by John E. Long - Jan, 2010
Remember that old definition of insanity: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. Well it’s 2010, and there is no time like the present to push the boundaries of your comfort zone by infusing some creative energy into your daily routine. No need to make lofty New Year’s resolutions just because it seems like the thing to do in January. I’m suggesting that you reflect back upon 20...
Leadership Accountability - Losing Control of Your Staff?
by Gary Cohen - Jan, 2010
Reader's Question: I am a sales manager for a business services firm in Minneapolis. I am responsible for all new business revenue for my company and I have 5 sales people that work for me. Of the 5 sales people only one is a star performer. The issue I am having is he breaks all the rules and creates really bad relationships with all the other people in the company. I am on the senior team and the rest of them are angry that ...
Rules of Intimacy for Social Media
by Joshua Waldman - Jan, 2010
Social media can be a real time sink. There is no doubt. And with out a strategy, the danger of spending hours online and getting nothing accomplished is very real. So in response to this apparent need of saving people time online, 'Social Media Aggregation' services were invented. These services allow you to simply post your update once, and 40 of your social media sites get the update simultaneously. Seems like a good ...
Are Leaders “Born” or “Made?”
by Suzanne Bates - Jan, 2010
“Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.” – Vince Lombardi I’ve talked with a few clients recently about whether it was “worthwhile” to invest in their people. One CEO said he wouldn’t put ANY of his direct reports through further training. An SVP decided to postpone coaching because he couldn’t decide whether ...
No One Size Fits All - Sixteen Simple Actions For Leading Change
by Dee McCrorey - Jan, 2010
Change is not one-size-fits-all. People move at different paces according to what they perceive as inside or outside their comfort zones, the amount of trust they have in their support network, and how much perceived value the change has for them. This is oftentimes why formal change management programs aren't as effective--introducing change and implementing change require different approaches. Sometimes, moving the needle...
What Are You Getting Better At? Make This the Year You Become the Best You Can Be!
by Andy Robinson - Jan, 2010
Business As Usual in 2010? In the day-to-day, week-to-week conduct of our work, business life and personal life, we do the things we need to do to accomplish our job and get things done. We exercise our talents to get these things done; we utilize our key skills to do those things as well as we can. Six months go by, a year goes by, lots of work is done, lots of things get done but...have WE gotten better?...or are we sim...
Are You Committing These Common Job Search Faux Pas?
by Debra Wheatman - Jan, 2010
Many job search candidates spend innumerable hours pursuing employment opportunities; yet many do not achieve the desired results. Having worked with thousands of people trying to obtain positions of increased responsibility in their chosen industry or field, I have encountered the following common mistakes, resulting in failure to achieve optimal outcomes: No organized search strategy: You need a plan. Keep yourself organi...
Lucky Vanous: Career Pursuits and Life Lessons
by Kimberly Schneiderman - Jan, 2010
Lucky Vanous (http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4ADRA_enUS348US348&q=lucky+vanous) did not set out to be the global superstar model for Diet Coke that is his legacy. In fact, he wanted to be a lawyer. In this interview Lucky shares with us a little of his background, along with some valuable life lessons he's learned along the way. When Lucky landed the Diet Coke gig, he was married and attendin...
Fourteen Tips For Telecommuters
by Mary Sherwood Sevinsky - Jan, 2010
Overall, working from home can be a positive and rewarding experience for you, your family, and your employer, if you follow a few simple tips: 1. Understand your employer’s expectations. Will your job requirements and duties be the same at home as in an office environment? How much support will you receive as a home office worker. Some companies have very stringent guidelines about what equipment and support will be prov...
It’s All in a Name...or Is It?
by Louise Fletcher - Jan, 2010
Question: I am in job search mode, and have decided to take the opportunity to transition into another field. It is a role I have performed in the past but not titled. Advised by professionals/experts in the field, that it is feasible. However, although my targeted resume has gotten to the hiring managers, and even some interviews, I do not get offers because I lack experience. How do I find the right balance? I don’t want to ...
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