Rule #1 in Business: It’s Not About You
by Alexandra Levit - Feb, 2013
Every day, I get at least three requests from people who want to write guest posts on my personal blog. I have given up responding to these people. Why? Because looking at my blog for 30 seconds will tell you that I don’t do guest posts. I have never done guest posts. I may include tips from other experts, but the writing is always my own. Yet people continue to ask me, because THEY want to do a guest post. They a...
5 Ways to Maximize Your Annual Performance Evaluation
by Kim Meninger - Jan, 2013
Annual performance evaluations are managed differently by company, as well as by leader. Some managers use the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogues with their employees, offering constructive feedback, as well as valuable insights on how to take the next step. Others view performance evaluations as yet another administrative task to cross off a long list of action items. Regardless of how your manager typically ...
Five Keys To Developing Your Personal Brand Story
by Walter Akana - Jan, 2013
Perhaps the most important lesson of my life is this: there is a big difference between being alive and truly living ... I started my career working my way up the corporate rungs … Yet, I was missing work and life balance. So, I transferred to Boulder…. [and] joined the Colorado Mountain Club where I discovered my bliss! The moment I touched the rock I knew I would spend my life climbing . I scaled 22,494 foot Ama...
Two Kinds of People
by Nan S. Russell - Jan, 2013
Twelve minutes before I was to speak to a large group gathering in a downtown hotel ballroom, I was still struggling with A/V equipment. With hundreds of presentations under my belt, I'm accustomed to handling last minute glitches. But no matter what I tried, my presentation wouldn't project. Hailing the meeting planner for help, he did his magic and within minutes an A/V tech arrived with another projector. When that, too, f...
Reach Out to Others: Make the Workplace Kinder and More Secure
by Betty Cohen - Jan, 2013
We’ve just completed the month of December, a time often regarded as the “season for giving.” And for many of us, “giving” involves gifts we buy or make and then distribute to friends or family — the people we care about and value. The recent tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut, however, started me thinking about another type of giving that I consider just as important. While a fuller picture of the Newtown shooter is bo...
Soft skills help you get the job
by Miriam Salpeter - Dec, 2012
Landing a job requires a lot more than just the right degree, experience or series of technical skills. “Soft” skills, otherwise known as emotional intelligence, may make a difference between an employee who can do the job and one who does it well. Soft skills include: leadership, written and verbal communication, problem solving, motivation, interpersonal skills and creativity. They aren’t usually skills we learn in school (a...
Tell Me A Little Bit About Yourself
by Bob Roth - Dec, 2012
Every candidate for employment will recognize the phrase, “Tell me a little bit about yourself.” Those words are used by recruiters, interviewers and others who would like to quickly learn more about you. It is the opportunity for you to use a well-practiced introduction, often called a “pitch.” Every college student should have one. Your in-person introduction should be five to seven specifically crafted sentences that ...
The 5 Disciplines of Genius-Makers
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Dec, 2012
Some bosses make us better and smarter by eliciting and revitalizing our intelligence. Others seem to stifle intelligence and capability, always wanting to be seen as the smartest person in the room. They suck the energy out of the team, whose members end up looking or feeling dumb. IQs seem to drop, and meeting times double. Multipliers follow five principles to bring out the best in people. Each allows workers to stretc...
Selling Your Idea Internally
by Alexandra Levit - Dec, 2012
Life in a large organization isn’t always easy for people who want to solve problems. Usually, the issue isn’t coming up with a solution. Rather, it’s convincing other people that the solution is viable and should be implemented. And whether you’re sitting on a blockbuster idea yet or not, now is the time to consider your strategy. Build Your Reputation in Advance In order to diminish the perceived risk of an unusual or...
6 Work Habits to Break in the New Year
by Alexandra Levit - Dec, 2012
With 2013 fast approaching, we all have resolutions in the back of our minds. As you’re contemplating yours, here are some bad work habits to consider breaking. You’ll improve your productivity AND your reputation! Being 10 minutes late for everything You may run late in all aspects of your life, or maybe you just do it at work because you’ve over-scheduled your time. Either way, stop being the person who’s always h...
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