Health Alert: Should You Ban Handshakes in Your Office?
by Alexandra Levit - Jun, 2015
With Ebola and myriad other diseases in the news and flu season just about to kick off, some people are calling for a ban on the handshake. Is that the right move for your business? The first piece of business advice I was given that stuck was to greet a new person with a firm, enthusiastic handshake. Since that day 16 years ago when my boss said my shake had to be “more confident,” I've been telling countless college g...
How to Choose the Right Path to Success
by Michelle Kerrigan - Jun, 2015
How to Choose the Right Path to Success Life is filled with change. It is also filled with choice. Success is largely based on the choices we make when facing change. Many of the changes we face are not welcome and quite challenging, such as getting laid off; going through a restructuring; and doing more with less at work. And, many of us believe that if we worry enough, we can control the outcome. Well, we can’t. No o...
5 No-fail Ways to Finally Start Your Next Big Project
by Melody Wilding - Jun, 2015
If you’re like me, you have a growing to-do list filled with big ideas to accomplish. Yet day after day, life gets in the way and our passion project falls by the wayside. We make excuses like “I’ll do it tomorrow” or “I’m not in the mindset right now”, waiting for the perfect moment of inspiration to suddenly strike. The funny thing is that “perfect moment” doesn’t actually exist. Maybe you don’t know how to start....
3 Ways to Shake Up Your Mentoring Program for Better Results
by Lindsey Pollak - May, 2015
Remember that old song we learned as kids, "Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other's gold?" It's a good reminder for the workplace. As individuals, we benefit from having a professional network comprised of both longtime connections and new workplace relationships. If you primarily hang out with the "old guard" in your organization or industry, you risk missing out on fresh perspectives. If you...
Build a Strong Reputation – Communicate Minor Achievements
by Alexandra Levit - May, 2015
Build a strong reputation by making the most of minor achievements. In my seminars, I am fond of discussing the importance of perception. You could be the smartest, most talented individual your organization has ever hired, but if people don’t like you or value what you have to offer, you’re dead in the water. Fortunately, it is relatively easy to project a positive image. When you meet people in person, make sure you...
Are You On The Right Career Path?
by Carole Kanchier - May, 2015
Are you where you want to be professionally? Have you reached a fork in the road and can't make a career decision? Do you have a career path? What is a career path? A career path can take many forms, and much depends on where you are in your professional life. Are you a new grad just starting out or a seasoned pro looking to re-ignite a passion? Are you hoping to climb the ladder in your current organization or longing t...
Winning at Working: The Next Essential Skill
by Nan S. Russell - May, 2015
"Remember, the feeling you get from a good run is far better than the feeling you get from sitting around wishing you were running." Those words from Olympic swimmer and author Sarah Connor capture the essence of a skill those wanting to thrive in the new world of work need. We live in a world with constant interruptions, interesting internet rabbit holes to explore, and mobile apps to try. There's more information than we...
How to Move Past the Obstacles to an Encore Career
by Hallie Crawford - May, 2015
Many find it difficult to imagine starting an encore career. After working for a certain number of years in a specific industry, it can be hard to visualize yourself in a new industry - or even a new position in the same area. Change is tough for anyone and including those in this final phase of their professional life. Normally, an encore career is a career started in the second half of one’s life that, while providing an i...
Do You Mistake Net Worth for Self Worth?
by Michelle Kerrigan - May, 2015
One of the largest confidence killers I’ve ever seen is when people confuse net worth with self worth. Net Worth = The value of your financial assets, minus your liabilities. Determined by the market, it is your external worth. It is an asset that fluctuates over time. It is fluid and quite vulnerable. Self Worth = Respect for yourself. Your value as determined by you. It’s your internal worth, and the most important com...
TRUST VS MISTRUST: What Would You Do?
by Carole Kanchier - Apr, 2015
When I was a beginning high school counselor a student (Dorothy), who had discipline issues with several teachers, asked me if I would lend her $10.00 to buy her mother a birthday present. "What to do?" What does trust mean to you? The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines trust as "believing in the honesty and reliability of others;" and "having confidence or faith in..." The Dictionary defines mistrust as the "lack of trust...
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