Want to know how to lead? Follow this outstanding example.

This brief speech from the movie Gettysburg is a wonderful example of how great leaders communicate.

Joshua Chamberlain was an American college professor from the State of Maine, who volunteered during the American Civil War to join the Union Army. He became a highly respected and decorated Union officer, reaching the rank of brigadier general (and brevet major general). He is best known for his gallantry at the Battle of Gettysburg, for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor. He became commander of the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment in June 1863. On July 2, during the Battle of Gettysburg, Chamberlain’s regiment occupied the extreme left of the Union lines at Little Round Top. Chamberlain’s men withstood repeated assaults from the 15th Regiment Alabama Infantry and finally drove the Confederates away with a downhill bayonet charge.

When It Comes to Your Career, Numbers Matter

No matter where you are in your career journey, get in the habit of chronicling your achievements. It is critical that you show metrics associated with your work. Here are some reasons to make this a habit.

  1. Keeping up with your work makes the dreaded annual review process a snap.
  2. When you hit a low energy point and start to feel burn out creeping in, looking back over your accomplishments buoys the spirit.
  3. By keeping up with your accomplishments, you are keeping up with your resume.

In today’s turbulent business environment, it is in your best interest to keep your resume and your LinkedIn profile up to date.

This video is a great place to start.

Have ideas on ways to keep your resume fresh? Add to the comments below, we’d love to hear from you!

09 July 2018



Zigzag Image–Text Layouts Make Scanning Less Efficient

This is a great piece about how people actually take in information.
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In two-column layouts, vertically aligned images support efficient scanning better than images that alternate placement with text.
Source: Zigzag Image–Text Layouts Make Scanning Less Efficient

Leaders Should Be Adept at Asking Questions

More great tips from David Marquet. I highly recommend David’s “Leadership Nudge” series.
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Let’s talk about how we ask questions as leaders. Some questions are better than other questions. You don’t want to ask a question where your people will have to respond negatively: “Have you completed the project yet?” “Well, no but we’re almost done.” Instead, ask a question that they can respond positively to: “Have you […]

via Leadership Nudge™ – Let Them Say Yes! — David Marquet

F-Shaped Pattern of Reading on the Web: Misunderstood, But Still Relevant (Even on Mobile)

This is great article from the Nielsen Norman Group showing how eye-tracking technology can help us better understand how people look at the messages we are creating.
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Eleven years after discovering the F-shaped reading pattern, we revisit what it means today.

Source: F-Shaped Pattern of Reading on the Web: Misunderstood, But Still Relevant (Even on Mobile)

Bottleneckers, Gaming the Government for Power and Private Profit

It sounds like a good idea. One proper role of government is to protect people from charlatans, hucksters, and swindlers. To that end, the state regulates many professions. Doctors, nurses, EMTs, and other career’s require occupational licenses in order for someone to legally engage in that activity. But what happens when the government gets into the business of placing their official stamps of approval on things? You guessed it, competition decreases, prices increase, and consumers have fewer options for a surprising number of goods and services.

Check out this great episode of EconTalk to learn more.

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According to Dick Carpenter, “a bottlenecker, as we define it in the book. is someone who advocates for the creation or perpetuation of a government regulation, particularly an occupational license, that restricts the free flow of workers so that those who are in the occupation can enjoy an economic benefit.”

Later in the podcast, Dick goes on to say: “Georgia created a license for Music Therapists. So, now, (as of 2016) in Georgia, if you want to work as a Music Therapist–to earn the license to work as a Music Therapist–you are going to have to–these are all the requirements: You are going to have to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Music Therapy; and your Music Therapy Program has to be approved by the Music Therapy Association. That is the very entity that lobbied for the license in the first place. Then, you have to successfully complete 1200 hours of clinical training. You have to pass an examination–which is offered only by the Music Therapy Association–that costs $325 to take. You’ll pay various fees to the state. You have to be 18 years of age or older. And then you have to pass a criminal background check. So, these are fairly high hurdles to work in a job that heretofore had any form of government regulation. And now, all of a sudden, has very severe requirements associated with that license.

Source: Dick Carpenter on Bottleneckers | EconTalk | Library of Economics and Liberty