Prickly or Pleasant? What Style Gets You. Simple Gifts
by Dawn Lennon - Dec, 2013
How you look at work is one thing. How you appear is quite another. Almost on a daily basis you can find a TV program touting the latest fashions for men and women, some programs even providing “make overs” for audience members. The problem is: new clothes, hair styles, or accessories can’t remake the way you come across to others. Looking nice isn’t the same as being nice. Your interpersonal style, the way...
Bragging Rights and Wrongs
by Joshua Waldman - Dec, 2013
If you can’t tell a potential new employer what makes you different (better) than the other 118 candidates, how will they ever know? This is actually harder than it sounds. When I first started working, I landed a huge deal. I was at a solar energy installer in Kathmandu back in 2004 and the market was hot. In fact, I remember that the customers paid in cash. I couldn’t keep all the bundles of paper money in the small bag...
Who Cares about Work-Life Balance?
by Julie Cohen - Dec, 2013
While preparing for a speaking engagement for a group of senior executives, I was briefly distracted by a worrying thought: what if this audience of high-achieving, hard-working, successful leaders doesn’t care about work-life balance? What if they think the topic is irrelevant, unimportant and even counter-productive to what they believe has made them successful? What if, after my first introductory words and PowerPoi...
Fire Up Your Courage. Build Your Self-confidence. | Refocused Thinking
by Dawn Lennon - Dec, 2013
It may be difficult but sticking your neck out is a necessity. To build a career, you have to: Apply for jobs and accept offers Change jobs to get better ones Develop new relationships or repair damaged ones Commit to expectations and do what’s right Putting yourself out there takes courage, and you don’t need self-confidence to do it. The odd couple Courage and self-confidence have an odd connec...
Use Your Brain to Build Better Relationships at Work
by Alexandra Levit - Dec, 2013
According to Judith Glaser, the CEO of Benchmark Communications and the author of the new book, Conversation Intelligence: How Great Leaders Build Trust and Get Extraordinary Results, the key to success in life and in work is to prime your brain for trust, mutual respect, and partnership. Based on advances made in the neuroscience field over the last decade, Glaser’s framework involves understanding what kind of conversations...
Are you promotable?
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Dec, 2013
Are you looking for a promotion? If so, what steps are you taking to climb the proverbial career ladder? The first thing you'll want to do is develop a career development plan. If you don't know where you're going, how are you going to get there? Take time to take stock of your strengths and where you would like your career to take you. Knowing your long-range career goals can help you stay on track and position yoursel...
Feeling Left Out and Don’t Know Why? Turn Things Around. Reaching Out
by Dawn Lennon - Nov, 2013
It can’t be avoided but we don’t want it to last. It’s that feeling of being disconnected, conspicuous, and self-conscious whenever we’re plunked in workplace situations with people who don’t know us. It can happen when we: join a new work group participate in a cross-functional meeting attend an industry conference go to our first company party become part of a new project team The sooner we feel accep...
5 Ways to Overcome Obstacles
by Gary Cohen - Nov, 2013
The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people. –Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture The best way to overcome obstacles, Randy Pausch suggests, is to imagine they’re opportunities to...
Is Amazing Performance Really Amazing? What to Do About Meaningless Words.
by Dawn Lennon - Nov, 2013
Have you noticed how amazing everyone is these day? If not, just listen. Somehow we’ve become surrounded by all these amazing people who do amazing work with amazing colleagues in amazing places during these amazing times. Someone may be saying that you’re amazing too. By definition, to be amazing means one needs to affect others with great wonder, to astonish. That means creating great surprise or marvel (ye...
Working More Creatively for Better Results
by Adrienne Erin - Nov, 2013
It’s a popular saying in offices across the country: “Work smarter, not harder.” But what exactly does that mean? With more people working 40-plus hours a week, and the endless variations of how to work remotely, whether it’s from your home office, your neighborhood café, or, yes, even your car, these may not always be the best choices. Sometimes, in the push to be almost superhuman in your daily tasks, it’s important...
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