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Category: Career Advice

Three Tips to Hit the Ground Running at Your New Job

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

Starting a new job can be a stressful time, whether it’s your first job out of college or taking on a more senior role. All companies have their own acronyms and systems that can make you feel like you’re on the outside looking in when you enter the door. Here are three tips I always give to new employees about how to hit the ground running:

Don’t try to be somebody you’re not:

Your company would not have hired you if you were not exceptional. So be true to who you are, be comfortable being who you are, and be comfortable letting your voice be heard. With everything so new when you start, it’s easy to lose your sea legs and not feel like yourself. It’s vital that you lean in and re-invest in who you are. Have faith that you are at your new job for a reason, and that your new employer wants you to be you.

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How to Take Advantage of Your Boss’s Biggest Fear

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

If the economy keeps expanding at its current rate, the war for talent will intensify. Here’s how to turn bad news for employers into good news for your career in 2015.

Star performers, rejoice. This is your year. More than three-quarters of human resources executives polled recently by Challenger Gray & Christmas report that they are struggling to fill open positions—and 91% say that if the economy keeps expanding at its current rate, the war for talent will worsen. Unemployment is in fact expected to continue its slow creep downward in 2015, to 5.7% from 5.9% this September, according to the Philadelphia Federal Reserve’s most recent forecast.

That means bad news ahead for employers but good news for top producers, who will have real leverage in the coming year. Turnover costs are especially high for positions that are significant contributors to revenue—sometimes 200% of a worker’s salary. So it’s no wonder that 57% of the 4,700 companies surveyed in PayScale.com’s recent “Compensation Best Practices Report” cited keeping high-performing workers as a top business concern, up from 20% in 2010. “Just about every HR department should be discussing talent retention,” says David Card, director at the Center for Labor Economics at the University of California at Berkeley.

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Six Ways to Find Work-Life Balance During the Holidays

Filed under: Career Advice, Holidays, Strategy, Work-Life Balance

December has arrived, and while I love this time of year, it always feels chaotic. November through early January are my busiest times of the year.

After work, I have tons of things to do – decorating for the holidays, cooking, shopping and gift wrapping. Let’s not even get started on parties!

This is one of the hardest times of the year to strike a good work-life balance, so before your calendar starts to fill (although let’s face it, it probably already has), let me share some tips that keep my life from getting out of whack.

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How NOT to Introduce Yourself

Filed under: Branding, Career Advice, Professional Development, Skills

Networking is one of the most challenging skills you may have to learn in the world of business. It can be an awkward experience, having the attention of a group of strangers focused on you, and trying to make a good first impression.

It’s an important moment. The person opposite you might be someone who could make or break your career. If you make a good impression, he or she might be able to refer your next big client, or have the influence to help you land that next big contract.

On the other hand, if you act like a doofus, you might alienate someone who might have been an otherwise important connection and relationship.

If you’d like to avoid looking like a jerk, avoid being this guy when introducing yourself:

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4 Reasons Successful Entrepreneurs Need Executive Assistants

Filed under: Career Advice, Professional Development, Success

As an entrepreneur, you put a great deal of thought in surrounding yourself with talented and dynamic people who add to the success of your business endeavors. The abilities and contributions of your team often determine the overall outcome of your project.  Yet there is one position often overlooked by the most ambitious and successful entrepreneurs. No, it isn’t your VP or manager. It is your executive assistant.

I’m not referring to someone who spends the day merely opening mail, pouring coffee, and answering the phone. I am talking about an individual who, if well placed, can enhance your productivity and brand ten-fold by compensating for weaknesses, enhancing professionalism, expanding productivity, and increasing the organization of your company.

While some entrepreneurs utilize current software or mobile devices to help with their administrative tasks, nothing compares to the benefits of a skilled executive assistant.  Here are 4 reasons why hiring an executive assistant is a great idea.

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Why You Should Listen, Even If Others Don’t

Filed under: Career Advice, Communication, Good Habits, Skills

The odds are very good that the last person to whom you spoke barely heard anything you said. Don’t take it personally – most people just don’t listen.

Even the people who never listen know this is true. Most of us know it’s bad to be distracted, zoned out and oblivious… but many of us do it anyway.

Likewise, most of us know it’s bad to be so stuck in our own biases and beliefs that we block out half of what other people say… because we label their thoughts as “wrong” even before they stop talking.

But we are surrounded by noise. We don’t call it noise. We call it by many names: texts, emails, tweets, updates, voicemail, ads, memos, reports, sales pitches, junk mail, TV, Netflix, ITunes…

To protect our sanity, we tune out 99.9% of the world. We even tune out our own feelings. But once we start doing this, we make the mistake of tuning out important stuff, like what the people that matter to us really need us to understand.

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How To Be More Organized At Work

Filed under: Career Advice, Productivity, Quick Tips, Strategy

Organization is a pain, but the simple truth of the matter is organized people get more done. Why? Generally speaking, they have better time management, live with less mess and get in less trouble. If you want to decrease the mistakes you make and stop getting in your own way the only real option is to become organized.

It’s easier said than done certainly, but if you follow a few simple steps you can earn a lasting result – provided you’re ready to commit long term!

Prioritize

Always keep your mind on what’s more important of any two choices. When presented with your options, be sure to pick the one that will benefit your goals in the long run. Don’t let yourself slip into things that appear in front of you and lose sight of what’s important; it can be tempting, particularly if we focus on the ‘right now’ instead of the future. Remember, goals and values will see you through to the end; don’t lose focus for two minutes of mild gratification. If you forsee yourself having trouble with managing your priorities out of the gate, try downloading an on-the-go app like Priority Matrix. It works, really!

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Self-Promotion: The Key to Getting Ahead

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

People love their causes…those things you believe in so strongly that you’ll passionately advocate for them. My heartfelt cause is my son, who has autism. When he was growing up, I’d move mountains to get him the best treatment and care possible. I wouldn’t think twice to ask for an appointment, a referral, a meeting. I was fighting for someone who needed my help…whose voice couldn’t be heard above the noise of everyday life that surrounded him.

And yet, I’ve realized that I don’t often extend that same tenacious drive when it comes to advocating for myself. While I’m confident in my ability to write engaging and informative content, and I’d like to believe I’m exemplary at what I do, (see how I tried to work that bit of self-promotion in there?) saying it out loud can sound…arrogant.

Yet, I realize that short of having a cheerleader standing next to me, broadcasting my accomplishments to anyone who’d listen, (“’K’ is for KNOWLEDGEABLE! ‘A’ is for AWESOME!‘T’ is for TALENTED…) how will anyone consider my value if I don’t champion for myself?

Enter self-promotion. But how do we shamelessly promote ourselves without becoming overly offensive or annoying?

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Can You Be Ambitious AND A Team Player?

Filed under: ambition, Behavior in the Workplace, Career Advice, teams

Any manager or chief executive will tell you that the key to success in business is the people you have working for you. I have said before that ambitious firms will look to attract like-minded individuals, and if you have people like this on your staff then your business will benefit.

But it also stands to reason that if you really want to be working at your full potential you need to have your staff all pulling in the same direction. Teamwork is an essential ingredient in the recipe for success and it is the job of a good manager to foster and build that sense of unity.

If you’re looking to take on bright, driven and ambitious people then there is an argument that what you are effectively is doing is creating problems for yourself as a manager. By its very nature, ambition can lead to competition and people putting themselves first. However competition isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and sometimes setting targets and challenges can be a great motivator.

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3 Way-Better Ways to Measure Your Success

Filed under: Career Advice, Insights, Self Reflection, Success

Last week, I conducted a workshop for a team of healthcare professionals as they kicked off a new fiscal year. Prior to the workshop, I had the attendees complete a survey about their work: what was going well and where they encountered challenges.

Not surprisingly, a few very common themes emerged, which we addressed during our time together. The big three included the size of their workloads, the poor quality of communication, and the difficulty of working with others unlike themselves.

Who can’t relate to those workplace challenges?

As we worked through each topic, the discussion certainly provided tools to help them resolve the issues we identified.

However, I also realized that if they took proactive steps every day to prevent those issues, they could alleviate a lot of their daily job stress. Bonus: Future meetings could focus on exploring more innovative and creative concepts.

To that end, here are three measures you can use in your work each day to stay ahead of the challenges that bog down many teams. As you read, consider how, if you looked at these three key performance indicators each day, your work life might transform.

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