Author Archives: Rob Carlson

The Evolution of the Employee

I saw this on my LinkedIn feed this morning and thought it would be worth talking through. Anytime you try to summarize the entire labor force down into one picture you definitely run the risk of over generalizing a very complex workforce, but there is definitely some validity to this concept. I am sure that […]…
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Dreaming Big

I read a really interesting article from The New York Times recently. It was an interview with Alexa von Tobel, the CEO of LearnVest. There are a number of great insights in the short Q&A format, but I wanted to focus on the career advise that she would offer to college graduates; “Dream bigger”. I […]…
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Helping Others Grow

As my kids are getting older, I am finding more and more situations at home that parallel experiences at work. I just had one of those last week when I took my 16 year old to take his driver’s test. Aside from just feeling old, the whole experience really made me think back to all […]…
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Would I hire me?

Would I hire me?  I am not sure that this is  a question that you are asking yourself on a regular basis, but it is something that I like to consider from time to time.  I have done a great deal of interviewing in my career.  While I am not perfect; I like to think […]…
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Importance of Interacting One on One

I ran across the following quote on my Twitter feed in a tweet from the Wall Street Journal.  It was from Gail Fernandez, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, and it read “Parents today are sometimes so driven to raise high-achieving children that they overlook the simple importance of…interacting one on one.”  The fact that I […]…
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Taking the Blinders Off

As I was scrolling through LinkedIn the other day, someone posted a message that said “In 2015 Uber, the world’s largest taxi company owns no vehicles, Facebook the world’s most popular media owner creates no content, Alibaba, the most valuable retailer has no inventory and Airbnb the world’s largest accommodation provider owns no real estate.” […]…
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Visualizing the Outcome

A friend of mine left me a message about the difference between golfers who putt well and those that putt poorly.  He has seen my golf game, so this could be a hint to help my putting; but I am thinking he sent it to me since it also has some business applications….
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Growing with Change

Things are always changing.  Companies change.  They update their logos, they build new offices, they roll out new systems and they hire new people.  People also change.  We gain weight, we lose weight, we get our hair cut and we buy new clothes.  All of these changes are tangible and are easily identified.  Everywhere you […]…
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One Step at a Time

I have a number of runners in my family.  My kids run cross country and track, my wife is a regular runner and my brother runs ultra-distances.  My run is more of a jog and a majority of my “training” is probably spent walking, but I do enjoy the challenge of training, the encouragement from […]…
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Be a Doer of Deeds

I always enjoy when I get the opportunity to apply my love of history to a business/leadership topic in the present.  I have been reading about Theodore Roosevelt recently and I ran across a great quote….
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