Jeff Havens Leadership TED Talk

My TED Talk Summary – How to Build an Engaged Workforce

This month I’ll be delivering my very first TEDx talk. As one of only 4,000,000,000,000 people who have been allowed the honor of doing so, I am humbled by the opportunity to say whatever I think without anyone interrupting me. (I believe that’s why parents love babies so much and progressively become less and less…

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How to Fail a Job Interview

Bringing back a popular human resources video. We interviewed real Human Resource executives across the country about the amazingly stupid things people do or say in job interviews, and this video is the first installment illustrating a few of our favorite stories. Did you hear that? People actually did these things in job interviews! So…

Jeff Havens Personal Development Article

Why Too Much Comfort Isn’t Such a Good Thing

Right now I’m writing this on my laptop, which is sitting right where it’s supposed to be – in my lap. The TV is on, the temperature in my house is a perfectly even 72 degrees, and nothing is on fire. If my refrigerator were within reach of my couch, I would never have to…


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Jeff Havens Leadership Training

How to Move Into a Leadership Position in 6 Easy Steps

I’m guessing you want others to think of you as a leader. Very few of us want to wallow in nameless obscurity forever, and I haven’t yet run across anyone on Twitter who describes him or herself as a ‘thought follower’. If you’re reading this then there’s a good chance that you’re young, hungry, and…

Jeff Havens Retirement Article

What The Statistics Say About Your Company’s Future

I’m hoping you either own or work for a good business. Maybe you’re an accomplished hedge fund operator, or perhaps you employ the largest number of balloon-twisting artists in the world. You managed to weather the last recession (a time when both hedge funds and balloon animals were about equally fashionable), and perhaps you’re in…

Keynote Speaker Jeff Havens Texas

How to Successfully Irritate Strangers

Which Way – This Way, or That Way? Greetings from North Mexico! This is my first newsletter from the magical land of Texas, where I shall be spending the next six months of my life. And everything here IS bigger! The people are all twelve feet tall, and the pizza bagels are actually just two…

Jeff Havens Change Management

3 Reasons Your Workforce Doesn’t Want To Change

So you’ve want to roll out a new product/website/initiative/compensation structure, and you already know what your people are going to say. They don’t see the need for it, or that’s not how you’ve always done things, or they don’t think you should rock the boat. (That’s my favorite, by the way, since boats are literally…

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How to Tell a Good Joke

I’ve spent the last decade of my life on one stage or another, first as a stand-up comedian and now as a corporate keynote speaker. Those two careers might seem to have nothing in common, but they’re actually closely related. Both require you to build engaging presentations, both demand an ability to capture an audience’s…

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How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking

Unleash Your Inner Tyrant TV Episode 15 Fear of public speaking is one of the biggest hurdles to umm… speaking in public. This video outlines a few tips and tricks to help you get past the fear!

Jeff Havens Superman

Why Superman Is a Terrible Role Model

I don’t know if you know this about me, but I’m pretty incredible. I can do more work than you can, handle more stress than you can, juggle more responsibilities than you can, make a better soufflé, host a better party, negotiate a better business deal, tie my shoes more effectively…

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5 Topics You Should Never Bring Up At the Office

Author’s note: Please don’t take my advice. Awkwardness is really underrated. We spend so much of our lives trying to do the right thing that we have almost forgotten the pleasures of making others uncomfortable. Sure, we indulge in unflattering judgments and ill-informed opinionating online, but the reactions of others are hidden from us. The…


4 Amazing Places Virtually Nobody Has Heard Of

Greetings again from the United States! My wife and I recently returned from a visit to her family in Spain, where everyone is constantly eating gelato. In fact, a recent study found that the average Spaniard is 10% hydrogen, 8% oxygen, and 82% pistachio gelato. Lick a Spanish person’s arm sometime and see for yourself…


How I’m Surviving Change

This is the last newsletter you’ll receive! OK, so that’s not really true. But it is the last one I’ll be writing to you from my home in Michigan. Except that’s not true either. But it definitely is the last one I’ll be writing from my home in Michigan for the next six months. My…

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The Most Relaxing Way to Become More Successful

My wife and I occasionally argue about the merits of napping. She has a hard time switching off and disconnecting, and trying to do so is often more stressful for her than it is to simply keep working. I, on the other hand, try to take a nap at least every day. Except for a…

Why Everyone Hates Performance Reviews

Why Everyone Hates Your Performance Review

So recently Adobe decided to eliminate their employee performance review. There are probably a lot of reasons why they made this decision, but the biggest is undoubtedly because their employees hated the performance review. They hated it for the same reason all employees hate performance reviews, which is as follows:

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6 Awesome Perks Your Employer Should Be Offering

Employee perks can be boring. Most companies allow their workers to go to the bathroom, for example, and several have electricity. But sometimes perks are newsworthy. Google makes a huge deal out of offering breakfast bars and nap pods and on-site massages for their employees. And there are even companies that will provide you with…

Jeff Havens Simplify Your Professional Life

3 Ways to Simplify Your Professional Life

Greetings, my people! I write you today before heading of to Louisville, which I have learned is a city that is properly pronounced by only using the letter ‘l’ and an optional ‘v’. The city should really be spelled Lllllllllllvlllll, which would make it much easier for strangers to fit in. It’s an economy of…


How to Become an Overnight Success

History can be annoying sometimes. Usually I like learning about how people and civilizations got to be where they are. It’s supposed to be instructive, and besides it makes me feel like I’m more well-traveled than I really am. Have I seen a Sumerian ziggurat? No, but I know that was once a thing. That…