The One Truth Most Leaders Keep Quiet By David Sturt and Todd Nordstrom While our lives and careers can often find themselves in predictable patterns–go to school, get a job, work hard, rise to the top–there’s one little secret that most leaders never like to talk about. It’s a reality that can make us feel vulnerable. But it shouldn’t. What’s the secret? It’s this: we rose to our leadership positions because we were good at
How to Work a Job Fair Like a Pro Job fairs are a great way to network and find that perfect job opportunity. Fairs come in all shapes and sizes, styles and types. They are designed to rapidly connect employers with a large pool of qualified applicants. These functions can be efficient and productive for both employers and job seekers. The challenge for potential applicants becomes how to stand out from the crowd and to
Five Habits of Successful Employees People arrive at success via many diverse paths. Depending on individual situations, success can be defined in many ways. The stories and journeys may look different, but there are some characteristics that successful employees have in common. They have goals. Successful people always have their eye on the prize and have articulated what the prize is. And their goals aren’t ambiguous. Achievers have thought about both short-term and long-term goals.
4 Questions You Should Be Prepared to Answer in an Interview Interviewing can be a source of high anxiety for job seekers. The interview process requires you to show your best and authentic professional self in a limited amount of time and your performance has consequences: getting the job. The spontaneity of interviews is another source of stress. Most organizations don’t provide detailed questions before the interview to help the applicant to prepare, and that’s
It’s time to stop taking hourly employees for granted. Despite the fact that hourly employees make up nearly 60% of the U.S. workforce, leaders tend to discount them when formulating employee engagement strategies.1 Together, the high turnover in hourly positions and the idea that hourly workers are a renewable (and replaceable) resource lead to management styles that outright ignore the needs of this group. Leaders instead focus their engagement efforts on salaried employees and often
Politicians and captains of industry quietly live in fear that one day, they’ll open their office doors, and an investigative TV crew will be waiting to talk with them. Managers of construction sites, industrial companies, and contracting crews often share a similar terror. Only in their case, the unexpected visitor is an inspector from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Is their terror justified? Probably not. As intimidating as a site visit from OSHA
Feedback in the workplace is a funny thing. It’s inevitable but can be uncomfortable. It helps improve productivity but can be hard to hear. Knowing how to give and get feedback can separate the good professionals from the great ones. Feedback is sharing an observation or information about a work process or product that is intended to assist in improvement. Many of us have experienced receiving feedback in a way that makes it difficult to
Conflict is inevitable If two or more people are interacting with each other. Differences in knowledge, experience, motivation, or values can cause a disagreement. We manage conflict every day in both personal and professional settings. Some conflicts are minor and easy to resolve while others are more complicated and challenging. You may quickly decide what pizza to share with a colleague at lunch even though you initially want different toppings. Choosing which direction to move
Metrics and performance reviews have become standard tools used in the workplace over the past twenty years. Measuring productivity has grown more complex as jobs have shifted to be more service oriented. Performance reviews help employers understand the allocation of resources, deliverables, and achievements. They are also designed to allocate rewards, bonuses more objectively, and raises to employees. While performance reviews can significantly benefit organizations, if used appropriately, they can benefit individual employees as well.
When working full-time, the most of our we spend most of our waking hours with at work. It’s no surprise that work is one of the primary sources for friendships. Workplace friendships can make our days more enjoyable. Our work friends understand the context of the workplace, the players in the office and the challenges that present themselves. They can also be our biggest champions and our moral compass. These relationships are often an asset