Nearly one of every three American workers is a freelancer or fractional worker. These 42 million individuals are designing our nation's logos, landscaping its yards, programming its computer algorithms and walking its restless dogs. But while they contribute to our GDP just as full-time employees do these workers have been overlooked by the federal government's statisticians.
Lean helps entrepreneurs refine those hunches, create actionable hypotheses to test, and record learning for future decisions, all the while targeting key success metrics for the business.
Investors too often ask startup entrepreneurs what revenue will be in five years. Investors need to let the entrepreneurs know what they would like for revenue to be so entrepreneurs can plug that into their spreadsheets.
Jeri represents to me the heart of American spirit. I believe in our resiliency we are all Chocolate Labradors at our core.
Many companies argue that training for technical skills presents a risk. Why give a new worker a skill they can easily take to a competitor who didn't make the same investment? But actually, empowering employment via training is a driver of retention and productivity gains if done well.
Here's the deal: You don't need to overhaul your entire recruiting process. You just need to tweak your strategy, be more attentive and actually understand the other side of the hiring table. Here's how:
You don't have to change your boss, your job, or your personality -- only your approach.
Why is it that if employees are truly so important to the success of most modern enterprises, they are frequently the last audience considered for important announcements and the first audience targeted for cost reductions? It is a dilemma that you will face regularly.
Don't dismiss your gut instinct; it is often the best indicator. But again, the potential employee may surprise you, (for better OR worse) so don't solely rely on intuition. Testing supports your instinct. Test, test, test.
With a little forethought, a bit of practice and the right attitude, you can walk away from that office expecting a good news phone call in the near future.
Looking for work? More work? Better work? Work that pays what you used earn? Then it makes sense to apply for as many jobs as you can find. Right? Follow up on every lead. Selling anything, even yourself, comes down to the numbers. And more is better. Or is it?
Once we understand the power of our personal reputations we can begin to see how others' perceptions of us can impact our ability to compete in the marketplace -- for jobs, for raises and for promotions.
A great resume and strong GPA are not enough to land a job offer. In today's business environment you must be able to demonstrate your knowledge of appropriate behavior during the job search process.
As the World Series approaches, it turns out that we have much to learn from the business of baseball. The early efforts of employers, higher education institutions and workforce development organizations to solve the skills crisis by joining forces are encouraging. But something important has been missing from most discussions: data.
Given how rock music celebrates the disorderly and forbidden, it's not surprising that when we face a managerial dilemma we don't think to turn to organizations with names such as Butthole Surfers, Rage Against the Machine, or Meat Puppets for answers. We don't often think of rock bands as the businesses they are.
We put the focus on everything else but the central issue of performance. This has resulted in a worsening skills gap, a disconnect between educational output and the human capital demands of industry, and a culture focused on getting kids into college rather than providing learners with what they need to be successful in their careers and lives.
As a recruiter or employer, typically you're the one holding all the cards in the hiring process. You scan the resumes, call up prospective candidates, and make final decisions. But have you ever thought of your organization as the one in the hot seat?
October is a good month to literally and figuratively transform individual entrepreneurial aspirations into collective deeds and accomplishments that result in profit; economic and moral. How?
When a crisis looms or drops in your lap, you will be better able to tackle it if you have been taking care of yourself -- giving back to you. Never forget how much you matter. You cannot fully give to others, including your work, if you haven't taken care of yourself.