Keep It Real In Business

When Keeping It Real Pays Off

As Dave Chappelle taught us, sometimes keeping it real can go wrong.  But we don’t all have to be like Vernon Franklin. Keeping it real can pay off, too. When I was 25 years old and three years into my corporate career, I found myself invited to speak with the top brass at the company.…

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Andrew Luck’s Retirement and What It Means for You

Andrew Luck’s Retirement and What It Means for You

Andrew Luck retired over the weekend. The former #1 overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft hung up his cleats before the season officially began and the news of his decision sent ripples through sports media, talk shows and the Internet. After all, he’s one the best quarterbacks in the NFL and he’s only 29…

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Be Curious

Be Curious, Not Certain

Last year I did an event for a large manufacturing company in Wisconsin. As I do with all of my clients, I spoke with them beforehand to discuss their main goals for the engagement, which helps me capture the spirit of the event and how I might incorporate company-specific concepts into my content. This client…

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Listen More Than You Talk

Everyone’s Talking and Nobody’s Listening

The Internet is (mostly) a wonderful thing. In an instant, we can share knowledge or insight with the world. We can learn from others who are experts in a particular field. We can join conversations with people we’ve never physically met. I’m convinced the power it has given us to have a voice and platform…

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Millenials Are Job Hoppers Like Their Parents

Millennials are Disloyal Job-Hoppers – Just Like Their Parents

Two-thirds of the workforce in the United States is disengaged at work. Yet when it comes to doing something about it and finding more meaningful work for themselves, the majority of people aren’t taking action.  That is, unless you’re a Millennial. Millennials (and Gen Z) will apparently quit employers at the drop of a dime.…

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Baby Boomers Broke the System

Baby Boomers Broke the System – Part 2

(How we rebound) In a previous article, I outlined how Baby Boomers are quick to point fingers at Millennials for many of the issues the Baby Boomers created. I went so far as to call Baby Boomers “more self-centered than the self-centered Millennials they blame for everything.” We can have a different point of view…

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Baby Boomers Broke the System

Baby Boomers Broke the System

The generation who messed it up for everyone else – Part 1 My heartbeat was elevating, and I could feel my anger-levels rising faster than a hungry infant as I clicked on the LinkedIn article. It was the perfect definition of a click-bait title, executed with precision. Even I had to sit back and admire…

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5 Signs You Hate Your Job

5 Signs You Hate Your Job and It’s Time for a Change

Hate is a strong word.  We use it carelessly when describing a job where we’re frustrated, overworked or disenchanted.  And while hate might be a bit of an overstatement, it doesn’t change the fact that nearly 70% of us report being “dissatisfied with their career choices.” That’s a lot of hate! I haven’t seen that much hate…

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Matt Havens Employee Engagement Article

Engaging a Millennial Workforce and the Lies You’ve Been Told

When it comes to working with Millennials – or frankly anyone born post-Internet explosion – you’ve heard enough of the same stuff to bore an elephant.  For example, I’m sure you’ve heard things like: Give them “fun” places to work. Have games, beanbag chairs, and free Redbulls in the fridge! Create a place where they…

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