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Nathan S. Gibson is an independent worker compliance business partner who provides expertise and creative solutions to enhance workforce flexibility and maintain compliance with worker classification requirements. He helps mitigate the risks associated with the misclassification of self-employed consultants, freelancers and independent contractors.

8 Ways to Get a Difficult Conversation Back on Track

  For a long time, I have believed that one difference between good and great people is their ability to have difficult conversations -- conversations involving conflicts, delivering bad news, or other unpleasant conversations -- and so I appreciate good advice on how to get difficult conversations back on track.  Monique Valcour, in the Harvard [...]

By |2017-08-13T09:19:08-04:00November 15th, 2017|Influence|Comments Off on 8 Ways to Get a Difficult Conversation Back on Track

When You Get Fired or Fail Big, This is How You Bounce Forward 

From LinkedIn, Adam Grant discusses how to bounce back from being fired in a unique way.  He talks about how relationships fail.  Adam writes: As we researched and wrote the book, one of the big “aha” moments happened when Sheryl told me about something she learned from a late friend of hers, a therapist. I always [...]

By |2017-11-26T10:21:44-04:00October 18th, 2017|Creative Problem Solving|Comments Off on When You Get Fired or Fail Big, This is How You Bounce Forward 

Six Simple Habits Of “Lucky” People

  From Fast Company, Stephanie Vozza talks about luck and how it may be possible to increase one's luck through developing certain habits.  I've been fascinated with the concept of increasing your luck since I read Jason Zweig's article R U Lucky in 2003. Stephanie writes about six habits to improve hour luck; these are my favorites: [...]

By |2017-08-13T08:58:17-04:00September 20th, 2017|Influence|Comments Off on Six Simple Habits Of “Lucky” People

Thanks in Advance – gets the best response

    From Fast Company, Stephanie Vozza shares fascinating information from a study on how to get the best response from your email.  Stephanie writes: GRATITUDE IS BEST An expression of gratitude resulted in a 36% increase in average response rate. “Thanks in advance” scored highest, with a 65.7% response rate. “Thanks” got 63%, and “thank you” [...]

By |2017-08-13T08:31:50-04:00August 16th, 2017|Influence|Comments Off on Thanks in Advance – gets the best response

I Want to Be Happy! 41 Things That Will Make You Happier

  From Self Development Secrets, Rebecca Temsen shares her recommendations for 41 things that will make you happier.   These are my top nine from her list: 3. Talk to an old friend We all have friends with whom we have lost touch. Some of these friends are gone because of bad blood. Others though, [...]

By |2017-05-12T11:09:14-04:00May 12th, 2017|Creative Problem Solving|Comments Off on I Want to Be Happy! 41 Things That Will Make You Happier

A Storytelling Guide for Those Who Stink at Storytelling

  From Inc., Jessica Stillman offers a guide to telling a story to help those who are challenged with storytelling.  Storytelling is critical to so many interactions that it is great to have some guidance.  Jessica writes: The site recently presented storytelling guru David Crabb’s simple five-beat plan to turn any meandering series of events into a [...]

By |2017-03-25T05:19:03-04:00April 24th, 2017|Storytelling|Comments Off on A Storytelling Guide for Those Who Stink at Storytelling

Research: Performing a Ritual Before a Stressful Task Improves Performance

  From Harvard Business Review, Alison Wood Brooks discusses her research on how performing a ritual before a stressful task improves performance.  Alison writes: In a series of experiments, I investigated this question with Juliana Schroeder, Jane Risen, Francesca Gino, Adam Galinsky, Michael Norton, and Maurice Schweitzer. We tested whether pre-performance rituals can improve performance by reducing [...]

By |2017-04-16T10:06:16-04:00April 5th, 2017|Influence|Comments Off on Research: Performing a Ritual Before a Stressful Task Improves Performance

Seven forms of argument

    About 30 years ago, I took at course on securities law at Boston University School of Law.  I don't remember the professor's and remember very little about the course, one of the things that stuck with me over the years are the seven forms of argument. The professor said that there were seven [...]

By |2017-03-22T20:48:37-04:00March 22nd, 2017|Influence|Comments Off on Seven forms of argument

To Recover from Failure, Try Some Self-Compassion

  From the Harvard Business Review, Christopher Germer describes the importance of self-compassion to help you recover from failure.  I once interviewed a woman who had gotten fired from her previous job.  She told me that after that she couldn't get out of bed for a month.  Aside from not making a good impression in a job [...]

By |2017-03-09T21:41:07-04:00March 10th, 2017|Grit|Comments Off on To Recover from Failure, Try Some Self-Compassion

Fitting In Or Standing Out: Which One Gets You Ahead Faster? 

  From Fast Company, Lydia Dishman discusses the question about whether it is better to fit in or stick out if you want to get ahead.  I'm reminded of Jeffrey Pfeffer's observation of that quote "the nail that sticks up gets hammered down" was not good career advice.  Lydia shares new research that seems to modify [...]

By |2017-02-18T14:38:17-04:00February 8th, 2017|Influence|Comments Off on Fitting In Or Standing Out: Which One Gets You Ahead Faster? 

Why Good Storytellers Are Happier in Life and in Love 

    From the Wall Street Journal, Elizabeth Berstein shares research that shows that men who are good storytellers are more appealing.  She also offers recommendations for couples to continue to tell stories to continue to bond including setting aside story time, telling stories of "firsts", and telling stories of the past, present, and future.  But [...]

By |2016-12-06T15:32:53-04:00February 1st, 2017|Storytelling|Comments Off on Why Good Storytellers Are Happier in Life and in Love