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  • by William Cottringer - April 26, 2012
    “The quickest way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.” ~Oscar Wilde. In tough economic times, it is not a good thing to be unemployed. And if you are lucky enough to have a job, you don’t want to do anything to lose it by doing or not doing something under your control. In most states misconduct or quitting for no good cause will keep you from being eligible for unemployment benefits. And som...
  • by William Cottringer - October 5, 2011
    Success in business often depends on something you may not have given much thought to. This mysterious X-factor is likability. Likability is an accumulation of several personal characteristics that other people quickly perceive and judge in a positive or negative way. Likability makes everything else easy and paves the way for you to be successful by having a positive influence with people. On the other hand, unlikability buil...
  • by William Cottringer - October 5, 2011
    We are experiencing a major transformation in the workplace today. We are moving from a primary focus on things to one on thoughts. To keep up with this major change, supervisors have to be willing to embrace four transformational crucibles in their career development efforts. Successful supervisor will become: (1) perpetual learners (2) productive thinkers (3) interpersonal magnates (4) creative problem solvers. Bel...
  • by William Cottringer - October 5, 2011
    Being a good employee is something that is expected and needed by all employers. I suspect most employers would be extremely happy if all their employees complied with a dozen basic expectations. These simple requirements are a prescription for being a good employee. If you practice these suggestions you are likely to get recognized and rewarded. Plus, you will be enjoying your work more! 1. SHOW UP ON TIME. No jo...
  • by William Cottringer - October 5, 2011
    A long time ago I discovered an extremely useful concept called perturbation point, or just "P" point for short. These are the little critical things you can do to get the biggest results. The following checklist has the little things you need to take care of to get the best results in your job hunt. 1. Have you done a complete and honest self-inventory as to what your best skills and abilities are and what type and level...
  • by William Cottringer - October 5, 2011
    We are often hesitant to set standards for good work attitudes and discipline employees for having bad ones. Part of this hesitancy may be in our inability to talk about attitudes in clear and precise terms. Below is a standard of a good work attitude supervisors should strive to enforce and reinforce with all employees in the workplace. Companies should incorporate this attitude standard into a general workpla...
  • by William Cottringer - September 28, 2011
    “The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.” ~Oscar Wilde. It doesn’t matter whether you are engaged in your dream career or just working at a job; not trying your best to succeed at the workplace doesn’t make any sense. It is a third of your life and when not done right, it can lead to a lot of unnecessary unhappiness. Here are ten sure ways anyone can be successful on the job. And, they don’t...