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Filling Big Shoes: Living Up To and Surpassing Your Predecessor’s Reputation

By Laura Stack

“I’ve got big shoes to fill. This is my chance to do something. I have to seize the moment.”— Andrew Jackson, seventh President of the United States. In just about every field of endeavor, you start out at or near the bottom (depending on the extent and quality of your education), and have to work your way up from there. According to the Peter Principal, you also rise to yo...

Following Your Dreams - Be Your Own Boss

By Joey Trebif

If you’ve been spending a lot of time in your job search and you are not getting any results, maybe it’s time to think about other options. Instead of trying to find a new boss, maybe it’s time to be your own boss. Not everyone is cut out for the task, but there’s only one way to find out. Many people (myself included) have thought about owning their own business and being ...

Peer Accountability: Policing Yourselves So the Boss Doesn’t Have To

By Laura Stack

Have you ever attended a meeting as a guest but couldn’t tell who the leader was, because multiple people asked their teammates tough questions? I’ve been to a few where if I hadn’t already known the leader, I wouldn’t have been able to guess. Those meetings were attended by high-performing teams where peer accountability was firmly entrenched. Everyone expected the best of...

How To Improve Success In Online Meetings

By Julie Walraven

Are your online meetings successful? Is your concentration slipping? Today’s world provides many distractions that can cause you to lose focus or concentration. Many articles have been written about the electronic technology that disrupts normal conversation. Do you lose focus in online meetings? My business model is a live and interactive process for writing and coaching frequently conducte...

5 Important Success Factors to Achieve Your Career Goals

By Joey Trebif

One of the biggest career obstacles is understanding and practicing the key success factors that will help you maximize your career goals. Making a difference in your company and industry as well as becoming a motivating force in your workplace will help you bring it to the next level. Managing to enjoy your job and make an impact at the same time requires a drive and commitment that takes intense...

Decide How You Want to Make Money And How You Don’t

By Dan Schawbel

I believe every individual can decide how they want to make money and how they don’t. I make money mainly by giving speeches, consulting, writing books and through my business partnership at Future Workplace. I don’t make money by exchanging my time to coach others on the art of personal branding, yet that channel has been available to me for nearly a decade. I used to do it but decide...

Are You Always Ready For When the Worst Finally Comes?

By Ron Thomas

“Well, I lost my job today. To all my Tech friends, let me know of any Mac tech support jobs.” That was the post that went up on Facebook! As I knew this individual, I immediately reached out to see how I could help. Since I had a lot of friends in tech, I was sure I could get his resume into the right hands. What happened next kind of took me back. Update needed His response to me was...

5 Powerful Career Tips: What I Learned in Improv Class

By Mary Rosenbaum

I recently attended my first improvisation class. It was everything I thought it would be: scary, difficult, fun, and a unique learning experience. What I noticed was the similarity between the skills you need to be good at improvisation and those skills you need to grow professionally and to become a good leader. The learnings from my first class are: 1. Collaboration is critical, trust is a must...

Extroverts vs. Introverts as Leaders—Does it Matter?

By Laura Clydesdale

I just finished reading the Girl Scouts', Change It Up! study, which strongly correlates a girl's desire to be a leader with being extroverted. Really? It seems to be the truth if you troll the internet. Everywhere I look, charisma and being a good public speaker, keep popping up as key leadership traits. Is only a small portion of this planet destined to make the history books? I don’t buy ...

Hired or Not? Emotional Intelligence can make the difference

By Patricia Edwards

Emotional Intelligence often is the final factor If you are like most job seekers, when you read “strong people skills” and “strong technical skills” in a job posting, you may tend to gloss over the first to focus on selling your technical talent and experience to the prospective employer. In fact, we often refer to people skills as the “soft” skills and t...

Are You In The Wrong Job?

By Lida Citroën

Periodically, many people look back over the year and ask, “Have I accomplished what I’d hoped to?” “Am I better off today than I was 12 months ago?” “Am I doing work I’m passionate about?” It’s possible that your answers to these questions reveal that you are in the wrong job. Maybe you are underemployed—working in a company or industry ...

What Really Matters: Check Your To-Do List for 2016!

By Laura Stack

As we enter 2016, I’d like to pose a question to anyone reading this who feels a bit overwhelmed: how will youregaincontrolof your time? I’ve spent most of my career providing answers to that question, in terms of time management, self-discipline, setting personal boundaries, intelligent use of new technology, flexibility, speed, and more. The answers are many and mu...

The New Rules For Getting Ahead At Work

By Dan Schawbel

The old way of managing your career has been impacted by our new economy. We now have four generations in the workforce, people are switching jobs more regularly, and corporations are hiring from around the world, and even automating positions that were previously held by people. Your job, and everyone else’s, is at risk on a daily basis and if you are not accountable for your career, no one...

What Are You Going to Do Differently in 2016?

By Julie Walraven

You know the definition of insanity, right? Or at least the one most commonly quoted, attributed to Albert Einstein: “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” I ask you then, what do you plan to do differently in 2016? Many people struggle with being in a rut. We want something different, we want different results, but when it comes to puttin...

A Culture of Transparency: Be Open, Be Happy

By Jeana Quigley

“What do you think?” “Be honest about how you really feel.” “What’s really going on?” “Let’s get real.” Sounds easy to open up, right? In reality, telling someone how you really feel can be difficult—especially at work. Offering up a new idea can feel scary. Sometimes being really open and honest about things means the other side of...

How to Overcome the Bumps and Bruises During the Holidays

By Julie Walraven

Most of the time, holiday posts are filled with positive thoughts and cheery greetings but the reality is that for many people, holidays don’t always represent those wonderful moments. Family issues, substance abuse, difficult or controlling personalities, and over high expectations can get in the way of even looking forward to the holidays. What if you add to those issues unhappiness in you...

Is Your Self-Talk Sabotaging Your Career?

By Lida Citroën

Aside from the absence of a defined personal brand, what do I think is the biggest way to sabotage a growing career? Negative self-talk—our perpetual need to talk ourselves out of believing we are as good as others tell us we are or as potentially impactful as we dream we could be. Recently, I wrote an article for Entrepreneur entitled, “Are you SHOULD-ing all over your career?” ...

3 Thoughtful Thanks Necessary to Build a Stronger Connection

By Maria Elena Duron

We know that appreciation that is seen as fake or manipulative is not received as appreciation at all. Yet, what also happens is mediocre attempts to appreciate someone that’s done more out of obligation or convenience can also have no effect, or even to negative effects, too. 1. Appreciate someone just for who they are Appreciate someone in your life for whom just being who they are makes y...

How to Improve Communication to Get Better Results

By Julie Walraven

Whether you are in a job search, small business, entrepreneurial endeavor, or volunteering, there are ways to improve communication to get better results. By working with clients at all levels (entry-level to executive), occupations, industries, and ages, I know communication is so critical and how the wrong words can create a meltdown situations. Our communication tools have changed so dramatical...

How sincere is your "how are you?"

By Julie Walraven

Last Sunday, our new pastor, Rev. Sue Lee, D.Min. gave a sermon that really touched me. It was three little words, “How are you?” She told her story of coming to the United States and starting her new life in DuBuque, Iowa after leaving her homeland of Korea. She talks about how the words, “How are you?” made her feel. Everyone answers, “Fine, how are you?” but...

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