Staying Upbeat

  FOCUS ON: Positive Psychology Hope can vanish if there is no intentional effort to stay upbeat. Optimistic leaders operationalize tactics to keep others from being dragged down. Try sharing positive stories, focusing outward, doing something fun and taking time to create to make things better. Read more tactics and behavorial changes here.  FOR PRACTITIONERS: Vital […]

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 […]

May Mortarboard Momentum

FOCUS ON: Advice for the Graduate Confidence makes a difference. Gaining belief in oneself can come from taking risks, travel, teams of high-level advisors and taking action. Read this on-target advice for all graduates from the author of “The Confidence Factor for Women in Business” Carol Sankar. JOB SEARCHING: How to Make Good Decisions for […]

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 […]

Warming Trends

FOCUS ON: Rising Companies Unicorn Club companies, named so because they are valued at a billion dollars or more, are no longer just obscure tech start-ups. A new generation of workers, technology, and venture capital makes the Unicorn list ever-changing and growing. Knowledge of these game-changers means you and your clients will have more options […]

How to Work Like an Entrepreneur

FOCUS ON: Staying Motivated It is a daily choice: be motivated to continue as an entrepreneur or lose focus and pride. It helps to remember what you left behind and surround yourself with positive people. Read more hints from a successful entrepreneur. JOB SEARCHING: Write Your Next Job Description With a New Mindset In the […]

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, […]

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 […]

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; […]

Work and Mental Health

FOCUS ON: Depression at Work Keeping a job and getting help are the two goals when depression enters one’s life. Remembering that depression could be exacerbated if the worker just stays at home may be motivation for focusing on the those two goals. An employee assistance program (EAP) or supportive employer may be as important […]

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 […]