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How Do You Make A Wildly Successful Career Transition?

By David Harder on the February, 18, 2018

Mel Spiese devoted his entire life to doing the right thing. He grew up in a very loving and supportive family and yet, they didn’t push him to excel. So, he didn’t. As college approached, he walked into an ROTC office and realized they offered the possibility of becoming someone and stop being disappointed in himself. He loved the Marines and over time, received several degrees, rose through the ranks, and eventually became a Major General in charge of all training and development.   When someone grows up professionally in one organization, they often leave with a unique set of […]

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How to Avoid the Boss From Hell

By David Harder on the February, 15, 2018

“People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.” Theodore Roosevelt   The single most important piece of information you need to know before accepting a job is, “Who’s the boss?”   Many people don’t give it much thought because they are so eager to take the job. If that is the case, the real problem is they do not have enough leads and consequently are also not being selective. For example, if someone had the opportunity to choose between Oprah and Harvey Weinstein, which one would be a better choice? In […]

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Self-Help – Built By Cheats, Charlatans & Used-Car Salesmen

By David Harder on the February, 13, 2018

When my first book was published, I had a struggle with my publisher because they wanted to put The Truth About Work into the self-help category. I don’t know one truly successful person who practices self help. In fact, when a talented individual tells me they are failing, it is usually because of isolation.   Self-help is a big industry. It is filled with brilliant and loving people. My literary agent Lisa Hagan specializes in self-help and you would never find someone with greater integrity, love, and smarts. But let’s begin by examining the definition. Are we marketing to a truth or […]

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Why Pitches Don’t Work on LinkedIn

By David Harder on the February, 2, 2018

“You cannot underestimate people’s ability to spot a soulless, bureaucratic tactic a million miles away. It’s a big reason why so many companies that have dipped a toe in social media waters have failed miserably.” – Gary Vaynerchuk   Social media is today’s single greatest marketing resource for building a business or a career. But, for many, that kind of impact remains in the realm of potential rather than day-to-day results. We accept connections only to never hear from them again. Another starts showering us with lengthy sales pitches.   The purpose of social media was to build relationships, not […]

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Does Your Tribe Support You or Own You?

By David Harder on the January, 22, 2018

We were delivering an especially large Inspired Work Program. After the first lunch, a group of men came walking in together. They were laughing. They had come up with the “Jewish Mother’s Hierarchy of Acceptable Career Choices.”This narrow range of possibilities was based on how one mother’s eyebrows responded when the other revealed what her son did for a living. A minor rise was a CPA. Halfway up the forward was an attorney. Of course, those eyebrows reached the hairline for a physician. A specialist added a natural facelift. But, what happened when one of these young men came home and […]

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The Five Steps All of Us Use to Kill Off Change

By David Harder on the January, 20, 2018

Business media sends out articles every single day about the acceleration of change, about changing technology impacting each and every one of us. But, little is said about how to change ourselves.   Learning how to change ourselves is one of the single most valuable of life experiences. For many, the learning process is uncomfortable and perhaps even frightening. However, when an individual clearly defines her or his unique purpose in life, when they design that work that is meaningful, many finally have to motivation to change. More pointedly, if work is “just a job,” why deal with any discomfort? […]

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Tired of Mediocre Outcomes? The New Standard

By David Harder on the January, 15, 2018

In 1968, Robert F. Kennedy urged Americans to think about how we measure what makes a country great in new ways. He said the Gross National Product doesn’t measure the health of our children, the beauty of our poetry, our courage, our wisdom, or our compassion. He said, “It measures everything in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.”   Mr. Kennedy made these suggestions during the height of the industrial revolution. The irony is that the standards of how we judged and selected work were in direct opposition to his suggestions. We continue to be haunted by the standards […]

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Shattering the Business of Sexual Harassment

By David Harder on the January, 10, 2018

The phenomenon of transparency has led to a tectonic shift in how our culture responds to sexual harassment. For many of us, the surprisingly swift departures of CEOs, bankable celebrities, politicians and other big revenue makers indicate a tipping point. Why are actions like these so very new?   For many years, organizations have literally protected sexual harassment through settlements and non-disclosure agreements. Consider the message this sends to everyone. Time and time again, we have indicated that money is more important than human dignity or “doing the right thing.” It is time to shatter this practice and for any […]

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The Democratic Solution to Engagement

By David Harder on the January, 9, 2018

One of the fundamental reasons so many well-intentioned employee engagement initiatives fail is rooted in how we treat the organizational elite. The majority of learning and development dollars are directed towards executive leadership and high potentials, while everyone else gets little or nothing. Rinse & Repeat. True, measurable and sustainable engagement places equal value, responsibility, and importance on everyone. When a CEO or business owner commits to a fully engaged culture, they become willing to ask everyone to deal with the very sources of the great disengagement in work today.   Inadequate Skills or an Unwillingness to Change Inadequate Skills […]

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The Middle-Class is Not What We Are Losing

By David Harder on the December, 30, 2017

These days much is being made about the disappearance of our middle-class. Unfortunately, framing what is occurring as an economic issue distracts many of us from the real truth.We are not witnessing the elimination of the middle-class, we are eliminating task workers. This is a seismic shift so frightening that many of America’s underemployed workers resort to blaming others for the loss of this work. During this essential turning point in the world of work, it is time for all of us to learn how to change.   Let’s begin with the fact that advancing technology has always introduced new […]