Millions of young Americans are experiencing a “quarter-life crisis.” They understand that the economy and the nature of work have changed forever. Talent today want more bang for their buck. They want to leave a mark, make a contribution, have a purpose. In short, they’re seeking a calling more than a career. They crave meaning, autonomy, and exploration. Managing one’s vocation successfully is no different than managing a business. And that’s why the contingent workforce has the power to[...]
Do you remember getting assigned to group projects in high school? If you were lucky, you’d get to work with a few of your favorite classmates and everything would go smoothly. Once in a while, though, you’d end up getting stuck on a team where either one person didn’t pull their weight, or the group as a whole just didn’t seem to mesh. By the end of it, everyone would be so exasperated that nobody cared about turning in subpar work and barely scraping by with a C-. Unfortunately, this situation occurs in adult working life, too, and in the staffing industry, it happens all the time. So today, we’ll be doing everyone’s favorite team-building exercise. That’s right; it’s time for some virtual trust falls.
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” -- Abraham Lincoln
On November 6, 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected the 16th president of the United States. When he took office, the threats of secession in the Southern states were already brewing. A year later, he found himself facing a war. Lincoln’s victory was neither assured nor easily won. In many ways, it was the result of planning and teamwork. As we celebrate President’s Day, Lincoln’s achievements in promoting civil rights will likely emerge as the major topic of discussion in our industry. However, it’s equally worthwhile to acknowledge the example he set for the importance of involving key resources, even dissenting allies, in planning critical objectives.