Knowing When to Pull the Plug

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In business and elsewhere, we sometimes get into a situation where we find that the methods or strategy we are using aren’t working. When this happens, it is often difficult to admit failure and try something different. This has been evident with the military intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan, where inappropriate strategy led to cries… Read more »

Realistic Optimism

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A lot of self-help books and motivational speakers have a simple message when it comes to optimism – if you believe in yourself, then you will achieve success.  But there is one problem with this little mantra, according to psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson – it’s not true. The focus on achieving success almost effortlessly, if… Read more »

The Importance of Setting Small Goals When Working Toward Large Goals

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When you are facing a really big, complex challenge, it may look impossible to achieve. But before becoming too discouraged, the best course to take may be to break the project down into a series of small tasks, to make it more manageable. Each task then has a specific, achievable goal. By doing this, you… Read more »

Ethical Business Practices: Is Your Company One of the “Good Guys”?

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Enron. Worldcom. The Wall Street meltdown. These are all some of the more noteworthy examples of corporate skullduggery, a lack of regard of and concern for ethical behavior. But some business experts see these examples as the exception more than the rule.  There are thousands of companies with millions of employees who do the right… Read more »

Learning From Failure

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Sooner or later it’s something we all must deal with – failure.  How we respond to it and how we learn from it can make a significant difference on the path our career takes. How should we approach failure?  How should we think about it?  Here are a few thoughts on thinking about something we’d… Read more »

How Much Can Employers Dictate Workers’ Appearance?

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While wisdom teaches us not to judge a book by its cover, practicality in the workplace says otherwise. Employers are at odds over the issue of appearance on the job. Today there seems to be an ever broadening palette of choices when it comes to things such as clothing, hairstyle, weight, and yes, body piercing…. Read more »

Reaching Your Goals Step by Step

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Having trouble reaching your goals?  Here are few suggestions for getting where you want to go from Heidi Grant Halvorson, a motivational psychologist. First, be as precise as possible.  When you set a goal to find a new job that you enjoy, for example, you need to specify the exact type of job you want,… Read more »

Today’s Vision of Retirement

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The figures are eye opening. One study shows that close to two-thirds of current workers plan to remain on the job at least one year beyond their expected retirement date. This is an increase of nearly 10 percent from the previous year. And there is more. More than 25 percent of workers today believe they… Read more »

Keys to Reducing Your Time to Hire

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Looking for a new hire in a timely fashion can be a trying experience.  Done properly, filling a vacancy with qualified workers takes a bit of skill to maneuver through the murky waters to which most human resources managers are subjected. Before placing an ad for a vacancy, HR departments should look at their hiring… Read more »

Your First “Real” Job Search and Your Internet Presence

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As employers increasingly use social media as part of their job screening process, job seekers are responding by changing their social networking sites to present a more professional image.  A survey of recent college graduates looking for entry-level positions found that more than one-third of  had changed or planned to change the information on their… Read more »