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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
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
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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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 ...
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 d...
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 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...
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
Don’t misunderstand. I’m not advocating knee-j...
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