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  • How Leaders Can Master Agility in a Chaotic Business World
    by Alexandra Levit - June 13, 2019
    In today’s rapidly changing business world, an agile business is a successful business. But how do you know when the best thing for the project is to change the plan, and how can you execute and communicate changes without destroying team motivation and momentum? The following three strategies may prove helpful. Agility Strategy #1: Create and Challenge Assumptions Any major strategic initiative should involve t...
  • What is a Sensitive Striver?
    by Melody Wilding - June 12, 2019
    A Sensitive Striver is a high achiever who is also more sensitive to their emotions, the world, and the behavior of those around them than most people. Sensitive Strivers are innately predisposed to process information more deeply than their less-sensitive peers. Because of this, they have a heightened stress response. They are highly attuned to their own emotions and the emotions of others. They can pick up on subtle chang...
  • Single Task Your Way to a Better Life and Career
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - June 11, 2019
    Multitasking used to be a sought after professional competency thought to be a valuable skill for the busy professional. Research tells us that singletasking is actually more effective and can result in higher productivity and time efficiency. I can envision the woman at work reading this blog while eating her lunch, checking her email, listening to a webinar, and texting her daughter about carpool plans for soccer pract...
  • Responding to Illegal Job Interview Questions
    by Carole Kanchier - June 10, 2019
    It is important to know your rights as an employee. Unlawful questions are not acceptable on applications, during the interview process, or in the workplace. Although improper questions by employers might be simple mistakes, they could also be intentional cases of discrimination that should be reported. Legal and illegal interview questions How you would you respond to each question? 1. How old are you? 2. What's...
  • The New and Improved Performance Review
    by Alexandra Levit - June 7, 2019
    What good is performance feedback if it occurs in isolation? It's just like the saying: 'If a tree falls in the woods...' “This is where it’s important to have a system that enables a company to join up performance feedback simply and in one place, where they can get a quick view of everything,” says Cheryl Johnson, chief human resources offer at payroll company Paylocity. Paylocity uses a propri...
  • References for Your Job Search
    by Robin Schlinger - June 6, 2019
    The following rules are important when considering references for your job search: Always ask a person for permission before you use them as a reference. You want to be sure the person you ask is not surprised by a call and that they are willing to give you a positive report. According to a survey by Accountemps, 34% of job candidates are removed from consideration for a job after their references are checked. Do no...
  • Mismanaging Your Time and Overcommitting Can Take You Down
    by Sherri Edwards - June 5, 2019
    A significant trend that is picking up speed is the number of times commitments are forgotten, appointments are ghosted and reminders or offers of help are ignored. You’re busy. I’m busy. We’re all busy. That doesn’t excuse a lack of courtesy. Not responding to communications, showing up late (if at all) for appointments or failing to pay bills on time are disrespectful and irresponsible. Stop wastin...
  • How to Invite Collaboration Without Inviting People to Live in Airpods On a Cubicle Farm
    by Steve Farber - June 4, 2019
    When you’re the person who makes the seating chart, you have a lot of power and also a serious responsibility to optimize a functioning workplace. There’s a whole Myers-Briggs personality chart of different needs to consider when deciding who sits where and in what kind of working environment. You’ve got your introverts who suffer in an open area with no control over chatty co-workers; then there are th...
  • Using 'Force' Can Give You More Control
    by Carole Kanchier - June 3, 2019
    In the movie, 'Star Wars,' Obi Wan-Kenobi gave Luke Skywalker a sword that seemed to have magical powers. The sword was useless to Luke when he lacked confidence in his abilities. But when Luke realized that he had the magical powers within to create his own perception of reality, he wielded the sword with confidence and accuracy. Do you have control over your life career? Indicate yes or no: I didn't get t...
  • Finding Your Passion, and What to Do Instead
    by Stacey Lane - May 31, 2019
    “Find your passion.” The phrase conjures up some mixed feelings. On one hand, we imagine Future Me living our best life, one where we’re smiling at work and making real and important change happen. There’s a glossy filter on this fantasy. And on the other hand, we feel a small bubble of panic rise from our stomachs; I haven’t found my passion yet—was is wrong with me? Or I thought I found...