Servant Leadership

FOCUS ON: Taker-Leaders versus Giver-Leaders Leaders who have an inner vision that drives their purpose for the benefit of others are giver-leaders, such as Mahatma Gandhi and George Washington. These people are servant leaders and inspire others to enthusiastically follow. Taker-Leaders, such as Hitler, more often are driven by external opportunities and they gain followers […]

Cultural Fit

 FOCUS ON: What is Fit? A match with organizational values? Ability to get along with clients? Having fun with the interviewers? Pure chemistry? A match with diversity goals? Because the definition of “fit” determines who will get hired (which depends on who is doing the hiring), it is tough to predict on-the-job success. Knowing that […]

Graduates and the Job Market

FOCUS ON: Backpacks to Briefcases Google that catchy term, “backpacks to briefcases” and you will find hundreds if not millions of links that offer something on the topic of what graduates are facing this month. One source is the book with that title found on Amazon.com (2006, published by Life After Graduation). Several other search […]

Write Right

FOCUS ON: Poor Grammar Detracts from Our Image No one can claim to be not guilty of misusing the English language at various times. Just remember that following rules we learned in grammar school serve as powerful predictors of how we are perceived. Keep a reference book on your desk, such as the high school […]

Social Media

FOCUS ON: The Importance of Social Media Skills With 92% of recruiters using social media to find their next employees, it is crucial to be well versed not only in the different types of social media, but also in the effective ways of using them. Thinking about who to include in a social network is […]

Leadership

FOCUS ON: Improving Leadership Skills Quick: think of someone who you admire as a leader. What traits does that person possess? Chances are, the characteristics that come to mind might include authenticity, adaptability, and passion. When considering your own growth as a leader, it can be helpful to not only look towards the people we […]

21st Century College Courses

FOCUS ON: Colleges that Go Beyond the 3 R’s Getting today’s students excited about learning in a college classroom may take more than eradicating a 600-seat-lecture hall. The courses colleges offer should be on top of today’s technology – courses such as “Level Design and Development for Video Games”, “Technology Entrepreneurship” and “Audio for the […]

College Costs

FOCUS ON: The Value of On-Campus Employment Yes, students can get jobs on-campus, but do they see how these typically mundane tasks (e.g., copying, filing, emptying trash) relate to life after graduation? Most likely students take on-campus jobs for the income or convenience and may not recognize their wider value. Career counselors can offer a […]