It was 2009. I was several months into a new job -- my first job as a manager -- and I was miserable. Miserable to the point of insomnia. Depression. Anger. Constant self-doubt. And even bouts of tears. I won't lie. I made a lot of missteps as a first-time manager, and those missteps led … Continue reading “Not Everyone is Going to Like You”
EDITOR'S NOTE: I wrote this blog in 2012 when the United States was still stumbling a bit from the downturn of 2008. While that dates it a little, much of this still rings true today. I've been working for universities since 2004. Each spring, I watch thousands of new graduates leave the comforts of college … Continue reading Are you a new graduate looking for that first job? These tips might help.
Written words are powerful. Think about it. When we put something in writing, there's a sense of permanency. If we want to make something official, we're told to "put it in writing." When we make an agreement, we write a contract. Life insurance, wills, housing contracts, bills of sale. All written. All legally binding. Think … Continue reading Put it in Writing
One day I went to my mailbox at work and there were two business-sized envelopes in there. The first had a preprinted return address in the upper left corner. My address was typed on an adhesive label. The stamp indicated the letter was part of a bulk mailing. The second was in a similar envelope. … Continue reading A Tale of Two Envelopes
My dad taught me at a young age that first impressions are lasting impressions. He was a salesman. First impressions helped put food on the table. “When you meet someone, you give a firm handshake and look them in the eyes,” he said. Then he practiced with me. Over and over. Have you ever encountered … Continue reading Lesson from Dad: The Handshake