Mentoring Circle Magazine

By Andrew L Murray | Content for people who are engaged in my mentoring circles. Topics cover personal leadership, diversity, creativity, women in the workplace (aka the boys club), and networking.

We got 10 CEOs to tell us their one killer interview question for new hires

Where do you see yourself in five years? Tell me about a time when you showed leadership. What is your biggest weakness?<p>These are the standard questions that job candidates face during interviews. And by now, everyone also has standard answers. (“My biggest weakness? I work too hard.”)<p>As you scale …

Recruitment
Creativity

What to Do When You Don’t Feel Comfortable Being Yourself at Work

Sometimes the corporate culture in which we find ourselves doesn’t match our personality. Occasionally, that can lead to healthy creative friction; other times it creates painful pressure to conform. That was the situation facing one of my executive MBA students. “I’m having a problem at work,” she …

Why You Need To Unplug Every 90 Minutes

You’re an organism. And organisms run in cycles. Here’s how to work with yours.<p>Since sprints get us to focus in and finish our tasks with crisp consciousness, we know they’re the most effective way of working. But what’s fascinating is <i>why</i> they make us work so well.<p>For Leo Widrich at Buffer, it’s in …

Productivity

Triggers

• <b>Author:</b> Marshall Goldsmith & Mark Reiter<p><b>Bestselling author and world-renowned executive coach Marshall Goldsmith examines the environmental and psychological triggers that can derail us at work and in life.</b><p>Do you ever find that you are not the patient, compassionate problem solver you believe …

Is This What I’m Supposed To Be Doing?

I enjoy mentoring young professionals, especially early in their careers. One of the most frequent questions I get is, <b>“I’m not sure if I should stay</b> …

Happiness

Want to Create Things That Matter? Be Lazy.

The late Nobel-prize winning physicist Richard Feynman, was one the most brilliant minds of twentieth century science. To his colleagues at Cornell, …

Richard Feynman

A Late Quartet: Lessons for Top Teams From Beethoven's 131 - Andy Murray

I’ve always felt chamber music offers a rich metaphor, full of insight, that can be applied to any team seeking high-performance flow. Last night I …

Sooner or Later

Why Leaders Eat Last - Andy Murray

<b>Why do only a few people get to say “I love my job”? It seems unfair that finding fulfillment at work is like winning a lottery; that only a few</b> …

Leadership

I really like listening to Wharton’s Women@work series radio show on Sirius.

I really like listening to Wharton’s Women@work series radio show on Sirius. Good insights from recent research from guest Jennifer Owens. Working …

Wharton School

The Obstacle Is The Way; Turning trials into triumph. - Andy Murray

I recently read a great book called “The Obstacle is the Way” by Ryan Holiday. The book addresses how to use many of the elements from the philosophy …

Motivation