Counselor Competencies

FOCUS ON: Active Listening Can Make Everyone Happier Deep positive relationships begins with the most important element of good communication: active listening. The empathetic counseling relationships requires mastery of this art. Review and practice these steps toward more active listening from this Positive Psychology resource. FOR PRACTITIONERS: Be Careful and Be Open to Theories Comfort, […]

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 […]

Performance

 FOCUS ON: Measuring Performance Athletic performance is measured down to the hundredths, even thousandths, of a point in the Olympics. School performance could refer to the students’ grades or the education system’s achievements (e.g., “College and Career Readiness Performance Index”). Staff in organizations no longer just have “annual reviews” – they go through a “Career […]

Change Happens

FOCUS ON: The Fluidity of Change Rapid readjustment is one solution to the “one step forward two steps backward phenomenon” that often occurs in projects. Are teams accordingly equipped (e.g., with generous freedom allowance)? If yes, then employee engagement during change can continue, leading to a greater chance of success. Read More. FOR PRACTITIONERS: Helping […]

Overcoming Bad Career Moves

FOCUS ON: Identifying the Problem Don’t be like these professionals who are smart in so many ways, except one. Advanced degrees and 10+ years experience don’t eliminate bad career decisions. Identify the problem (e.g., effort, execution, blind spots…) then proceed to a better future. Read More. GENDER IN THE WORKPLACE: AND YOUR LIBRARY: The Mistakes […]

Working for a Purpose

FOCUS ON: Making Decisions with a Purpose Unconscious decisions are knee-jerk reactions controlled by everyday biases. While biases can take advantage of mental shortcuts and occasionally lead to efficient decisions, more valuable information is being ignored. People who want to make well-thought out purposeful decisions may need to learn to overcome biases involving availability, confirmation, […]

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 […]

Friendships and Work

FOCUS ON: How to Avoid Making Friends at Work Some people want a professional separation. Work is work and everything else is private. While identifying this specific atmosphere in an employer, department, or team may be possible via interviewing and networking, it is not unachievable while working. The key is polite, persistent refusals to be […]

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 […]

Engagement and Disengagement

FOCUS ON: Research on Engagement Dale Carnegie Training and MSW conducted a study of 1500 employees. To show why engagement matters, first, the definition was shared: “the emotional and functional commitment an employee has to his or her organization.” Next, the research results: 71% of all employees are not fully engaged; 26% are actively disengaged; […]

Women in the Workforce

FOCUS ON: Helping Women Break the Glass Ceiling Yes, the glass ceiling still exists for women in the workplace. Recent research suggests that even today there are invisible roadblocks to women moving into the upper echelons of the corporate world. How can career development professionals help shatter these barriers for female clients? Discuss options such […]