In almost twenty years of my business career, I can’t remember a case when someone was fired for a mistake they made. Not only because some of the companies that I worked for thought that people should be allowed to make mistakes and learn from them, but more often due to fact that it was never clear whose mistake it was. … Read More Shared Responsibility and Accountability – A Key to Success or Disaster?
The biggest transitions are about to come. No doubt. The post-pandemic period will bring many changes. Unfortunately, not all of them are going to be positive. Many people will lose their jobs or switch to jobs that are below their qualifications and previous experience. But many new opportunities will be created as well. … Read More Post Pandemic Trends and Opportunities
After almost 20 years in business it’s not likely to expect that your career will skyrocket and that you will suddenly get a huge promotion and reach a totally different salary grade. Of course, exceptions are possible and I’m sure we all know some, but for a majority in mid 40’s – career development is pretty much over. … Read More Is it Working for a Corporation in mid 40’s Like Having Diabetes?
Among many different types of people that I have faced during my career, there’s one category I find the most challenging: people who are just interested in keeping their jobs. … Read More The Most Challenging Type of People to Work With
In most cases, people aren’t even close to feeling safe enough to expose their weaknesses. Because, many bosses will misuse that. Maybe not because they are evil people, but because they don’t feel secure enough and they see their team members as threats or sometimes because they don’t have the capacity – emotional intelligence – to act differently. It’s much easier to attack and to push someone towards the edge (they call it stretching in HR nowadays), then to really understand one’s behaviour, motivation and work with it to get the best possible results. … Read More Using. Not Misusing Your People Management Skills.
When we don’t feel comfortable in a working environment we usually blame the environment. And in many cases, we have reasons to do so. So many people are going through very difficult situations: from unequal treatment or a minor misbehaviour of superiors or colleagues, to tough cases of mobbing and harassment. Sometimes it’s not about… Read More It’s Not You – It’s me
In every company I’ve worked so far there was a minority of people pushing things forward and a majority – the rest of the crew, expressing their wonder: What the hell do they want?
There is a way to survive corporate environment without significant consequences and live a relatively peaceful live. The lucky ones can even be happy while doing it.… Read More 9 Tips for Peaceful Office Life
Where you come from is equally important as where you are going to.
Setting up your short term or career goals is a very thoroughly discussed topic and I’m not going to elaborate it now. You can find some hints about it in my previous posts. Much more in all HR web sources.
I was occupied by the fact that I was very often unsatisfied with things that most people are very happy with. And yes, it might be because I’m snobbish or because (I think) I set extremely high goals for myself, but instead of indulging myself with labeling, I have figured out that this is much more related with previous experiences then personality. Personality plays a role of course, but experience is what sets our benchmarks and creating our idea of happiness and satisfaction.… Read More Past vs. Future: Benchmarking for Career Choices
If I try to understand why they keep asking me and why I’m capable of giving decent advice, I come to a conclusion that this is connected to my basic education and knowledge of drama arts and movies. Because, a job interview is actually one big theater show. … Read More Top 3 Job Interview Tips
Jokes aside, we all know that while we are closely focused on our work and our career, we spend most of our time in a problem-solving mode and we don’t bother thinking too much about other things. We don’t quote eastern Zen philosophers and tech gurus, and we don’t challenge ourselves to the very end of our own nerves.… Read More Don’t Stop Working. You Will Start Thinking.