Nervous About Providing Feedback? Try These 2 Little Tricks

January 11, 2017

women-1209678_150Many managers, especially introverts, tend to shy away from giving feedback to employees because they’re nervous about how the person will react. Others are worried because they aren’t sure how to give feedback in a way that’s helpful.

The two acronyms I like to use to help me remember how to provide feedback are “T.H.I.N.K.” and “S.M.A.R.T.” Before I give feedback, I usually say this phrase in my head several times: Think smart. Think smart. Think smart. Read the rest of this entry »

Are You A Good Boss? Test Yourself With These 5 Questions

January 4, 2017

workplace-1245776_150Think you’re good at managing people? Most managers, when asked, provide a glowing commentary of their stellar people management skills.

Yet research has demonstrated the opposite. A Gallup study of 7,272 U.S. adults revealed that 50 percent had left their job to get away from their manager to improve their life at some point in their career.

Poor people management skills also negatively affect employee happiness and productivity, with managers accounting for up to 70% of variance in employee engagement scores.

Want to find out how good you are as a people manager? See how many of these five questions you can answer with “yes.” Read the rest of this entry »

6 Steps To Turn 2017 Into A Year Of On-Going Career Success

December 28, 2016

istock_000020215753medium_150As you celebrate the Christmas season and New Year and reflect back on 2016, how can you turn 2017 into a year of on-going career success? By creating a career strategic plan.

Someone once said, “Success is the intersection of preparation and opportunity.” Achieving success requires more than luck, more than hard work – it requires a plan. Here’s how. Read the rest of this entry »

Do Your Employees Understand How They Contribute To The Company’s Bottom Line?

December 21, 2016

Young businesswoman explaining report to her colleague at meetingIf you’re a people manager, you might look around at the bustling activity of your team and the looks of intense determination on their faces and assume that everyone understands how their work contributes to the company’s bottom line.

But you would be wrong. At least based on a recent Robert Half Management Resources survey, which found that only 47 percent of workers are able to make the connection between their day-to-day duties and how they impact the company’s financials. Read the rest of this entry »

Sometimes The Best Employee Motivation Isn’t With Money

December 14, 2016

istock_000032922910_medium_150It’s that time of year again, when many managers work through the ritual of company-required employee performance appraisals and then will meet individually with each employee in January to discuss their 2016 accomplishments.

But if your budget hasn’t been increased for 2017, what can you do to motivate those on your team (and stay motivated yourself)? Try these six tips: Read the rest of this entry »

Take Time To Reflect On 2016 Before It Ends

December 7, 2016

the future looks greatThe holidays and year’s end are quickly approaching! With events and parties galore, this time of year tends to quickly pass by. So be sure you take a little time out from the holiday cheer to take inventory of your career progress in 2016. Also, start thinking about what you’d like to achieve and improve upon in 2017.

I know this is a lot to consider during the busy season, when we’d rather be sipping hot chocolate and shopping for presents! To help you start, here is a list of questions to reflect on. Read the rest of this entry »

I Think I Can, I Think I Can – Be Your Own Motivational Career Coach

November 30, 2016

Healthy Asian business woman lift a dumbbell  isolated on white backgroundYou glance up at the clock on the wall. It’s 3:30pm and your five o’clock deadline is quickly approaching. You take a deep breath and exhale slowly, moving your head from side-to-side and relaxing your shoulders. “I can do this,” you mentally tell yourself several times as you finalize the financial analysis assigned by your boss and get prepared to share your recommendations for cost reductions.

That little voice in our heads we hear before, during or after situations throughout each day is known as ‘self-talk.’ This internal voice can be positive or negative, and, it can turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy. Read the rest of this entry »

7 Nonverbal Mistakes To Avoid Making During Job Interviews

November 16, 2016

istock_000021080638medium_150Now that you know how reading the nonverbal cues of hiring managers can improve your chances of job interview success, this week I’ve focused on the nonverbal mistakes (your own) to avoid during interviews.

While the most important aspect of the interview should be the content of your answers, the interaction you have with the hiring manager is also important, even the nonverbal communication. Good nonverbal communication can help you establish a positive connection, whereas bad/strange nonverbal communication can be, well, odd and sometimes even a little unsettling if you’re the hiring manager. Read the rest of this entry »

Oops! Don’t Miss These Nonverbal Cues During Job Interviews

November 9, 2016

istock_000010061080medium_150Has this ever happened to you? You finished a job interview and someone asked how it went, but you weren’t really sure. You had been a little nervous when you arrived at the interview, so you focused on answering the hiring manager’s questions – and forgot to pay attention to the hiring manager’s nonverbal communication.

That happens a lot. Most people are so worried about how they come across in an interview that they forget to watch the body language of the interviewer. But being able to read nonverbal cues can increase your chances of interview success.

That’s because the way the interviewers react and move their body can demonstrate whether they’re listening or bored, whether or not they agree with what you’re saying, and if they believe you’d be a good fit for the job. So the next time you’re in a job interview, look for these nonverbal cues: Read the rest of this entry »