Company Loyalty is Still Important

Company Loyalty is Still Important
Years ago, companies valued worker loyalty and rewarded it with gold watches for longevity, hams for the holidays, and company-sponsored family picnics. Today, employees face reduced or non-existent benefits, part-time work, furloughs without pay, and limited career paths. Often times, the only way to get ahead is to change jobs or even change fields of work. While job-hopping, or frequently changing jobs, used to be a red flag for hiring managers, it has become more acceptable, perhaps ... Read more
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The Role of Hope in the Workplace

The Role of Hope in the Workplace
Think how often you hear the word “hope” at work—I hope we win that contract. I hope we get bonuses this year. I hope the boss is pleased. Or, more negatively, that old adage, hope is not a strategy.  Hope may not be a strategy; it is actually much more. Some people equate hope with wishing, but wishing lacks the critical components of hope. The Greek origin of the word “hope” means confident expectation, not merely wishing. The distinguishing factors of hope are a ... Read more
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Don’t Create Your Own Unhappiness in the New Year

Don’t Create Your Own Unhappiness in the New Year
How are you beginning your New Year? Are you energized, forward-looking, and excited? Do you have plans and goals and new ideas? Or are you dragging yourself into 2018 still glancing backward, filled with negative thoughts or regrets, perhaps even feeling some dread? Does it matter? You don’t really have any control, do you? You’ve heard all of the clichés—what you send out into the universe is what comes back; God helps those who help themselves; People are just about as happy ... Read more
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A Personal Talent Search

A Personal Talent Search
What’s your major talent? I’m not asking about a super power, but what are you good at? Are you recognized for that talent? Do you showcase it? Do others even know about it? Many people have hidden talents. Hidden talents may simply be skills you haven’t fully developed. For example, perhaps you have a nice singing voice or an ear for different languages. Maybe you like math, or write poetry. Or you have an expertise in yoga, or played ice hockey when you were younger. ... Read more
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What is a Work Hour Worth?

What is a Work Hour Worth?
In daily life, we seldom give much thought to the value of one hour. We can easily fritter an hour away checking text messages, posting on Facebook, or playing video games. On the other hand, we can multi-task and fill an hour with frenetic activity such as running on a treadmill while listening to a web cast. What about the value of an hour at work? Those 35-40 hours each week are, theoretically, to be set aside for specific work-related activity. Yet, research tells us few people actually ... Read more
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What Goes Around Comes Around

What Goes Around Comes Around
One negative memory that I hold from the last Presidential election is that of Michael Flynn leading crowds in the chant of “Lock her up!” He was, of course, referring to candidate Hillary Clinton. Just recently, the same Michael Flynn (who, for a short while, served as the National Security Advisor) pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, a crime that can carry a five-year jail sentence. There are days I want to be that proverbial “fly on the wall.” Was Hillary watching ... Read more
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Being Bold (Part I)

Being Bold (Part I)
Recently, when walking through a  makeup section of a store, it was apparent that the color palette for this season is bold, bold, and bolder still. There were advertisements for bold nail polish, bold lipsticks, bold eye shadow, even bold hair colors. They looked lively and fun, but It made me wonder about the average woman and when and where they would use such colors. Casual settings would be fine, but would they be appropriate for the office and board room? The answer is it probably ... Read more
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You Can Find a Job, But Can You Find a Career?

You Can Find a Job, But Can You Find a Career?
There are times when individuals can’t actually find a job—any job—but more often, they can’t find a job they want to do or which relates to the career path they are trying to forge. If you are in this position, it may be time to take a hard look at whether or not you are being realistic. Do you actually have the needed skills and experience for the job you desire or are you hoping to grow into a position once you secure it? Are your salary demands in line with your experience ... Read more
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Regrets, I’ve Had a Few

Regrets, I’ve Had a Few
We are all beginners when we start up that career ladder, and most of the time we have to “learn as we go.” Generally, you can’t get very far before making a wrong turn, a bad decision, or a poor judgment. Everyone has negative work experiences, and much of the time, these are minor. We simply self-correct and keep moving forward. Sometimes. however, what seems relatively minor can lead to some fairly major regrets. Things like even slightly falsifying an expense report or ... Read more
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The Downsides of Efficiency

The Downsides of Efficiency
I love efficiency. I seek it in most things, and I admire it in the efforts of others. Little is as upsetting to me as having to redo a task, or having to take the long way around, or having a project or outcome stalled or derailed. However, someone recently pointed out (jokingly, I hope) that my need for efficiency may be borderline pathological. That gave me pause, and made me think about the downsides of efficiency, especially in the work setting. I believe most people want to be ... Read more
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