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Basecamp – Getting to the Top of the Mountain with Online Tools

Posted on 10/30/2014 by Jack Speer

I recently had my first experience with Basecamp, and it was totally new to me. It was like someone had invented the telephone and electric lights, but they left me shockingly out of the loop. I was introduced to Basecamp when I began working with a group of volunteers. To those of you who are not members of the tech Illuminati, Basecamp is a cloud based software that allows groups of people in different places to organize a project around discussions, timelines, to-do lists, and milestones, and work[…]

A Millenial’s Guide to the Galaxy of Social Media

Posted on 08/18/2014 by Angela Saunders

Once you get a Facebook page it will increase profits, gain new customers and you’ll even lose five pounds. Sound familiar? While it isn’t the miracle it’s sometimes made out to be, social media is not just important, but vital for businesses today.

You’ve Got Mail! Ignore My Email at Your Own Risk

Posted on 04/08/2014 by Jack Speer

You’ve Got Mail! Just 22 years ago in 1992—a time that even some Millennials remember—America fell in love with something new we called email. It was mesmerizing, fun, and addictive. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan were the first to fall in love online. Those were the heady days when your computer screen happily announced, “You’ve got mail!” For people in organizations, the love of email has turned sour. Today and every day, 144.8 billion emails are sent, the majority of which seem to come to my[…]

Managing Your Mind – The Key to Everything Else

Posted on 10/07/2013 by Jack Speer

Think about it. If you can’t manage what’s going on up in your head, you can’t manage your job, your team, or your world. Managing your mind is the key to everything and it’s also the most difficult job you’ll ever have. It will decide where you’ll end up in life. Do your thoughts run wild through your head like a band of marauding hamsters all running on different treadmills? Are you calm and centered? Are you centered within yourself? We need some practical ideas[…]

How Much of You are You Using? Your Power is Your Self-concept

Posted on 08/09/2013 by Jack Speer

How much of you are you using? You see it every day, don’t you?  There are so many people who are not as capable or intelligent as you are, but they continue to find themselves in the best opportunities. We think it’s luck, looks, interpersonal relationship skills, but it’s not–it’s the way you view yourself.  Do you view yourself as a person of leadership and competence?  If you don’t view yourself that way, you’ll never get there.  If you do, you’re on the road. Just like you,[…]

You Can Become “Career-crash Resistant” – Racing Through a Successful Career

Posted on 07/01/2013 by Jack Speer

Why do some people go from one job to a better job, and other people are in a constant career death spiral?  These are the people you know who are  moving each time to a smaller company with less compensation, down the ladder, sometimes slowly, sometimes in one huge plunges. How can you keep the career death spiral from being your personal story? You See Career Death Spirals All Around You Because of the Nature, Pace, and Cadence of Employment.  I interviewed an intelligent-young professional[…]

IQ Has Fallen During the Last 100 Years–is it Too Dangerous be be Smart?

Posted on 06/24/2013 by Jack Speer

Is it smarter to be dumb or is it smart to be smart when you’re interacting with other people?  A lot of people don’t admire intelligence, and they really don’t relate well to people who are generally knowledgeable. IQ has fallen by more than 15 points during the last 100 years when it was popular to talk about new advances in science and technology, to actually discuss literature, politics, and the latest ideas. Topics that get deeper than where you bought your gas today and[…]

The Best Five Ways to Really Make a Bad Executive Hire

Posted on 04/08/2013 by Jack Speer

Dorothy Drummer is President of Dorothy Drummer and Associates and is a subject matter expert on hiring high performance employees.  Many CEOs have made a bad hire at some point – but if you are wondering about how to insure that you make that bad-hire investment, here are a few tips: In my 25 years of executive recruiting I have – more than once – been asked to clean up after the departure of a bad hire.  Talking through the situation with my client, I[…]

Do You Suffer from Mission Impossible Syndrome?

Posted on 03/18/2013 by Jack Speer

As a rising star executive or someone who is already running a turbo-charged organization, you’re at the top of your game.  You’re tough, resilient, often brilliant, and you can solve any problem.  When there’s something difficult to do, they come to you.

You can achieve the “mission impossible.”  But can you sustain it with your energy and present skills?

Are You a Convincing Person? How to Get Funding, Land a New Job, or Explain Why You’re Late For Dinner

Posted on 03/11/2013 by Jack Speer

I have lots of opportunities to visit with people who want to make a big move  professionally–but they can’t convince the right people they’re capable.  The ups and downs of the tickertape of my life moves on my ability to convince someone that they should hire me–and I’ll bet that’s true for you.  So do I need additional skills to be a more convincing person? The “big talker” and the “competent doer” are often seen at odds with each other.  Yet people today who will take a[…]

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