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Why More Employees Should Learn Hanlon’s Razor

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 06-25-24

On Forbes: Why More Employees Should Learn Hanlon’s Razor Hanlon’s Razor isn’t part of any company’s new employee orientation, but maybe it should be. It can make you a more effective employee and also make the organization better, especially in tricky situations. But before I explain further, we should probably

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14 Executive Skills Middle Managers Need To Become Senior Leaders

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 06-18-24

On Forbes: 14 Executive Skills Middle Managers Need To Become Senior Leaders While leaders at all levels need effective communication skills to succeed, the required interpersonal competencies can vary significantly between the C-suite and middle management. Generally speaking, lower-level managers are often more involved in direct, task-specific interactions with employees,

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When The Big Picture Can Be Counterproductive

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 06-04-24

On Forbes: When The Big Picture Can Be Counterproductive Sometimes, the big picture can be overwhelming. When it is, it leads to doubt, delay, overthinking and other counterproductive behaviors. Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius, who we could call Marcus the Practical, offers some helpful advice in this regard:

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Improve Your Attention Management With Three Strategies

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-28-24

On Forbes: Improve Your Attention Management With Three Strategies In my previous article, “Forget Time Management—Manage Your Attention,” I outlined why attention management is a powerful mechanism for effectiveness. The goal is to allocate our attention to fewer things, whether tasks or decisions. Do fewer things better. Go deeper on

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19 Graceful Ways To Ensure Recognition For Professional Contributions

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-09-24

On Forbes: 19 Graceful Ways To Ensure Recognition For Professional Contributions Being recognized for one’s professional contributions is not simply a matter of fair acknowledgment; it can also be a key factor in career advancement. However, many professionals find it challenging to strike the delicate balance between ensuring they receive

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Forget Time Management—Manage Your Attention

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-02-24

On Forbes: Forget Time Management—Manage Your Attention Baseball players can easily hit home run after home run in batting practice. But things are different when it’s the bottom of the ninth and the game is on the line in a stadium full of people cheering (or maybe booing). The difference

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16 Important Skills Professionals Need To Build ‘Future-Proof’ Careers

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 03-26-24

Everyone is so busy trying to keep up, but how do you get out ahead? How do you ‘future-proof’ your career? Some skills, capabilities, and perspectives are timeless. You don’t have to be a futurist or a fortune teller to be prepared for the future. Here are 16 perspectives, including

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Why ‘The Boss Said’ Is Not A Reason

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-05-23

Sharing my  fourth article for Forbes: Why ‘The Boss Said’ Is Not A Reason So many action-initiating conversations lead in with some version of “the boss said,” as if that’s a good reason to complete any task. Of course, it is one reason, but it’s a reason filled with waste

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The Two Kinds Of Visionary Leader You Can Be

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 06-20-23

Sharing my third article for Forbes: The Two Kinds Of Visionary Leader You Can Be Very often, when a leader is highlighted in the press, “visionary” is used as a descriptor. But what exactly does that mean? We use it so often that, perhaps, it’s lost all meaning. Read More

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Hire Skills, Not Certifications

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-12-23

On Forbes: Hire Skills, Not Certifications For years, many operations and engineering jobs came with a requirement for a Six Sigma Green Belt (or Black Belt). It was an easy “check the box” requirement that allowed the human resources team to cull the herd of applicants. That particular requirement has faded in

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