Should I Change My Career Plans Because of the Recession?
by Lindsey Pollak - Mar, 2009
Question: I graduated in May with a political science major and am wondering what to do next. My plan was to apply to law school, but with so much student debt already incurred I am having second thoughts. I am currently working at a bank as a teller, but this is not the career I wish to pursue. With the current recession and unemployment rate I am terrified that I will be a bank teller forever. Any suggestions? — Lauren, Raci...
Is It The Self-Doubt?
by Annemarie Segaric - Mar, 2009
Tell me something. What's really stopping you from moving your life and career in the direction you know it's supposed to head in? Are you meant to be in the job you're in? Is the life you have now the one you always dreamed of having? We can come up with every excuse in the book as to why we're not making our dreams come true... "This is not the time to take risks...I should just be happy I have a job." "I need...
The “Vision Thing” - Critical to Accelerating Women’s Careers
by Suzanne Bates - Feb, 2009
In today’s economic environment, companies need great leaders. Yet lately much public conversation has focused on whether our economic crisis has been partly the result of too much “leadership testosterone,” both on the trading floors and in the boardrooms of banks and investment firms. Would a more balanced male-female presence have made a difference in averting the current crisis? Many, many experts agree that ideal corpo...
Why Leadership That Counts Is Needed Now, More Than Ever…
by Chris Makell - Feb, 2009
Lehman Brothers, AIG, Bank of America buys Merrill Lynch, the housing crisis, mortgage mess, fuel and food costs, on and on… While it looks dire, the times are creating opportunities for more people to become true leaders – not just in business, but in their lives. Let’s examine leadership from the two perspectives, personally and professionally to see where you can gain the most from these changing times. The current Wa...
Declare War With Worry
by Deborah Brown-Volkman - Feb, 2009
Are you worried about your career? Would you like to stop? The reason many of us worry is that we have a situation in front of us and we are scared that it will not work out. We are afraid that we will make the wrong decision (again), fail, or look bad in front of others. Uncertainty in our career has us so worried about paying the bills, losing our home, going to war, etc. that we cannot seem to focus on anything els...
When Do You Just Give Up
by Annemarie Segaric - Feb, 2009
When do you quit? When do you say, "This is just not going to work," and then stop? When does it become too difficult and not worth the sacrifice? I'm sure you have wondered about this. I know I have. Everyone working toward a dream or desire wonders about this. Yes, even the most wildly successful people ask themselves this question. So how do you answer it? It depends on two things: 1. How badly you want...
Why Business and Personal Have to Mix
by Annemarie Segaric - Feb, 2009
We've all heard that saying before: keep your personal life out of the office and leave your work at work. I don't know about you, but that never really worked for me. I tried to separate the two. I really did. I just never did it that well. I know some of you out there are much better at compartmentalizing things than I am. But doesn't it take a lot of energy to keep your life so separate? When you're going to a job ...
Don’t Send a Cover Letter
by Kevin Donlin - Feb, 2009
As a rule, most employers hate reading cover letters. Because nearly all of them are what I call, 3B: bland, boring and banal. In fact, most cover letters are such formulaic exercises in boredom that I suggest you stop sending them to employers. That’s right. Don’t send a cover letter. Instead, send a sales letter. After all, your goal in writing to employers is to “sell” them on hiring you, right? With that...
Eight Steps To Soften The Blow When You Have To Fire Someone
by Ramon Greenwood - Feb, 2009
Firing people is a tough and unpleasant task no matter how you slice it and dice it. Career paths are disrupted. Hopes for career success are dashed. But when it's necessary, there are eight steps you can take to soften the blow: 1. Deliver the bad news in a face-to-face meeting whenever possible. The boss has to do it. There can be no delegation of this responsibility. It is desirable to have one other person present, e...
The New Dance
by Nan S. Russell - Feb, 2009
Poor Pluto. Stripped of its planetary status by the International Astronomical Union and reclassified as a "dwarf planet," two years ago, Pluto's demotion heralds new rules for planet classification. Debate by renowned astronomers from seventy-five countries culminated in the decision to reduce the number of planets to eight "classic" ones. This reclassification got me thinking. Like a company reorganization or leadership c...
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