Choose Me, Hire Me! – Part 1: Show Up

Woody Allen

Woody Allen’s line “Eighty percent of success is showing up” says it all. I’ve lost count of candidates who failed to show for interviews, missed phone calls, or didn’t send in follow-up materials. The excuses – if there are any – all are good and ultimately lame, and they’ve come from senior exec to factory worker job candidates.

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[Life Back West] January 2009 – “Big Feelings”

While the culture of most organizations can be a little like driving in Boston – show no fear, and hold emotions in check – authenticity demands that you are able to communicate the human professional that is you, rather than the professional while omitting the human.

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[Life Back West] December 2008 – “Three Square”

My dad, who passed away at age 96, referred to life in his later years as “Mike raising father.” From the land of what goes around comes around, my son Traylor seems to be inspiring the same type of learnings for this pop. After lunchroom / playground duty with fellow volunteer parents Erica and Billy […]

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[Life Back West] November 2008 – “Rocket Science”

Yale professor and statistician Ed Tufte has crisply detailed the unfortunate trail of missed information that led to the death of astronauts and the failure of the Challenger spacecraft mission. In brief the issue was not that NASA lacked the relevant information to make a correct decision: they had the information – they just didn’t […]

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