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7 Challenges Successful People Overcome

Filed under: Attitude, Career Advice, Decision Making, Good Habits, Professional Development, Success

It’s truly fascinating how successful people approach problems. Where others see impenetrable barriers, they see challenges to embrace and obstacles to overcome.

Their confidence in the face of hardship is driven by the ability to let go of the negativity that holds so many otherwise sensible people back.

Martin Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania has studied this phenomenon more than anyone else has, and he’s found that success in life is driven by one critical distinction—whether you believe that your failures are produced by personal deficits beyond your control or that they are mistakes you can fix with effort.

Success isn’t the only thing determined by your mindset. Seligman has found much higher rates of depression in people who attribute their failures to personal deficits. Optimists fare better; they treat failure as learning experiences and believe they can do better in the future.

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6 Ways to Reduce the Stress of Presenting

Filed under: Career Advice, Communication, Good Habits, Professional Development, Stress

In the past 30 years, I’ve given more than 3,000 speeches to audiences across the world. Presentations have been such a central part of my work that many who know me best have been surprised to learn how much anxiety they used to cause me. After my fourth root canal, my dentist pointed out that I appeared to be grinding my teeth at night. He suggested a mouth guard. Over the next few years, I ground through three of them. Fortunately, materials science advanced faster than my grinding and I eventually received a more durable one. Still, I had almost resigned myself to the fact that fitful sleep, restless legs, and a variety of aches throughout my body were the price of the career I had chosen.

I knew I had turned a corner 10 years ago when I was invited to speak to a prestigious business audience at Radio City Music Hall. I slept peacefully the night before. And when I stepped through the crimson curtains to face 6,000 nattily dressed executives, my former panic and dread were replaced with a sense of exhilaration and gratitude.

As I came to realize that presentations would be a permanent facet of my career, I began accumulating tactics to increase my pleasure while reducing the pain. Here are six that have made an enormous difference for me:

Click here to read the rest on Harvard Business Review >>

How to Dress Like a Leader in Any Work Environment

Filed under: Behavior in the Workplace, Career Advice, Leadership, Quick Tips

There was once a time when every professional, no matter his or her industry, put on a suit each morning.

But today, there are so many interpretations of formal and business casual that it can be easy to look sloppy or over-dressed if you’re not aware of the environment.

Sylvie di Giusto, founder of Executive Image Consulting, works with executives looking to improve how they present themselves and professionals hoping to impress their clients and bosses. In her new book “The Image of Leadership,” she breaks down the five levels of dress code that she uses with her clients.

We’ve represented them below, and included di Giusto’s insight into how to make your clothes work for you in the office:

Click here to read the rest on Business Insider >>

How to Be More Likable in 10 Easy Steps

Filed under: Behavior in the Workplace, Career Advice, Communication, Good Habits, Professional Development, Relationships, Success

Have you noticed there are people who always seem to be more likable?

In a recent episode of the new ABC drama Mind Games, one of the characters mentions an interesting personality trait that defines the most popular people: They more readily admit their weaknesses rather than waiting for them to be revealed over time. The show is about using cunning tricks to manipulate others and ensure a positive outcome, so it’s a bit ridiculous, but there’s truth in the observation.

In the office, it’s possible to exhibit traits that help you to be more likable. In my years as a corporate manager and developing my writing career, I’ve noticed when people appear more likable, and I’ve tried to develop these traits myself. Here are a few to cultivate.

1. Ask questions.
I’ve noticed people who ask questions are often well liked. It’s human nature to be helpful, and we all have a great desire to share what we know. When someone appears to need our help, we tend to like him or her more, because we like being the one who provides the answers.

Click here to read the rest on Inc. >>

7 Tips for Better Workplace Body Language

Filed under: Behavior in the Workplace, Career Advice, Communication, Professional Development

No matter how hard you work to gain respect at your workplace, seriously unprofessional body language can send much of your hard work out the window. In fact, in face-to-face communication, research shows that your words account for only 7% percent of your interaction — 38% is in your tone of voice, and 55% is in your nonverbal cues, or body language.

To help you succeed at work, we’ve compiled seven body language rules to keep in mind as you interact with coworkers, your boss, or external contacts.

1. Keep Your Facial Expressions in Check

Facial expressions speak louder than words. If you’re engaged in a conversation but your facial expression is bored, angry, or confused, it’s noticeable. Don’t be rude — make sure your face is expressing a degree of professionalism. Don’t be someone you’re not, but make sure you understand the delicate balance between work and emotion.

Click here to read the rest on Wise Bread >>

10 Tips For People Who Hate Networking

Filed under: Attitude, Career Advice, Communication, Good Habits, Networking, Professional Development

Do you associate networking with shameless self-promotion and ‘more = more’? Does that make your stomach turn? Me too!

Networking has a bad reputation as a forum for superficial small talk. Yet real networking is about establishing mutually beneficial, lasting connections, one person at a time. And with my modern approach to networking, even you can shine and thrive at a board meeting, convention, or free-floating cocktail party.

The reason so many of us hate networking – and profess to stink at it – is because we’ve been futilely following the wrong rules. Rules that only work for a paltry 15% of the population and require us to be phony – a sure fire way to short circuit.

Click here to read the rest on Careerrealism >>

4 Really Dumb Ways to Make Decisions That Derail Your Success

Filed under: Career Advice, Cognitive Ability, Decision Making, Good Habits, Professional Development, Psychology

Whether in business or in life, we all tend to have different perceptions of, or biases about, the people and circumstances around us.

There’s a degree of truth in the saying “perception is reality” but there are at least four false perceptions or biases that hinder our relationships, growth and success.

1. Associative bias.
This is a fancy term for linking unrelated events, patterns or outcomes together. While many innovators and entrepreneurs thrive and build successful enterprises making connections that other people don’t see, that’s a different type of mental leap than an associative bias.

An example of associative bias is throwing out the garbage, then realizing you can’t find your keys. The obvious reaction of many people in that situation is, “Oh my God, I threw my keys away!” They start pawing through the trash, when in fact they actually left their keys on the counter.

This is a time-wasting bias that causes unnecessary delays and rework.

Click here to read the rest on Entrepreneur >>

17 Things Really Successful People Never Stop Doing (Ever)

Filed under: Behavior in the Workplace, Career Advice, Good Habits, inspiration, Quick Tips, Success

Think of the most successful person you know. Maybe we’re talking about a work colleague or a mentor. Maybe this is someone you knew growing up or in school–and you can’t believe how much he or she has achieved since then.

I have no idea what this person looks like or what kind of business he or she is in or whether he or she defines success by a balance sheet or a full and fulfilling life. But I’ll bet I can tell you a lot about this person, because I can identify his or her good habits. There are simply a number of things that almost all really successful people do every day, and that others simply quit when they get too hard or inconvenient.

Let me know how close I am to the mark here. (Seriously, let me know.) I’ll bet that the highly successful person you’re thinking of is always…

1. …Laughing
There are times to be serious–many times, in fact. But successful people understand there is humor to be found in nearly any situation. As H.G. Wells put it, “The crisis of today is the joke of tomorrow.”

Click here to read the rest on Inc. >>

Here’s the Trick to Removing ‘Like’ and ‘Um’ From Your Vocabulary

Filed under: Career Advice, Communication, Confidence, Good Habits, Professional Development

Recently I attended a training course in New York City and at the start of the course each of us introduced ourselves.

The senior executive sitting next to me said, and I quote, “I, like, work for a big bank, like, Citibank. I work, um, in technology, and head-up a group of like, 500 people, right. I do, like, technology risk assessment, right, and create, um, processes, to, like, reduce risk, right.”

I was shocked.

“Like,” “Um,” and “Ah” are credibility killers

He was a business professional, a senior director at a major organization, and yet he sounded more like a valley girl. His speech was so infected with “like,” “right,” and “um” that the message was muddled and he significantly diminished his credibility.

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10 Women In Leadership Share Their Secrets to Success

Filed under: Career Advice, Communication, Confidence, Good Habits, Professional Women, Success, Women Leaders

If we want innovative results, we need leaders who aren’t afraid to think differently. And who aren’t afraid to lead differently.

The most successful leaders know all too well that their high-demand positions mean nothing if they can’t influence others to believe in their mission.

What’s their secret to effectively being on top? We asked 10 successful women leaders what they think most people don’t know about leadership. Here’s what they had to say:

Click here to read the rest on Fast Company >>