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The Leadership Imperative in Changing Times (Or, What We Can Learn From a Grey Goose)

How did we work without Bluetooth, texting, video chat, digital calendars, smartphone apps, and online collaboration programs?  How did we live outside work without a camera on our phones, social media, Waze, Google search, Uber, and Venmo?  My managers wonder how we lived without mobile phones, FedEx, laptops, tablets, copiers, email and the Internet. And at my age, I still wonder how we lived without microwave ovens, HDTV, ATMs, debit cards, jet planes, air conditioners and clothes dryers.
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The Leadership Imperative in Changing Times (Or, What We Can Learn From a Grey Goose)

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 09-20-2019

How did we work without Bluetooth, texting, video chat, digital calendars, smartphone apps, and online collaboration programs?  How did we live outside work without a camera on our phones, social media, Waze, Google search, Uber, and Venmo?  My managers wonder how we lived without mobile phones, FedEx, laptops, tablets, copiers, email and the Internet. And at my age, I still wonder how we lived without microwave ovens, HDTV, ATMs, debit cards, jet planes, air conditioners and clothes dryers.

Continue Reading

Ten Things I Would Have Done Differently

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 08-29-2019

I have some favorite questions I like to ask people I’m interviewing, whether we’re hiring, considering promotion, or coaching.  “How would your friends describe you in college?  When did you know what career you wanted to pursue?  How did you get your first job?  What did you learn in the first 90 days of your last job?  Was there a teacher, friend, manager or mentor who taught you something that’s proven invaluable so far in your life?

Continue Reading

The Nine Principles of Effective Coaching

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 07-18-2019

Many companies use the terms interchangeably, but coaching is not mentoring.  The coach is oriented to change as opposed to a mentor, who is oriented towards growth.  In coaching, the relationship with the client generally has a set duration.  A mentoring relationship can last for a long time.

Coaching is generally more structured and meetings are scheduled regularly.  Mentoring meetings can be more informal and might happen only when the mentee needs or wants advice.  Coaching is more short-term and focused on specific issues or development needs, whereas mentoring takes a longer-term view and a broader view of the mentee’s career and personal development.

Continue Reading

Character Matters

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 07-15-2019

I was taught long ago that in times like these, character isn’t built–  it’s revealed.  Sure, successfully managing through turbulent times will help you in the face of uncertainty in the future.  But right now, your people see you as the barometer; the actual measure of the temperature of the company, and its ability to weather the storm.

Continue Reading

Ten Keys to Success In Your First 90 Days

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 06-13-2019

What you do in your first ninety days on a new job is important, but how you do it is equally important. You only get one chance to make a first impression at every level of your new company. Here are some proven keys to making a smooth transition.

After accepting the lead HR job with a Fortune 100 company earlier this year, a good friend of mine (Joan) called and said, “I’ve worked my way up to number one, but it’s been some time since I made a change, and I’ve never come in at number one before. I know we need to make some dramatic changes, but I’m worried about trying to do too much, too soon.” Joan asked, “I know the skeptics are already standing at the door. How can I get them on my team and focused on helping me to effect the right changes as soon as possible?”

Continue Reading

Dear Graduate

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 05-28-2019

Dear Graduate:

I’m worried, graduate. I looked for the story on your graduation in the news.  Where are you going to apply your education? What did your graduation speaker say that might inspire us all? Were you recognized for what I know you’ve done for your school and your community? Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the story.

Continue Reading

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Ten Things I Would Have Done Differently

I have some favorite questions I like to ask people I’m interviewing, whether we’re hiring, considering promotion, or coaching.  “How would your friends describe you in college?  When did you know what career you wanted to pursue?  How did you get your first job?  What did you learn in the first 90 days of your last job?  Was there a teacher, friend, manager or mentor who taught you something that’s proven invaluable so far in your life?
(more…)

The Leadership Imperative in Changing Times (Or, What We Can Learn From a Grey Goose)

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 09-20-2019

How did we work without Bluetooth, texting, video chat, digital calendars, smartphone apps, and online collaboration programs?  How did we live outside work without a camera on our phones, social media, Waze, Google search, Uber, and Venmo?  My managers wonder how we lived without mobile phones, FedEx, laptops, tablets, copiers, email and the Internet. And at my age, I still wonder how we lived without microwave ovens, HDTV, ATMs, debit cards, jet planes, air conditioners and clothes dryers.

Continue Reading

Ten Things I Would Have Done Differently

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 08-29-2019

I have some favorite questions I like to ask people I’m interviewing, whether we’re hiring, considering promotion, or coaching.  “How would your friends describe you in college?  When did you know what career you wanted to pursue?  How did you get your first job?  What did you learn in the first 90 days of your last job?  Was there a teacher, friend, manager or mentor who taught you something that’s proven invaluable so far in your life?

Continue Reading

The Nine Principles of Effective Coaching

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 07-18-2019

Many companies use the terms interchangeably, but coaching is not mentoring.  The coach is oriented to change as opposed to a mentor, who is oriented towards growth.  In coaching, the relationship with the client generally has a set duration.  A mentoring relationship can last for a long time.

Coaching is generally more structured and meetings are scheduled regularly.  Mentoring meetings can be more informal and might happen only when the mentee needs or wants advice.  Coaching is more short-term and focused on specific issues or development needs, whereas mentoring takes a longer-term view and a broader view of the mentee’s career and personal development.

Continue Reading

Character Matters

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 07-15-2019

I was taught long ago that in times like these, character isn’t built–  it’s revealed.  Sure, successfully managing through turbulent times will help you in the face of uncertainty in the future.  But right now, your people see you as the barometer; the actual measure of the temperature of the company, and its ability to weather the storm.

Continue Reading

Ten Keys to Success In Your First 90 Days

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 06-13-2019

What you do in your first ninety days on a new job is important, but how you do it is equally important. You only get one chance to make a first impression at every level of your new company. Here are some proven keys to making a smooth transition.

After accepting the lead HR job with a Fortune 100 company earlier this year, a good friend of mine (Joan) called and said, “I’ve worked my way up to number one, but it’s been some time since I made a change, and I’ve never come in at number one before. I know we need to make some dramatic changes, but I’m worried about trying to do too much, too soon.” Joan asked, “I know the skeptics are already standing at the door. How can I get them on my team and focused on helping me to effect the right changes as soon as possible?”

Continue Reading

Dear Graduate

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 05-28-2019

Dear Graduate:

I’m worried, graduate. I looked for the story on your graduation in the news.  Where are you going to apply your education? What did your graduation speaker say that might inspire us all? Were you recognized for what I know you’ve done for your school and your community? Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the story.

Continue Reading

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The Nine Principles of Effective Coaching

Many companies use the terms interchangeably, but coaching is not mentoring.  The coach is oriented to change as opposed to a mentor, who is oriented towards growth.  In coaching, the relationship with the client generally has a set duration.  A mentoring relationship can last for a long time.

Coaching is generally more structured and meetings are scheduled regularly.  Mentoring meetings can be more informal and might happen only when the mentee needs or wants advice.  Coaching is more short-term and focused on specific issues or development needs, whereas mentoring takes a longer-term view and a broader view of the mentee’s career and personal development.
(more…)

The Leadership Imperative in Changing Times (Or, What We Can Learn From a Grey Goose)

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 09-20-2019

How did we work without Bluetooth, texting, video chat, digital calendars, smartphone apps, and online collaboration programs?  How did we live outside work without a camera on our phones, social media, Waze, Google search, Uber, and Venmo?  My managers wonder how we lived without mobile phones, FedEx, laptops, tablets, copiers, email and the Internet. And at my age, I still wonder how we lived without microwave ovens, HDTV, ATMs, debit cards, jet planes, air conditioners and clothes dryers.

Continue Reading

Ten Things I Would Have Done Differently

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 08-29-2019

I have some favorite questions I like to ask people I’m interviewing, whether we’re hiring, considering promotion, or coaching.  “How would your friends describe you in college?  When did you know what career you wanted to pursue?  How did you get your first job?  What did you learn in the first 90 days of your last job?  Was there a teacher, friend, manager or mentor who taught you something that’s proven invaluable so far in your life?

Continue Reading

The Nine Principles of Effective Coaching

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 07-18-2019

Many companies use the terms interchangeably, but coaching is not mentoring.  The coach is oriented to change as opposed to a mentor, who is oriented towards growth.  In coaching, the relationship with the client generally has a set duration.  A mentoring relationship can last for a long time.

Coaching is generally more structured and meetings are scheduled regularly.  Mentoring meetings can be more informal and might happen only when the mentee needs or wants advice.  Coaching is more short-term and focused on specific issues or development needs, whereas mentoring takes a longer-term view and a broader view of the mentee’s career and personal development.

Continue Reading

Character Matters

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 07-15-2019

I was taught long ago that in times like these, character isn’t built–  it’s revealed.  Sure, successfully managing through turbulent times will help you in the face of uncertainty in the future.  But right now, your people see you as the barometer; the actual measure of the temperature of the company, and its ability to weather the storm.

Continue Reading

Ten Keys to Success In Your First 90 Days

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 06-13-2019

What you do in your first ninety days on a new job is important, but how you do it is equally important. You only get one chance to make a first impression at every level of your new company. Here are some proven keys to making a smooth transition.

After accepting the lead HR job with a Fortune 100 company earlier this year, a good friend of mine (Joan) called and said, “I’ve worked my way up to number one, but it’s been some time since I made a change, and I’ve never come in at number one before. I know we need to make some dramatic changes, but I’m worried about trying to do too much, too soon.” Joan asked, “I know the skeptics are already standing at the door. How can I get them on my team and focused on helping me to effect the right changes as soon as possible?”

Continue Reading

Dear Graduate

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 05-28-2019

Dear Graduate:

I’m worried, graduate. I looked for the story on your graduation in the news.  Where are you going to apply your education? What did your graduation speaker say that might inspire us all? Were you recognized for what I know you’ve done for your school and your community? Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the story.

Continue Reading

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Character Matters

I was taught long ago that in times like these, character isn’t built–  it’s revealed.  Sure, successfully managing through turbulent times will help you in the face of uncertainty in the future.  But right now, your people see you as the barometer; the actual measure of the temperature of the company, and its ability to weather the storm.

(more…)

The Leadership Imperative in Changing Times (Or, What We Can Learn From a Grey Goose)

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 09-20-2019

How did we work without Bluetooth, texting, video chat, digital calendars, smartphone apps, and online collaboration programs?  How did we live outside work without a camera on our phones, social media, Waze, Google search, Uber, and Venmo?  My managers wonder how we lived without mobile phones, FedEx, laptops, tablets, copiers, email and the Internet. And at my age, I still wonder how we lived without microwave ovens, HDTV, ATMs, debit cards, jet planes, air conditioners and clothes dryers.

Continue Reading

Ten Things I Would Have Done Differently

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 08-29-2019

I have some favorite questions I like to ask people I’m interviewing, whether we’re hiring, considering promotion, or coaching.  “How would your friends describe you in college?  When did you know what career you wanted to pursue?  How did you get your first job?  What did you learn in the first 90 days of your last job?  Was there a teacher, friend, manager or mentor who taught you something that’s proven invaluable so far in your life?

Continue Reading

The Nine Principles of Effective Coaching

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 07-18-2019

Many companies use the terms interchangeably, but coaching is not mentoring.  The coach is oriented to change as opposed to a mentor, who is oriented towards growth.  In coaching, the relationship with the client generally has a set duration.  A mentoring relationship can last for a long time.

Coaching is generally more structured and meetings are scheduled regularly.  Mentoring meetings can be more informal and might happen only when the mentee needs or wants advice.  Coaching is more short-term and focused on specific issues or development needs, whereas mentoring takes a longer-term view and a broader view of the mentee’s career and personal development.

Continue Reading

Character Matters

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 07-15-2019

I was taught long ago that in times like these, character isn’t built–  it’s revealed.  Sure, successfully managing through turbulent times will help you in the face of uncertainty in the future.  But right now, your people see you as the barometer; the actual measure of the temperature of the company, and its ability to weather the storm.

Continue Reading

Ten Keys to Success In Your First 90 Days

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 06-13-2019

What you do in your first ninety days on a new job is important, but how you do it is equally important. You only get one chance to make a first impression at every level of your new company. Here are some proven keys to making a smooth transition.

After accepting the lead HR job with a Fortune 100 company earlier this year, a good friend of mine (Joan) called and said, “I’ve worked my way up to number one, but it’s been some time since I made a change, and I’ve never come in at number one before. I know we need to make some dramatic changes, but I’m worried about trying to do too much, too soon.” Joan asked, “I know the skeptics are already standing at the door. How can I get them on my team and focused on helping me to effect the right changes as soon as possible?”

Continue Reading

Dear Graduate

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 05-28-2019

Dear Graduate:

I’m worried, graduate. I looked for the story on your graduation in the news.  Where are you going to apply your education? What did your graduation speaker say that might inspire us all? Were you recognized for what I know you’ve done for your school and your community? Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the story.

Continue Reading

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Ten Keys to Success In Your First 90 Days

What you do in your first ninety days on a new job is important, but how you do it is equally important. You only get one chance to make a first impression at every level of your new company. Here are some proven keys to making a smooth transition.

After accepting the lead HR job with a Fortune 100 company earlier this year, a good friend of mine (Joan) called and said, “I’ve worked my way up to number one, but it’s been some time since I made a change, and I’ve never come in at number one before. I know we need to make some dramatic changes, but I’m worried about trying to do too much, too soon.” Joan asked, “I know the skeptics are already standing at the door. How can I get them on my team and focused on helping me to effect the right changes as soon as possible?”
(more…)

The Leadership Imperative in Changing Times (Or, What We Can Learn From a Grey Goose)

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 09-20-2019

How did we work without Bluetooth, texting, video chat, digital calendars, smartphone apps, and online collaboration programs?  How did we live outside work without a camera on our phones, social media, Waze, Google search, Uber, and Venmo?  My managers wonder how we lived without mobile phones, FedEx, laptops, tablets, copiers, email and the Internet. And at my age, I still wonder how we lived without microwave ovens, HDTV, ATMs, debit cards, jet planes, air conditioners and clothes dryers.

Continue Reading

Ten Things I Would Have Done Differently

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 08-29-2019

I have some favorite questions I like to ask people I’m interviewing, whether we’re hiring, considering promotion, or coaching.  “How would your friends describe you in college?  When did you know what career you wanted to pursue?  How did you get your first job?  What did you learn in the first 90 days of your last job?  Was there a teacher, friend, manager or mentor who taught you something that’s proven invaluable so far in your life?

Continue Reading

The Nine Principles of Effective Coaching

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 07-18-2019

Many companies use the terms interchangeably, but coaching is not mentoring.  The coach is oriented to change as opposed to a mentor, who is oriented towards growth.  In coaching, the relationship with the client generally has a set duration.  A mentoring relationship can last for a long time.

Coaching is generally more structured and meetings are scheduled regularly.  Mentoring meetings can be more informal and might happen only when the mentee needs or wants advice.  Coaching is more short-term and focused on specific issues or development needs, whereas mentoring takes a longer-term view and a broader view of the mentee’s career and personal development.

Continue Reading

Character Matters

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 07-15-2019

I was taught long ago that in times like these, character isn’t built–  it’s revealed.  Sure, successfully managing through turbulent times will help you in the face of uncertainty in the future.  But right now, your people see you as the barometer; the actual measure of the temperature of the company, and its ability to weather the storm.

Continue Reading

Ten Keys to Success In Your First 90 Days

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 06-13-2019

What you do in your first ninety days on a new job is important, but how you do it is equally important. You only get one chance to make a first impression at every level of your new company. Here are some proven keys to making a smooth transition.

After accepting the lead HR job with a Fortune 100 company earlier this year, a good friend of mine (Joan) called and said, “I’ve worked my way up to number one, but it’s been some time since I made a change, and I’ve never come in at number one before. I know we need to make some dramatic changes, but I’m worried about trying to do too much, too soon.” Joan asked, “I know the skeptics are already standing at the door. How can I get them on my team and focused on helping me to effect the right changes as soon as possible?”

Continue Reading

Dear Graduate

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 05-28-2019

Dear Graduate:

I’m worried, graduate. I looked for the story on your graduation in the news.  Where are you going to apply your education? What did your graduation speaker say that might inspire us all? Were you recognized for what I know you’ve done for your school and your community? Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the story.

Continue Reading

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Dear Graduate

Dear Graduate:

I’m worried, graduate. I looked for the story on your graduation in the news.  Where are you going to apply your education? What did your graduation speaker say that might inspire us all? Were you recognized for what I know you’ve done for your school and your community? Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the story.

(more…)

The Leadership Imperative in Changing Times (Or, What We Can Learn From a Grey Goose)

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 09-20-2019

How did we work without Bluetooth, texting, video chat, digital calendars, smartphone apps, and online collaboration programs?  How did we live outside work without a camera on our phones, social media, Waze, Google search, Uber, and Venmo?  My managers wonder how we lived without mobile phones, FedEx, laptops, tablets, copiers, email and the Internet. And at my age, I still wonder how we lived without microwave ovens, HDTV, ATMs, debit cards, jet planes, air conditioners and clothes dryers.

Continue Reading

Ten Things I Would Have Done Differently

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 08-29-2019

I have some favorite questions I like to ask people I’m interviewing, whether we’re hiring, considering promotion, or coaching.  “How would your friends describe you in college?  When did you know what career you wanted to pursue?  How did you get your first job?  What did you learn in the first 90 days of your last job?  Was there a teacher, friend, manager or mentor who taught you something that’s proven invaluable so far in your life?

Continue Reading

The Nine Principles of Effective Coaching

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 07-18-2019

Many companies use the terms interchangeably, but coaching is not mentoring.  The coach is oriented to change as opposed to a mentor, who is oriented towards growth.  In coaching, the relationship with the client generally has a set duration.  A mentoring relationship can last for a long time.

Coaching is generally more structured and meetings are scheduled regularly.  Mentoring meetings can be more informal and might happen only when the mentee needs or wants advice.  Coaching is more short-term and focused on specific issues or development needs, whereas mentoring takes a longer-term view and a broader view of the mentee’s career and personal development.

Continue Reading

Character Matters

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 07-15-2019

I was taught long ago that in times like these, character isn’t built–  it’s revealed.  Sure, successfully managing through turbulent times will help you in the face of uncertainty in the future.  But right now, your people see you as the barometer; the actual measure of the temperature of the company, and its ability to weather the storm.

Continue Reading

Ten Keys to Success In Your First 90 Days

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 06-13-2019

What you do in your first ninety days on a new job is important, but how you do it is equally important. You only get one chance to make a first impression at every level of your new company. Here are some proven keys to making a smooth transition.

After accepting the lead HR job with a Fortune 100 company earlier this year, a good friend of mine (Joan) called and said, “I’ve worked my way up to number one, but it’s been some time since I made a change, and I’ve never come in at number one before. I know we need to make some dramatic changes, but I’m worried about trying to do too much, too soon.” Joan asked, “I know the skeptics are already standing at the door. How can I get them on my team and focused on helping me to effect the right changes as soon as possible?”

Continue Reading

Dear Graduate

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 05-28-2019

Dear Graduate:

I’m worried, graduate. I looked for the story on your graduation in the news.  Where are you going to apply your education? What did your graduation speaker say that might inspire us all? Were you recognized for what I know you’ve done for your school and your community? Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the story.

Continue Reading

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The Worst of Times or the Best of Times?

There are an unprecedented number of good people on the street with portfolios in hand, aggressively looking for work. It seems every company, big and small, can wallpaper conference rooms with the unsolicited resumes they receive each day. Online job sites, executive coaches and career fairs are popping up more frequently than congressional hearings and bailout plans. And some once-busy executive recruiters are opening the office mail….or working on their golf handicaps. Is this the end of the retained search industry? Yes, it is–but only of retained search as we know it now. (more…)

The Leadership Imperative in Changing Times (Or, What We Can Learn From a Grey Goose)

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 09-20-2019

How did we work without Bluetooth, texting, video chat, digital calendars, smartphone apps, and online collaboration programs?  How did we live outside work without a camera on our phones, social media, Waze, Google search, Uber, and Venmo?  My managers wonder how we lived without mobile phones, FedEx, laptops, tablets, copiers, email and the Internet. And at my age, I still wonder how we lived without microwave ovens, HDTV, ATMs, debit cards, jet planes, air conditioners and clothes dryers.

Continue Reading

Ten Things I Would Have Done Differently

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 08-29-2019

I have some favorite questions I like to ask people I’m interviewing, whether we’re hiring, considering promotion, or coaching.  “How would your friends describe you in college?  When did you know what career you wanted to pursue?  How did you get your first job?  What did you learn in the first 90 days of your last job?  Was there a teacher, friend, manager or mentor who taught you something that’s proven invaluable so far in your life?

Continue Reading

The Nine Principles of Effective Coaching

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 07-18-2019

Many companies use the terms interchangeably, but coaching is not mentoring.  The coach is oriented to change as opposed to a mentor, who is oriented towards growth.  In coaching, the relationship with the client generally has a set duration.  A mentoring relationship can last for a long time.

Coaching is generally more structured and meetings are scheduled regularly.  Mentoring meetings can be more informal and might happen only when the mentee needs or wants advice.  Coaching is more short-term and focused on specific issues or development needs, whereas mentoring takes a longer-term view and a broader view of the mentee’s career and personal development.

Continue Reading

Character Matters

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 07-15-2019

I was taught long ago that in times like these, character isn’t built–  it’s revealed.  Sure, successfully managing through turbulent times will help you in the face of uncertainty in the future.  But right now, your people see you as the barometer; the actual measure of the temperature of the company, and its ability to weather the storm.

Continue Reading

Ten Keys to Success In Your First 90 Days

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 06-13-2019

What you do in your first ninety days on a new job is important, but how you do it is equally important. You only get one chance to make a first impression at every level of your new company. Here are some proven keys to making a smooth transition.

After accepting the lead HR job with a Fortune 100 company earlier this year, a good friend of mine (Joan) called and said, “I’ve worked my way up to number one, but it’s been some time since I made a change, and I’ve never come in at number one before. I know we need to make some dramatic changes, but I’m worried about trying to do too much, too soon.” Joan asked, “I know the skeptics are already standing at the door. How can I get them on my team and focused on helping me to effect the right changes as soon as possible?”

Continue Reading

Dear Graduate

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 05-28-2019

Dear Graduate:

I’m worried, graduate. I looked for the story on your graduation in the news.  Where are you going to apply your education? What did your graduation speaker say that might inspire us all? Were you recognized for what I know you’ve done for your school and your community? Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the story.

Continue Reading

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Roadmap to Placement Success…The Position Description

Does your position description simply list what the candidate needs to have in experience and skills to be considered for the job, or does it also clearly articulate what successful candidates need to do to get the job done?  Is the position description limited to the core competencies you’re looking for, or does it begin to sell the candidate on the value of working for your company?  Can your candidates learn what they’re expected to accomplish in the job, and how they might grow along with the company?  Is the position description consistent with the expectations of the hiring manager, the candidate’s future peers and other key members of the management team?  (more…)

The Leadership Imperative in Changing Times (Or, What We Can Learn From a Grey Goose)

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 09-20-2019

How did we work without Bluetooth, texting, video chat, digital calendars, smartphone apps, and online collaboration programs?  How did we live outside work without a camera on our phones, social media, Waze, Google search, Uber, and Venmo?  My managers wonder how we lived without mobile phones, FedEx, laptops, tablets, copiers, email and the Internet. And at my age, I still wonder how we lived without microwave ovens, HDTV, ATMs, debit cards, jet planes, air conditioners and clothes dryers.

Continue Reading

Ten Things I Would Have Done Differently

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 08-29-2019

I have some favorite questions I like to ask people I’m interviewing, whether we’re hiring, considering promotion, or coaching.  “How would your friends describe you in college?  When did you know what career you wanted to pursue?  How did you get your first job?  What did you learn in the first 90 days of your last job?  Was there a teacher, friend, manager or mentor who taught you something that’s proven invaluable so far in your life?

Continue Reading

The Nine Principles of Effective Coaching

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 07-18-2019

Many companies use the terms interchangeably, but coaching is not mentoring.  The coach is oriented to change as opposed to a mentor, who is oriented towards growth.  In coaching, the relationship with the client generally has a set duration.  A mentoring relationship can last for a long time.

Coaching is generally more structured and meetings are scheduled regularly.  Mentoring meetings can be more informal and might happen only when the mentee needs or wants advice.  Coaching is more short-term and focused on specific issues or development needs, whereas mentoring takes a longer-term view and a broader view of the mentee’s career and personal development.

Continue Reading

Character Matters

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 07-15-2019

I was taught long ago that in times like these, character isn’t built–  it’s revealed.  Sure, successfully managing through turbulent times will help you in the face of uncertainty in the future.  But right now, your people see you as the barometer; the actual measure of the temperature of the company, and its ability to weather the storm.

Continue Reading

Ten Keys to Success In Your First 90 Days

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 06-13-2019

What you do in your first ninety days on a new job is important, but how you do it is equally important. You only get one chance to make a first impression at every level of your new company. Here are some proven keys to making a smooth transition.

After accepting the lead HR job with a Fortune 100 company earlier this year, a good friend of mine (Joan) called and said, “I’ve worked my way up to number one, but it’s been some time since I made a change, and I’ve never come in at number one before. I know we need to make some dramatic changes, but I’m worried about trying to do too much, too soon.” Joan asked, “I know the skeptics are already standing at the door. How can I get them on my team and focused on helping me to effect the right changes as soon as possible?”

Continue Reading

Dear Graduate

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 05-28-2019

Dear Graduate:

I’m worried, graduate. I looked for the story on your graduation in the news.  Where are you going to apply your education? What did your graduation speaker say that might inspire us all? Were you recognized for what I know you’ve done for your school and your community? Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the story.

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Beware the Ideas of March

The warning can never come too soon.

In William Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar, a soothsayer warns Caesar to, “Beware the Ides of March.”  What were they?  Were they powerful winds, evil people or forces, or did they have some other mystical meaning?  No, the Ides of March are much simpler.  On the ancient Roman calendar, the Ides of March was simply the day of the month, March 15.  And in 44 BC, Julius Caesar ignored the advice to be especially careful and was assassinated.  (more…)

The Leadership Imperative in Changing Times (Or, What We Can Learn From a Grey Goose)

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 09-20-2019

How did we work without Bluetooth, texting, video chat, digital calendars, smartphone apps, and online collaboration programs?  How did we live outside work without a camera on our phones, social media, Waze, Google search, Uber, and Venmo?  My managers wonder how we lived without mobile phones, FedEx, laptops, tablets, copiers, email and the Internet. And at my age, I still wonder how we lived without microwave ovens, HDTV, ATMs, debit cards, jet planes, air conditioners and clothes dryers.

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Ten Things I Would Have Done Differently

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 08-29-2019

I have some favorite questions I like to ask people I’m interviewing, whether we’re hiring, considering promotion, or coaching.  “How would your friends describe you in college?  When did you know what career you wanted to pursue?  How did you get your first job?  What did you learn in the first 90 days of your last job?  Was there a teacher, friend, manager or mentor who taught you something that’s proven invaluable so far in your life?

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The Nine Principles of Effective Coaching

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 07-18-2019

Many companies use the terms interchangeably, but coaching is not mentoring.  The coach is oriented to change as opposed to a mentor, who is oriented towards growth.  In coaching, the relationship with the client generally has a set duration.  A mentoring relationship can last for a long time.

Coaching is generally more structured and meetings are scheduled regularly.  Mentoring meetings can be more informal and might happen only when the mentee needs or wants advice.  Coaching is more short-term and focused on specific issues or development needs, whereas mentoring takes a longer-term view and a broader view of the mentee’s career and personal development.

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Character Matters

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 07-15-2019

I was taught long ago that in times like these, character isn’t built–  it’s revealed.  Sure, successfully managing through turbulent times will help you in the face of uncertainty in the future.  But right now, your people see you as the barometer; the actual measure of the temperature of the company, and its ability to weather the storm.

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Ten Keys to Success In Your First 90 Days

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 06-13-2019

What you do in your first ninety days on a new job is important, but how you do it is equally important. You only get one chance to make a first impression at every level of your new company. Here are some proven keys to making a smooth transition.

After accepting the lead HR job with a Fortune 100 company earlier this year, a good friend of mine (Joan) called and said, “I’ve worked my way up to number one, but it’s been some time since I made a change, and I’ve never come in at number one before. I know we need to make some dramatic changes, but I’m worried about trying to do too much, too soon.” Joan asked, “I know the skeptics are already standing at the door. How can I get them on my team and focused on helping me to effect the right changes as soon as possible?”

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Dear Graduate

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 05-28-2019

Dear Graduate:

I’m worried, graduate. I looked for the story on your graduation in the news.  Where are you going to apply your education? What did your graduation speaker say that might inspire us all? Were you recognized for what I know you’ve done for your school and your community? Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the story.

Continue Reading

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Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Every Day

Advice is a funny thing. We give and take it almost every day. Sometimes, we don’t even realize it’s being exchanged. Turn here. Don’t do that. Try it this way. Advice can be offered so casually that it doesn’t even register as advice. It seems the older we get the more we give it, and when we’re young, we’re much more aware of the advice offered by others who have been there and done that. But now and then, someone will offer advice that can change your life, inspire you to be a better person or help you look at things from an entirely new perspective. I will never forget the night that happened to me. (more…)

The Leadership Imperative in Changing Times (Or, What We Can Learn From a Grey Goose)

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 09-20-2019

How did we work without Bluetooth, texting, video chat, digital calendars, smartphone apps, and online collaboration programs?  How did we live outside work without a camera on our phones, social media, Waze, Google search, Uber, and Venmo?  My managers wonder how we lived without mobile phones, FedEx, laptops, tablets, copiers, email and the Internet. And at my age, I still wonder how we lived without microwave ovens, HDTV, ATMs, debit cards, jet planes, air conditioners and clothes dryers.

Continue Reading

Ten Things I Would Have Done Differently

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 08-29-2019

I have some favorite questions I like to ask people I’m interviewing, whether we’re hiring, considering promotion, or coaching.  “How would your friends describe you in college?  When did you know what career you wanted to pursue?  How did you get your first job?  What did you learn in the first 90 days of your last job?  Was there a teacher, friend, manager or mentor who taught you something that’s proven invaluable so far in your life?

Continue Reading

The Nine Principles of Effective Coaching

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 07-18-2019

Many companies use the terms interchangeably, but coaching is not mentoring.  The coach is oriented to change as opposed to a mentor, who is oriented towards growth.  In coaching, the relationship with the client generally has a set duration.  A mentoring relationship can last for a long time.

Coaching is generally more structured and meetings are scheduled regularly.  Mentoring meetings can be more informal and might happen only when the mentee needs or wants advice.  Coaching is more short-term and focused on specific issues or development needs, whereas mentoring takes a longer-term view and a broader view of the mentee’s career and personal development.

Continue Reading

Character Matters

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 07-15-2019

I was taught long ago that in times like these, character isn’t built–  it’s revealed.  Sure, successfully managing through turbulent times will help you in the face of uncertainty in the future.  But right now, your people see you as the barometer; the actual measure of the temperature of the company, and its ability to weather the storm.

Continue Reading

Ten Keys to Success In Your First 90 Days

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 06-13-2019

What you do in your first ninety days on a new job is important, but how you do it is equally important. You only get one chance to make a first impression at every level of your new company. Here are some proven keys to making a smooth transition.

After accepting the lead HR job with a Fortune 100 company earlier this year, a good friend of mine (Joan) called and said, “I’ve worked my way up to number one, but it’s been some time since I made a change, and I’ve never come in at number one before. I know we need to make some dramatic changes, but I’m worried about trying to do too much, too soon.” Joan asked, “I know the skeptics are already standing at the door. How can I get them on my team and focused on helping me to effect the right changes as soon as possible?”

Continue Reading

Dear Graduate

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 05-28-2019

Dear Graduate:

I’m worried, graduate. I looked for the story on your graduation in the news.  Where are you going to apply your education? What did your graduation speaker say that might inspire us all? Were you recognized for what I know you’ve done for your school and your community? Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the story.

Continue Reading