Jeff Havens self employment article

How to Motivate Yourself When You Don’t Have a Boss

Hi, all. I want you to know that there are approximately 843 things I would rather be doing than writing this article. It’s nice outside, so there’s all that stuff – walking, running, bicycling, bird-watching, sunbathing, boating, staring at people who are boating, etc. It’s also nice inside, which means I could be reading or…

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Jeff Havens Teambuilding Article

3 Reasons You Can’t Do Everything (And Shouldn’t Try)

I’m sure you’ve heard of the self-made individual, the never-say-die maverick who stands firm in the face of daunting odds and triumphs over every adversity. America is built on the backs of such people – the penniless immigrant who dies a railroad baron, the intrepid pioneer who tamed the savage West. In fact, we idolize…

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change management article on moving

3 Simple Ways to Keep From Slowly Going Insane With a Big Move

I’m about to end a six-month stint living in Freeport, Texas. My house, and 90% of my stuff, are back in Michigan, but I’ve been here since September because my wife has been working on a temporary assignment at one of her company’s Texas facilities. Having moved frequently in the last few years, I came…

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3 Signs That Your Company Is Growing, Thriving, and Awesome

Last month I had the pleasure of working for King’s Hawaiian, the people who make rolls and hamburger buns so delicious that it’s quite possible their secret ingredient is illegal. It turned out to be one of the more enjoyable jobs of my career; I spent the entire day with them, was given a factory…

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Jeff Havens Travel Nightmare

A Traveling Nightmare – When My Job Shows Its Ugly Teeth

Hello, all! I’m writing this to you from my “second office,” which is my fancy code word for “tiny baby plane seat.” The person next to me smells like nothing, which is a definite positive (I mean seriously, when was the last time you were on a plane and said, ‘Wow, my seatmate smells AMAZING!!!!’),…

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Matt Havens keynote speaker corporate culture

Creating a Great Culture Even With Temporary or Entry-Level Workers

Hi everyone!  Matt Havens here again.  Last month I stepped in for Jeff to talk about performance reviews.  Since nobody screamed too loud about how awful it was (or at least not loud enough for me to hear) I’m back for another round to see if I can ratchet up the volume.  So please share…

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How to Fail a Job Interview Part 2

How to Fail a Job Interview Part 2

We brought back Part 1 last month and here is the follow-up. 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. Let us know your best HR interview stories…

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Jeff Havens Airline Article

What Airlines Taught me About the Power of Repetition

I’d like to apologize to the airline industry. I’m sorry, airline industry, because I’m about to make fun of you. Well let me clarify – I’m not sorry, because you’re doing something dumb that I wish you’d stop doing – but I’m afraid you guys will end up being the targets of a disproportionate number…

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Jeff Havens Article on Steve Jobs

Putting Steve Jobs in Perspective

The Price of Focusing Too Much on ‘Greatness’ So yet another Steve Jobs movie came out a few months ago.  I think that makes four of them now, which I believe is two more than necessary in order for a person to be properly mythologized. If there is a fifth movie (and there probably will…

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Traveling Outside Your Comfort Zone

So last month I went to Jamaica for the first time, where I was keynoting a conference for a bunch of folks from Indiana who had shrewdly decided that Jamaica is a slightly sexier winter hangout than Fort Wayne. Now before you get mad at me and start throwing rocks or pickles or whatever happens…

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Matt Havens Generational Speaker

It’s Performance Review Time!

Hi everyone! Matt Havens here stepping in for Jeff this month. Jeff and I had the opportunity to catch up in Austin, TX this past weekend (stay weird, Austin, which doesn’t seem to be a problem of yours by the way) and along the way he and I got to talking about something which we…

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Jeff Havens Innovation Article

The Two Types of Innovation

Greetings, all! I’m writing this from the back of a giraffe. I’m upside down, too, since that makes the blood flow to my head more quickly. Oh, and I’m wearing a toga that I hand-crafted from a World War II parachute. I’m doing this because I’m a maverick who thinks outside the box. Also because…

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Jeff Havens Leadership

Three Reasons Your Current Leadership Training Completely and Totally Sucks

(And Three Ways To Fix It) I’d like to begin by saying that this article isn’t an attack on you or your current leadership training. It’s an attack on leadership training in general, a $150 billion industry which has almost entirely failed to create the better leaders that it continually promises. Recent Gallup polls have…

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Jeff Havens Innovation

Why People Prefer Innovation to Invention

So innovation is a big buzzword these days. (Do people still say ‘buzzword’? Is buzzword still a buzzword?) Approximately half of the people I did my TED talk with spoke more or less explicitly about the importance of innovation. By comparison, nobody talked about inventing anything new. And why exactly would that be? Isn’t invention…

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Jeff Havens Corporate Culture

How Your Weirdness Can Build a Vibrant Corporate Culture

So I’ve been living in Texas now for three months, which I think is long enough to really appreciate some of the differences between this vaguely hat-shaped state and the mitten-shaped state from which I came. I got a sunburn in December, for example – not a bad one, just mild enough for me to…

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Jeff Havens Presentation Techniques

Common Strategies for Ruining an Otherwise Excellent Presentation

Hi. I deliver presentations for a living, primarily because nobody wants to work with me for a full eight hours every day. Sometimes I get invited to lunch, but that’s about as far as it goes. I’ve tried making friends on the plane to and from my presentations, but those stupid noise-cancelling headphones have made…

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Jeff Havens TED Talk

5 Things I Learned From Doing a TED Talk

As some of you know, I gave my first TED talk a couple weeks ago. (I wrote it that way on purpose because it implies I’ll do another one someday.) It was a pretty cool experience, primarily because I was surprised by the entire process. After almost a decade of speaking for a living, I…

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Jeff Havens TED Talk

Why Aren’t More of Us Engaged At Work – My TEDx Talk

I was honored to get the opportunity to speak at TEDxNormal a couple of months ago and Mr. TED recently released the videos.  My segment from this awesome event focused on leadership and how we can improve employee engagement through some not-so-standard practices.  It was a totally different experience for me even though I speak…

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Jeff Havens Perspective Article

Choose Your Year-End Perspective

Hello, and welcome to the end of another year! You’ve probably unofficially stopped working already, since the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas is universally understood to be a time for ‘wrapping things up,’ which is universally understood to mean ‘putting things off for as long as possible.’ This is the perfect time of year to…

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Jeff Havens Keynote Speaker Predictions

12 Wildly Unlikely Predictions for 2016

OK, so you’re about to start reading a bunch of articles that are going to try to put 2015 into perspective and then make reasonable predictions about what’s going to happen next year. I’m perfectly happy to let others tell you what to expect for the upcoming year. What I want to do is tell…

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