The Right Way to Discuss Your Failures in a Job Interview

October 31 , 2016

In interviewing hundreds of people, I’ve found that the way a candidate answers one key question tells me more about them than any other. I'll usually wait until the candidate has relaxed somewhat and begins to open up. Then, about halfway through the interview, I'll ask, "What has been a moment...

Filed Under: Interview Advice, interview questions, Interviews, Personality, personality, psychology, Publishing

7 Character Traits That the Best Employees Share

June 30 , 2016

The difference between success and failure in business usually comes down to one thing: good teamwork. If someone is going to be an employee, he or she needs to work well with me and other team members. For that reason, it's important to identify and hire based on the qualities that predict...

Filed Under: Appearance, Behavior in the Workplace, Best Employees, Character Traits, Confidence, Detail-oriented, Emotional Intelligence, Experience, Personality, personality, Professional Development, Reliability, teamwork

The Hard Truth About Soft Skills

November 30 , 2015

I have a serious issue with the term "soft skills." You know, those skills that the United States Department of Labor lists as Communication; Enthusiasm and Attitude; Teamwork; Networking; Problem Solving and Critical Thinking; and Professionalism. Every one of those skills is absolutely...

Filed Under: Attitude, Communication, communication, Strategy, Personality, personality, Professional Development

How Your Facial Expressions at Work Can Hurt Your Career

June 01 , 2015

What’s the first thing you notice about a person? It’s generally their facial expression. And when you meet someone for the first time, you’re likely to remember if they greeted you with a big grin or a disappointing sulk. First impressions do matter, and your facial expressions can affect how...

Filed Under: Best Advice, best advice, Career Advice, Personality, personality, Quick Tips, quick tips

5 Ways Resilient People Use Failure To Their Advantage

February 05 , 2015

While some people become frozen with fear or immobilized by their emotions, resilient people have a remarkable ability to tolerate distress. They face hard times – professional and personal – with determination to do their best and confidence they’ll be able to handle whatever life throws their way.

Filed Under: ambition, Career Advice, Insights, insights, Personality, personality

To Err Is Human. To Apologize Is Humane.

December 04 , 2014

Conflict is a natural and inevitable part of being human. At home or in the workplace, different opinions, perspectives, and values intersect to create interactions that are challenging and taxing to navigate, even at the highest levels of leadership. For example, in a recent survey, CEOs rate...

Filed Under: Attitude, Good Habits, good habits, Personality, personality, Social Impact

Do You Have These 4 Soft-People Skills?

November 03 , 2014

Have you worked with or for a person with a strong leader-type personality? They’re adept in driving for results and measuring performance. They have no issue delivering hard feedback or making tough decisions. At times however, their sharp edge becomes a limitation. They haven’t spent much time...

Filed Under: Personality, personality, Skills, skills, Social Impact, Success, success

Are You A Creative Thinker?

October 27 , 2014

We are the facilitators of our own creative evolution– Bill Hicks

Filed Under: creativity, Strategy, Personality, personality, Self Reflection

7 Habits of Highly Likeable People

September 22 , 2014

Everyone wants to be well-liked; it’s in our nature as people. But it’s hard to pinpoint what exactly it is that makes us more likeable. Is it a magic charisma that attracts people to us? Or maybe being outgoing and friendly? Or having an agreeable personality that doesn’t put people off?

Filed Under: Good Habits, good habits, Personality, personality, Social Impact, Success, success

Why Being TOO Humble Is A Bad Thing

September 18 , 2014

No one likes a show-off. Arrogance can push people away and make it difficult for others to like you. Having confidence is important to have, but being cocky can definitely get beneath people's skin.

Filed Under: Attitude, Behavior in the Workplace, behavior in the workplace, Career Advice, Personality, personality