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  • By BILL KAMINSKI

A picture is worth a thousand words. As I surfed the internet recently, I noticed several pictures of the Senate interviewing Mark Zuckerberg, the president and founder of Facebook. The photos in the split screen exposed the generational gap between baby boomers and those who have grown up with iPhones and the internet. When I saw the photographs it reminded me of the famous line from The Wizard of Oz: “Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore.” Read more

  • By BILL KAMINSKI

Here’s a startling statistic: According to the U.S. Travel Association, 54% of the workers did not use all of their vacation time in 2016. Why? The simple answer is fear. Fear that they will return to a mountain of work and the belief that no one else can do their job. Massive layoffs and the anxiety about being replaced by automation also are contributing factors. Read more

  • By BILL KAMINSKI

I’ve encountered more than a few unusual interviewing techniques during my career. I know one manager who will crumble up a piece of paper and toss it on the floor near his office door before the candidate arrives. His objective is to see if the candidate will pick up the paper or ignore it. I’m not aware of any research to support the validity of this technique, but he loves it when the candidate doesn’t hesitate for a second and quickly picks up the paper. Read more

  • By BILL KAMINSKI

I know I’m not the only one who dreads hearing the same old acceptance speeches. “I want to thank my agent, my mom, my third-grade teacher, my limo driver ... and so on ... and so on …” Let’s get real: "I busted my butt for years and sacrificed everything to get here and I appreciate the fact that I’m finally getting the recognition I deserve. Thank you.” Read more

  • By BILL KAMINSKI

Michael, a friend of ours, is a brew master, and within the last year he opened his own brewery. He already is enjoying the fruits of his labor. Michael’s brewery is a success; he sells his products to other establishments, and he has a bright future. It hasn’t been easy and still isn't. Michael works seven days a week, but it’s his passion and he wouldn’t have it any other way. Read more

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