This is How you Inspire Team Loyalty

Here’s a simple tip for managers who are looking to inspire their teams to perform their best, to bring their most creative ideas and offer the best solutions: Don’t take credit when presenting those ideas or solutions to clients or others. It’s that simple. Early on in my time as a manager the realization struck … Continue reading This is How you Inspire Team Loyalty

More on the Dignity of Work

Last week I broke one of my cardinal rules: Never try to have a nuanced argument with someone on Twitter. The inciting incident was a story about Jane Fonda and the comments she made about male abusers who are attempting comebacks after lying low for a while following minor punishments after being accused of sexual … Continue reading More on the Dignity of Work

Work, Dignity and Doing What You Can

Like the rest of you, I’ve been following the story of actor Geoffrey Owens over the last few weeks. After someone noticed him working at a Trader Joe's - a job very different from his recurring role on “The Cosby show” in the 80s and 90s - his became an interesting tale. What started out … Continue reading Work, Dignity and Doing What You Can

The Next Chapter

Last December I got a message from the staffing agency I’d been working with for a while that an opportunity was available. A financial services and consulting firm needed someone to manage their social media marketing efforts while the woman who usually handled that went out on maternity leave. The story of the interview is … Continue reading The Next Chapter

Fitting In Isn’t The Point of Work

A recent Fast Company piece offers a number of tips for those who fear they aren’t fitting in with their coworkers. It’s all fine advice about making an effort to talk with other people, being careful about solitary activities and so on. Quartz pushed out a similar list aimed at remote workers who want to … Continue reading Fitting In Isn’t The Point of Work

The One Key To Productive Meetings: A Desired Result

As always, there are lots of places where you can find all the 17 things you need to run a successful meeting. They’ll offer you tips on how to make sure everyone remains involved and engaged and how to keep the conversation on track. Maybe you’ll read about how walking meetings were one of the … Continue reading The One Key To Productive Meetings: A Desired Result

Two Years Post-Layoff: Lessons in Freelancing, Contracting and Getting Through the Day

You may have noticed I largely took June off from publishing here. There were some other things I wanted to focus on and needed to just kind of put this site to the side for a little while, though I’ve obviously stayed active on Cinematic Slant as well as at Adweek and The Hollywood Reporter. … Continue reading Two Years Post-Layoff: Lessons in Freelancing, Contracting and Getting Through the Day

Not Everyone Can Do This

I have to admit I’m more than a bit put out by frequent blog posts and stories offering ideas for people to consider if they’re looking for a new work-from-home lifestyle and additional revenue stream. Mainly because more than a few of the options put forward strike a nerve with me for one reason or … Continue reading Not Everyone Can Do This

Remote Working is Normalizing

A new report from freelance marketplace Upwork has some interesting insights into how remote working is becoming more and more standard among companies, even if many don’t yet have policies or systems in place to actually address that or make it work. Having spent the better part of the last 15 years engaged in some … Continue reading Remote Working is Normalizing

What Time Management and Customer Support Skills Do I Have?

(Note: This is based on one of the questions asked in Ron Elsdon’s book How to Build a Nontraditional Career Path: Embracing Economic Disruption.) As important as I thought both time management and customer support skills were when I was full-time in agency life, they’ve proven to be even more so since entering the world … Continue reading What Time Management and Customer Support Skills Do I Have?