4 Steps That Will Help You Address Bias Safely It’s not easy to speak up when someone says or does something that you believe reveals negative bias. Yet, you become complicit in unwanted behavior if you don’t speak up. A recent Harvard Business Review article suggests taking these steps to address bias without offending others. Use […]

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5 Simple Tips When You’re Starting Out Making a good first impression is important when you start a new job. It sets the stage for how others will interact with you long-term. WorkingMother.com’s Emily Green offers these suggestions for standing out in a good way from the very beginning. Dress to impress. Don’t push the limits […]

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  Are your company policies in alignment with your brand and mission? Industry experts have been dissecting the recent high profile issues plaguing airlines. They point to onerous rules that prevent well-trained workers from problem solving. Instead, they hold fast to policy. In the long run, it ends up costing the company in a big […]

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Sometimes there can be a drastic difference between the culture you’re exposed to when you’re being recruited vs the actual organization’s culture once you’re hired. It’s not unusual for companies to present themselves as ideal when they’re trying to lure high-quality candidates. If a company wines and dines you, and tells you how terrific their […]

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Does your company become something other than what it really is during the recruiting process? Do you pull out all the stops to attract the best talent, treat them to expensive dinners or make promises of work-life balance and unlimited growth opportunities? If that’s consistent with what job applicants will see when they sign on, […]

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Networking for Newbies or Refresher for Workforce Returnees If you just graduated, or are returning to the job market after an extended leave, networking is likely part of your strategy. But with little or no experience, how can you impress those with whom you’re meeting? Fast Company offers these five tips: Draft a list of […]

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  In a recent HR Magazine Q&A with Edward Hess, co-author of “Humility is the New Smart, Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age,” he says, how well employees learn continuously and relate to others will become the great differentiator. Increasing automation and cheap access to information have made the traditional model of “smart” […]

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The Difference Between Mentors and Sponsors Mentors and sponsors, although different, are closely aligned. A mentor is someone who advises you on job performance and career goals. A sponsor connects you to actual job opportunities. One person can be both mentor and sponsor. Here are 3 important questions to ask yourself if you’re looking to […]

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If you enjoy reading fictional books, you’re getting more out of it than pure pleasure. According to Fast Company, it also helps you improve job performance. Here’s how. It enhances your reasoning skills by cultivating the ability to work beyond logic and explore how fuzzy values play out in social contexts. It helps you understand […]

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Is Your Job A Good Match For Your Personality? While we can learn how to do just about anything, personality factors play a prominent role in determining what we do best most easily. In the 1950’s, Oregon Research Institute’s Lewis Goldberg created “The Big Five” personality model. Mindtools.com says his work remains relevant. I agree. […]

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Negative Emotions Provide Important Data Life is filled with situations that evoke strong emotions, yet we’ve been conditioned to pretend everything is okay. In most workplaces, the expectation is that we behave professionally and avoid reacting based on emotion. But Susan David, author of “Emotional Agility,” reminds us that ignoring negative emotions shuts us off […]

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You Can Train Your Memory Like You Train Your Body Would it surprise you to learn that there are people who train and compete in Memory Championships? Scientist in the Netherlands have proof that you can train to supersize your memory and the effects can be long lasting. After using functional and structural MRI’s on […]

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Intangible soft skills rank high in today’s business world. A recent Fast Company article asks the question: Are they truly in short supply or do interviewers not know how to probe for them? Josh Millet, the article’s author, is CEO of a pre-employment testing software company. He suggests asking these 3 questions to measure soft […]

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When Layoffs Happen, How Do You Manage The Team that Remains? Headlines say the economy is doing great. Yet, in our ever-changing business landscape, the reality is downsizing and layoffs still happen. If you’ve suddenly found yourself leading a smaller team, Mindtools.com offers these suggestions for moving forward. Don’t preach that people are lucky to […]

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Why It Doesn’t Work and How to Avoid the Pitfalls A recent Wall Street Journal article reported on the growing phenomena of talent hoarding at large companies. A 4.5% unemployment rate is making it harder to find good employees, so some keep a tight grip on their superstars. But when people eager to grow feel […]

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Do you get excellent reviews, but no advancement opportunities? Are you denied training opportunities because your boss says you’re too busy? Do leaders discourage you from applying for other positions in the company and give you reasons you don’t want that job? Does your boss frown on you communicating with people in other departments or […]

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Why You Shouldn’t Let Slow Progress Frustrate You I recently found a quote from an unknown source that read, “Some quit due to slow progress. Never grasping the fact that slow progress is progress.” It was a reminder that hit home and one that I think we could benefit from re-learning. In our “right now” […]

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