Managing up applies whether you’re an employee with a difficult manager or a consultant with a difficult client. Dana Brownlee’s new book inspired us to think about how her recommendations can be applied to the work of independent consultants.
This week I’m excited to tell you about one of my go-to human resources podcasts. Dear HBR is one of several well-produced podcasts from Harvard Business Review which takes listener questions about workplace issues. What’s the Concept? For the last year, hosts Alison Beard and Daniel McGinn have been taking workplace questions from listeners and answering them with the help of expert panelists. In each themed episode they respond to three questions thoughtfully and with candor. Episode topics have included negotiating raises; how to engage in difficult conversations with co-workers; and making lateral moves. The experts include career and executive coaches, HR specialists, organizational psychologists and B-school professors. Which Ep Do I Recommend First? I think the episode I found […]
How much do you think about employee retention in your organization? We all know those organizations that seem they have a revolving door. While at others, it seems, staff never leave. Employee turnover can cost between 25% and 200% of an employee’s salary. When you add up the cost of replacement (recruitment to hiring); training; lost productivity while the position is vacant (including the cost of existing employee’s filling in for the vacancy when they should be doing their own job); and the cost of an un-motivated employee prior to departure…it is not an insignificant expense. An organization loses time, productivity, money, and worker morale when employee turnover takes place. Plus, in a small arts and culture community, getting a […]
Hi Everyone: Here is the second in my Podcast of the Week (POTW) series in which I share cool podcasts I’ve found that fit with creative careers, our workforce and all things related. Beyond the To Do List is hosted by Erik Fisher, a Productivity Author, Podcaster, Speaker and Coach who examines productivity and career success from a practical perspective. What is the premise? Each week he has a different interviewee on the show. Most of them are creatives and all of them are thought leaders in their particular area of expertise. But most importantly, each one talks about how they’ve become more productive despite being human. They talk about trial and error and how they’ve found better integration of […]
Our new series – Podcast of the Week (POTW) – gives me a chance to share with you the great podcasts out there for learning HR, getting advice on workplace issues, or hearing stories of people who are pursuing their passion like you. First off, MoMA makes an appearance in an unlikely way on Slate Magazine’s Working podcast series. What’s the premise? Every week a Slate reporter interviews a different person about their work. One week it could be a tattoo artist, another week it could be an immigration lawyer. Many of their interviewees however are in creative careers like yarn dying, stand up comedy or music education. Which one do I recommend first? The one I’ve been into this […]
“I’ve always marveled at the phrase ‘work/life balance’ – as if the two things are opposing entities fighting against each other, rather than work (or rather how you seek meaning) being an integral part of life.” Recently I read this quote by Tom Sharp, founder and director of the London creative firm The Beautiful Meme in reference to a new co-working space he is working on in London. As to the first part of his statement I am right there with him – work and life are not, for me, opposing entities. My husband and I are both arts consultants and we share an office (although not a business) in our home. Much of my leisure time is spent going to […]
Does your art career resume stack up against automated submission systems? Here are one woman’s job search stats.