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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Office: Engaging Others with Good Humor at Work

By Laura Stack

Clearly, work is no laughing matter. It’s where you spend a good third of your life, focused on the things that really matter so you can out-produce your competitors and flood the bottom line with black ink. Some people forget that work is just a part of life—you’re not supposed to live to work—and they become consumed by it. Yes, you should enjoy your work and even be just...

The 15 Characteristics of a Productive Team: What Matters Most

By Laura Stack

In the 25 years since I started my company The Productivity Pro, Inc., I’ve worked with literally hundreds of teams on improving their performance and collective productivity. Here are the 15 characteristics I’ve seen in those that are the most successful: Productive teams celebrate social events like holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries in order to increase cohesion. They al...

Executive Job Search Networking: 5 Tips for Success

By Mary Elizabeth Bradford

Networking is one of those dreaded and feared activities that every executive job seeker has to face throughout their career. However, it’s also well known that over 50% of jobs are landed through some form of networking! Here are five tips to get you started in your networking success: Tip 1: Stand up and smile When networking on the phone, stand up and smile! No kidding; it improves your t...

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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 to Stop Playing it so Safe

By Richard Bolles

How do we get the Safekeeping Self to alter its behavior? How do we get it to stop ruling the roost? Well, there are three rules that we have found, over the years, work rather well: First rule: Put a lot of music in you life. The left brain is the seat of the Safekeeping Self, while the right brain is the seat of the Experimental Self. Music 'feeds' the right brain, activates it, calls it more in...

Erratic economy may be a good time to step up

By Dan Bobinski

I believe it was Malcolm Forbes who said “If you have no critics you’ll likely have no success.” In an unstable economy, taking risks can be seen as hazardous. Some might say foolish. But success occurs only when people chances. And despite what critics you might encounter, now might be a great time to take a risk. Don’t misunderstand. I’m not advocating knee-j...

Absentee Owners Ignore Suggestions

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: I am 48 and was hired by as a Night Manager for a daycare, who provides service for parents with unconventional schedules- we’re open until midnight. I had my reservations from the beginning that the standards and philosophy were not in line with my experience with children. However with a struggling economy and hours declining at my full-time job, I accepted the position. &...