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Taking InventoryStatistics show that a lot more of us are beginning to think about moving on - to a new job, a new company or even a totally new career.  Let me just say: Hold on a minute.
Before you begin your search for that next opportunity, set aside some time to TAKE INVENTORY. Get clear about who you are and what you want so YOU control your career rather than it controlling you. Think about what you bring to the table, what you like and don’t like, and what would be a fulfilling "next step."

Here are some areas to consider:
Skills. What are the skills and competencies that have helped you succeed in your career so far? Which of them are transferable skills that will help you c..... Read More...

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

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If you’re one of thquit-jobose employers who has been regaling your employees with the refrain: “Just Feel Lucky You Have a Job,” it’s time to change your tune. Employees are stressed and stretched and looking to leave. In fact, surveys put the numbers at about one in three employees who are searching for a new opportunity. And with the market improving, they will find that opportunity much quicker. Can you afford to lose that talent?
And here’s something else to think about. More employees are leaving their jobs without another one lined up, or for a totally different line of work because they are just DONE. The constant pressure to produce more, and produce it faster leaves employees with no reflection time, no think ti..... Read More...

Communication, Leadership, Management, People

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Individual Styles and High Performing Teams

March 27th, 2013

By: Karen Colligan

High Performing TeamsWe all tend to gravitate toward people who are like us.  This is true in our friendships, our relationships and, yes, our work teams. We hope that by focusing on those similarities there will be more harmony and, by extension, a better, more productive work environment. But think about what “harmony” is, in the true sense of the word. It’s NOT everyone singing the same note.  It’s people singing different notes that creates harmony.

As a team leader, it’s easy to fall into like = harmony thinking.  Avoid conflict. Get to the performing stage quicker. Shorten..... Read More...

Diversity, People, Performance, Professional and team leadership, Teams, Uncategorized

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Virtual Team Communication - Pick Up the Phone!

March 15th, 2013

By: Karen Colligan

team-communicationMost of us have worked on a virtual team at some point in our careers. And we know that the success factors for virtual teams are the same as for regular teams: clear purpose and goals, complementary skills, mutual accountability, open communication, and valuing diversity. Because of the nature of virtual teams, which often cross functions, cultures, geographies, and a variety of enabling technologies, communication takes on a much bigger role in team success.

Barriers to communication
Communication is effective when the sender and receiver of information in..... Read More...

Communication, Diversity, People, Professional and team leadership, Teams, Uncategorized

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How to Recognize and Adapt to Your Interviewer's Style

February 27th, 2013

By: Karen Colligan

Interview StyleIn my last blog - Want to Ace That Interview? Make Time to Prepare! - I gave you some tips on preparing for your interview. Now that you’ve done your research, practiced your elevator pitch, and prepared your answers and questions, it’s time to gear up for the actual “event.”  One of the keys to succeeding in that event is to develop a connection with your interviewer. This goes beyond the small talk at the beginning of the interview to build rapport. It involves r..... Read More...

Career, Communication, Interviewing, Job search

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Want to Ace that Interview? Make Time to Prepare!

February 15th, 2013

By: Karen Colligan

Ace your interviewYou’ve done a lot of work to make your resume focused and compelling. You’ve networked.  You’ve found what you consider to be the perfect position and you’ve landed an interview.  But you’re not done yet!  Repeat these three little words after me: Prepare, prepare, prepare!  Here’s how.

Learn everything you can about the organization. Review their website. Read their annual report. See whether anyone in your network has information about culture or challenges.  Understand their products or service offerings. Know their competitors and core com..... Read More...

Career, Career planning, Interviewing, Job search

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