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How to learn from the annoyances in your life

By Julie Walraven

As I look backward in my life, I can find many times (and people) that annoyed me. I’m talking about those times when life hits you hard with something you really don’t want. Perhaps a person in your life makes it really hard to face the day. You want to crawl under the covers or run away. It is worse when the irritation is tied to your work. You get to the point when you donR...

You Are The Average Of What?

By Bob Roth

There are factors that combine to make you who you are, what you are and who you will become, as you move through college and beyond. Your success, mediocrity or failure usually depends on what you surround ourselves with. However, you have a great deal of control over your environment. You choose the people, places, information, tools, motivation and opportunities that you allow to get close to y...

How to revitalize your old network

By Julie Walraven

Often people think that they either don’t have a network, their network is useless, or their network is old. To pump new life into an old network, you need to create a strategy of touch points. Sales people use customer relationship management applications to assure that they are constantly reaching out to their network. I love working with sales professionals because they always share ways ...

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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 Decide Between a Job You Love and an Unsolicited Opportunity with a New Employer

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: I have worked for a company for 21 years. I love my job and get along well with management. I perceive they really like me and would probably hate losing me. I am being courted for a position at a new company...a competitor. I was not actively looking elsewhere. Again, I'm very happy where I'm at. It would be a big promotion compared to what I'm doing now. Do I let my current boss/emplo...

Future leadership

By Marshall Goldsmith

Developing executive talent is necessary to remain competitive. The need for executive education is apparent. Key questions include: how can we learn from today's best practitioners to understand the trends and challenges that will become the norm in the future? Are there "best" ways to develop current and future leaders? How will we pick our leaders? What process will transform managers into lead...

Q & A With Dr. Lois Frankel

By Lois Frankel

Q: My boss was hired in 2005 and terminated two years later. Soon after she was hired she brought a friend to the company to do the same job I have been doing for 7 years. She has been given three raises since being hired and has zero experience in our field. I have a number of certifications and extensive training. How do I ask to be considered for the boss’s job without sounding like IR...