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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Metaphorically Speaking

FOCUS ON: Defining Terms in the Field of Career Counseling One key to using language as a tool is to determine that the terms being used communicate the same meaning to the entire audience. Typically, for definitions we look in dictionary – but which one fits our field? In the past, many practitioners used the […]

Intergenerational Teams

FOCUS ON: Collaboration is Key Any team project will require good communication and respect, particularly a team of mixed generations. Avoiding a one-size-fits-all approach while fostering mentoring and new workplace benefits may be the keys to achieving collaboration. Read more from the Career Pivot blog. FOR PRACTITIONERS: Applying Generational Theory Four generations in the workforce […]

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 […]

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 […]

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; […]

Mindfulness

FOCUS ON: Defining Mindfulness American Psychological Association (APA) authors Daphne M. Davis and Jeffrey A. Hayes, define mindfulness as “a moment-to-moment awareness of one’s experience without judgment”. Their lengthy compilation of benefits, based on research, include reduced rumination, stress-reduction, boosts to working memory, focus, less emotional activity, more cognitive flexibility, relationship satisfaction, and more. Read […]

Feedback

FOCUS ON: Is the Feedback Clear and Motivating? Giving transformational feedback and receiving difficult feedback takes time to learn. And leveraging feedback for the greatest benefit may be even harder. Use these tips from “Learning as Leadership” to ensure that you and your clients are moving forward.   FOR PRACTITIONERS: Overcoming the Yes-But Response Your […]

Negotiation

FOCUS ON: Salary Negotiation Is Not Basic Many people mistakenly believe that a salary negotiation is a straightforward, back-and-forth process. Helping clients broaden their definition of negotiation can be a crucial part of the career development process. Understanding that there are alternatives and focusing on collaboration with others are all useful techniques to consider when […]

Leadership

FOCUS ON: Improving Leadership Skills Quick: think of someone who you admire as a leader. What traits does that person possess? Chances are, the characteristics that come to mind might include authenticity, adaptability, and passion. When considering your own growth as a leader, it can be helpful to not only look towards the people we […]