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Work's Single Most Important Revolution

Work’s Single Most Important Revolution

By David Harder on the December, 19, 2018

The American spirit was founded on optimism, which is vastly different than hope. Optimism is the belief that our actions will lead to better lives. Now, optimism is being fused to profit-making and the results are spectacular.   No other category of work better symbolizes optimism than in our country’s rapidly […]


The #1 Communication​ That Poisons Motivation

The #1 Communication​ That Poisons Motivation

By David Harder on the November, 29, 2018

Unless someone asks for it, telling people what to do simply does not work.   This is one of the basic ethics in ou approach to career development and talent management at Inspired Work.   A few years ago, Barack Obama made a rather enlightened statement when he came to […]


How to Stay Out of The Career Dinosaur Club

How to Stay Out of The Career Dinosaur Club

By David Harder on the October, 29, 2018

For much of my adult life, I’ve help orchestrate the success of people who want the best possible relationship towards their work. Quite often, someone tells me they have been the target of age discrimination due to an individual or organizational bias. While many cases exist, I am always concerned […]


This Political Scandal Called “Work”​

By David Harder on the October, 15, 2018

Earlier this week, Sarah Huckabee Sanders apologized for making a claim that Donald Trump created 700,000 jobs while Barack Obama only created 195,000 new positions. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that Trump created 708,000 jobs, Obama created 3 Million positions.   What is so outlandish about the numbers is […]


My Prayer for the United States of America

My Prayer for the United States of America

By David Harder on the October, 2, 2018

This morning, I have one prayer for our country:   That we find ways to collaborate and respect each other, recognizing that political differences are superficial, especially when compared to what is possible.   I also pray that we recognize much of the turmoil in this country is about change. […]


What Are Courage Skills?

What Are Courage Skills?

By David Harder on the September, 26, 2018

Soft Skills: Personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people.   Over the years, I’ve observed the words “soft skills” as a derogatory term, often used to dismiss entire categories of learning. This is done because the development of such skills requires courage. Learning how […]


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The Great Transparency Revolution

By David Harder on the September, 18, 2018

The 2008 Great Recession continues to haunt virtually everyone who works and every organization that employs people. Getting through the event became a full-time job. And while that was happening, the acceleration of change grew exponentially, creating the need for behavioral change within individuals and organizations. For example, while many […]


Overcome Fear? How About Practicing Courage?

Overcome Fear? How About Practicing Courage?

By David Harder on the August, 26, 2018

The moment we commit our lives to avoid discomfort, we sentence our lives to mediocrity.   The dogs in this picture grew up around a lion who had been rescued when his mother was killed. One of the dachshunds squeezed into the lion’s pen. Three others followed. The lion and […]


Why Is The Average Tenure of Trader Joe's Cashiers 19 Years

Why Is The Average Tenure of Trader Joe’s Cashiers 19 Years?

By David Harder on the August, 14, 2018

The employee engagement issues tend to be on full display in the grocery industry.   Customer and employee engagement is directly impacted by CEOs who go for the lowest prices or premium buying experiences, but rarely both. But there is a big problem with the commodity-driven and mediocre store experiences. […]


The #1 Way to Get a Raise - with Total Integrity

The #1 Way to Get a Raise – with Total Integrity

By David Harder on the August, 11, 2018

“I just believe that the way that young people’s minds develop is fascinating. If you are doing something for a grade or salary or a reward, it doesn’t have as much meaning as creating something for yourself and your own life.” Steve Wozniak   For several decades, I’ve have helped […]


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