4 Life Lessons from Being a Working Professional
by Tiffany Young - Mar, 2015
For most people, lessons happen along the way. It’s what you do with those tidbits of vital information that is most important. Just when we think we’ve learned something, life comes along and shows us there’s more. I recently reflected on a few life lessons I learned last year and, to my surprise, most were connected to work. I thought, how could that be? It was true. The things I learned about relationships, finances, and...
7 Reasons Why You Need to Think Like a Business Owner Throughout Your Career
by Michelle Kerrigan - Mar, 2015
I recently sat in on a staff meeting, and, afterwards, one of the team’s former colleagues dropped by to say hello. This colleague had moved on to a new company, and was very unhappy with her choice. She kept voicing her negative opinion loudly, which included warning everyone to avoid her current employer at all costs. No matter what you think, this type of behavior is never a good idea. Yes—even though it’s no longer a wo...
Giving Notice When you Leave Jobs: Should you do it?
by Sharon Cohen - Mar, 2015
Do people still give notice to their employer? Do employers have an obligation to give notice prior to layoffs? If you give notice, is the employer required to pay you for the 2 weeks? Can they show you the door that day? I hear stories all the time from employees and employers about outrageous behavior and things that should never occur in the workplace. Giving notice is topic which figures into many of these c...
Identity Lost? Try Finding It in “We.” | Commitment to “The Band”
by Dawn Lennon - Mar, 2015
I’ve done it and I suspect you have too. I’ve asked myself these exasperating questions: Who am I really? Am I the person others think I am–in my family, at work, among my friends? Is my identity a product of my own design or have I just followed what others want/need/expect me to be? If there’s a gap between how others perceive me and who I know myself to be, what next? This is heavy stuff and I’m here to tell you...
by Shun McGhee - Mar, 2015
The word yoga can be derived from two root words, according to Wikipedia. The first is “yujir,” which means to yoke, and the second is “yuj samadhau,” meaning to concentrate. Prior to writing this blog, I knew nothing about the origins of yoga, knowing only that it consisted of, seemingly, uncomfortable and difficult poses that helped practitioners become stronger and more flexible. Like most endeavors however, I suppose consi...
To launch a new job, you need a good plan
by Beverly Jones - Mar, 2015
Are you looking forward to your first day in a different job? Or maybe you're preparing to welcome a new colleague? My worst first day was 30 years ago, but I still remember it vividly. I was a few years out of law school and shifting to a new firm in the nation's capital. The title on my business card read "partner," instead of "associate," in deference to the clients I was able to bring along with me. Well in advance...
Prep for Your Next Negotiation: 3 Must-Do Steps
by Melody Wilding - Mar, 2015
You would never buy a car without first researching different models and prices, right? Nowadays it’s unlikely you’d even leave the house without first looking up reviews and directions to wherever you’re going. So why is it that so many of us go into negotiations without a roadmap or any preparation? Why, then, when it comes to important – possibly financially game changing — conversations about negotiating salary or raisi...
Proofreading Resumes on Paper
by Robin Schlinger - Mar, 2015
I have often ranted about the complete uselessness of electronic grammar checkers and mentioned the need for manual proofreading, rather than relying on electronic spellcheckers, but I am also against proofreading a resume on the computer instead of printing it out. Here are my top five reasons for advocating manual proofreading, with paper in your hand: No matter how carefully you look, onscreen you are going to miss the...
Many Interviews, Zero Offers – 5 Ways to Audit Your Interview Performance
by Lisa Rangel - Mar, 2015
You might have had a few interviews. But, no offers. That could mean the competition was significantly more qualified than you were. Or that you could improve how you interview. Doing an Executive Interview Audit However, if you’ve had many interviews and zero offers, then it makes common sense to do an audit of what has transpired during past interviews to see what can be modified to improve performance. Just as in acco...
3 Small Steps to Better Integrate Millennials Into Your Workplace
by Lindsey Pollak - Mar, 2015
One of my major business goals for this year is to continually improve my keynote speeches. So far, this has involved signing up with a respected speaking coach, taking several high-level online classes and watching a ton of other speakers work their craft. It has also meant improving the specific takeaways my audiences receive. In every presentation, my hope is that every participant walks away with both high-level inspira...
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