Category: Best Advice

The Three Secrets to Engagement

Filed under: Best Advice, Professional Development, Social Impact, Your Career

Companies are taking an increasing interest in employee engagement, and rightly so. Studies continue to emphasize the correlation between levels of engagement and levels of productivity, customer satisfaction, and profitability.

But improving engagement is a challenge. Offering better perks and better benefits helps, but not much. In fact, according to the latest Gallup study, overall levels of engagement haven’t improved much over the last 10 years. The truth is that improving engagement isn’t about adding benefits. It’s more comprehensive than that.

There are three types of engagement and they all need to be addressed if improvement in overall engagement is to be achieved. An organization’s level of engagement is only as strong as the weakest of the three. The three types of engagement are Personal EngagementOrganizational Engagement, andSituational Engagement. Here are insights into each type along with suggestions for improving engagement.

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4 Ways To Breathe New Life Into Your Career

Filed under: Best Advice, Professional Development, Success, Your Career

Do you feel stuck in a dead end job? Do you wake up every day, go to work, and do exactly the same thing over and over again? This is no way to go through life. No salary is worth being miserable over. You can get out of this mundane career without even changing jobs. All you have to do is have a little tactful motivation and take advantage of what is right in front of you.

Here are some ways you can breathe new life into your career:

1. Take Advantage Of Opportunities

Many of our jobs get us in this dull routine, which eventually becomes a perpetual rut. Getting out of that rut requires desire and motivation. It’s never just going to happen for you. What can you do to recharge your career? Start by being open minded. This means not only looking for opportunities, but also creating them for yourself. The best chances in life are often only there for a fleeting moment, and you have to be prepared to jump on them at any time.

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5 Ways Emotional Unavailability May Be Affecting You At Work

Filed under: Behavior in the Workplace, Best Advice, Career Advice, Distractions

We usually think of emotionally unavailable people as people who are unable to commit in romantic relationships. The reality is that all humans are emotionally defended to some extent. We humans tend to have a very poor understanding of ourselves. We are often overly aware of how others may be mistreating us and yet completely miss the subtle and not so subtle ways in which we may be pushing other people away. In this post I will focus on some ways in which emotional unavailability shows up at work

1. Remaining closed to others

Some of us complain about problems with co-workers and bosses but when others listen and offer solutions we always reject their ideas with an excuse “but that won’t work because of blah and blah”.

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Stop Being So Nice & Start Being More Real

Filed under: Behavior in the Workplace, Best Advice, Career Advice, Good Habits

People are obsessed with happiness and “positive thinking”. They want to be happy all the time and often delude themselves into thinking that “its all good”, even when it’s not. They somehow believe that labeling things as positive can make them positive. However, just thinking that everything is wonderful does not make it so. That’s not being positive, it’s being delusional!

How can everything in the world be wonderful? Some things are bad. Some people cannot be motivated to do anything useful. Some people are evil. There is corruption, poverty, murder, dysfunctional politics, pollution, etc. The real world is full of both good and bad things. No amount of positive labeling or dreaming will change this fact.

While real happiness is a desirable human emotion, living in denial of problems that must be addressed prevents improvements and innovation. In other words, if you convince yourself that everything is great, why change anything? It’s already great! Why allow yourself to see problems, they will detract from your happy state?

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4 Simple Steps To A Happier, Heartier Mind at work

Filed under: Best Advice, Happiness, Insights, Your Career

Are you a busy bee but don’t feel you’re flying high? Frantic activity doesn’t always feel good or work great. Here are four simple steps that help me in moving to a calmer, more productive and happier state of mind at work.

1. Know what you’re doing before you worry about how you’ll do it.

We jump to thoughts of implementation so often in our work, and that tendency creates several problems. We may not know exactly what we’re implementing, why we’re implementing it or how much is possible. By skipping ahead to the details, we begin work that may not make sense—and we unnecessarily constrain ourselves. Be mindful about each idea you’re pursuing and determine its larger purpose before running forward with activities. It’s not about what you’re doing but why you’re doing it.

2. Act with the right kind of urgency.

I’m at my best when I think of urgency as fire in the belly for a clear aim. Urgency is not panic. It’s not driven only by crisis. And it’s not rushing. In fact, it might require you to slow down long enough in your day to rest your mind and think straight since clutter and fatigue undermine productive urgency. Which brings me to…

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5 Tactics to Use When You Are Really Stuck

Filed under: Best Advice, Career Advice, Good Habits, inspiration

We all get stuck from time to time. A mental block, a change in plans or the proverbial brick wall. Dealing with such impasses is challenging and can create periods of stress and low productivity. They are nothing to be ashamed of and in fact we often find that when we overcome these sorts of issues we are rewarded with valuable skills and experience that benefit us from that point on.

In this post I’d like to share a few methods I use that can help you deal with these sorts of scenarios. Not all are applicable on every occasion, but hopefully there are at least a couple that can be applied to a particular situation.

1. Retreat, regroup and redeploy

The first option is to set the issue aside and return to it another day. Sometimes a short break to clear your mind can help. Sometimes you might need to sleep on it. The aim is to give your mind chance to discard the irrelevant information that can cloud your thought processes and to give yourself chance to organise what is relevant.

Our subconscious is also a great help if we can give it enough time to work on an issue. How often have you come up with a solution to something in the middle of the night or whilst you were having a shower.

Giving ourselves permission to come back and resolve our problems later can pay dividends.

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7 Ways to Achieve Work/Life Harmony

Filed under: Best Advice, Career Advice, Work-Life Balance

Establishing and maintaining a healthy work/life balance is something many of us aspire to but struggle to achieve. As my professional and personal lives progressed over the last 10 years, and my responsibilities grew, striving for balance felt increasingly like the wrong goal for me.

This notion came into sharper focus when Jeff Weiner introduced me to the idea of aiming for “harmony” rather than “balance” in life. “Balance” means a state of equilibrium, while “harmony” means agreement or a pleasing arrangement of parts. I love my work, but it pales in comparison to how much I love my family and personal life. These two parts of my life could never achieve balance because they are not of equal value to me. So rather than attempt to balance two inherently unequal parts, I’ve found the pursuit of a harmonious integration of those parts to be much more fulfilling. I now strive for harmony in my life, and here are a few techniques that have helped me achieve it:

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10 Things Not To Do In An Interview

Filed under: Best Advice, Interviews, Job Search, Quick Tips

It’s a potential life-changing event—yet so many people get it wrong. I’m talking about going for an interview for a position you really want; one that could have a dramatic impact on the rest of your life.

So, why is it that so many prospective employees don’t seem to grasp the essentials of getting the interviewer to fall in love with them and make a commitment to hire them?

While building three successful businesses I’ve had the opportunity to conduct over a thousand interviews. Let me share with you 10 common faults I’ve identified from that experience. Avoid them if you really want to get the exciting job of your dreams.

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8 Things to Do During Your First Month at a New Job

Filed under: Behavior in the Workplace, Best Advice, Career Advice, Your Career

Congratulations, you’ve landed your first full-time job after graduation.

Now comes the hard.

College graduates’ first month on job sets the tone of their career, according to experts, which means they need to be proactive and put their best foot forward.

“It’s about the approach you take to your job — none of these are tasks, but attributes that you take on,” says Lynda Fraser, vice president of Human Resources Contract Division at Solomon Page Group. “It’s your behavior that will determine, ultimately, how successful you are.”

Setting and executing goals is key to career success at any level, but it’s particularly helpful for new workers.

“Don’t wait to shine,” says Nicole Williams, LinkedIn’s career expert. “As soon as you become a new hire, look for every opportunity to become ingrained in the company DNA. You’ll stand out as a star right away, and first impressions are so important.”

Don’t worry too much if mistakes happen at the start, just be sure to rectify the situation quickly. “There’s a bit of latitude and people do expect new hires to stumble in the first month — these can become teaching moments for the manager and the new employee,” says Mike Steinerd, director of sales recruiting at career website

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Eight Rules for Success at Work

Filed under: Best Advice, Career Advice, Success, Your Career

We desire success at work and a satiating career. But what does it take to get there? In this article, I have jotted down traits that I have always adhered to. These work for me. These generic guidelines transcend industries and will help you too. If widely followed, they will also make the work environment a positive place for everyone.

  1. Be open-minded: All workplaces are not the same. So, it is best not to bring in rigid notions about your job, your team or your company. Instead, being open-minded allows you to imbibe the company culture and to successfully navigate through its dynamics. Observe, understand and quickly calibrate yourself to your new work environment.
  2. Learn: Boredom at a job typically sets in when you stop learning. Consistently strive to learn new skills and to apply them more efficiently. As Tennyson says, work “to strive, to seek, to find and not to yield.” This will keep you enthused and help you deliver more value for your organization.


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