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  Constructive Feedback...Really?
by David Lee - Feb, 2010
How good are you at giving “constructive feedback”? Is the feedback you give truly constructive? Whether giving someone feedback or expressing your opinion, do you do it in a way that communicates: A) “You’re a fool” or B) “Here’s my perspective.” I was just reminded of this while reading responses to a question posed in a speakers e-newsletter I received. One of the members asked fellow members for their perspective...
 
  Fact or Opinion?
by Nan S. Russell - Feb, 2010
"You ain't going nowhere, son. You ought to go back to drivin' a truck." What if Elvis believed this Grand Ole Opry manager's critique after his l954 performance? Or the Beatles listened in 1962 when Decca Recording Company responded, "We don't like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out." What if Rudyard Kipling quit writing when the San Francisco Examiner told him, "I'm sorry, but you just don't know how to use...
 
  Want To Get Promoted? Do Less - Delegate More
by Tai Goodwin - Feb, 2010
Have you ever noticed that it is those who have mastered the ability to delegate that often get opportunities for top projects or promoted? This is where words speak louder than actions - where doing instead of delegating can keep you from moving forward in your career. For many of us at work, when a crisis arises we rush in cape blowing in the wind intent on saving the day. And for some of us, it doesn’t have to be a cris...
 
  Due and Proper
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Feb, 2010
Do you wake up every morning on time? Do you head to the shower and prepare your body with a cleansing for the work day ahead? Men, do you step out of the shower and faithfully put your razor to work, ridding your face of offensive stubble that began creeping up on you around 5:00 the previous day? Women, do you faithfully set about the task of applying make up and styling solutions to your face and locks, not to mentio...
 
  The Ten Deadly Sins of Career Development
by Thomas J. Denham - Feb, 2010
1. Phobia – Whether it is fear of failure or fear of success, this psychological obstacle is the number one reason clients do not reach their goals. FEAR is really an illusion that stands for False, Evidence Appearing Real. We choose safety over self-actualization because we fear the unknown and the ambiguity of the future. Fear is a test of commitment and a way to focus your attention on answering the question: “Is thi...
 
  Conquer Fear Of Mistakes To Make Career Progress
by Ramon Greenwood - Feb, 2010
People losing their jobs; survivors being asked to take on more duties, often with fewer resources; businesses going bankrupt; mortgages being called. These conditions translate in to more tension and apprehension in the workplace. "People are feeling anxious, so they're being short-tempered, passive and unproductive," says Martin Yate, a career adviser at GoSavant.com In this environment people tend to hunker down. T...
 
  New Job? How to Make a Resounding Impact in Your First 90 Days
by Andy Robinson - Jan, 2010
Time to "Hit the Ground Running!" Your first 90 days in a new position (whether at a new company or not) is the period under which you're under close observation -- some consider it the "probationary period" -- the period where you've got to quickly prove your worth and value to your new employer. Perceptions are "cemented" during that time period -- good or bad. So...it's important that you take conscious control over how...
 
  No Test Beats an Acid Test - Our Careers Need ‘Em
by Dawn Lennon - Jan, 2010
Don’t you just hate tests? I didn’t like them in school and still don’t. At work there’s nothing worse then a training program with a test at the end. Takes all the fun out of it. Oddly enough, I’ve never hated any of my careers even though they were loaded with tests. Not the textbook type but the real life ones that come with consequences that can make or break you. Real-time career “tests” teach us things we need to d...
 
  The Softer Side: Toning Up Your Soft Skills
by Amanda Guralski - Jan, 2010
Why Gen Yers are lacking old-fashioned people skills, and what we can do about it I recently saw the film Up In The Air. Besides being a lovely excuse to stare at George Clooney for two hours, it also provoked me to think about Generation Y and their “soft skills” (skills like manners, friendliness; basically, what makes you a nice person to work with), or lack thereof. These musings were due to two reasons: first, the movi...
 
  Take the Hit and Keep Playing
by Kris Parfitt - Jan, 2010
What’s the size of a baseball, the weight of a grapefruit and can knock you to the ground at 50 mph? My beau, Dan, was an all-star lacrosse player in high school and college and has been playing the game since he was a kid, he still plays. One of my favorite stories he tells is also one of the best analogies to how we deal with failure, rejection or when we are confronted by something that stops us in our tracks. When yo...
 
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