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...
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...
About.me – Build Your Online Image & Personal Brand
by Michelle Dumas - Nov, 2013
The marketing of products and services is all about building brand identification. So, too, is personal marketing, whether you’re looking for a job or otherwise advancing your professional career. Gone are the days when you could rely on just your resume and some good old-fashioned references to get you where you wanted to go. Today, building your personal brand requires creativity, attention to detail and extensive use of...
The Most Important Trait Among Successful People Will Surprise You
by Danny Rubin - Nov, 2013
Hey, super-smart people. Got some news for you. During a recent TED Talk, psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth says while intelligence matters, a high IQ is not the greatest predictor of success. Duckworth says the key is to have grit or determination, the willingness to push through even when the odds are against us. OK, grit matters more than any other talent or trait. That means a great deal for our own careers, esp...
7 Ways to Maximize Commuting Time
by Alexandra Levit - Nov, 2013
The average American professional spends over an hour a day commuting. For most, that time involves listening to music, reading the paper, staring out the window, or sleeping. However, whether you drive or take public transportation to the office, your goal should be to leverage your commuting time so that you can spend fewer hours working. Here are some recommendations to that effect. 1. Listen to industry podcasts or...
10 Ways To Keep Your Focus in a World of Distractions
by Gary Cohen - Nov, 2013
1. Control Your Media – You may love your media, but does it control your concentration, or do you control it? Do you set your notifications so that they only distract you for the most valuable messages, or do your email, Facebook, and Twitter alerts draw your attention away from the most important issues you are trying to accomplish? As I’m writing this post, my only distraction is Mozart’s Four Seasons, which is playing over...
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