The Gig Economy

FOCUS ON: On-Demand Independent Work Employee or contractor – that is the question facing state regulators in New York and California. Labor protection definitions and debates are surrounding delivery services such as Uber, Lyft, and Door Dash. As costs go up for these companies (while profitability decreases), will employment opportunities go down? Keep up with […]

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 […]

Interviewing

FOCUS ON: Interviewing Practices How employment interviews came to be and what methods work doesn’t matter as much as what is perceived to be good practice yet now considered to be flawed. For example, the behavioral interview questions may favor story-tellers and thus not appropriate in all cases (e.g., it may be more applicable to […]

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 […]

Building Trust

FOCUS ON: Trust and Team-building Getting everyone on the team to go the extra mile involves all the components of trust: telling the truth, avoiding bad-mouthing, fulfilling commitments, giving credit – and the list goes on. Building “psychological safety” i.e., “the belief that you won’t be punished” requires trust. Having trust on the team means […]

Performance Reviews

FOCUS ON: The Pros and Cons of 360 Degree Feedback When accurate, reflective and validating information is received from the organization, the employee’s personal and career development is enhanced. But a valid assessment of strengths and weaknesses is dependent upon the method of implementing the assessment. Read the good and bad side of this performance […]

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 […]

Kindness and Respect

FOCUS ON: The Respectful Model A counseling relationship can progress ethically and holistically when the multidimensionality of the client is recognized. The Respectful Model offers ten factors that influence the client’s psychological development and personal well-being, from “Religious” and “Economic” to “Unique” and “Location” (hence the acronym RESPECTFUL is revealed). Read more about the model […]

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 […]