Smarty Pants Don't Always Fit

Smarty Pants Don't Always Fit

Hiring is a confounding game. Some people have a great knack for it and an intuitive sense about people — but even they can get it wrong. The world-renowned Disney Institute hires “attitude versus aptitude,” and you would be wise to do the same.

Recently, I worked with a company who filled a position with great match for the technical skills needed for the role. But this new employee’s on-the-job performance created communication nightmares that led other long-term employees to quit. Within a year, the team was sinking...

When I Was Your Age...

When I Was Your Age...

Years ago, I attended a presentation about multiple generations working together.  Given by generational expert Meagan Johnson, it was thought-provoking and funny. Johnson asked a room filled mostly with baby boomers to shout out adjectives that came to mind when thinking about millennials: Narcissistic, lazy, irresponsible, unreliable, rude, selfish marched the responses.  She nodded, smiled and revealed her own list on a giant screen. It mimicked our collective list. Then she quietly said, “Only my list isn’t mine; it’s from a 1968 Life Magazine article called ‘The Generation Gap.’ It’s about you.”  

Amnesia — isn’t it great? We forget who we were

Bosh Bosh: A Study in How Thoughtful Leadership Is Changing Lives in Liberia

Bosh Bosh: A Study in How Thoughtful Leadership Is Changing Lives in Liberia

Charlene Espinoza greets everyone with warm eyes and a genuine smile. Confident, calm, and unflappable, she has traveled much of the world, exploring unfamiliar cultures. As a Peace Corps volunteer 3 1/2 years ago, Charlene was assigned to teach English to the young students of Salala, Liberia in West Africa. But teaching English soon became secondary to the passionate enterprise Charlene embarked upon with the young women of Salala. She started an organization called Bosh Bosh, a manufacturing company that creates beautiful fabric bags made from the multi-colored, quintessential African “lappa’ fabric.  I was lucky enough to be invited to spend two weeks working with this remarkable organization in June of last summer.  Here is the story of Bosh Bosh: