Your fork is not a shovel: Business etiquette for the 21st century
by Elizabeth Freedman - Jul, 2010
After attending many a business lunch, corporate event, dinner outing, and more under the guise of “work fun,” (raise your hand if you think that’s an oxymoron ) I feel compelled to write the following, rather obvious statement: Your Fork is not a Shovel. And while we’re on the subject, I might also mention that your knife is not a saw and that your napkin should not be waved around like you’re heading off to a bullfight late...
Interested In a New Career Path? Try These Steps to Get Started
by Beverly Jones - Jul, 2010
Chances are that you have a career switch in your future. Maybe changes in your professional field will force you to look for something new. Or maybe you will elect to step off the treadmill and find a career that is less stressful or more personally rewarding. Perhaps, like me, you’ll keep things interesting by reinventing your career several times. If you are beginning to think about a new career direction, but don’t know...
Giving Feedback To Gen Y Employees
by David Lee - Jul, 2010
"Giving Gen Y Employees Corrective Feedback: What Can Video Games Teach You?" One of the biggest complaints I hear from managers about their Gen Y employees is how defensive they get when given corrective feedback. You can dramatically increase how receptive your Gen Y employees are to feedback if you borrow from the world of video games. In video games, feedback is an essential part of the game. It’s how you know you...
What Would Bill Clinton Do?
by Suzanne Bates - Jul, 2010
I’ve never met Bill Clinton but many of my friends have, and all say the same thing about him. He’s so...in the moment. When he shakes your hand he focuses on you like you’re the most important person in the world. For that fleeting moment – 30 seconds or a minute- you believe you’re his nhew BFF. Even if you’re a Republican. That got me wondering – what would Bill Clinton do if his cell phone rang while he was locked i...
Seven Key Aspects of a Professional BUSINESS PHILOSOPHY
by Rob Taub - Jul, 2010
The dictionary definition of philosophy is “a set of principles, beliefs and aims, underlying somebody's practice or conduct”. As such, a “business Philosophy” can be both a guide to help you grow a business, and in the ‘business of careers’ it can be a guide to help you decide what to do...and where to do it. So, define what you consider important, and you can be on your way to uncovering your “best fit” job opportunities....
People Problems Afoot? Get the Words Out! Supervisors As Challenged Communicators
by Dawn Lennon - Jul, 2010
“I’m speechless!” Ever said that? It usually pops out when we’re given unexpected praise or are caught unaware. Being “speechless” is a problem when we’re expected to say exactly the right thing when something important is on the line. Keep your foot in your shoe. We rightly expect our bosses to be good communicators. We need them to solve problems and motivate us by saying the right things at the right time. Being...
The Language of Commitment
by Suzanne Bates - Jul, 2010
"Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes, but no plans." - Peter Drucker A few years ago a client of our firm who had just wrapped up a three hour coaching session was walking out the door of our office. Don't forget to e-mail it to me by Friday,I overheard the coach say. Gee I don't know when I'm going to do it, I'm so busy this week, but I will try to get it to you,replied the client. What do y...
Keys to Strengthening Buy-in, Trust and Team Coordination in a Generationally-Culturally Diverse (Military) Workforce
by Mark Gorkin - Jul, 2010
I'm preparing for a major offsite event with the Command Teams of the 1st Cavalry/Ft. Hood, TX. I've been asked to explore new (for me) conceptual territory -- Generational Diversity. More specifically, the Army wants me to provide some fresh ideas and exercises for "Communicating with the Younger Soldier." To oversimplify matters: how can the predominant generations in authority -- the Traditionals and Boomers -- connect wi...
The Career Skills Triangle - Essential Marketing for Career Transition!
by Sharon Cohen - Jul, 2010
• Planning a Career Transition, but don't know where to start? • Heard about Personal Branding, but unsure how it applies to you? • Wondering how to sell your skills, in an overcrowded market? As someone who works with both employers and job-seekers, let me share some career-transition marketing. As a job seeker, the first thing you need to understand is that the job search is not just about you. Finding a match betwee...
Fierce Conversations – Tackle Tough Challenges and Enrich Relationships
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Jul, 2010
I recently led a couple of workshops on emotional intelligence and assertive communication for some of my San Francisco Bay Area clients. The HR Director at a law firm asked me if I could write up some of the techniques and tools we covered in my “Emotionally Intelligent Conversations” workshop. The following are some techniques and tips you can use for having fierce conversations at work, particularly difficult conversat...
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