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The Power of Praise: Motivate Workers With Positive Words

Posted on 05 September 2012

Ask managers worth their salt if praising staff is important and they will answer with a resounding “yes.” Then ask their employees if they receive enough recognition. Invariably, they crave more kudos for their hard work. Why is there such a disconnect? If managers wholeheartedly agree that praise is beneficial, why do their employees struggle [...]

Your Acquisition Position

Posted on 31 August 2012

First, the bad news: About half of all mergers undertaken in the United States fail. What’s worse, in the vast majority of these mergers and acquisitions, the human toll is high. And company leadership rarely, if ever, is absolutely candid with employees about necessary changes for making a merger or acquisition work. So what does [...]

How to Deal With: Good Boss, Bad Boss

Posted on 30 August 2012

In college, I worked as a waitress at a popular Italian restaurant in Boston. The owners were reputed mobsters and did nothing to discredit the rumor. Basically, they treated us like dogs and told us not to complain about it because we were making big tips. The tips were indeed good, so I hung in [...]

Four Simple Steps to Better Workplace Dress

Posted on 28 August 2012

Since the dawn of the high-tech revolution, business casual dress has become a common sight in corporate America. Bill Gates showed the world that billions of dollars could be made while wearing a polo shirt and khaki pants. But the dot-coms and computer giants that once dominated media attention are now sinking faster than the [...]

Leadership Is Everyone’s Job

Posted on 26 August 2012

Feeling like you have no say in your career? Feeling like a leaf drifting down a river, at the mercy of the currents, with no say in where you land? Feeling generally frustrated with your work? Like so many people today, these feelings may seem familiar. Increasing competition, technological innovation, and shifts in economic fundamentals [...]

Webcasting in Continuing Education

Posted on 24 August 2012

Webcasting would seem to be the ultimate panacea for busy professionals in need of continuing education. With the click of a mouse, one could attend a seminar anywhere in the world, interacting with experts and other attendees. The next best thing to being there in person–right? Many professional associations offer webcasting–live teleconferences broadcast over the [...]

Dress Yourself For The Leading Role

Posted on 23 August 2012

Just let the wardrobe do the talking. –Jack Nicholson, speaking to Michael Keaton on the set ofBatman. OK, so you probably won’t turn up at your next meeting or interview in a rubber bat suit and black cape, but your wardrobe can help you psychologically prepare for the part you’re about to play. Game On! [...]

Coping with Critics

Posted on 20 August 2012

The story is told of an old man, his grandson, and their donkey. While traveling, the man overheard passersby mutter, “Look at that poor man walking while the young boy rides the donkey.” So the man rode the donkey while his grandson walked. A few minutes later he heard people whisper, “Can you believe it? [...]

To Degree or Not to Degree

Posted on 20 August 2012

As a longtime professional recruiter, I’ve often been asked, “How important is a degree for getting a better position?” The short answer: As important as you make it. Yes, there are headhunters who draw lines in the sand, unwilling to touch “non-degreed” job seekers. But that simply culls out workers who are less likely to [...]

Celebrity bon vivant Ben Stein offers helpful advice for the hardworking

Posted on 20 August 2012

When I think about jobs and money and success, I am drawn to memories of a boy I will call Phil. He and I were in college together. He was always a quiet, unobtrusive fellow, but no student. He was not physically prepossessing–more pudgy, sweaty, and hairy–and he certainly lacked even a shred of charm. [...]