Ten Timely Questions…

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 04-30-2020

Like you, I’ve never seen anything like what we’re going through. It’s been tough, but there’s a bright side- every one of us has learned something about ourselves.

Do YOURSELF a favor and write down what you’ve learned about yourself over the last few months. Ask yourself these ten questions and write down the answers.

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Beware The Ideas of March

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 02-26-2020

In William Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar, a soothsayer warns Caesar to, “Beware the Ides of March.”  On the ancient Roman calendar, the Ides of March was simply the day of the month, March 15.  And in 44 BC, Julius Caesar didn’t listen.  He ignored the advice to be especially careful and was assassinated.

Now, two thousand years later, I encourage you to Beware the Ideas of March.

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What’s Your Sign?

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 02-12-2020

The more I drive (or maybe, it’s the older I get), the more I’m convinced that yellow traffic lights are just a suggestion. Is the guy in front of me really in a bigger hurry than I am? What does it say about him when he floors the accelerator as the light turns yellow? It tells me that he’s aggressive, impatient and driven. Is he a guy that reaches his goals faster than most other people? I don’t think so. I think he’s reckless, unlawful and a few fries short of a Happy Meal. No matter what kind of guy he sends a signal with his actions.

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Roadmap to Placement Success…The Position Description

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 11-13-2019

Does your position description simply list what the candidate needs to have in experience and core competencies to be considered for the job, or does it also clearly articulate what successful candidates need to do to get the job done…and just as importantly, succeed in the company culture?

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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.

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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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