| Job Search Guide - The Generosity Principle
by Laura Labovich and Tim Muma - Nov, 2013
Searching for a new job is inherently selfish - and completely understandable. However, Tim Muma speaks with Laura Labovich, CEO of the Career Strategy Group, who says that giving to others by applying "the generosity principle" will enhance your career prospects. Laura gives us some details and advice on how to effectively utilize this strategy. Job Search Guide covers all facets of the process from strategies for cover le...
| Volunteering At - Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee
by Amy Chionchio and Courtney Omernick - Nov, 2013
The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Big Brothers Big Sisters has provided one-to-one youth mentoring services in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties for over 35 years. Children in the program achieve educational success, avoid risky and...
| Technically Speaking - Breaking Into the I.T. World
by Oliver Pugh and Cady Chesney - Nov, 2013
The technology world is built by numerous individuals that specialize in the many different languages of computer code - and it's booming. But how does a person go about breaking into the notoriously selective I.T. world? Cady Chesney sits down with Oliver Pugh, Information Systems Director at Healthcare Business Insights, to find out how he became successful in the technology world. On Technically Speaking, we explore the...
| Moving Up the Ladder - Relationship Momentum
by Brian Church and Tim Muma - Nov, 2013
While most people talk about developing and advancing in their careers, many fail to understand what it takes to attain those goals or they miss their opportunities altogether. Brian Church, founder and CEO of Ambassadors International, is the author of Relationship Momentum where he describes new concepts and formulas for any career endeavor. He joins Tim Muma to give some snippets of his research and ideas, hoping to help yo...
Who Cares about Work-Life Balance?
by Julie Cohen - Dec, 2013
While preparing for a speaking engagement for a group of senior executives, I was briefly distracted by a worrying thought: what if this audience of high-achieving, hard-working, successful leaders doesn’t care about work-life balance? What if they think the topic is irrelevant, unimportant and even counter-productive to what they believe has made them successful? What if, after my first introductory words and PowerPoi...
Are you promotable?
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Dec, 2013
Are you looking for a promotion? If so, what steps are you taking to climb the proverbial career ladder? The first thing you'll want to do is develop a career development plan. If you don't know where you're going, how are you going to get there? Take time to take stock of your strengths and where you would like your career to take you. Knowing your long-range career goals can help you stay on track and position yoursel...
Feeling Left Out and Don’t Know Why? Turn Things Around. Reaching Out
by Dawn Lennon - Nov, 2013
It can’t be avoided but we don’t want it to last. It’s that feeling of being disconnected, conspicuous, and self-conscious whenever we’re plunked in workplace situations with people who don’t know us. It can happen when we: join a new work group participate in a cross-functional meeting attend an industry conference go to our first company party become part of a new project team The sooner we feel accep...
5 Ways to Overcome Obstacles
by Gary Cohen - Nov, 2013
The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people. –Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture The best way to overcome obstacles, Randy Pausch suggests, is to imagine they’re opportunities to...
About.me – Build Your Online Image & Personal Brand
by Michelle Dumas - Nov, 2013
The marketing of products and services is all about building brand identification. So, too, is personal marketing, whether you’re looking for a job or otherwise advancing your professional career. Gone are the days when you could rely on just your resume and some good old-fashioned references to get you where you wanted to go. Today, building your personal brand requires creativity, attention to detail and extensive use of...
7 Ways to Maximize Commuting Time
by Alexandra Levit - Nov, 2013
The average American professional spends over an hour a day commuting. For most, that time involves listening to music, reading the paper, staring out the window, or sleeping. However, whether you drive or take public transportation to the office, your goal should be to leverage your commuting time so that you can spend fewer hours working. Here are some recommendations to that effect. 1. Listen to industry podcasts or...
10 Ways To Keep Your Focus in a World of Distractions
by Gary Cohen - Nov, 2013
1. Control Your Media – You may love your media, but does it control your concentration, or do you control it? Do you set your notifications so that they only distract you for the most valuable messages, or do your email, Facebook, and Twitter alerts draw your attention away from the most important issues you are trying to accomplish? As I’m writing this post, my only distraction is Mozart’s Four Seasons, which is playing over...
Are You an Introvert Who Needs to Be More Social?
by Alexandra Levit - Nov, 2013
Over at the Fast Track blog, we received the following question: My manager knows that I want to become a manager myself at some point, and is working on mentoring me in the skills I’ll need. One piece of feedback he’s given me is that I need to become more comfortable in semi-social situations (networking lunches or event dinners, and the like). I’m not a terribly social person by nature, so I tend to feel a bit shy and o...
3 Secrets of Non-Verbal Communication
by Lindsey Pollak - Oct, 2013
It’s been said a zillion times, but it’s true: It’s not just what you say; it’s how you say it. The tone with which you deliver your words, the way you stand and the all-important eye contact connection express information that words cannot. The most successful people I know aren’t just great thinkers or creative wordsmiths – they know the subtleties of demonstrating confidence in their non-verbal communication, commanding the...
Is Socializing at Work Good for Your Career?
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Oct, 2013
Is Socializing at Work Good for Your Career? One of my executive coaching clients was having some difficulty at her company determining whether employee socializing at work was a good or bad thing. We had a very lively conversation about the topic. She asked me some questions about the issue, and was interested in my perspective. I’ve indicated her questions, and my responses below. What do you think are the pros and con...
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