| Moving Up the Ladder - The Power of Negative Thinking
by Julie Norem and Tim Muma - Nov, 2013
Most of the time, optimism and confidence are described as keys to success in one's career, but it may not be that simple. Psychologist Julie Norem, a professor at Wellesley College, has done intensive research on the idea of defensive pessimism and is the author of "The Positive Power of Negative Thinking." She talks with Tim Muma about the important role of pessimism and how some people need to hear something different to th...
| Moving Up the Ladder - Mistakes When Switching Careers
by Alison Elissa Cardy and Tim Muma - Nov, 2013
Deciding to completely change careers can be a frightening and challenging proposition. Often times, people who make the leap into another field don't understand what it takes to make a successful transition, causing them to make key mistakes. Alison Elissa Cardy is a career coach who specializes in helping people figure out their career direction, and she joins Tim Muma to discuss the areas people need to focus on when taking...
| Job Search Guide - Understanding Your Potential Boss
by Laura Garrett and Tim Muma - Nov, 2013
When looking to get a new job, individuals focus so much on landing the new gig they occasionally miss signs that suggest the job will not be a good fit. Laura Garrett, founder of Ondecision, uses her 20 years experience in management and human resources to give Tim Muma tips on how we can gauge our potential boss while interviewing for the job. Laura explains which questions get the answers you need and why each one can be so...
| Executive Decisions - Being a CEO: David Ciccarelli of Voices.com (Pt. 1)
by David Ciccarelli and Tim Muma - Nov, 2013
David Ciccarelli, founder and CEO of Voices.com, joins Tim Muma to talk about his path to becoming an entrepreneur and CEO. David discusses his keys to success and what other strategies he utilizes within the organization to continue developing his company into a proven business commodity. As an added bonus, David describes his experiences using Google Glass as one of only 8,000 people world wide to participate in their Google...
Finding Yourself in Your Work or Losing Yourself in It? | Pursuing Growth
by Dawn Lennon - Nov, 2013
Work has a habit of revealing a lot about you. Coworkers watch what you do and then draw conclusions like you: Really know how to get stuff done the right way (or not) Are someone who should be promoted (or never allowed to supervise) Want to keep getting better (or only do enough to get by) You assess yourself too each time you cross a work hurdle, discovering that you: Take to new assignments with relative ease (or...
Relationships Matter–For Your Career and Your Life
by Georgia Adamson - Nov, 2013
Relationships don’t just happen–at least, the ones that matter don’t. And in my book, those are the only ones worth spending much time and energy on. Whether it’s in relation to your ongoing career success or to your non-work-related life, you can’t afford to ignore the value and importance of building and nurturing strong relationships. That’s true whether or not they produce any short-term benefits for you personally. R...
Not Everyone Needs to be an Executive
by Georgia Adamson - Nov, 2013
The employment trend for years has been to encourage (urge?) everyone to go for a college degree focused on a non-trades career. In fact, skilled trades stopped being even considered as a career path by many people, and those individuals who did choose such a goal have often been looked-down-on. However, that view could need to change drastically and sooner than you might think. Should Everyone Target Senior Management?...
Is Socializing at Work Good for Your Career?
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Oct, 2013
Is Socializing at Work Good for Your Career? One of my executive coaching clients was having some difficulty at her company determining whether employee socializing at work was a good or bad thing. We had a very lively conversation about the topic. She asked me some questions about the issue, and was interested in my perspective. I’ve indicated her questions, and my responses below. What do you think are the pros and con...
4 Signs That Your Job Could Be Stolen By A Robot
by Erika Andersen - Oct, 2013
This is not a joke, even though it sounds like a bad sci-fi movie or the title of a smudgy xeroxed screed being circulated amongst conspiracy theorists. I just read an article in Fast Company citing a recent Oxford University study that shows how almost half (47% ) of current jobs could be done by machines in the fairly near future. Reading this article sent me on an internet search for “jobs in danger of being automated”...
Take a job or build a career?
by Harry Urschel - Oct, 2013
From time to time I have a question come from job seekers along the lines of… If I take this job, how will it look on my resume for the next time around? It’s certainly a valid question to ask… but one that usually has no easy answer! When making decisions regarding job offers and career paths, the choices are very personal and often driven by immediate circumstances. There are a number of things to consider…...
Career Sabotage and Your Comfort Zone
by Georgia Adamson - Oct, 2013
At least once or twice in the past I’ve written about some aspect of career sabotage–that is, when you have sabotaged your own career, not when someone else has done it to you. The topic came to mind again today when I read an article called “5 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Career Success” by Avery Augustine. The thing is, you’re probably more likely to spot it when someone is doing it to you than you are when you are the “c...
Leave My Job Now? Are You Crazy?
by Georgia Adamson - Oct, 2013
Here we are at the beginning of October, with the end-of-the-year holiday period not quite staring us in the face but close enough to inspire some thought about what’s next for us. If someone said to you now, “You should consider leaving your current job in the near future,” would your reaction be “Leave my job now? Are you crazy?!!!” Mind you, I’m not exactly advocating that you should leap into the unknown and chuck your...
Essential Steps To Take Before You Quit Your Job
by Michelle Dumas - Sep, 2013
“Take this job and shove it”! The title of a popular 1977 country song (sung by someone ironically named Johnny Paycheck), it describes a feeling many, if not most, of us have felt at least once in our professional lives. Life isn’t perfect, and neither is employment. Dissatisfaction with a job may be so great that you just don’t feel you have any option other than to quit. Or maybe you’ve just simply found something bette...
Adapting to Change in Your Office
by Alexandra Levit - Sep, 2013
Over at the Fast Track blog, we received the following reader question: I work in an organization that has frequent changes in policies, which requires ongoing adaptation to our assessment and decision-making processes. How do I manage older employees who are struggling to learn to use new processes and technology, resulting in significant time lags in completing their work? Many of these employees have had an excellent tr...
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