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Peer Accountability: Policing Yourselves So the Boss Doesn’t Have To

By Laura Stack

Have you ever attended a meeting as a guest but couldn’t tell who the leader was, because multiple people asked their teammates tough questions? I’ve been to a few where if I hadn’t already known the leader, I wouldn’t have been able to guess. Those meetings were attended by high-performing teams where peer accountability was firmly entrenched. Everyone expected the best of...

What To Do When You Don’t Understand Networking

By Julie Walraven

You don’t understand networking? No surprise there, many people don’t understand networking or have a total misconception of what it is and how it works. True networking has never been hard for me but that is because I like people and I have this innate desire to help people that bubbles out all the time. I am told that I wear my heart on my sleeve, which gets tricky as an entrepreneur...

How to Beat Office Politics

By Dale Kurow

Office politics getting you down? You’re not alone. Getting caught up in workplace drama can be distracting at best. At worst, it can impact the future of your career. However, it’s important to remember that if you are a top performer, you can, and should, rise above it. Here are some ways to keep out of trouble. Know what you want A common theme in workplace success is knowing what y...

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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 Do I Get Back in the Game?

By Julie Jansen

Dear Julie, I am getting a divorce after 15 years of marriage. My kids are in high school and I'm actually excited about going back to work. Here's my problem. I was always a stay at home Mom and don't really feel that I have any marketable skills. Help! Belinda, Minneapolis, MN Dear Belinda, I'm sure it's been tough going through your divorce however it's also exciting to start a new phase ...

The skill that separates

By Marshall Goldsmith

If you want others to care about what you have to say—care about what they have to say! Two highly accomplished lawyers are sitting at the bar at Sparks Steakhouse in New York. One is my friend's lawyer, Tom, the other is Tom's law partner, Kevin. They're having a leisurely drink, waiting for their table to open up. Sparks is a landmark steakhouse where a handful of New York's r...

The World's Shortest Leadership Course

By Marty Nemko

Even if you’re just a clerk, you can become a leader. A wonderful leader. Here’s how: Envision yourself as a leader in your own image Great leaders aren’t alike. They come in flavors. The naturally great speakers spend more time speaking. The brilliant strategists stay in their office strategizing. The masters of efficiency focus on making every aspect of the business hum. Befor...