Fit matters. Try running a mile or two in a pair of trainers that are a size too small if you need proof. As uncomfortable as that would be, missing the fit on an employment decision is just as painful, or even worse.

We have a formula for growth at Talent Plus called the GIFT Formula (the first letters spelled backward are GIFT).

(Talent + Fit) x Investment = Growth

Many businesses experience extreme seasonality. Resorts, sports venues and retail businesses immediately come to mind. Every year they must staff up for the busy season and lay off for the off season. I have worked in several seasonal businesses, both as an employee and as a leader. The purpose of this post is to explore the question, in managing seasonal employees, what adjustments should managers make?

Moral authority is not discussed very frequently, but lately we’ve heard a lot of talk about it, particularly in relation to President Trump. Does he have it? Is he losing it? Does it even matter? This post, however, is not about Donald Trump. It is about why people want their leaders to have moral authority, and by extension, why you should strive to earn it.

What’s the one thing you can do in a relationship with another person to immediately shift the balance of power?

Ask a question.

Not just any question. There are ways of asking that are more like telling. The question I just asked is actually one of those. Why? Because I already knew the answer. The question wasn’t really a question. It was more of a device for telling.

Consider the responses of three people laying bricks. When asked, “What are you doing?”

The first person replies, “I’m laying bricks.”

The second person says, “I’m part of a team building a large, intricate brick wall that requires great skill.”

To that same question, the third person replies, “I’m just one of many people working together here to build a cathedral where people will get married, christen their babies and lay their loved ones to rest.”

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