March 22, 2017
I once had a boss tell me, “But you didn’t achieve my number one priority for what I wanted you to accomplish.” The problem? He never told me about this item.
During the time I had worked for him, I had provided a weekly update (hardcopy and electronic) on all my key projects and activities, but my boss had failed to share this additional goal.
As a manager, this is one of the fastest ways to lose respect from your employees: Failing to clearly define your expectations and priorities. Read the rest of this entry »
March 15, 2017
Sometimes, searching for a job or trying to find a different job can be so frustrating and stressful that it becomes overwhelming.
It’s important to recognize when you’re feeling overwhelmed, so you can give yourself a personal timeout. That’s right – give yourself permission to take a break from your job search.
Then, follow these three steps to help you move forward: Read the rest of this entry »
March 8, 2017
You attended the party of a long-time friend and ran into a lot of people from high school that you hadn’t seen in years. During chit-chat over appetizers and drinks, you could feel the friendly competition heating up.
While comparing career accomplishments, you were shocked to learn that the kid from school with the genius IQ, the one all the teachers thought would be spectacularly successful, had struggled with his career. How could this be, you wondered. This was the person everyone thought would invent something that would change the world.
It turns out that intelligence might not be the best indicator of future success. According to psychologist Angela Duckworth, the secret to outstanding achievement isn’t talent, instead, it’s a special blend of persistence and passion that she calls “grit.” Read the rest of this entry »
March 1, 2017
During their careers, most employees will spend more time at work than they will in any other activity, except sleeping. This Friday, March 3rd is Employee Appreciation Day – a great time to show how much you appreciate all the hard work and loyalty of your team.
Wondering what you can do for your staff to thank them for all their efforts? Here are five ideas: Read the rest of this entry »
February 22, 2017
“Sarah” was a new manager with a difficult situation – one of her employees was an office gossip. As she was getting to know her new team and spending one-on-one time with each employee, Sarah noticed that one person’s name kept coming up, but not in a good way.
The employee being mentioned by others had earned herself the reputation as the office gossip and as someone who was critical of every action taken by the previous manager. The only problem was that Sarah had yet to witness any of this negative behavior. All the comments were from other employees, who had been trying to warn their new boss of “Tracey.” Read the rest of this entry »
February 15, 2017
So you took my advice and have been working on becoming a more likeable employee, but still feel like you’re not earning respect at work?
Maybe it’s not just about what you should start doing. It can sometimes also be about what you need to stop doing.
If you want to earn more respect at work, here are 10 behaviors you need to stop. Right. Now. Read the rest of this entry »
February 8, 2017
Think you’re good at multi-tasking? Feeling energized that you can whip through email messages while simultaneously listening to discussions on a conference call? You might not be as efficient as you think. Read the rest of this entry »
February 1, 2017
Are you new at the office and trying to make friends? Or have you’ve worked at the same company for several years, yet are feeling like you still don’t fit in? Maybe it’s time to work on becoming a more likeable employee.
Here are five ways to up your friendly quotient at the office: Read the rest of this entry »
January 25, 2017
I’m surprised at how often I’m asked for tips on balancing work and life. Whenever this question comes up I like to ask people why they believe they need work-life balance – and they usually look at me like I’m crazy. Read the rest of this entry »
January 18, 2017
Receiving criticism can sometimes be a messy situation, especially when it’s unexpected, harsh or given when others are present.
You might feel shocked, angry or even embarrassed by the comments. But before getting defensive, try switching your mind-set and treating the feedback as a gift, rather than criticism. Here’s how. Read the rest of this entry »