Nicko's Blog

How to Cultivate Ethical Employees

Entire companies have been taken down by the reckless behavior of one person. Even if they don't set out to cheat, steal, …

What to Expect If You Take a Bad Job

In this economy, many believe you'd be insane to turn down a job. Certainly, if you're unemployed, you might need to take …

Change Your Company's Story

How many times have you heard someone say, "That's the way we've always done it"? Narratives like these suggest inevitability, …

Stop Sabotaging Yourself

When faced with a big challenge, it's tempting to anticipate the obstacles that might get in the way, and use them as an excuse …

Make Progress on That Long-Term Project

Big projects with far-off (or non-existent) deadlines can often be the most nerve-racking: You might put them off until the …

Start Your New Job the Right Way

A new job is stressful. You're not sure what's expected of you or how to prove yourself. Here are three things you can do …

Three Ways to Stop Procrastination

Procrastination may feel like the human condition, but it doesn't have to. To get out of your own way and increase your productivity, …

Position Your Start-Up for the Long Term

When starting a new business, there's a strong temptation to make decisions for the short term. But you need to anticipate …

Ask for Direction with Work Overload

No matter how effective you are, you can’t fit 100 hours of work into 40 or even 60 hours a week. Rather than letting a vague …

Money Isn't the Only Motivator for Top Talent

Many managers worry about how to retain top talent without breaking the bank. The good news is that even with the most sought …

Break the Cycle of Responsiveness

Once you answer an email at midnight, or take a call on your vacation, you've set the expectation that you're always "on." …

Nick Kalikajaros 2017