8 Qualities To Look For In Your Newest Team Member

  • June 13, 2014

You can be the smartest and most technically gifted candidate that I’ve ever met, but if I can’t detect that you’ll do whatever it takes to succeed in your job and help drive the organization’s growth, I probably won’t take a chance on you. Self-starters with indisputably strong work ethics are almost…


Why Purpose Matters In The Workplace

  • June 13, 2014

Today’s employees want their work to have meaning. Today’s leaders have the largest influence in creating meaning in the workplace. But, more than 70 percent of American workers dislike what they do for a living. This poor engagement at work is costing an estimated $550 billion in loss of productivity in…


10 Tips For Putting Together Your First Performance Review

  • June 12, 2014

There’s a top-down and bottom-up approach to reviews. I’m a fan of bottom-up reviews, since coworkers often know more about one another’s work ethic than “the boss” does. The best thing I ever did was including myself on the anonymous ballot, allowing my team to assess me as a leader. It created more of an…


Three Key Hiring Lessons For Growing Startups

  • May 30, 2014

Recently, my startup Speek closed our Series A funding round. It was a lot of hard work, and I am incredibly proud of our team for making it through with our sanity (mostly) intact. But now it’s time to add to that team. We’ll be leveraging our Series A capital to bring two or three new people on board every…


3 Simple Ways To Attract Top Startup Talent

  • May 14, 2014

Adding to your startup’s staff represents a major challenge for many small business owners. While there’s no arguing that bringing on rock star employees can help advance your business objectives faster than bottom-of-the-barrel applicants, you may not have the leverage of high salaries, exorbitant…


5 Tips For Leading Your Remote Staff To Success

  • May 13, 2014

In the past year, my content marketing agency has grown from a solo shop to a staff of nine. On any given day, I won’t see any of them – not my editorial director, who lives in Washington, D.C.; not my office manager, who lives just a few miles away from me in Baton Rouge; and definitely not the Air Force…


10 Right Ways To Fire An Employee

  • May 9, 2014

Firing someone is never easy, but you have to be prepared with what you’re going to say and not waver from that position. It’s unfortunate that, as an employer, you have to be wary about potential litigation when firing someone. That’s why it’s best to just keep it short and professional. It’s often a good…


How To Get (And Keep) More Women In IT Positions

  • March 20, 2014

Solomon recently came alongside Kansas City Women in Technology, a new organization that aims to get more young women involved in IT and enable those already in the industry to advance their careers. I agreed to deliver the keynote address at KCWiT’s recent meeting and to lead a breakout session on IT…


How To Let An Employee Go Without Being A D-Bag

  • March 18, 2014

It is probably the worst part about being in charge – firing someone. Regardless of whether or not the economy is on an upswing, telling someone that they aren’t going to have a source of income (from your company anyway) any longer is really difficult. Let’s being real the firing process is uncomfortable for…