“Never hire people with dreams of their own,”​ the idiot said.

I recently read a blog post written by a business owner who advised other entrepreneurs to hire people who have “no dreams of their own”.

Why? The author felt that employees with dreams were more likely to depart his business as their own ambitions took shape — and further, that an employee with passions outside of work had more reasons to be distracted than one who didn’t.

He believed that one of a small business’s best chances at rapid growth was to cultivate a staff with a sort of pro-employer mania. The kind of workers who bound through the front door of the office every morning, high-five the boss and bellow, “Let’s do this!”

This, he said, was the kind of team that would devote itself to the entrepreneur’s vision. As a result, the team’s collective efforts would make the business owner a multi-millionaire.

I am simultaneously an entrepreneur and an employee. I work independently as a writer and consultant, and I do hire subcontractors in certain areas when a project necessitates it. At the same time, I am an employee of a publishing company. I can look at this issue from both sides.

And from both sides, his point of view makes me nauseous. … More “Never hire people with dreams of their own,”​ the idiot said.

Snagging Your Ideal Client: A Refreshing Real-Life Example on LinkedIn

Self-professed thought leaders and entrepreneurial gurus lecture about this ad nauseum: define your ideal client, then find unique ways to get your services in front of them. (Maybe it just seems “ad nauseum” to me because I ghostwrite a lot of business content and I see it taught over and over.) It’s solid advice, of … More Snagging Your Ideal Client: A Refreshing Real-Life Example on LinkedIn

Happy Sexual Harassment Day from Mack: A Valentine’s Day Workplace Anecdote

Many years ago I worked in a law firm. Among the attorneys to whom I provided assistance were two gents I’ll call Sebastian and Mack. Their offices were nestled in the same shady corridor and they were lunch buddies. But Sebastian and Mack couldn’t have been an odder couple. I liked Sebastian. From the first … More Happy Sexual Harassment Day from Mack: A Valentine’s Day Workplace Anecdote

Creating a Meme to Quote Yourself: Don’t Do It!

  I saw something on LinkedIn this morning that I’ve been seeing a lot of lately: the self-quoting meme. In other words, the individual has posted a meme that they’ve created featuring their own quote, often accompanied by a slick, professional photo of themselves. Every time I see this I have a visceral reaction. Without … More Creating a Meme to Quote Yourself: Don’t Do It!

I Distrusted This Company Because of Their Less-Than-Spellbinding Web Copy

They reached out to me on LinkedIn: a company looking to hire writers. They claim to provide world-class content writing services. Before responding, I took a quick look at their website to learn more. I was instantly skeptical. Are they a “real” business? Maybe. And if so, do they really provide top-notch writing services? I … More I Distrusted This Company Because of Their Less-Than-Spellbinding Web Copy

Marketing Emails I Never Trash: Real-Life Examples

I’m like most people. Each time I check my email (which is several times a day), I make a quick initial scan to identify the “junk”. My brain digests the subject line of each new email and determines whether or not it’s a keeper. This takes seconds. Then, my limber thumb swipes and deletes everything … More Marketing Emails I Never Trash: Real-Life Examples