by Nan S. Russell - May, 2011
Since she'd been referred by a good client, I rearranged my schedule to accommodate a phone meeting for what she described as a "pressing decision" about a potential business endeavor I had experience with. The day before our appointment, the call was confirmed and it was verified that she would call my office at the arranged time. When the time arrived and no call came, I was surprised. Fifteen minutes later, still no call...
Viewing Your Employee File
by Randy Enochs - May, 2011
Probably one of things employees often do not know about, at least in Wisconsin, regards their right to view their employee/personnel file. A lot of employees wonder what happens with those yearly reviews, disciplinary write-ups and handbooks and often never see these materials unless they are terminated. In Wisconsin employees are allowed, under law (Wis. Stat. sec. 103.13), to view their personnel file twice per year within ...
What American Businesses Can Learn
by Eva Jenkins - May, 2011
The military strike against Osama bin Laden is a case study in how employee engagement drives success says Washington, D.C. area business consultant Eva Jenkins. The recent historic military strike against Osama bin Laden is likely to remain front page news for some time to come with lasting impact on both military and political policy-making. As a consultant who focuses on ‘human capital’ in the business world, Eva Jenki...
Eight Cover Letter Don'ts
by Caitlin McNally - May, 2011
Many companies will not even look at your resume if you don't include a cover letter. Writing a cover letter will show the company that you really want the position and will allow you to show why you are a good fit for the job. Here are eight cover letter "faux pas" that you will want to avoid when composing a cover letter. 1.) Don’t address the wrong person or company in your cover letter. This will likely disqualify you f...
It isn't the work... It's the place
by Kimberly Schneiderman - May, 2011
Have you ever started a new job that was supposed to be great only to discover that while the work was fine, the place was just awful? Perhaps the budget for marketing was nil. Maybe the boss gave no direction…or too much direction! Did they move from downtown to uptown within a couple months? Wouldn’t it have been nice to know some of these things before you accepted the job offer? Here are some questions you can ask, along...
The garden and the network
by Dawn Bugni - May, 2011
I worked in the yard this past weekend. Truth be told, a well-manicured lawn and perfect landscaping hasn’t been a priority for many years. Combine five dogs and two growing businesses (up until 2009) with country living and no homeowners association to tell me weed whack and it got a little shaggy around the edges. I’ve learned; if you don’t’ get in control early in spring; forget it. The weeds win. This year, I found a ne...
Think about how your body language may impact your job hunt
by Miriam Salpeter - May, 2011
If you’re looking for a job and thinking ahead to the interview stage, I’m betting you’re checking out interview books and practicing interview questions, which isn’t a bad idea. However, have you considered practicing the communication skills you’ll need to help you land a job? Interpreting body language is an important element of good listening. Think about it – eye contact, nodding, leaning in to listen – all of these he...
10 Dollars and A Laptop
by Steve Farber - May, 2011
Last weekend at the always inspiring SobCon event in Chicago, I had the opportunity to meet Greg Hartle, the itinerate business consultant and philosopher. He’s on a mission to visit 50 states, collect 501 stories, and demonstrate that it’s possible to make a living starting from scratch–even in this new, challenging (to say the least) economy. He started his journey with ten dollars, a laptop, and the clothes on his bac...
Freshman Year is Over; What Are Your Summer Plans as a Rising Sophomore?
by Marcia Robinson - May, 2011
College finals are rapidly approaching and marks the end of that anxiety-filled college freshman year. Once students put that freshman year behind them, they now join the ranks of "rising sophomores." These rising sophomores are no longer the new kids on the block, but they are also not yet officially college sophomores. Rising sophomores should make summer plans that include summer classes, summer jobs, summer travel or all o...
How Corporate Culture Ignites Results
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - May, 2011
Culture trumps strategy! For individuals, character is destiny. For organizations, culture is destiny. I was working with one of my executive coaching clients recently who is a partner in a large San Francisco Bay Area law firm. My client heads up the firm’s strategy planning team and as a result of our coaching includes a cross section of members of the firm. We discussed how the right culture will need to be created to ex...
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