Personality

FOCUS ON: Psychological Team Roles Focusing on personality, in addition to functional skills, results in more effective teams. Assessing new team members’ impact on team performance and dynamics, may result in pivotal insights. Read more. FOR PRACTITIONERS: An Effective Counselor’s Personality Describing the personality of a counselor in general (and perhaps a career counselor in […]

Powerful People

FOCUS ON: Who Are the Movers and Shakers? Probably best defined as “those who shake the foundations of conventional thinking by the strength of their imagination and vision,” the term “movers and shakers” seems to have several applications depending on the view of the origin. Regardless, the current term seems to be applied exclusively to […]

School’s NOT Out

FOCUS ON: Learning in the Workplace Employers may encourage learning a variety ways and not just by offering monetary incentives. Modeling learning and track the learning aid in the success of employees’ growth. Read more about this optimal workplace behavior from this Kubicle blog. YOUR LIBRARY: Seek Advice From Former Students A book (available on […]

Project Management and Careers

FOCUS ON: Project Management Skills Keeping work on schedule is a skill most project managers possess. The same skill can be applied to a job search or leadership role. Project managers’ tricks may include making tomorrow’s to-do list at the end of today, checking email less, rethinking deadlines and avoiding procrastination. Read more from Payscale.com […]

Best Jobs For…

FOCUS ON: Best Jobs for Americans According to Glassdoor, Data Scientist tops the list of the 50 Best Jobs in America. Three engineering jobs made the top 10, as did jobs in HR management and occupational therapy. The three factors that determined these results were number of job openings, salary, and overall job satisfaction rating. […]

Networking in the 21st Century

FOCUS ON: Leveraging Relationships for Success A tech expert and Harvard Business Review contributor explains why networking is more important in the 21st century. Watch the video, shared on theMuse.com JOB SEARCHING: Alternatives to LinkedIn Joining or being active in a professional network is an effective method of job searching. Is LinkedIn the best one […]

Supervision

FOCUS ON: Federally Mandated Training of Supervisors Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s Federal Supervisor Training Act keeps the spotlight on federal personnel, hiring, and performance management issues. The possibility of big improvements in areas that affect employee morale and productivity could result from such a bill. If this bill passes, the first 12 months on the job […]

New Growth in Spring

 FOCUS ON: Adult Learners Are Different Practitioners who encourage clients to pursue professional development (or want to pursue it for themselves) need to understand the principles behind adult learning. This will help the adult keep the end goal in mind, while selecting a practical program that is self-directed. When adults get too pressed for time […]

Execute is One Key for the Executive

FOCUS ON: Climbing the Ladder Define, share and network are the keywords for those who want to move up. Volunteering and staying current are also valuable tasks. Reposition yourself with these strategies from an executive and career reinvention coach.  JOB SEARCHING: How Do You Want to be Perceived? How might you be considered for advanced […]

Positive Reactions and Healthy Encounters with Disabled Workers

 FOCUS ON: Overcoming Unemployment Fear of liability and expensive accommodations in addition to bias, stereotypes and lack of awareness have been found in HR and hiring managers which result in higher unemployment for people with disabilities. Help the disabled workers to conquer those issues with integrity, attendance, work ethic and social skills. Read more. FOR […]

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 […]

Retention

FOCUS ON: Employee Career Development Key reasons organizations support internal employee development include stress reduction, a focus on the long-term, in preparation for massive baby-boomer retirement, avoidance of attrition costs and the maintenance of intellectual capital. To make these efforts work, employees and managers need to be given the concepts, tools and practical experience. Read […]