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In praise of civility

In praise of civility

disagree with grace and civilityIt was a day of the triple rudeness whammy.

One was delivered in my Twitter stream.

The  second and third ones happened in meetings when an individual shared their point of view and was vigorously pommelled with personal attacks. It was brutal, and I wanted out of there. (more…)

Volunteer & escape the unemployment trap

Volunteer & escape the unemployment trap

Today’s guest contributor is Richard B. Alman, principal and chief career/employment strategist of Recruiter Media Inc., owner/operator of the career website Recruiter Networks. Richard has also managed human resources for Fortune 100 and smaller multi-national companies.


be a volunteerThere’s good news for jobs in the United States.

  • In June, the private sector added 288,000 jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • The unemployment rate has shrunk to 6.1 percent, the lowest since September 2008, when the Great Recession was just starting. The rate has dropped nearly 2 percent since the beginning of 2013.
  • The U.S. Payroll to Population employment rate (P2P), as tracked by Gallup, now stands at one of its highest points since tracking began in January 2010.
  • More companies, states and cities are either raising their minimum wage or considering it.

Does this mean that we can put our minds to rest regarding jobs and prosperity?

Not exactly. (more…)

5 myths about kindness to retire

5 myths about kindness to retire



I’m on a mission to rehabilitate how we think about several words—and kindness is one of them!

Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution. ~Kahlil Gibran

Kindness, which is ever-renewable and costs nothing, is in short supply.

Frantic schedules, demanding bosses, too much to do with too little time for doing it, and the technology impacts of interacting with others via a device instead of person-to-person all play a role in the disappearance of kind acts. (more…)

Add some love to your leadership

Add some love to your leadership

add some love to your leadershipLooking back on all the places I’ve worked, the ones that were the most enjoyable—and productive—were those where there was love. Not the mushy candy heart kind, but rather the holding people in high regard kind.

Not to say those organizations weren’t results-driven or action-oriented. They were. Metrics were vigorously scrutinized, and low performers strongly urged to up their game.

But what made those workplaces different from others was that people cared.

Bosses didn’t rip into employees. They didn’t shred people’s self-respect and self-esteem.

Bosses in those companies “got” it.

They understood employees weren’t the enemy to be vanquished but rather the ones through whom all work got done.

They knew that motivating by kindness—not by fear—made things happen.

They knew engaged teams who bonded together defied gravity in the pursuit of making goals happen.

Today is Valentine’s Day, so it’s the perfect day to give yourself, and those around you, a leadership gift of love, empathy and kindness.

3 ways to add some love to your leadership

1. It’s OK to care.

Treating employees and colleagues with respect and compassion may not be on your company’s leadership competency model or give you any points at bonus time, but be a well-mannered maverick and do it anyway.

The essence of love is to affectively affirm as well as unselfishly delight in the well-being of others, and to engage in acts of care and service on their behalf, without exception, in an enduring and constant way. ~Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, Case Western Reserve University

2. Let’em know they matter.

Saying “thanks” increases the likelihood your employee will not only help you, but help someone else. ~Mark Goulston

3. Be kind.

Being kind isn’t synonymous with being weak. Kind bosses tell people how they can be better and inspire them to do so. Kind bosses tactfully point out mistakes and ask about the lessons learned. Kind bosses see the potential we don’t see in ourselves and push us to grow into it.

Your greatness is measured by your kindness; your education and intellect by your modesty; your ignorance is betrayed by your suspicions and prejudices, and your real caliber is measured by the consideration and tolerance you have for others. ~William J.H. Boetcker

Do you think there’s room for love in leadership?

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