Monthly Archives: August 2007

Breaking News: Want ads still suck

Apparently, they still haven’t fixed the job description/want ad problem. Mr. Peabody, could I borrow that thing for a sec? In light of Guy Kawasaki going off on want ads and 37signals going off on want ads, we’ve gone back … Continue reading

Posted in Criticism, Hiring | 1 Comment

Valuing Consulting Services versus Contractor Labor

Rick and I were recently having a conversation about the value of a consultant or contractor’s time, and how the concept of consultative value may or may not translate into a meaningful bill rate. Rick observed that too often the … Continue reading

Posted in Entrepreneur, Execution, Experience, Insight, Perception, Reputation | 4 Comments

Evolve Your Brand

Day One at a new company – who will you be here? What will your work say about you? Not that you can’t be the same person you were yesterday – that person got you hired after all. But how will you be … Continue reading

Posted in Branding, Career, Perception, Reputation | 3 Comments

37signals highlights some recent mistakes

Here are good ol’ More than a living, we like to think we’re pretty upfront about our mistakes. It’s not that we like making them. But once they’re made, there’s a certain amount of catharsis in delving into the causes … Continue reading

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Recruit Mediocre or Learn to Reward Performance

When was the last time you sought the most average potential candidate for your next employee? When you said, “competent is great, but a solid C/C+ candidate is the real sweet spot?” Are you hiring for the tasks that need … Continue reading

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Cultural Messaging – Stop Neglecting It

When you cast about your organization, who epitomizes your organization’s values? Do you see it just in the executive suite, or do you see it in the line (or in walking among the cubes)? How is your messaging reinforcing the … Continue reading

Posted in Branding, Change, Communication, Culture | 3 Comments

You're special

You’re special. And I don’t mean that in a touchy feely way. Although if you feel like you need it, go ahead and take it that way. But take it this way, as well: You’re special. You’re not general. You’re … Continue reading

Posted in Experience, Honesty, Inspiration, Pride, Reputation, Talent, Value | 5 Comments