"Name Your Job": Why You Should Hire People Who Write Their Own Job Descriptions

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"Name Your Job": Why You Should Hire People Who Write Their Own Job Descriptions

In 2007, Sarah Feingold had just graduated from Syracuse University Law School. While in school, she'd petitioned to take a graduate-level metal smithing class around her passion outside of law: jewelry-making.

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Why You Shouldn't Overlook Candidates With an Alternative Education

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Why You Shouldn't Overlook Candidates With an Alternative Education

More students are pursuing higher education than ever before—but at a higher cost. The result? The national student debt burden is approaching $1.5 trillion, and in 2016 the average college student graduated with over $37,000 in student loans. For many potential college students who are now the future of our workforce, this process has become untenable. To find jobs, they need skills, but at what cost?

Why Millennials Quit (And How to Keep Them Around)

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Why Millennials Quit (And How to Keep Them Around)

Here's a surprising statistic: almost half of millennials (44 percent) believe that working for a single company is a better way to advance their career than jumping from firm to firm. Talk about debunking the stereotype of millennials as entitled job-hoppers!

For Career Development, Employees Need to Step Back to Spring Forward

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For Career Development, Employees Need to Step Back to Spring Forward

A slingshot generates a lot of energy with the pullback that propels an object forward. I want people to envision that kind of forward propulsion for their career development, too. Instead of making linear and incremental progress on the largely outmoded slow climb up the career ladder, a professional step back can position people for an exponential explosion of growth. Rapid, even exponential development, of human resources fuels organizations.

Maintaining Purpose-Driven, People-First Businesses Amid Disruption

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Maintaining Purpose-Driven, People-First Businesses Amid Disruption

Earlier this spring, I had a chance to sit down with Hubert Joly, chairman and former CEO of Best Buy, and hear his story on the Disrupt Yourself podcast. On the show, Joly talked about the importance of purpose, both in life and in business.

Hire Who You Need Next, Not Who You Had Last

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Hire Who You Need Next, Not Who You Had Last

I have to admit, I love to listen to a really good, unique, going-after-my-dream-job story.

Teambuilding: The Art of Collecting and Curating the Right People

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Teambuilding: The Art of Collecting and Curating the Right People

Businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist Keith Krach collects people and makes masterpieces. As the former CEO of DocuSign and founder of Ariba, Krach knows a thing or two about the fine art of teambuilding.

Disrupt from Within: 3 Ways HR Can Spur Employee Innovation

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Disrupt from Within: 3 Ways HR Can Spur Employee Innovation

Stories of disruption typically fall somewhere in the tradition of David vs. Goliath. That is: A small, nimble and clever startup unseats an unsuspecting industry giant. Look no further than Netflix vs. Blockbuster, Airbnb vs. traditional hotel chains, or even Wikipedia vs. Encyclopedia Britannica.

Fighting Ageism: Author Wendy Sachs Shares Her Struggle to Find Work After 40

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Fighting Ageism: Author Wendy Sachs Shares Her Struggle to Find Work After 40

In the tech world, 40 is, in some ways, the new 60. We may be living longer and many of us now want to work longer as well, but fortune favors the young. Ageism is a citadel of discrimination on which we still need to launch a steady assault. Maintaining quality employment throughout the lifespan of a career can become increasingly difficult as the years accrue. Eventually, ageism affects us all.

Bookmarked: Get to Know Disrupt Yourself Podcast Host Whitney Johnson

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Bookmarked: Get to Know Disrupt Yourself Podcast Host Whitney Johnson

Editor's Note: This post is part of our "Bookmarked" series, where we ask some of our favorite HR experts, analysts and business professionals to answer questions about their career, life and aspirations for the future. Be sure to bookmark it for next month!

3 Ways to Hire Innovators

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3 Ways to Hire Innovators

If you've never had the chance to gulp a bottle of Hint Water, you soon will.

How to Develop and Hire Leaders That People Want to Follow

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How to Develop and Hire Leaders That People Want to Follow

Some people are born leaders—naturally charismatic and able to attract and motivate followers to high achievement—seemingly without effort. But most are made.

Inspiring Teamwork: Lessons From a Serial Collaborator

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Inspiring Teamwork: Lessons From a Serial Collaborator

One of my favorite Disrupt Yourself podcast guests in 2018 was Peter Sims—serial entrepreneur, author of Little Bets and founder of Parliament, BLK SHP and Silicon Guild. He began his career in venture capital, but with time and maturity, he recognized that the long work weeks and bizarre hours weren't for him. He left that world to enroll in business school at Stanford, where he realized that what he loved most was collaborating with fellow entrepreneurs as they worked to realize their dreams.

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