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How to Stay Career Focused

Dollarphotoclub_40278647-2It's an important question made especially difficult by today's organizational demands. Tim Butler, from Harvard Business School, brings some smarts to the party as director of its career development program.  In this job climate it's easy to lose sight of your goals, but you can stay focused.

There are a number of issues that professionals should give some serious thought to today: 

How far out should I be looking? 


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Michael’s Sign Language

Go to the next level today.

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Build and Engage Your Employees through Employee Engagement Strategies

 

Employee engagement is the backbone of your overall organizational performance. While many organizations choose to ignore its importance, you must realize that only when your employees are fully engaged will they work whole-heartedly for you and groom themselves as thorough professionals. In order to achieve this, they must be given the right opportunities and balance in work. All this forms the essence of setting up and running any business.

Forming a Comprehensive and In-depth Approach to Establishing Your Business through Employee Engagement

 

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Why Leaders Are Mysterious

Like it or not, a lot of high-level leaders carry with them an air of mystery.

Seldom has any leader in literature been more mysterious than Captain Ahab. For many long pages in Moby-Dick, Ahab is only an elusive character of legend. We hear opinions about him, and even have our spines tingled by the shrouded prophecies of Elijah. But, despite the fact that he is a main character –- no, he is the main character
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No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

Recognize This! – Lunch with “the boss” can be a rewarding experience when implemented in the right way. Pizza lunches or “dinner with the boss” are rewards we often hear about in employee recognition efforts at companies of all sizes. Frankly, after so many free lunches, any real value is lost. But much more value […]
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How to Get Smarter

"You're Telling Me I Can Develop My Intelligence?  Like a Muscle?  I Don't Believe It."  

Learning jointI'd have thought by now that most people would understand that you can grow your intelligence.  But no, the notion is still a shock to the system.  As one acquaintance put it succinctly:  "That can't possibly be true." He got riled up about it, but I suspect that's merely a bit stronger than what 99% of the adult population believes.  In fact, check it out (or check yourself out).  Most people still believe that a person is born smart, average or dumb--and stays that way for life.

Research over the past twenty years has shown beyond a doubt that the brain is more like a muscle.  It gets stronger, a lot stronger, when you learn--and keep learning.  Use it or lose it.

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Five Essential Videos for Seeing the Big Picture

Today, my guest blogger, Benjamin Grant, is sharing his five essential videos for seeing the big picture. Benjamin is the founder and curator of Daily Overview, a website that publishes a singular image each day with the purpose of changing the way we think about our planet, and our place in it.  As Benjamin points out on Daily Overview, “From our line of sight on the earth’s surface, it’s impossible to fully appreciate the beauty and intricacy of the things we’ve constructed, the sheer complexity of the systems we’ve developed, or the devastating impact that we’ve had on our planet. We believe that beholding these forces as they shape our Earth is necessary to make progress in understanding who we are as a species, and what is needed to sustain a safe and healthy planet.”

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3 Tips for Recruiting Alumni Employees

Recognize This! – Sometimes, the best employee for the job is “the one that got away.” Who are the top candidates in your recruiting pool? The obvious answer is people who know your industry and business, already have deep experience in the role, and are a culture fit. Some recruiters call these candidates “Purple Squirrels” […]
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Jack be Quick Jack be Nimble

A month ago, many of us were glued to the tube watching the finals of the World Cup from Brazil. It gave us an insight into how in order to win, the players had to be quick and nimble. Every second of the game, the players had to be alert to what was happening on the field. The goalie had to forecast the moves that were required in order to meet the incoming ball to keep out of the net. The player on the field had to judge when was the right moment to kick the ball or to head it. All of these actions require one to be quick and nimble. This applies equally to the business world.

Our managers are faced with the same kind of strategic decisions that the World Cup players are confronted with. We find that as circumstances change we are required to respond quickly and nimbly to the events.  We are required to constantly respond to the demands of our clients. We need to be able to respond on a spin of a dime as the needs arise. So the challenge before management today is how do we become that quick and nimble executive that the global workforce expects and even more important demands. What do we need to do to be that agile executive?

David Steinberg, the CEO of XL Marketing, stated, ...

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Leadership Assessments and Oddball Captains of Companies

I have a love/hate relationship with leadership competencies.  On one hand, I see the benefit of telling a young manager, “Hey, here are the competencies we associate with good leadership. Learn them and you’ll go far.” On the other hand, I hate the notion of the kind of cookie-cutter leadership in which managers see and react to problems in the same ways every time. It reminds me of the classic song “Little Boxes”: