6 Ways You’re Setting Yourself Up to Fail at Work
by Alexandra Levit - Sep, 2013
No one wants to disappoint a colleague or manager. No one wants to be bad at their job. No one wants to fail. Nevertheless, people do these things every day, and more often than not, they bring the problems on themselves. In the event that you may be unknowingly sabotaging your productivity and success, here are six things to make certain you aren’t doing: You set unrealistic expectations You’re a can-do person,...
Be a More Effective Telecommuting Team Member
by Alexandra Levit - Sep, 2013
Since I started my consulting business in 2008, I’ve worked with people all over the world. Realizing that my success lies in my effectiveness in collaborating remotely, I’ve tried hard to hone the traits that make me a great telecommuting team member. Here are a few of my favorite ways to be a more effective telecommuting team member. Assertiveness I take responsibility for my own results, and if something isn’t worki...
Get Ahead by Getting Over Yourself | Perceptions Count
by Dawn Lennon - Sep, 2013
Self-awareness is your friend. Self-absorption your enemy. Being fully cognizant of your skills and behaviors as they play out in the workplace is empowering. Being excessively involved in your own self-interests isn’t. Self-awareness starts with humility. At work, it’s not all about you or me. It’s about the value you bring, with the needs of the work being more important than your needs. If this sounds harsh rat...
Leading with Emotional Intelligence
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Sep, 2013
“Mindful leaders know that in serving others as opposed to treating employees as servants is the key to better business results, greater team involvement, happier followers and a sustainable future.” - Dr. Maynard Brusman, San Francisco Bay Area Executive Coach Leadership’s Link to Emotional Intelligence “More than anyone else, the boss creates the conditions that directly determine people’s ability to work well”. ~...
Quality Communication Skills: Stay Effective and Professional
by Valerie Sokolosky - Sep, 2013
At a communications conference, the speaker asked how many of the attendees used iPhones? Hands shot up. “How many of you use Twitter?” came the next question. “How about FaceBook?” Again hands–at least every other person’s–waved in the air. Obviously, the audience had become adept in social networking and the associated electronics. But, then came the question, “How many of you communicate effectively?” The room became...
Fuzzy Career Thinking = Poor Career Results
by Georgia Adamson - Sep, 2013
If you view your career as something that only needs attention when you’re about to be pushed into a job search by circumstances beyond your control, you’re indulging in fuzzy career thinking. More than likely, that will lead to poor career results. It’s basically true that you can’t get more out of something than you’re able–and willing–to put into it. Career progress definitely falls into that category. 5 Tips to Avoid F...
Opting in? Leaning in? Whatever you choose, protect your tomorrow.
by Lindsey Pollak - Sep, 2013
The New York Times Magazine recent article, “The Opt-Out Generation Wants Back In,” followed up their much-talked about “The Opt-Out Revolution” 10 years ago and offered several conclusions about the impact of leaving one’s career. However, one conclusion not drawn in story was how women might protect themselves and safeguard against the challenges of “re-entry” to the workforce. As a career and Millennial expert, I regula...
Tips for Moving Up the Proverbial Career Ladder
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Sep, 2013
Let's say you've been in the same position for a few years now and you're ready to move up. You've done a great job, but you no longer find it challenging. How can you position yourself for a promotion? Here are some tips that can help: 1) Increase your visibility. Be sure to network within your own department and with those from other departments and even other divisions. 2) Let your boss know you want to advance. Your...
On-the-Job Success Tips
by Georgia Adamson - Aug, 2013
As I’ve said before, it’s great when you land that new job you’ve been after, and you’re entitled to enjoy at least a brief celebration. However–and this is critical–you cannot rest on your laurels. You need to turn your successful job search into on-the-job success. Some things are fairly obvious in that regard. You need to show up at work every day, on time and ready to go. You need to pay attention to what’s going on ar...
Freelance Specialization: Finding Your Niche
by Adrienne Erin - Aug, 2013
In an attempt to maximize their chances of finding gigs and contracts, freelancers run the risk of spreading themselves too thin. We have a tendency — especially in the early years of our careers — to offer generalized services, turning ourselves in to the clichéd jack-of-all-trades. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but most often it’s the freelancers who specialize in a specific area who win the most frequent and profitabl...
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