Life is like Mahjongg
by Barbara Wulf, MS, CPCC - Dec, 2009
I have read all of Amy Tan’s books starting with the Joy Luck Club, Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, and more. Each book carries the reader to the Far East and often, the author mentions people playing the game of Mahjongg, an ancient Chinese game of skill, strategy, and calculation with a certain amount of luck. I usually paused and thought, what’s that? This fall, a friend invited me to learn how to play...
Authentic Communications: Getting Your Point Across Clearly is Key
by Yvonne Brown - Dec, 2009
Whether you're looking to improve your communication skills for business or personal reasons there are a few guidelines to follow. Employees, employers, family, friends and other individuals have to improve their communication skills in order to efficiently get points across without causing oppositions. Authentic communications consist of methods that can be used to resolve conflicts and difficult conversations. It can...
What Are Your Career Resolutions For The New Year?
by Debra Wheatman - Dec, 2009
The New Year is quickly approaching and certainly this is the time that we all establish those resolutions – you know, your commitment to yourself for self improvement or something else that you vow to accomplish. Many of us commit to developing a career plan – ‘a roadmap’ as I call it to identify and secure a new professional position. Here are my Top Tips for a productive and positive search into 2010: Manage your applica...
Ten Tips for Better Time Management
by Tai Goodwin - Dec, 2009
When your life is out of balance, there’s a good chance that you’ll find your self struggling with time management. A balanced life means you have adequate time for work, goals, recreation, family, friends, spirituality and relaxation. It’s what I like to call being “Brilliantly Balanced”. Causes of poor time management Your work can be too difficult or unsuitable making it hard for you to focus on being organized. Yo...
How To Be More Visible at Work
by Alexandra Levit - Dec, 2009
In order to be successful in the business world, your supervisors and colleagues must view you as a consistent contributor. But assuming your boss isn’t someone who recognizes your achievements every day, how can you let people know what you’ve accomplished without coming across as an arrogant braggart? Here are a few tips: • Meet with your boss weekly to ensure she always knows the status of your projects. Show enthusias...
Sometimes A Job Badly Done Is The Job Description's Fault
by Gary Cohen - Dec, 2009
Don't blame the poor employee. Usually when employees fail to fulfill the expectations their job descriptions raise, their superiors work with them to improve their performance. If that fails, they are sent packing. Such firings--and all the hurt feelings, wasted time and tried patience that accompany them--aren't always avoidable, but leaders shouldn't overlook the part the job description can play. Sometimes it's the job...
Some New Year's Resolution Ideas to Consider for 2010
by Andy Robinson - Dec, 2009
We're swinging into the end of another year; it's a great time to think about what you'll do different or do better next year . In addition to your work goals, personal goals and family goals, consider the following "New Years Resolution" ideas -- all of which should complement all of your 2010 Goals: Some 2010 - Resolution Ideas: Commit to Your Learning and Personal Development This Year Make this the year that you re...
The Next One
by Nan S. Russell - Dec, 2009
As a frequent conference speaker, I take advantage of other presentations when my schedule allows. So I was delighted, with three hours to spare before heading to the airport, to hear best selling author of "Built to Last," Jim Collins, address a group. It was the story he told about interviewing management guru, Peter Drucker, that I've thought of several times since. It stayed with me partially because I'm a Drucker fan,...
If You Build It, Success Will Come
by Todd Rhoad - Dec, 2009
The greatest challenge to those seeking success is an inability to adopt the concept that a career must be built. It isn’t given or found. In this post, I’ll share some insight into how you can use your tools and talents to build the career of your dreams. I’ve always felt that success is the intersection of preparedness and opportunity. You can spend your whole life training and educating yourself, but if you are never...
Staying Mentally Focused
by Randy Wooden - Dec, 2009
The Triad’s first quarter, 2010, hiring outlook is not encouraging. Similar forecasts abound throughout the nation. What’s a job hunter to do? First, maintain a positive attitude, particularly when in an interview. Allowing frustration and desperation to seep through doesn’t help your cause. And while the media preaches gloom and doom, remember it only takes one qualified yes to end your journey. Just as salesmen can...
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