Freelancing in America: Rise of the Contingent Workforce

By Dr. Woody September 30, 2013 We live in an on-demand world where speed is everything and companies better be prepared to keep up, or get left behind. Modern companies are faced with moment-to-moment fluctuations in reaction to market demands that require quick decision-making and agility to adapt to new trends. But these characteristics are … Continue reading Freelancing in America: Rise of the Contingent Workforce

Should You Bring Mom and Dad to the Office?

Employers Are Embracing the Involvement of Parents to Attract and Hold On to Talent By Anita Hofschneider September 11, 2013 Paul From was used to meeting the spouses and children of employees at company events. As chief executive of Central Wire Industries, a manufacturing firm based in Perth, Ontario, he has long held regular baseball … Continue reading Should You Bring Mom and Dad to the Office?

American Life Planning in a Nutshell

What Have I Done? Baby Boomers Reveal their Deepest Financial Regrets

By Tim Sprinkle at The Exchange June 24, 2013 Over 50, underfunded, and ill-prepared for retirement. Unfortunately, that’s an all-too-common scenario for the Baby Boomer generation – those born between 1946 and 1964 -- many of whom are still smarting from the economic downturn and are now looking back at their earlier financial choices with regret. … Continue reading What Have I Done? Baby Boomers Reveal their Deepest Financial Regrets

Resolving to Help Others See a Bigger Picture

I'm not typically one for New Year's resolutions, but based on what I've been witnessing in the workplace, in my hometown, and in the media, I think I need to make one very serious resolution, at least in my work. I work in the training and development field, and I often serve as facilitator to newly hired … Continue reading Resolving to Help Others See a Bigger Picture

The Vanishing Respect for Skilled Trades

One of cable television's most recognizable characters, Mike Rowe knows a thing or two about jobs, particularly jobs involving skilled trades and manual labor. On his Dirty Jobs program on the Discovery Channel, Rowe learns and then performs hundreds of jobs that require getting down and dirty. If you haven't seen the show, he opens every episode … Continue reading The Vanishing Respect for Skilled Trades

Steve Jobs: How to Live Before You Die

If you haven't seen it yet, "Steve Jobs' 2005 commencement address at Stanford University" is definitely worth a look. Below are some of his memorable quotes on the subjects of connecting the dots of your life, loving your work, and living your own life. "You can't connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect … Continue reading Steve Jobs: How to Live Before You Die

Early American View on Job Training

I am currently reading "The Americans - The National Experience" by Daniel Boorstin, Pulitzer Prize winner and former Librarian of Congress. The book is part of his trilogy on the social history of America. In his chapter on how innovative New England manufacturing methods were quickly putting American manufacturing ahead of old England, Boorstin wrote an interesting passage on the training of … Continue reading Early American View on Job Training

The Happy Secret to Better Work

Here is an entertaining yet serious look at how positive psychology and happiness can be the answer to more productive employees and organizations: Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work. Shawn Achor, CEO of Good Think Inc., researches life's "positive outliers," people who are considered "well above average," to better understand where human potential, success, and … Continue reading The Happy Secret to Better Work

A Speech Every American High School Principal Should Give

I happened to run across this article recently, entitled "Speech Every American High School Principal Should Give." I liked it so much, and agree with it so strongly, that I thought I'd share it with you this week. It speaks for itself. Enjoy!

The Six Enemies of Greatness (and Happiness)

Enjoy this clever visual depiction of some of our greatest hindrances to achieving greatness by Jessica Hagy. Click here for her thought-provoking article: "The Six Enemies of Greatness"

The Surprising Science of Motivation

I just viewed this interesting video on Career Analyst Dan Pink discussing the Science of Motivation. He discusses what he calls a "mismatch between what science knows and what business does" in terms of human motivation. Those 20th Century motivators, says Pink, those rewards that we think are a natural part of business, work less and less … Continue reading The Surprising Science of Motivation

The Death of Ivan Ilyich

"Ivan Ilyich's life had been most simple and most ordinary and therefore most terrible." ~ Leo Tolstoy Probably my favorite book of all time is "The Death of Ivan Ilyich" by Leo Tolstoy, published in 1886. I generally love all classic Russian literature, and I have read this one several times as it is a short … Continue reading The Death of Ivan Ilyich

A Man Who Was the 20th Century

During my time as an editor and writer for a local news organization, this was by far my favorite story to write. As the calendar was turning from 1999 to 2000, each writer was tasked with composing a story that represented the outgoing 20th century. Our stories would make up a "Millennium Moments" series. What … Continue reading A Man Who Was the 20th Century