Business Relationships

Helpful Lessons from Forced Isolation – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

March 29, 2020 Randy Hain I hope all of you are healthy and well in this challenging time.  Like all of us, I hope we can get back to some sort of “normal” very soon.  I took a few minutes and reflected recently on the lessons I have learned over the last few weeks of being at home with my family and transitioning my coaching/consulting business into a virtual offering…

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Living Life in Real Time (Advice for Busy Professionals) – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Up until about eight years ago, I would say that I maximized my days as well as anyone and was always comfortable juggling multiple projects and tasks. My business thrived, my books were selling well and I achieved a small modicum of success by the world’s standard, but I began to recognize that I was often missing out on the truly important things in life. My hectic pace, which mirrored the pace of so many other professionals in my circle,…

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Five Best Practices for Making a Good Impression – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

I bet we have all had first meetings with other professionals that made us cringe, either because of the other person’s behavior or after self-reflecting on our own missteps.  I would like to share a little insight about some old-school ideas that I think are very helpful in helping professionals make a good first impression.  All of us, from students seeking internships to college graduates looking for their first real job to established professionals networking or looking for a new…

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Paying Attention to the Normalization of Defects – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

We all likely remember (or have read about) the tragic explosions of the space shuttles Challenger (1986) and Columbia (2003) and the deaths of all crew members in both accidents.  As you may recall, NASA’s investigation into both explosions uncovered problems that had been long known in the space shuttle program ranging from faulty O-ring seals (Challenger) to foam insulation falling off during launches (Columbia).  These problems, or defects, were widely known and expected to occur.  NASA accepted these defects…

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