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 »
January 11, 2017
Many 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 »
January 4, 2017
Think 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 »
December 28, 2016
As 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 »
December 14, 2016
It’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 »
December 7, 2016
The 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 »