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You’re in a job you like, you can do it almost on autopilot, and your performance reviews are stellar. No need to update yoprofessional developmentur skills, right? Wrong!
Or…you’re in a job you hate, but, “it’s a job” and you’re so overworked or busy trying to keep that job that you have no time to even THINK about what’s next, let alone PREPARE for it. There’s just no way, right? Wrong!
Whether you like your job or hate it, keeping your skills and knowledge up-to-date and preparing for what’s next is a must. Here’s a “get real” process to help you get started.
1. Conduct an inventory. Look at your last performance review. Make a list of both strengths and development areas. Then think ab..... Read More...

Career, Learning, Professional development, Uncategorized

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Now would be a brilliancareer developmentt time for organizations to be thinking about how to engage their employees, and keep them happy, motivated and productive.  There’s a lot of “activity” in the work world these days with data indicating that employees “ain’t too happy,” and that many of them are looking for new, more appreciative work environments.  A recent Gallup survey showed that only 22% of employees are fully engaged and thriving.

What does that mean for you? When employees are engaged and thriving they are more likely to maintain strong work performance and less likely to leave. And we all know how costly it is when employees leave.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has identified 1..... Read More...

Career, Engagement, Leadership, People, Professional development

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Professional and team leadership, UncategorizedWe’ve all experienced them. Those bosses who are incredibly good at the business or technical side of their role – be it finance, sales, technology or whatever their expertise –and who are painfully lacking when it comes to dealing effectively with the people around them. The constantly closed door. The blow up in meetings. Communicating via email vs. face-to-face. The total disregard of others’ feelings. It’s all about the business! The human connection is missing.
Sound familiar? If you can’t think of an example in your office, think about the recent incident when AOL’s CEO Tim Armstrong fired his creative director in front of 1000 employees. Although he apologized later, clear..... Read More...

Communication, Leadership, People, Professional and team leadership, Uncategorized

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Turning Team Conflict into Productive Discussions

July 31st, 2013

By: Karen Colligan

Productive DiscussionsConflict on teams is inevitable. And when managed effectively, it can actually be a good thing. New ideas are born; relationships are deepened through the airing and resolution of differences; teams grow stronger. But when you are a leader in the midst of conflict and attempting to deal with it while juggling everything else, it can be a bit overwhelming. Here are 5 tips for managing team conflict effectively.
1. Know your own style and “over-extenders.” Understanding your leadership strengths and how you react under stress is essential to handling conflict in a constructive manner. Often our positive traits can be perceived as negative when over-extended. For example..... Read More...

Communication, conflict resolution, Leadership, People, Professional and team leadership, Teams

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Leading in the Age of Peanut Butter

July 16th, 2013

By: Karen Colligan

Leading or ManagingTalk to just about anyone in Corporate America today and they’ll tell you that their team is spread pretty thin, many people still doing the work of two following downsizing, and most struggling to meet the ever-increasing demand of “do more in less time.” People are stressed and stretched.

It is the Age of Peanut Butter. And like with peanut butter, the more pressure you put on individuals to spread their time and efforts across a bigger slice of the workload, the thinner and thinner the coverage (and their patience, and their engagement, and their loyalty) will be.

Leading in this environment is challenging because we get caught up in “checking the boxes” and focusi..... Read More...

Engagement, Leadership, Management, People, Teams

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Creating the Most Important Brand: Brand YOU

June 21st, 2013

By: Karen Colligan

Creating YouIn my last blog I talked about STEP 1 in your search for a new opportunity: Taking Inventory. Now that you’ve done that (and I hope you have…if not, what are you waiting for??) let’s talk about how to use that information to create the YOU that’s going to attract a new and wonderful opportunity.
STEP 2 in your search involves transforming what you learned about yourself in the Inventory step into a distinct vision and compelling messaging that clearly articulates your unique value.

There are four sub-steps to Creating You:
1. Define your vision. What do you want to be doing 1 year from n..... Read More...

Career, Career planning, Job search, The Get Real Guide to Your Career, Uncategorized

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