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“I’ve got big shoes to fill. This is my chance
to do something. I have to seize the moment.”—
Andrew Jackson, seventh President of the United States.
In just about every field of endeavor, you start out at or near
the bottom (depending on the extent and quality of your education),
and have to work your way up from there. According to the Peter
Principal, you also rise to yo...
Thinking differently about networking can make it an asset
rather than a chore.
Webster’s dictionary defines “networking” as
“the developing of contacts or exchanging of information with
others in an informal network, as to further a career.”
Dictionary version or not, networking is a scary term for many. And
Webster certainly doesn’t make it sound appealing.
How to know what you want to be when you grow
What do you want to be when you grow up? For those lucky enough
to know their life’s purpose, this is an easy question to
answer. However for others, not-so-sure about where they fit in the
career world, this is a challenge that lasts years—sometimes
longer. I’ll be the first to admit that the bulk of my career
has been spent feeli...
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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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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 ca...
Dear Joan: Help! I manage a small office of professionals and
administrative support staff and am repeatedly running into the
One of the professionals will engage his support person for
administrative help on a project such as a detailed report,
complicated spreadsheet, marketing project, presentation, etc. The
administrative person will complete the proje...
“She said to me… ‘you might be president of
PepsiCo, you might be on the Board of Directors, but when you enter
this house you’re the wife, you’re the daughter,
you’re the daughter-in-law, you’re the mother… so
leave that damn crown in the garage.’
You have to admire the older generation. They will always speak
their mind. When I read thi...