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It’s a natural human reaction; when someone says something
negative about us, we put up our defenses. From cooking to
parenting skills to how well we do our jobs, life is full of
critique. How receptive are you to feedback when it’s
Constructive criticism is particularly valuable in your
professional life. If you baulk at negative feedback, you’re
missing out on a great career opportunity. Yes, that’s right,
we said great career opportunity.
Rather than getting defensive,...
Are you looking for ideas for recognizing your
Good for you! So much attention is put on employee recognition that
we sometimes forget about recognizing managers. We all need
reminders (and ideas) for recognizing our managers.
I recently heard from a reader whose manager has many different
ways of recognizing the people in her department. Each month she
puts up new posters praising something the group accomplished. She
offers lots of verbal praise and writes plenty of notes. She has
Having any type of job nowadays can be considered a blessing,
especially if you live in an area that has a high unemployment
rate. But when you have been working your hardest for a long time
and keep getting passed up for promotions, it is incredibly
frustrating. While a small promotion might not seem like a big
deal, it can be.
Here are some things to understand about getting passed up by
promotions and how to get the next one:
Reasons you were passed up
The first thing to understand is what...
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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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Kids believe in the best. Adults expect the worst so they won't
As a mother of a toddler son, I watch a lot of kid's shows. What
strikes me about these shows is the positive messages that come
across; messages of hope and encouragement.
Why is it that as adults we lose hope when it comes to our
careers? Did career setbacks or the economy make negativity more
prevalent than being positive?
Remember back to a time in your life when you believed that
anything was possible? A time when...
Q: When is my curiosity a detriment to the
A: When you log onto the Internet, do you stay
focused on your search exclusively, or do you occasionally follow
strings of curiosity? We often go where our curiosity takes us,
which is human nature and usually fun. Problems arise, however,
when our curiosity takes someone else for a ride.
If you are conversing with a subordinate about their work, be sure
to frame your questions. Explain why you are asking the question
(you want to gather...
Unless you have unlimited money and unlimited time—and
who does?—the choices you make may be costing you dearly in
terms of your career. Managers and business owners usually
understand the principle that says if you spend time and money on
one thing, you are, in effect, choosing not to spend it on
something else—and that something else is a missed
opportunity. Individuals involved in doing their own career
management (or letting it slide and not
doing it) don't always pay...