Ten Skills for Technical Professionals When they Become a Manager: Know Who is In the Know

Technical professionals with excellent skills and attention to detail are often offered the opportunity to become managers.

12 Golden Rules for Building a Feedback-Rich Culture

We know feedback within a company is important. But how much do you know about building a feedback-rich culture? How can your company put practical, helpful measures in place to ensure feedback is delivered continually, and that it is well-received?

What’s Happening? The Importance of Knowing What Influences Your Organization

Despite the desire to avoid change, in a fast-paced world, there are constant influences outside your organization that can affect its direction.

23 Leadership Habits of Successful Government Employees

These habits can easily be translated into leadership qualities that help propel government employees to success.

Two Unexpected Ways to Earn the Attention of Your Distracted Team

Teammates get distracted constantly by the barrage of noise around them – and that means they do not pay as much attention to YOUR emails, conversations, texts, or smoke signals. So, if you want to get and keep their attention you NEED to take note of these 2 unexpected suggestions to improve your impact.

Clarity

In the majority of the personal development material I’ve studied, the emphasis on clarity comes back again and again.

How to Motivate Your Millennial Employees for Retention

How to Motivate Your Millennial Employees for Retention

When I hear from my millennial clients that they are leaving their jobs it is usually one of three reasons. The first is that they are feeling bored, stagnant, and underutilized. After all, 64% of millennials would rather make less at a job they love than make more at a job they find boring. The second reason is that the workplace is lacking learning and growth opportunities to enhance their career potential. This is also demonstrated by the 64% of millennials who state that they will leave their job if they feel that there is a lack of career growth. The third is that they are seeking flexibility within the workplace.

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The Transition Decade

The Transition Decade

The start of a new year is always a wonderful opportunity to stop, do a stock-take of your personal and professional life and begin to plan what that transformation for the new year might look like for you. You may even draw on the ideas in last month’s article by David Ivers entitled “Personal and Professional Transformation. The notion here, of course, is how do you plan to be the best iteration of yourself at home and at work, each and every day of the new year? However, the year is now 2020 and the second decade of the 2000’s has been and gone and a new decade has just begun.

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Learn Your Boss So You Can Make Work-Life Easier for Both of You

Learn Your Boss So You Can Make Work-Life Easier for Both of You

Chances are you don’t have much choice about who your boss is, and these days, you may have more than one (i.e. if you serve on a short-term project combining staff–and leadership–from various departments.) You can save time and frustration by giving serious consideration to the approach, topics and personal agendas of the bosses you interact with regularly.

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Local Government Laws on Workers’ Compensation Insurance: 5 Things that Vary from State-to-State

Local Government Laws on Workers’ Compensation Insurance: 5 Things that Vary from State-to-State

Workers’ compensation is a sort of insurance providing medical benefits and wage replacement to injured workers. Any employee with work-related injuries that happened during their employment can use their employee rights to sue their employer for negligence, which frequently means their medical expenses are paid, they are paid for long term care, as well as being compensated for suffering and pain.

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How To Effectively Network Your Way Into a New Job

How To Effectively Network Your Way Into a New Job

One of the biggest mistakes I see jobseekers make is keeping their search confined to job boards. Some of the issues with job boards do lie with employers and their standard practices. ATS is becoming the norm, which is making hiring and recruiting a low-touch profession and it is wreaking havoc on the candidate experience. It takes longer for candidates to receive a response – if they even receive one at all. Many clients have told me that prior to having their resume optimized it would end up in the black hole- what is commonly referred to as the deep dark hole in which a resume falls once it is determined that it wasn’t a fit for the role.

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Personal and Professional Transformation

Personal and Professional Transformation

As the last month of the calendar year finally arrives and we collectively celebrate the end of one year and the start of a new year, Raymond Carver’s question is so pertinent. As you look over the year that has been, ask yourself: “Was it the year that should have been?” In other words, when you go back to your wish list of dreams on 1 January of this year, “did you get what you wanted from this life, even so?” It is a wonderful question and turns our focus to purposeful self-reflection and to personal and professional transformation.

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Is Mainstream Cover Letter Advice Preventing Your Success?

Is Mainstream Cover Letter Advice Preventing Your Success?

One of the questions that I get asked the most is if cover letters are dead. The truth is, no, they are not. As I wrote about last month, ATS is scanning resumes for keywords to filter them more carefully. Due to this, some believe that cover letters slow down the screening process because they force hiring staff to read another document. This isn’t necessarily true, however.

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Information Governance Insights: Looking Ahead – Get Your Training Plan Ready!

Information Governance Insights: Looking Ahead – Get Your Training Plan Ready!

Information governance should be part of the annual training regime at every organization right along with safety and sexual harassment. In many organizations, these types of sessions are required for compliance. For others, it is recommended as a standard business process. Regardless, information governance should be part of the curriculum. If this is not the case in your organization you should be meeting with your training department staff immediately and bring it to their attention.

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You Need Culture

You Need Culture

A lot of discussion happens when the question of Culture comes up. There are a number of reasons for this. Firstly, we all claim to live within a ‘culture’ and that must mean that we, therefore, understand what culture is and how it works. This is similar to the notion that most people have visited a hospital, either to see a loved one or due to personal illness or injury and thus we all know how hospitals work, don’t we? The same is true of schools.

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Your Reflection

Your Reflection

In the United States, Halloween is a significant celebration. Derived, at least in part, from the ‘Feast of All Hallows (All Saints)’ which falls on November 1 each year, the quote from Lolly Daskal is pertinent. The Saints all had one thing in common, they learned how to develop an interior life that allowed them to ‘lead from within’.

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