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Boosting Productivity

By Mary Jane Paris

Despite the great technology tools at our disposal, getting the most out of our days can be very difficult with everyone having such busy schedules. Juggling family, friends, work and yes, leisure time, can be exhausting to say the least. Give these practical tips a try to help you maximize your time and boost productivity: 1. Focus your energy on things that matter. Try not to let tr...

Get LinkedIn

By Brad Karsh

It would be the understatement of the century to say that social media is changing our lives. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more are changing the way we socialize, read news, choose restaurants, network, and do business. And for many of us, it's how we find contacts to land our next job. While LinkedIn can be a great way to score that sweet new gig, it does take some effort to make sure you do i...

5 Ways to Tell If You're Not Listening to Your Team

By Dale Kurow

You’ve got a full plate—I won’t try to argue with you on that. But being busy implementing new ideas and meeting your boss’s expectations is no excuse to ignore the people-managing portion of your job. Your employees are always trying to tell you something whether you want to hear it or not. So how do you know if you’re the kind of boss they feel comfortable bringing ...

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Performance review - tips for writing your self assessment

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: My performance review is coming up in a few weeks and I would like to ask you a question about something that has me ill at ease. Last week my boss asked me if I would fill out a ‘self assessment," which is basically filling out my own performance review. I have never done this before and I'm not sure what I should do. What is the purpose? Isn't my supervisor supposed to be doing ...

Describe Your Ideal Work Environment

By John Putzier

Have you ever been asked to describe your ideal work environment? What do they want to hear? What if I describe something that they cannot provide? Isn't this a no-win question? As I have indicated in prior "gut wrenchers" articles, when in doubt, tell the truth. What a concept! Actually, that is what you should do. The reason so many people find questions like these so difficult is because they d...

The Art of Negotiating a Raise, Promotion, Better Job Title, and Bonus

By Teena Rose

Negotiation is a give-and-take process until an eventual agreement is reached between two or more parties. To understand the art of negotiation, a jobseeker must understand that it is a give process as much as it is a receiving process. Look at the proposition from the side of your employer. When faced with such a proposition, your superior will ask himself the reasons you're deserving of more and...

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Choose Your Own Path! Take Charge of Your Career!

By Beth Kuhel

No two people are exactly alike, not even identical twins. Everyone is unique and has something they are meant to contribute to the world. Don’t try to follow someone else’s course or you’ll end up living a second-rate version of your own life. Recognize that the external influences in your life are meant for you to examine so you can form your own decisions; use discretion from ...

Not All Team Approaches Are Good for the Team

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: We work in a five-year-old company with about 30 employees. Our firm has always used a hierarchical management system and the owner has spent most of his time away from the office developing a client base. Now, the owner has implemented a “team approach” to management, which he is personally spearheading. We have several concerns about this new system. First, the owne...

4 Words That Control Most Career Decisions

By JT O'Donnell

Did you know that four little words form one simple question that, in my experience, has one of the greatest impacts on how people choose their careers in America? Let me prove it to you… Imagine you are in a room full of strangers. In order to strike up a conversation, besides introducing yourself and asking a person their name, what’s one of the first questions you’ll ask? ANSW...