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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...

No More Networking

By Roshini Rajkumar

Thinking differently about networking can make it an asset rather than a chore. Webster’s dictionary defines “networking” as “the developing of contacts or exchanging of information with others in an informal network, as to further a career.” Dictionary version or not, networking is a scary term for many. And Webster certainly doesn’t make it sound appealing. To...

How to Know What You Want to Be When You Grow Up

By Noelle Gross

How to know what you want to be when you grow up What do you want to be when you grow up? For those lucky enough to know their life’s purpose, this is an easy question to answer. However for others, not-so-sure about where they fit in the career world, this is a challenge that lasts years—sometimes longer. I’ll be the first to admit that the bulk of my career has been spent feeli...

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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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How receptive are you to negative feedback?

By Brad Squibb

It’s a natural human reaction; when someone says something negative about us, we put up our defenses. From cooking to parenting skills to how well we do our jobs, life is full of critique. How receptive are you to feedback when it’s given? Constructive criticism is particularly valuable in your professional life. If you baulk at negative feedback, you’re missing out on a great ca...

Communication Triangulation

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: Help! I manage a small office of professionals and administrative support staff and am repeatedly running into the following situation: One of the professionals will engage his support person for administrative help on a project such as a detailed report, complicated spreadsheet, marketing project, presentation, etc. The administrative person will complete the proje...

Leaders Get More Out of People When They Don’t Wear the Crown

By Ron Thomas

“She said to me… ‘you might be president of PepsiCo, you might be on the Board of Directors, but when you enter this house you’re the wife, you’re the daughter, you’re the daughter-in-law, you’re the mother… so leave that damn crown in the garage.’ You have to admire the older generation. They will always speak their mind. When I read thi...