Three Habits to Sharpen Your Strategy

Three Habits to Sharpen Your Strategy

This article was originally published by Fast Company here. During the settling of the American West, pioneers would hire guides to lead them across the prairies and mountains to unchartered, available land. These guides had to match their knowledge of the weather, potential threats, and the difficulty of each possible route with the capabilities and limitations of the settlers to…

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Who Was Your Best Boss?

Who Was Your Best Boss?

Who was the best boss you ever had? And why did you like them? I have asked dozens of people these questions. It’s an interesting way to learn about someone and sometimes a good conversation starter. But I have noticed that I almost always get some version of the same answer. The vast majority of people reminisce about a boss…

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Squelching the “Sunday Scaries”

Squelching the “Sunday Scaries”

This article was originally published by Fast Company here. https://shanejackson.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/SJ.Sunday.Scaries.06.23-1.mp4 My wife and I have a tradition that dates back the entirety of our marriage. Nearly every Sunday night, we settle down to watch a movie together. We also occasionally watch shows on Friday or Saturday nights, but Sunday has a unique significance. Our Sunday night movie tradition started while…

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Lessons for Leaders from Hollywood Writers and 19th-Century Weavers

Lessons for Leaders from Hollywood Writers and 19th-Century Weavers

This article was originally published by Fast Company here. Writers in the film and television industries have recently gone on strike as their unions attempt to negotiate with studios on a number of issues. With the advent of streaming services and the massive disruption they have caused to the economic models of the entertainment industry, it’s no surprise that writers are trying…

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I Need a Vacation from My Vacation

I Need a Vacation from My Vacation

Have you ever used that phrase?  I know I have.  On the way back from a trip that was supposed to be restful and fun, I’m so exhausted that I feel like I need another vacation to rest up before getting back into my normal work routine. As we head into summer with many of us (hopefully) planning for time…

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Three Questions to Ask Before Making Your To-Do List

Three Questions to Ask Before Making Your To-Do List

This article was originally published by Fast Company here.  I have a few close people in my life who are older and much wiser than me. I love speaking with them and picking up perspectives and insights. Recently, I was in a meeting with one of them, and he used a term I hadn’t heard before as he spoke about…

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The Interview Process is A Lot Like Dating. How Employers Can Find the Right Match

The Interview Process is A Lot Like Dating. How Employers Can Find the Right Match

This article was originally published by Fast Company here.  I can’t remember a time when there was this much collective angst around work. From the Great Resignation to quiet quitting, work—and our satisfaction with it—is making headlines daily. Some of it may be editorial hand-wringing, but without a doubt, there’s a shift happening in how we perceive work and how…

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