Companies Choose Unqualified Managers 82% of the Time

Only one in ten people have the talent to manage. No wonder, according to Gallup, companies choose unqualified managers 82% of the time. If you disagree with Gallup’s findings, establish a cr…

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5 Simple Ways to Build Trust in a Job Interview

Interviewing for a job can be a stressful experience. The first impression you create in the interview can make or break your chances of landing the job, so it’s important to show up with you…

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Fresh Fuel for Dry Tanks

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This post originally was posted on Leadership Freak.

Fresh Fuel for Dry Tanks.


Empty because you:

  1. Give, give, give. Doormats end up frustrated, angry, bitter, and empty.
  2. Take, take, take. Self-centered people collapse from within.
  3. Persist with strategies that aren’t working. Head-bangers fail, eventually.
  4. Blood suckers permeate the team.
  5. Have walking-dead-friends, who haven’t grown and don’t want you to grow. Growth is change. Healthy change is the point of renewed vitality.


    Sips are better than gulps.

    Don’t wait for vacation to fill your tank. Find sips of vitality along the way. Leadership Freak blog is based on the belief that tanks are filled in small, daily doses.

    In before out:

    The more fuel you put in,
    the more service you can give.

    1. Schedule 15 minutes a day for listening, not talking. Invite a manager or frontline employee to talk.
    2. Spend an hour learning, every week.
    3. Take a walk to nowhere. For those who’ve forgotten: “How to Walk.”
    4. Meet with leaders from other industries or specialties.
    5. Hire a coach.
    6. End unproductive, ineffective activities and behaviors.

    Bonus: Serve in ways that refuel. Follow your energy.


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Your Attention Has Reached The Poverty Level

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Back in 1971, Nobel Prize winning economist Herbert Simon wrote:

“What information consumes is rather obvious. It consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.”

That was in 1971… here are a list of the best inventions of 1971

  • The dot-matrix printer
  • The food processor
  • The liquid-crystal display (LCD)
  • The microprocessor
  • VCR or videocassette
  • Email

Herbert was pointing this out years before: cell phones, text messaging, AOL, instant messaging, snapchat, twitter, instagram, redditt, 24 hour news.. the list goes on.

What is consuming your attention?

Weekly Blog Round Up



Here are a few articles that I read about recruiting, leadership and development throughout the week. You can also checkout my twitter feed @Reqfeed for daily updates.


Don’t Over-Complicate It – 7 Simple Truths for Leadership Success

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Complicated DrawingWe tend to over-complicate things in life, and when it comes to defining what successful leadership looks like, we  really really , over-complicate it. Much of what constitutes leadership success comes down to common sense, but unfortunately it’s not always common practice.

Searching the shelves of your local bookstore (do those still exist?) or doing a search on Amazon.com would lead you to believe that to be a successful leader you’ll need to discover the keys, take the right steps, obey the laws, figure out the dysfunctions, embrace the challenge, ascend the levels, look within yourself, look outside yourself, form a tribe, develop the right habits, know the rules, break the rules, be obsessed, take control, let go of control, learn the new science, or discover the ancient wisdom. Did I say we like to over-complicate things?

I don’t think leadership should be that complicated. If you’re looking for…

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Why I Am Passionate About Our Veterans

In May of 2012, I attended the Wounded Warrior Courage awards and dinner. I was flown up to New York City, stayed at the W in Manhattan and put on a tux for the gala across the street at the Waldorf Astoria.  The evening was emceed by Bob Costas, there were athletes, coaches and dignitaries. It was an amazing night to honor many of those who have persevered and those who help our wounded veterans. It was inspiring to see wounded veterans rising up and doing great things.

But, to this day, one thing sticks out in my memory from that night that inspires me to help our veterans.  It was shocking and left many mouths agape in the auditorium.  It was the suicide rate of our veterans. In January, it was reported that male veterans under 30 saw a 44 percent increase in the rate of suicides. As it stands now, 22 veterans take their lives each day.

Speechless. The Huffington Post reported that in 2012, we had more active duty suicides then combat deaths in Afghanistan.

There is good news; veterans who seek assistance through the VA have seen a decrease in suicide rates. The goal is now to expand the outreach and make sure our veterans are aware and using the services available to them.

Veterans Services:

The Veterans Crisis Hotline  24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at (800)-273-8255, press 1.

Homeless Veteran in need of help? Call 1-877-4AID VET (1-877-424-3838)

Wounded Warrior Project – Programs

Watch for future blog posts offering tips for veteran recruiting and how veterans can transition back into the civilian work force.

TED Talk – Are we really in control of our decisions?

This is an interesting TED talk.  It shows how little we actually make decisions and how we are influenced by the choices around you.  Towards the end he talks about three subscriptions choices.  It is fascinating and I know this has worked in the past on hiring managers.