possible, but desirable: proven success that happened regardless of race or gender has opened up doorways in academia, in business, and in politics—all the way to the presidency itself. The question is, at what […]

09 Apr

You Can’t Lead What You Don’t Know


In a business environment—particularly in the borderline paranoia that seems to have grown out of the “Me Too” movement—leaders are encouraged to maintain a strong professional line between themselves and the people below them. Business is business, and there’s no room there for personal relationships, right? As it turns out, that isn’t exactly the case. […]

18 Mar

Building Teamwork in a Small Business


In order to survive and maintain a sustainable business model, you need returning customers. One bad apple may not spoil the whole barrel, but it might make you leery of sampling a second one from the same batch. By the same token, the actions of one individual might not reflect your core business philosophies, but […]

27 Feb

Are Your Interviewees Checking You Out?


If you’re looking to hire someone, you’ve likely done–or at least had your HR department do–some serious background checking. Nobody wants to end up with a bad employee, especially when there are red flags before hiring. But have you ever considered that it might go the other way around, as well? Most of us have, […]