Who is Managing Your Talent?

Who is Managing Your Talent?
“Talent management” entered the common organizational lexicon about 2001. It’s a human resource concept that includes everything done “to recruit, retain, develop, reward, and make people perform” so that an organization can reach its business goals. Talent management focuses on an employee’s potential and how that can be developed to ensure a return on investment for the employer. The term may sound impersonal, but organizations spend significant dollars ... Read more
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Being Strident is Not Something to Strive For

Being Strident is Not Something to Strive For
We frequently hear the word “strident” linked to women. It is rarely used in a sentence when a man is the subject. Instead it’s a harsh word used to describe women who are passionate, angry. forceful, or powerful. It’s used as a ploy to slow down actions, to discount ideas and discredit the person behind the idea. It is mostly a put down for a strong woman (think about Trump labeling Hillary strident). Strident, as a label, can be hard to overcome. It can undermine ... Read more
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Keep the Mentoring Relationship Focused on Your Career

Keep the Mentoring Relationship Focused on Your Career
We often hear that a mentor is particularly useful, perhaps even essential, if you plan to  build an outstanding career. There are numerous stories and legends written about being the protégé of some well-known business mogul, or a renowned artistic director, or a championship coach. Most of us, however, will never have quite that level of access, and, if we are honest with ourselves, many of us have more modest talent than that 20-something multimillionaire or that Olympic athlete. Does ... Read more
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Blurring the Work Life Divide

Blurring the Work Life Divide
We frequently hear how difficult it is to keep work from infringing on our personal lives. Technology allows work to be done anywhere, and we can be accessible 24/7. If you have the option of working from home, the dividing line can be blurred even further. It takes some discipline to remain focused on work tasks when there are competing domestic chores and familial responsibilities. If you work in an agency or organization that requires your presence every day, your personal life may still ... Read more
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Selling Yourself

Selling Yourself
It’s impossible to turn on your television or any news channel and not see and hear Presidential candidates talking about themselves and their accomplishments. They all claim outstanding records. They explain away any failures or inconsistencies in their past records. They take credit for a huge variety of successes from solving international crises to assisting small communities during difficult times. Regardless of fact checkers disputing what the candidates claim, they continue ... Read more
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Digital Stalking and Office Boundaries

Digital Stalking and Office Boundaries
If you are part of the millennial generation, you probably have an expansive social network. You may not put too much emphasis on protecting your own privacy, and you are very good at online research and at finding personal information about others. For example, before you accepted your new job, you carefully checked out the organization, its business practices, and its top leadership. You did a thorough search that didn’t stop with business issues. You also know what the CEO’s ... Read more
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Hillary Clinton, Millennials, and Rhinoceros Skin

Hillary Clinton, Millennials, and Rhinoceros Skin
  This could be the year that we elect our first woman President. However, only 67% of Americans believe that we are ready to elect a female President. While we’ve made great strides in terms of gender equality in our political and social institutions over the past few decades, we still lag far behind many other countries. In fact, the U.S. is ranked 72nd in terms of female representation in Congress (or Parliament). With millennials filling more of the voter rolls, it can be assumed ... Read more
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Mastering the Job Jungle Gym

Mastering the Job Jungle Gym
Recently a government official was complaining on television that millennials treat their careers like a jungle gym. He further noted that they move from job to job without a real commitment. If an opportunity opens up and looks interesting, millennials move on, just like a kid running from one piece of equipment to another on a playground. Previously, careers were more analogous to a rock climbing wall than a playground. A person had to climb steadily and carefully to make it to the top. ... Read more
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Develop a Personal Strategic Plan

Develop a Personal Strategic Plan
With only a few weeks left in this calendar year, it is a good time to begin building a personal career strategic plan for your future. Strategic plans generally cover a three to five year period and are aspirational—they document what you aspire to achieve (desired outcomes) in a certain time frame. A good plan should contain a vision statement. This is a short, concise statement of what you want your career to look like in the next three to five years. Before you begin writing your plan, ... Read more
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Contact Us

Contact Us
Call Us:                       408.753.SSCC (7722) Email Elizabeth:   Elizabeth.Hoffler@startsmartcareercenter.org Email Betsy:           Elizabeth.Clark@startsmartcareercenter.org Read more
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