Entries by Brandon Smith

Good Buddies, Good Business Partners?

Brandon on GPB – Good Buddies, Good Business Partners? Lots of professionals are now supplementing their income as freelancers or striking out on their own altogether. A study last fall from the consultants at MBO Partners found nearly 18 million independent workers nationwide. No doubt some of those people are running businesses with their friends, […]

“My direct report is dysfunctional”

It was my fourth call with Theresa in a week and I was beginning to feel like I was in the movie “Groundhog Day.”  Theresa’s direct report, Steven, had been causing her headache after massive headache.  “Steven just doesn’t get it,” she blurted.  “What’s the latest this time?” I asked.  Like each of our recent […]

Leaving Too Soon?

Brandon on GPB – Leaving Too Soon? Accepting a great career opportunity sometimes means workers have to leave a position they’ve had for only a short time. Consider this example from someone who reads Brandon Smith’s blog about working and career issues: “I started a job 4 months ago because of the promise to build […]

The Limits Of Online Connections

Brandon on GPB – The Limits Of Online Connections When Cleveland marketing professional Kelly Blazek got a LinkedIn invitation from a young woman she didn’t know, she didn’t just ignore it. She sent Diana Mekota a blistering response calling her “entitled,” “inappropriate” and “tacky.” Mekota was about to move to the Cleveland area and wanted […]

Signs Your Boss Doesn’t Like You

Brandon on GPB – Signs Your Boss Doesn’t Like You It’s one of the questions our Working guy, Brandon Smith, gets most often: “I think my boss doesn’t like me. How can I tell?” He says, bluntly, that’s because bosses are usually terrible communicators, and maybe slightly scared. “They don’t do a good job of […]

Faith at Work is Dead?

Brandon on GPB – Faith at Work is Dead? Religious issues in workplaces have been popping up in the news in recent months, prompting questions about how much faith employees can practice at work. A judge ruled in favor of a Sikh man late last year after a car dealership wouldn’t hire him because he […]