Justification

FOCUS ON: The Value of the Work an Employee Performs Subtracting employee costs from employee assets results in net value. However, calculating the net value of an employee’s work is not easy because so many factors must be considered. Key performance indicators, such as success at meeting goals, must be added to intangibles, such as […]

Syndromes and Solutions

FOCUS ON: The Helping Profession and Burnout Syndrome Coined in the 1970’s, the term “burnout” describes what many in the helping profession face: extremely high stress, expectations, pressure, exhaustion, disengagement, etc. Before focusing on the syndromes of clients, take a moment to review the syndromes we, the helpers, may be facing – and the potential […]

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 […]

Guiding Gen Z

FOCUS ON: Describing the Gen Z Lifestyle Trying to connect with recent college graduates as they enter the workforce? Understanding anyone born after 1995 requires a look at their media consumption, brand interests, entrepreneurial bent, marketing eye, and desire to co-create culture. The need to learn about Gen Z has resulted in a number of […]

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 […]

The Career Summary

FOCUS ON: The Profile Section of a Resume Whether its called a Qualifications Profile, an Executive Summary, or a List of Accomplishments, the top of the resume is where the recruiter looks for the overview. The key is to tailor this section to the specific job being applied for. Read more about summaries on resumes […]

Success

FOCUS ON: The Positive Side of Success International Positive Psychology’s 5th World Conference offered new ways to think about what people want in regards to health, happiness, and success. First, what you achieve at work is not as important as “relational energy” – your ability to motive or energize others. Second, your mindset has physical […]

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 […]