Category: Your Career

10 Ways Halloween Is Like Your Career

Filed under: creativity, Halloween, Holidays, Your Career

Halloween season is here! That means we all get a free pass to make fools of ourselves and eat enough sugar to kill a horse. As you think about good ideas for Halloween costumes and whether you want to wear a costume at all, think about how the 10 ways your career is like Halloween:

1) You can be anything you want to be.

It’s true! Watch our Career Videos to see how – we chat with real people about their jobs so you can learn right from the horse’s mouth what it’s like to be a teacher, a PR person, a video game tester, an interior designer, a football coach and more!

Click here to read the rest on Careers Out There >>

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?

Click here to read the rest on LinkedIn >>

5 Simple Exercises to Break your Patterns

Filed under: Psychology, Quick Tips, Strategy, Your Career

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change. This wonderful quote of Leon C. Megginson is still so relevant in our fast changing world. That’s why it’s important for you to break your routines once in a while and be innovative at work. In practice however we’re pretty much stuck in our habits.

Why is it so difficult to break our routines? It’s hard because our brain is programmed to recognize patterns and to respond automatically. That’s why you don’t think anymore on ‘how to drive a car’, ‘which route to take to the office’ or ‘how to log in to your computer’.

The Indian business tycoon, Azim Premji once said: “When the rate of change outside is more than what is inside, be sure that the end is near.” So learning to break your patterns is essential in leading your organization to change. First of all, I like to suggest 5 simple practical exercises to help you become aware of your pattern:

Click here to read the rest on LinkedIn >>

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.

Click here to read the rest on LinkedIn >>

Alright Stop. Collaborate and Listen.

Filed under: Quick Tips, Strategy, Success, Your Career

Perhaps the best advice one can glean from a Vanilla Ice song are the words of this article’s title… Leaders today, more than ever before, must be willing to regularly stop what they’re doing and be collaborative. Far too often leaders assume that the direction they set is the best (or only) path forward. The ever growing number of millennial team members at all levels of organizations requires a growing openness to listen to their feedback and collaborate on decision making. Though hard to admit for some, this approach will also yield the greatest results for growth of your business and your people.

Tips for Effective Collaboration:

1. Invert the pyramid – if you’re at the top of your organizational or departmental structure, turn the manpower chart upside down and give yourself the least amount of say. Go to the largest group (now at the top) and ask them how they would make the decision. Have an open and honest dialogue weighing out pros and cons. Chances are they will arrive at a similar direction to what you would have plotted. If not, their recommendation may very well be better.

Click here to read the rest on LinkedIn >>

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.

Click here to read the rest on Careerealism >>

Do You Have a Vision of Where You Are Going?

Filed under: inspiration, Professional Development, Success, Your Career

“A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done.” Ralph Lauren

All successful leaders have at least one thing in common – a strong vision that they truly believe in. An outstanding leader makes that vision come alive by motivating others to share in that vision while compelling them to act.

Creating the Vision: Think First, Act Second

A great leader plans ahead, setting the tone for an energetic, balanced atmosphere. Plan ahead by creating a vision – think first, act second.

Click here to read the rest on LinkedIn >>

3 Ways To Increase Your Job Satisfaction

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

Although it’s no secret that many of us feel less than fulfilled in our work life, a Gallup poll recently revealed that a mere 13% of employees worldwide are actually engaged.

Considering that most of us spend the better part of our days at work, this is clearly not ideal. But what is the solution, if any?

Money is often thought to be the biggest predictor of job satisfaction, but a recent survey that ranked nearly 300 jobs from most to least satisfying shows that although money does play a role; it’s not the only motivator.

For instance, Internet technology and telecommunications professionals ranked at number 147 on the list, while farm workers were rated as the 23rd most satisfied workers, despite earning only about half as much as IT people.

Click to read the rest on Careerealism >>


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…

Click to read the rest on LinkedIn >>

Want to Be Successful? Get Angry

Filed under: Attitude, Professional Development, Rational Thought, Your Career

We’re human, every single one of us. We feel happy, and sometimes we feel smart. Other times we feel stupid. We enjoy feeling loved. We cringe when we feel hated. We all get angry for sure. Some handle it better than others. Sometimes in my life I’ve been quick to anger.

Throughout my entire career I’ve been told that I should never get angry. I’ve been advised that it’s a negative emotion that shouldn’t enter the workplace. However, when I look back at my biggest wins, my most impressive accomplishments have all started with the same common denominator.

I got angry.

I didn’t let it control me. I felt it. I tried to identify what it was that had pushed my buttons, and I went about solving that conflicting emotion. I find that getting angry (in a controlled sense) has helped me. I think it can help you too.

Click here to read the rest on LinkedIn >>