Companies are dispensing with the term “culture fit.” How can hiring managers shift to a culture add mindset? Learn strategies and questions you can ask to help understand how candidates will add to the culture and not just fit in.

Being strategic about your questions can help you move away from culture fit questions to culture add questions, so you can hire better candidates! Photo by Brit Worgan on Scopio

When I began my career, I worked in a small department that had two professional staff and one administrative staff person. But within two years, the department was realigned with several other departments. I suddenly found myself working with new colleagues in an entirely different department culture than I had been hired to work in. And I failed.

What I…


Companies are dispensing with the term “culture fit” but how can candidates shift to a culture add mindset? Learn strategies and questions you can ask to help understand how you will add to the culture and not just fit in.

Learn strategies on how to present yourself as a candidate whose differences add to the workplace, rather than how you can fit into the existing culture. Photo by Nour Chamoun on Scopio

Recently, I had an interview for a mid-level manager role in a local college student life office. Right before I had my Zoom conversation, I read up on the team and their programming. I evaluated their mission and vision statements. And I came up with some questions about the position based on the job description.

What I didn’t do was…


An anniversary of a significant incident, such as the loss of a job, parent, or other tragic events, can trigger mental and physical reactions. Learn three ways to manage your own anniversary reactions.

March 2020 was the start of a tough year for many people in the US. Anniversaries of these troubling times may trigger anniversary reactions. Photo by Anthimos Mavromichalis on Scopio

Over the past week, I have seen countless posts and re-posts on social media from friends and former colleagues. Many were remembering the anniversary of the COVID-related lockdowns and life changes in 2020. Some were tongue-in-cheek, some were full of fear and uncertainty. At least one of my friends said he was avoiding Facebook to keep from seeing the posts.

These significant life events, as experienced differently…


We can honor Black History Month now and every day by tackling issues in the workplace. In this post, we learn how to create diversity and inclusion statements and put them into action.

People marching in Refugio, TX following the death of George Floyd. Photo by Nicolas Barraza Jr on Scopio

As a gentle reminder: Black history isn’t just something we celebrate with some picture we post on our social media. No, Black history is created daily by the people we know. With the ones we work for and with. And sometimes by those we love and are related to. Last week, I wrote “How to Make Black History Month Matter: Addressing Inequity in Hiring” as part of…


We can honor Black History Month now and every day by tackling issues in the workplace. In this post, we learn to address the inequity found in hiring and ways to fix it.

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As a gentle reminder: Black history isn’t just something we celebrate with some picture we post on our social media. No, Black history is created daily by the people we know. With the ones we work for and with. And sometimes by those we love and are related to. Last week, I wrote “How to Make Black History Month Matter: Addressing the Racial Wage Gap” as part…


We can make Black History Month more relevant by addressing systems and institutions that hinder the growth and development of Black folks in the U.S. The first in a series, I explore the racial wage gap still found in 2021 across experience and education backgrounds.

Earlier today, a Facebook memory popped up that I wrote last year. It was the first in a series of posts I made last year about Black History Month. …


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In a previous post, How to Assert Yourself Without Being Assertive, and Other Lessons I Was Told to Learn, I began to document some of the pivotal experiences that happened to me professionally. Each of the experiences impacted me profoundly and, years later, I find myself reflecting on how and why they did so. In retrospect, I believe the supervisors who were part of these experiences were trying to change my impact on the team through what I now believe was negative behavior modification. And for my own part, I was incredibly receptive to this type of supervision.

Before writing…


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Over the weekend, the Wall Street Journal published an opinion piece by a former English instructor who suggested that Dr. Jill Biden, the new First Lady of the next administration, refrain from using the term Dr. as she is not a medical doctor. Among the many issues with the piece was the over-riding sense of misogyny of a man telling a woman how to refer to herself in any setting, much less a professional one.

It reminded me of how I once bought into this type of environment, believing that changing how I referred to my professional accomplishments would somehow…


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Since I began my blog in 2018, I have tried to be as transparent as possible. Some days, the stories I share are easier to access as an analogy for the lesson I want to teach. Other days, the stories escape me and I struggle to reach one that I can use. In the last two years, I have always found something to write enough that reveals what my heart and my mind are doing.

This type of transparency has been a wonderful tool for me. Until now.

In the past month, trying to find focus while grieving has left…


2020 has been tough for people who were laid off or had to leave their industry due to the pandemic. Learn tips on how to conduct a job search during a pandemic.

The year 2020 has been a tough year for most working people. Some found themselves trying to find work after being laid off and others let go from industries that didn’t survive the on-going pandemic. Others may have voluntarily left positions if they were part of a high-risk group. Without adequate responses from our governmental leaders, many workers find themselves making more tough decisions about returning to work.

Joseph Rios EdD

I believe leadership is the expression of values. Educator | Writer | Social Justice Advocate | Trainer

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