How To Make Gossip Work For You
by Ramon Greenwood - Aug, 2009
That headline deserves an explanation, or else you'll think I've taken leave of my senses...or least that I am an off-the-wall contrarian. Okay, gossipers wouldn't exist along the career path, but we all know the world has its imperfections a plenty. Gossip and gossipers are here to stay. Deal with it if you want to achieve career success. A survey by a research firm known as ISR showed that 63% of U. S. employees get al...
by Nan S. Russell - Aug, 2009
The room was lovely, the bed inviting, the architecture interesting, and the philosophy appealing. That was my impression as we checked into a newly minted green-hotel in a resort town where we were eager to spend time relaxing. But when we checked out, lovely wasn't on my mind. Protective glass on the combined soaking tub/shower looked terrific, but giving a child a bath was impossible; oversized ultra-modern faucets made ...
Asking For What You Want At Work
by Christine Hassler - Aug, 2009
Can you imagine a job where you can ask for exactly what you want and get it? Do these jobs actually exist? It turns out they do! I was recently inspired and rather surprised when a friend of mine shared she ended up extending her two week vacation from work to three weeks. When I asked her how she managed to do that her response was, "I just told the truth and asked for what I needed." Her first week and a half of vacation vi...
Coping With A Job You Hate
by Teena Rose - Aug, 2009
All of us have been there at some point. Out of necessity, you are stuck in a job that is unbearable — and as a result, you hate life. This is all-too-common in the U.S., where workers are often treated as commodities and liabilities, and get almost no real respect. Unfortunately, under current conditions few have the luxury of simply quitting, so here are several strategies for coping in a job you just can’t stomach. Six ...
Effective Communication: What NOT to Do If You Want The Other Person to Hear What You're Saying Without Getting Defensive
by David Lee - Aug, 2009
The other day at a “Constructive Conversations” seminar I was giving, I witnessed a perfect example of what NOT to do if you want someone to hear your point of view. It was also a great example of how (unfortunately) natural it is for us to: 1. Infer what another person means, and then believe our interpretation is accurate, when in actuality it’s dead wrong. 2. Then launch into a debate or confrontation, based on our in...
Workplace Bullies Are Acting up During the Recession
by Marcia Robinson - Aug, 2009
Dr. Bertice Berry, sociologist and author calls them “internal terrorists." Workplace bullies, Berry says, "are people who don't understand their own purpose or potential, and because they don't, they try to destroy the purpose and potential of someone else. They would make things wrong to prove that they are right.” Have you seen workplace bullies in action recently? Seems some people have. If you have to deal with work...
Should You Be More Loyal?
by Alexandra Levit - Aug, 2009
Are you loyal to your employer? Maybe you should be. According to the Ipsos Loyalty Study, employees with the highest levels of loyalty to their job also characterized themselves as happiest. Unfortunately, the same study found that only about 30% of us feel loyal to our employers, or feel that our employers have earned our loyalty. So, what does it mean to be a loyal coworker? Here are five loyalty skills and ways to impr...
Too Many Maybes
by Nan S. Russell - Jul, 2009
Workplace decision-making often reminds me of a "Peanuts" comic strip I saw where Lucy and Charlie Brown were discussing their New Year's resolutions. "I'm going to be a changed person next year," Charlie tells Lucy. "That's a laugh," Lucy replies. "You'll be wishy-washy." "Well," Charlie says defensively, "One day I'll be wishy and the next washy." I once worked for a boss who was a master of Charlie Brown decision making....
Big Hat, No Cattle
by Nan S. Russell - Jul, 2009
I did exactly what the magazine wanted me to do. I bought it solely for an article featured on the cover. But when I got it home and started searching for the piece I wanted to read, I couldn't find it. The headline drew me in, but hidden behind other features was an article with a different title that sort of, kind of, talked about the topic. I felt cheated. I feel cheated sometimes at work, too. There are people who make ...
10 Steps To Protect Your Career In Tough Times
by Ramon Greenwood - Jul, 2009
It's an unsettling fact: we are in one of the worst economic downturns since the Great Depression. Layoffs are being felt across the board. Indicators suggest that more are yet to come before a turn-around begins. Better to face reality than to hide our heads in the sand expecting a miracle. Now's the time to focus on recession-proofing your job so as to move forward on your career path. One school of thought holds tha...
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