What I Know About Being Unemployed


  Hindsight is 20-20, right?  If I knew when I was unemployed, what I know now about being unemployed, I might have enjoyed the time off a bit more. A colleague of mine was recently, and quite unceremoniously, laid off from her job after a 37-year run.  Yes, 37 years with the same organization; moving … Continue reading What I Know About Being Unemployed

The Art of the Question


A Pulitzer-winning reporter is writing an in-depth piece – about you. What are the three questions you really hope she doesn’t ask you? I took over leadership of the human resources department recently, as a result the practice of interviewing is front and center in my daily work.   In the course of my career I've interviewed well … Continue reading The Art of the Question

Showdown at Big Sky (If You Can’t Say Something Nice…)


How do you handle conflict? Boldly and directly? Or, do you prefer a more subtle approach? I'm not a fan of conflict, never have been, never really will be. I understand that conflict can create unique opportunities for growth, forging new relationships, finding the rainbow on the other side (read: yadda, yadda, yadda). But frankly, … Continue reading Showdown at Big Sky (If You Can’t Say Something Nice…)

When All Else Fails…Clean


Tell us your tried and true techniques for focusing when that deadline looms and you need to get work done. In other words, how do you avoid wasted days and wasted nights? As I've aged, being able to focus has felt like the last rung of a ladder just out of reach when the sand … Continue reading When All Else Fails…Clean

I Thought I Knew What I Was Getting


Today's writing prompt asked us to think about this:  Tell us about a time when someone had you completely fooled, where the wool was pulled right over your eyes and you got hoodwinked, but good. Was it a humorous experience or one you’d rather forget? What was the outcome? Have you ever had an employee … Continue reading I Thought I Knew What I Was Getting

Betty, Please!


Do you thrive under pressure or crumble at the thought of it? Does your best stuff surface as the deadline approaches or do you need to iterate, day after day to achieve something you’re proud of? Tell us how you work best. Who enjoys being under pressure?  Really, those people who say the work better … Continue reading Betty, Please!

It’s Not My Favorite, But I Do It Well


Back On The Chain Gang:  Tell us all about the least favorite job/task/chore that you get stuck doing routinely. What is it about this duty that you can’t stand? These days I've enjoyed the fact that I don't find myself doing too many chores at home.  My terrific husband does the lion's share of cleaning, … Continue reading It’s Not My Favorite, But I Do It Well