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“Where your talents and the needs of the world cross,
there lies your vocation.” These were the words of Aristotle
and let’s look at what he is saying.First, consider what is meant by the word
“vocation.” It comes from the Latin word for
“voice.” It refers to a calling that you feel. A
calling comes from within you and inspires you to move in a certain
Your true calling is the work you feel called to do. This is the
Everyone is used to sending or receiving traditional items in
the job search process. The resume and cover letter have been
standard fare for decades. However, social media, the various
online processes and how companies recruit have changed this
drastically. There are even more nontraditional items that can be
carried over from the old ways. Consider the two-sided personal
business card, letter of introduction (not the same as a cover
letter) and a one page summary.
So you know what you want and you have all these good
intentions, right? Lose weight, stop smoking, start exercising, get
a new job, earn more, find a partner….Why don’t you
start some of them?
I’ll tell you why. Because you don’t really want to
achieve them. Honestly, you don’t. You think you do but,
believe me, you don’t. Otherwise you would have started by
The only way you will achieve your goals is if you are naturally
passionate about them. That...
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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
What is the purpose? Isn't my supervisor supposed to be doing my
review? If I rate myself too low, do I risk getting a lower review
and lower salary increase because...
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
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 don't even know what the truth is for
Here is a way to find out. Take a piece of paper and draw...
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 whether it's feasible for the department or
company to give you such. Never, or very rarely, a company...
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I am applying for a manager position. Up to now, I have had
non-managerial positions. People tell me I do an excellent job and
get along with everyone.
What more of a company perspective does a manager have to
consider? What should I clarify about it? It is a new
position. Thank you. Really appreciate your
Moving from individual contributor to manager is like moving
from babysitter to parent. Your entire perspective changes. Rather
It's hard to get excited about our careers sometimes.
Especially when bad news surrounds us. Between high unemployment,
low morale, and reduced compensation, who can blame you for not
wanting to jump out of bed energized and ready to start each
Maybe what you need is a new game to play. Something that gets
you excited again. Whether it's a new job or a new way of doing
something in your present position, a new game (or goal) gives you
something to look forward to. Plus, you will no longer be...
Are you a good coach? As a leader you are no doubt expected to
be, but many leaders are confused about what being a
“coach” really means. For most, being a manager is
fairly straightforward—you assign work, give feedback,
resolve conflicts, do performance reviews…all the
administrative work that goes with a supervisory title. But to be a
good leader, coaching is an essential component.
Here is a working definition:
Coaching is the day-to-day, hands-on...