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…


Matt Havens Business Sports Analogies Article

Business Success Through Sports Analogies

During a recent conversation with a mentor of mine, I was discussing a project we just completed and going through some self-reflection on how the project went. Did we accomplish our goal? Why/why not? If given the opportunity again, would I do it any differently? On this particular project, I wasn’t satisfied with the result,…


Attracting (And Then Keeping) your Top Millennial Talent

Attracting (And Then Keeping) Your Top Millennial Talent

Hi everyone! I hope by now you’ve all adjusted to either “life without kids in school” or “exactly the same as yesterday, but warmer”. In other words, SUMMER!! Easily my favorite season of the year, it’s half the reason we moved from the Midwest to Dallas a few years ago. (The other half was so…


Matt Havens Personal Development Speaker Article

What I Learned at Improv Night

You’d think with a title like that I might be telling you about my first time performing improv. I’d share my escapades trying to find a joke to connect the word “elephant” with what was transpiring on stage. The crowd – half drunk and excited to be out in public with other adults instead of…


Matt Havens Leadership Empathy

Walking in Someone’s Shoes is Gross. Try Being Empathetic Instead!!

Hi everyone! It’s April – which means hopefully nobody fell for an April Fool’s jokes this year. It’s a running tradition in my family to try and trick my Dad, who mysteriously continues to fall for something each year despite marking it on his calendar. One year I called him at 2:00am to tell him…


Matt Havens - Keynote Speaker

How to Fight For Your People

It’s easily my favorite time of the year. No, I’m not talking about building an invincible snowman army (which is surprisingly difficult to do in Texas) or even failing to keep all those New Year’s resolutions I had no intention of sticking to in the first place. I’m talking about performance review time! Who doesn’t…


Matt Havens Leadership Speaker

How to Provide Honest Feedback In Tough Situations

Greetings everyone! The new year is finally upon us! As I wrote about last year, we’re about to embark on (or maybe you’re already dead-smack in the middle of) performance review time! This time of year often coincides with a significant increase in general malaise. In fact, studies have shown workplace illness rises approximately 45%…