Developing Your Personal Advisory Board


By Julie Perrine, CAP-OM, MBTI Certified


When you need solid advice, whom do you call? When you are looking for productive feedback, to whom do you turn? Who causes you to think differently about things that may challenge you? Do you have a personal advisory board to help you through making difficult decisions, evaluating new opportunities, or pursuing professional goals? If not, how do you develop one?

The Importance of Evaluating Your Job Interview Performance (including FREE self-assessment form!)

Wouldn’t it be nice if employers provided feedback at the end of each job interview? You’d know the type of impression you made, what you did well, and what you should consider doing differently during future interviews.

Unfortunately, most employers don’t share this type of information with candidates, so it’s up to you to figure it out for yourself. If you don’t, you’ll continue doing and saying the same things with the same results.

Conducting a self-assessment should be a key part of your standard post-interview process. While we all tend to re-play particular high points or low points in our minds, this is not nearly as effective as systematically reviewing all aspects of the interview.

Speak Up: 10 Ways to Get Your Voice Heard


By Barbara Pachter


Have you ever left a meeting or conference thinking, “I wish I had said something?”

You are not alone. People often come up to me and confess that they are hesitant to speak up at meetings. Others mention that when they do say something, no one responds.

In a recent article in the New York Times, Sharon Napier, CEO of Partners + Napier, stressed the importance of voicing your opinion when she said: “Don’t sit quietly and think about things and maybe whisper to somebody or tell people afterward. Put yourself out there, and get involved in the conversation.”

Check your behavior against this list of 10 key assertiveness points to make sure your voice is heard. Do you:

8 Personality Traits That Are Eroding Your Time Management Skills



By Jessica Thiefels, Glassdoor.com


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Time management is a skill we need in life and work, and “if you often find yourself run down by your daily workload or overwhelmed by the complexity of projects and tasks in your life, it is likely because you have not fully mastered effective time management,” suggests Matt Mayberry, Maximum Performance Strategist.

When it comes to work, your lack of time management can be a significant issue, leading to overdue projects, piled up work, and missed deadlines. Avoid the following eight things that are eroding your time management skills so you can eliminate the causes and be the best version of you in the workplace. If you’re trying to move forward in your career or make a good impression at a new job, the time to identify these issues is now.

Overcoming Listening Blocks

By Dr. Jon Warner



Being quiet while someone talks does not constitute listening. To listen on a proper attentive basis involves a real attempt to understand the other person, appreciate what is actually being communicated (in direct and indirect terms) and often to offer something in return (by way of comment, interpretation, feedback etc.). Unfortunately, many people engage in what is commonly called “pseudo-listening.” Pseudo-listening is when a person is quiet but not fully engaged in what is being said.

Examples of pseudo-listening are:

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Civility At Work: 20 Ways to Build a Kinder Workplace


By Tom Terez



People who get along at work get more done and have more fun – and who doesn’t want that, right?

So scan this list, share it with colleagues, and bring it to life.

Keeping Your Cool When The Customer Gets Hot


By Lydia Ramsey



A day in the life of a business person can be filled with joy and satisfaction or it can be frustrating and stressful. When things go wrong, some people lose control. Holding emotions in check and reacting professionally under fire are not always easy. It is particularly difficult to be nice to people who are not being nice to you.

So what do you do to keep your cool when the customer is chewing you out? Most of the time, it is not even your fault. It could be that the problem was with a product or a service delivered by someone else in your organization. You're getting the blame because the unhappy person found you first, and it's not pleasant. When faced with angry people, there are four key steps that will help diffuse the situation.

The Forgotten Women Left Behind

By Lucy Baney



While a considerable amount of research focuses on the currently and formerly incarcerated, little attention is paid to the women left behind. They live in an alternate world from most of us. It is the wives, mothers, “baby mamas,” grandmothers, aunts, significant others, and sisters of men who are or have been in jail or prison. These women are the ones who:

  • Care for the children of family members in prison.
  • Work to hold together and meet the needs of a family that is often broken apart and fragmented.
  • Are forced to provide for themselves and the family with limited and often reduced financial resources.
  • Frequently experience social stigma and shame.
  • Feel voiceless and powerless, which may lead to mental issues of anxiety and stress.