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5 Tips on Managing Age Diverse Software Teams

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Who would have known it would have come to this… Several years ago, when I worked in corporate as a software engineer, I spent most of my time in a high rise building in San Francisco. It was tier 2 Silicon Valley startup, free food, flexible hours, game room, but you probably never of heard…

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6 Tips to Manage Employees Better in Unionized Environments

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There are countless if not thousands of articles written on the dynamics of management. Everything from Bottom Up Management, One Minute Management to Six Sigma Management. In fact, you can say there are just as many management flavors as there are ice cream flavors at Basket Robbins. However, most management forms are written for white-collar…

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7 Steps to Successful Succession Planning

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Can you solve a problem even if it’s too late?  During September 2019, I was working with a group of VPs across various marketing companies during a conference breakout session. Unfortunately, one of the leaders was in deep water. She (let’s call her Sally) currently worked on a remote team where some employees were reaching…

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5 Signs That You Are Way Overqualified For Your Current Job

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What is worse than working a job you hate? Maybe it’s working for a job you are overqualified? But what’s even worse than that? Answer: When you know you have the skills to earn more.  Unfortunately, overqualified employees happen more frequently than most people know. Turns out nearly half of people are overqualified for their…

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Why Same Day Pay Won’t Fix Your Overdrafting Problems

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How long are you willing to wait for a paycheck? A few hours, days, weeks, or a few months?  Recently, I was reading through a Wall Street Journal article The Wait For Pay Does not Have to be So Long that examined how companies are trying to increase the speed in which people are paid.…

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How Can Companies Avoid Workplace Gossip?

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Personally, I have been burned emotionally to a crisp from workplace gossip.  All that you need to know that is there was some information that was spread about me in the workplace a few ago which consisted of something outside the job. No one asked me personally what was going on. But the lack of…

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How Do You Get Millennials to Respect Baby Boomers?

I admit I was one of them.  At my first job at Lithium Technologies (they provide software solutions not batteries in case you were wondering), I had the privilege of working as a software engineer at a ‘fast charging startup’ in San Francisco. Young, motivated and green, I had the ultimate goal of becoming the…

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How Do You Get Baby Boomers to Adopt New Technology?

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Can’t change, won’t change, should change. Getting anyone to adopt something new is a challenge and adopting new technology is an even bigger obstacle. Having a Baby Boomer adopt new technology hits pretty close to home. By close I mean a Traditionalist, my grandfather. For the first time in my life I have been spending…

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