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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:

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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.”

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10 Tips For Adding Value By Showing Initiative

Filed under: Best Advice, Career Advice, Quick Tips, Your Career

In these tough times, it is absolutely critical you continue to demonstrate your value to your employer, clients, and colleagues on a daily basis. Adding value is THE buzzword for “safe-guarding” your career and propelling yourself to the top of your profession.

Showing initiative is a must-do in demonstrating your value at work. Initiative correlates strongly with personal achievement and professional development. It is the act of taking personal responsibility for your growth, and it is a clear sign of your capacity to develop as a leader.

So, what are you waiting for? Take action today; don’t wait to be asked – be proactive. Consider the following ideas for lighting the fire of initiative in your daily work life:

  • Always be alert for ways to make something work better. Make the suggestion.Volunteer to take ownership for getting it done.
  • Take it upon yourself be the first to adopt and implement the newest company policy.

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Become an Effective Problem Solver: Learn to Listen Better

Filed under: Best Advice, Career Advice, Insights, Quick Tips

The art of being a good listener can make you more likable and effective in the workplace. Too often people think that leadership and confidence are tied to directing conversations and taking command. Research on effective leaders shows the opposite is true. Great leaders are empathetic towards others and display finesse in harnessing others’ strengths. Knowing when to voice your views and when to hold back is an art and it requires the listener to have empathy.

Good Listening is tied to good problem solving

When you allow others to talk, you could begin to appreciate new ways of thinking. Considering different points of view could help you and your team think more broadly and critically about things to come up with better, more innovative solutions. If you want to become more effective in tackling problems at work, it pays to listen with more empathy.

Let go of the need to constantly express yourself

Research shows that active listening combined with empathy or trying to understand the others’ perspective is the most effective form of listening. If you’re always worrying about what you’ll say next in defense or rebuttal or you’re talking to much and forget what the other person said, it may hurt your  ability to interpret issues and create consensus with others. Active listeners don’t just hear words, they seek to understand what the other is saying so they can be helpful.

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5 Ways to Get Recognized as an Outstanding Employee

Filed under: Career Advice, Insights, Quick Tips, Your Career

If you think about the best employees at your company, what qualities do they have? Sure, being a valuable employee involves being intelligent, reliable, and competent, but it’s about so much more than that.

Many people don’t realize that work success is often a reflection of your character traits. For example, if you’re unselfish, passionate, and enthusiastic, chances are you are the kind of person most people want to work with. Those qualities translate to success regardless of your industry.

“There was a time when success was measured by the title you held at work, the size of your home, or the make of your car,” explains Sheryl Connelly, global consumer trends expert. “But it seems society has been moving away from these traditional markers of success and making way for much more individual expressions of success.”

Here are five ways to be a better employee — and ultimately, to get more recognition:

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How To Improve Office Relationships

Filed under: Behavior in the Workplace, Professional Development, Quick Tips, Relationships

Here are a few cue cards, or quick, actionable tips, that will make a big difference in the way you interact at work – and how others respond to you:

1. Mind Your Moods

Everyone has bad moods; what differentiates adults from children is our ability to exercise impulse control and articulate how we feel. When you grumble, stew, or frown, everyone around you has to walk on eggshells for fear that you’re going to blow. You would hate being around someone like that, so manage your moodiness. Anger has no place at work.

2. Work On Timing

An insensitive person is someone who’s clueless about how his/her behavior affects others. Try to be aware of what’s going on with the person you’re talking to. If she seems busy, distracted, or upset, ask if this is a good time to talk. Even if you think what you have to say is important, forcing her to listen on your terms won’t get your message across effectively.

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Don’t Bring Your Boss Only One Solution To A Problem

Filed under: Best Advice, Career Advice, Good Habits, Quick Tips

Imagine you discover a significant problem at work; the kind you need approval from your boss to solve. So you work up a proposal, bring it to your boss, and wait for approval. You’re a problem solver, and that’s what problem solvers do, right? You find a problem and generate a solution.

But imagine that instead of giving your proposal the green light, the boss says “that’s a good try, but I’d like to go in a different direction.”

Now what? Many employees will be pretty irritated. (I’ve seen more than a few employees pout, backstab, become passive-aggressive, and even sabotage the boss’ solution). After all, you just created a smart proposal, with a good solution, and the only thing the boss had to do was say “yes” and let you do your job. On paper, this should have been a slam-dunk.

So what went wrong? First, we’ve got to recognize the natural desire to feel useful (something which bosses do share). Many bosses, like people in general, don’t want to be a rubber stamp; they want to put their own unique stamp onto a solution so that later they can reflect on this masterpiece and exclaim “yeah, I did that!”

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20 Things Your Boss Will Love To Hear and Why

Filed under: Best Advice, Career Advice, Good Habits, Quick Tips, Rational Thought

Looking to make a good impression with a new boss or improve your relationship with your current manager? Try adding a few of these powerful phrases into your conversations. You can easily improve your standing with your boss without being insincere or being thought a brown-noser.

  1. How can I help?
    This is probably the number one thing managers like to hear. (The opposite would be, “That’s not my job.”) It shows you’re a team player and willing to pitch in, even outside your specific job duties.
  2. Not a problem.
    When your manager asks you to do something, be positive about it. Make her feel confident that you’ll address the task without her having to micromanage
  3. I’d like to learn more.
    Indicating to your boss that you’re interested in things outside your area of expertise is a great way to show that you’re serious about moving up in the company or your career. It shows ambition and even an understanding of your own shortcomings, which is appealing when you’re willing to address them.

 

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How Your Facial Expressions at Work Can Hurt Your Career

Filed under: Best Advice, Career Advice, Personality, Quick Tips

What’s the first thing you notice about a person? It’s generally their facial expression. And when you meet someone for the first time, you’re likely to remember if they greeted you with a big grin or a disappointing sulk. First impressions do matter, and your facial expressions can affect how people perceive you. Dr. Alan Fridlund, professor at University of California Santa Barbara, says that expressions are inherently social; they give others clues to how you’re feeling.

Facial expressions can forecast how a person’s feeling: “The face is like a switch on a railroad track,” Fridlund says. “It affects the trajectory of the social interaction the way the switch would affect the path of the train.” Studies by Dr. Fridlund and others show that expressions “occur most often during pivotal points in social interactions; during greetings, social crises, or times of appeasement.” This is where your career may be affected. Because a facial expression can give insight into how a person feels, it may be influencing how you’re perceived at work. Here are three situations where showing your gut reaction through your facial expression may affect you in the workplace.

1. Greeting Someone in the Office Who You Don’t Like

Our general reaction to someone we don’t like is shown directly through the expression our face makes. Dr. Fridlund says that “a scowl may impel them to stay clear.”

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The Surprising Truth About the Perfect Brainstorm

Filed under: Cognitive Ability, ideas, Insights, Quick Tips

My article on brainstorming sessions that make people crazy generated a lot of requests for tips to make brainstorming effective. If you follow this guide, not only will you save the sanity of your team, you may also produce some innovative new ideas that could catapult your company. Here are seven tips for brainstorming that works and won’t drive your team crazy:

1. Include No More Than 10 People

The bigger the group, the less likely you will have a productive discussion. Yes, really, no more than 10 people.

2. Don’t Include the Ego Invite

Brainstorming is not a popularity contest. As much as everyone may want to participate, or you feel like you have to invite a certain member of your board or leadership team to join you, resist the urge. That is exactly the reason why brainstorming sessions fail. Bring the people together who have the most to contribute to your topic, and stop worrying about whose ego you will dent.

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