Archive | September 2014

Don’t Be the Star of Your Own Movie

star-of-your-own-movieIn August, we began looking at some great points made by Tim Hoch in his article, “10 Ways You’re Making Your Life Harder Than It Has To Be.” The second point Hoch makes: that being the “star of your own movie” can lead to more trouble than good.

It’s incredibly easy for us to fall into the trap of thinking the world revolves around us, our needs, our problems and we’re the star of our own movie.  It’s almost surreal that every single person we encounter every day, the thousands of people you see driving during rush hour, at the grocery store etc., all have their own script, cares and problems.

You’ve scripted your life’s movie out for yourself and know how you want it to go but not everyone else has that script. Other people aren’t playing bit parts in the movie of your life—they’re starring in their own. You may have scripted them to give you a promotion or help you achieve greatness, but unfortunately, life doesn’t revolve around you.  Instead of constantly asserting yourself as the star of your movie, forget your script and let others star every now and then be a supporting cast.

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The Importance of Your Company’s Culture

company-cultureSeveral weeks back we began looking at some of the best points from the book “Impending Crisis” by Robert Herman. Today we’re going to continue on and look at Mr. Herman’s next point: the importance of your company’s culture.

While there are some people who would say that the culture of a company is something that’s subjective and hard to define. The fact is that job candidates often refer to the culture of an organization as being one of the major factors in their decision to seek employment elsewhere. This means that for organizations looking to bring in the best possible employers to their team, the creation of a positive, affirming company culture should be among its top priorities.

What exactly are candidates looking for when it comes to organizational culture? Some examples include:

  • A company that has high values and a good moral compass
  • A company that has high standards of quality and customer service
  • A company with traditions, and a rich organizational history
  • A company that people simply enjoy working for
  • A company where team members seem to get along and work well aside each other

If you’re interested in reading more about company culture and its importance to prospective candidates, I highly suggest reading “Impending Crisis”.