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Barry Lovelace has been an entre­pre­neur and busi­ness advi­sor; exec­u­tive coach and uni­ver­sity researcher and fac­ulty. He’s had con­sult­ing assign­ments with high tech firms, gov­ern­ment agen­cies and ser­vice indus­tries. He’s co-authored a book on gar­den­ing and writ­ten arti­cles rang­ing from regional gov­er­nance to envi­ron­men­tal pol­icy. He is a data junkie whose abid­ing pro­fes­sional inter­est is help­ing teams work bet­ter, and indi­vid­u­als find their pas­sion and pur­pose in life.

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The About U Report is driven by the Birkman Method. Recently Birkman released new Job Families. This changed the About U Report in two ways: first, there are new job families listed and second the Basic Colors report (p. 18) now reports on the work environment that is best suited for you. Related to this development is a new Career Management Plus report which lists all of the new Job Families and reports on the work environment you are best suited to as well as how you operate in the job…

When asked, most people will reply to that question with “I work for XYZ Corporation.” In reality you work for a person, a boss. CNN Money regularly publishes the list of the best companies to work for in the country such as Zappos, REI, Google, and Wegmans Food Markets. Okay, can you assume that you are automatically going to be satisfied and fulfilled with your work–that the people around you and your boss will support who you are? What if your boss at one of these revered companies…

Advice From Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs gave a valedictory to the graduating class at Stanford in 2006 that is considered a classic and has been widely quoted: follow your passion; don’t live someone else’s life. Sound, brilliant, observations. The part of that speech that resonates for me and that isn’t as widely quoted: “When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: ‘If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.’ It made an impression on me, and since then,…

Making the Sale

I had an opening at a firm that I had to fill. So I advertised the position. Scads of applicants. The resume sort resulted in many “no ways” a larger number of “so-sos” and a small number of “real prospects.” After interviewing the “real prospects,” it was clear all of them could do the job as well as fit into our organization. But there was one candidate who, on her way out of my office, turned to me and said “I know there are other qualified applicants and the competition is…

Monkey Shines

So, are you a monkey? Here’s the story: Put three monkeys in a large cage. In the center is a metal ladder and suspended above it a tempting, ripe banana. One monkey climbs up the ladder to get the banana. Unbeknownst to him it is wired to a battery and when part way up a hidden researcher flips a switch shocking the monkey, who skinnies down the ladder. The second monkey tries to get the banana with the same effect. But when the third monkey starts to go after the banana the other two stop…

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