The Ideal Candidate Doesn’t Exist

Way too many times have I read and watched news articles and stories of a “labor shortage”. I don’t believe any of it. It’s a lack of “The Ideal Candidate” for any job. They don’t exist.

In going through several job recruiter emails, the one…


Business is business including the guilt that goes with it.

I had to let two people go in a ten day period and it was awful on both sides. The fact that I had to fire grown men, both are in their mid to late 20’s, for lack of accountability…


Breaking free — I had to leave and find help.

Did he or didn’t he? What happened? Is he ok? All questions I got from my friends at work after I quit my job on 24 January 2020 after 13 years. I was with a solid company in the finance…


Out of my way Chad, I’m trying to beat the traffic

In order to get to your “Little Cube On The Office Prairie” obstacles tend to get in your way. None, however, are more obstacle-ish than school buses, parking garages, and lack of spots to park. Traffic can be blamed…


Considering a move to another team? Here are 9 points to consider prior to making the leap.

Managers are fun when they get into trade negotiations. They should be looking out for your best interests and helping you succeed even if it’s not in their best interest. Skill sets play…


Suck it up buttercup, your job is not you.

Being asked for input on anything can be a great feeling. It can lead to praise. It can lead to scorn. It can lead to a promotion. It can lead to humiliation. The praise and humiliation “Its”can turn you into someone…


Career change and the uncertainty that goes with it.

At 48, I feel a bit old for a career change but so many people do it. I’ve read tons of articles and columns of how happy people are by eschewing corporate America, buying a cheap van, fixing it up, and…


Breaking point

Even workaholics come to a breaking point. Mine happened right at the end of January. The holiday rush for implementing new projects coupled with the pressures of getting all the year-end duties brought me to my knees.

Every industry has tremendous pressures exuded on their employees. I’ve been…


Addicted to work

I have an addiction to work.

I went in today (1/13/18) for what should have been ~1 hour, instead I stayed for 3.75 hours. When does working become too much of your life? …


Meet the new boss, not quite the same as the old boss

Well, the hammer should drop tomorrow during an all-hands meeting that managers will be rotating out of their current positions to other teams. …

John Rowles

Cubicle Culturalist. Everyday Dude. www.j4musicandcomposition.com

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