Category Archives: General Business

Tess Ausman on the “Paul”Cast – Dress for Success?

Haven’t done a “Paul”Cast in a while and frankly – I felt really rusty in this episode. But Tess Ausman helped pull me through and we ended up with an interesting discussion on dressing for success when starting your career (or starting any new job for that matter.) For the record – we had this […]
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Words With Friends – Words With Emotion

Incentives and rewards influence behavior. Recognition influences behavior. Simply paying attention influences behavior (ask Elton Mayo and Fritz Roethlisberger after their studies at the Hawthorne plant in the 1920s). What you say influences behavior. HOW you say things also has a profound effect. Rational vs. Emotional If you’ve read the book Switch you’re aware that […]
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2017 Resolutions – Top 10 “Won’t Post” Topics for 2017

Note: I just noticed that I published a “10 Posts Not to Write About HR” back in September. So this is a bit of rehash. It has more in it and I’ve already written it so … what the hey… enjoy. I normally don’t do resolutions. I just decide whenever the mood hits me to do […]
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Where should you focus your HR Efforts in the future?

We all want to predict the future. I want to know which company will be the next AOL, or the next Apple. I want to know where to tell my kids to put their money so they can take care of me in in my old age in the same lifestyle they have grown accustomed […]
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Engagement Entropy – Stop Trying to Find a Solution

Except for a few classes in high school and college, I’m betting you haven’t used the word entropy in a long while. If you have, you’re traveling in better circles than me. In my group the most common words we use are “does it hurt when I do this” and “do these look like bed […]
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Kristen Harcourt on the “Paul”Cast – What I wish I had been told…

Are you afraid? Are you intimidated? Was there a time in your career where you didn’t say something or didn’t do something because you were intimidated? Either by title, gender, tenure? Was your career stalled or at least slowed down because you were too intimidated by someone at work? That’s what Kristen Harcourt brings to […]
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