Stop Overthinking and Take Action

Stop Overthinking and Take Action!

Hello everyone! It’s September, which for me, means it marks another year my wife made an arguably questionable decision to spend the rest of her life with me. As we celebrate 9 glorious years, we thought a good way to celebrate would be to embark on a fairly large home remodeling project. There is literally[…]

Why You Should Write Out Your Leadership Goals

Why You Should Write Out Your Leadership Goals

Hi everyone! Hopefully you’ve had an amazing start to SPRING! (I’m capitalizing it because I’m shouting the word repeatedly at the moment.) We’re finally into May and perhaps closer to putting our April winter behind us. April took me through parts of Canada and the Midwest (Illinois, Iowa, Missouri) and I don’t recall the last[…]

Matt Havens generational keynote speaker article

How Your Words Influence Behavior

Happy April everyone! April is easily one of my 12 favorite months in the year, primarily because of a single day called “April Fools!” In my family, April Fools is something of a family holiday. There was the time in college I called my Dad at 2am to let him know I had been arrested[…]

Millennials are the Hardest Working Generation

Let’s get this out of the way. We are going to indulge in some stereotypes throughout this conversation. Not everyone is exactly the same! Not all Millennials are tech-savvy Twitter mongrels. Not all Boomers are old, stodgy authoritarians. Everybody is an individual, so you can’t continually try to shove people into a box and blindly[…]

What Improv Comedy Taught Me About Leadership

“What in the heck did I just get myself into?” That’s what I kept asking myself a few weeks ago, and I couldn’t shake the feeling I had made a huge mistake. I was standing in a small room about the size of my old college dorm room, staring at 16 complete strangers as they[…]

Matt Havens - Generation Z Article

Stop Blaming Gen Z for Being Impatient

A few weeks ago I got into a conversation with a friend about, of all things, costumes. My two girls are constantly getting dressed up in funny costumes. They love it! And why shouldn’t they?! Wouldn’t you like trading in your slacks and buttoned-down shirts for a wardrobe where your only choices are Cookie Monster,[…]

Matt Havens Leadership Perception

How Perception Influences Performance Reviews – Part II

Reflections from Middle Management Managing how others perceive you and ensuring you’ve got a positive brand sucks, but unfortunately, you don’t get the option to act like perception doesn’t exist   Last month, we spent some time talking about how others’ perception of you can influence the performance review conversation in the workplace.  As promised, I[…]

How perception influences performance reviews

How Perception Influences Performance Reviews

Reflections from Middle Management If you’re at all like me, then you’re probably wondering how it’s already November and we’re almost done with 2017. I know. It’s crazy. You may also be wondering why we eat pizza inside-out while all other food is consumed outside-in. Think about it….. But seriously, time is flying. If you[…]

Matt Havens Virtual Leadership

Virtual Leadership – Leading Across and Beyond Your Team

Reflections from Middle Management Hi everybody! And welcome to the start of fall! Football has returned to TV, pumpkin spice lattes are back to being the official “Drink of America,” and the kids are fully back into the swing of school while parents adjust to the new school year schedule. It’s an awesome time of[…]