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Stress at Work – 5 Tips for Managing It

March 13th, 2014

By: Karen Colligan

A recent survey by Towers Watson showed that stress is the number one workforce risk factor.  Not at all surprising when you think about the do-more, do-it-faster, do-it-with-less environments most of us are working in.  The irony is that while some stress can be motivating (how many times have you heard someone say, “I do my best work under stress”?) too much stress actually interferes with productivity, can impair relationships and may cause chronic health issues. Or even safety issues. We’ve all seen people walking along – even crossing streets – with their eyes focused on their cellphone.

So how do you recognize when you’re under too much stress? It star..... Read More...

Career, Life, Uncategorized, Work-life balance

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Attention Interviewers: No One Is Perfect!

February 26th, 2014

By: Karen Colligan

The job interview process has turned into the “perfection process.”

It used to be that if you had 80% of the requirements you could attain the other 20% on the job, since every company is different and requires some level of acclimation. And a little “room for growth” was a good thing. Not so today. Organizations believe that they should be able to ask for the moon and if someone doesn’t have one competency on the requirements list they are bounced from the process.

It’s a plug-and-play world out there, my friends.

And that’s just to get your resume past the applicant-tracking monster that chomps and spits out resumes lacking the appropriate key words and phrases. Passing that hurdl..... Read More...

Interviewing, Job search, Leadership, People

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Whatever Happened to “Please” and “Thank You”?

February 19th, 2014

By: Karen Colligan

“Please”_and_“thank you”Is it just me, or have you also noticed that people seem to be increasingly cranky, rude and self-absorbed these days? Take social media. Don’t you find that it’s a bit impolite and narcissistic at times? Do we really need to know EVERYTHING you’ve done all day?

“Please” and “thank you” have all but disappeared.  And the anonymity afforded by the Internet seems to have unleashed a flood of negative and nasty comments that years ago would have kept Proctor & Gamble soap distributors in business.

Enough already.

I recently read Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, a novel set in the late 1930s in New York City. It’s a great story and I highl..... Read More...

Communication, Life, People

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Color Your Year Fulfilling: 3 Key Career Questions for 2014

January 28th, 2014

By: Karen Colligan


Career_Questions The beginning of the year is a good time for self-reflection. In my last blog, I talked about reflecting on your life as a whole, and making sure that you are taking good care of yourself and your heart this year. For many of us, where we are in our career and/or what we do every day as our “work” will have at least some impact on that.

Taking some time to think through whether you’re on the right path – one that is fulfilling for you – will help you assess whether you need to make changes. It will also provide you with the opportunity to look differently at where you are. Maybe it’s the best place for you – for now. Maybe not. Either way, unless you pause and refl..... Read More...

Career, Career planning, Learning

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Pause and Refresh: 3 Questions to Ponder for 2014

January 14th, 2014

By: Karen Colligan

As usual, January has begun with a frenzy of resolution writing (notice the crowds at the gym, the health food stores, the job boards) and goal setting. There are articles and advice galore on what you SHOULD be doing in 2014 – trends to watch for, wagons to climb aboard, old habits to cast away.

Well, I’ve got a differRevaent idea. Just stop, take a breath and pause for a minute. Think about the fact that you have a year-full of blank pages that you get to fill. It’s YOUR book. No one else’s. How will you write it? As Maria Shriver said in her commencement address at Annenberg College last year, use “The Power of the Pause..... Read More...

Life, People

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Recognizing the Value Millennials Bring to the Workplace

November 12th, 2013

By: Karen Colligan

MillennialsIn the past couple of blogs we’ve looked at Baby Boomers and Generation Xers in the workplace and how to manage and work with them effectively. We round out this series with a look at Millennials, the youngest of our multi-generational workforce. This generation has grown up with the Internet and a proliferation of instant information and social connections. They are confident, social, and care about making an impact in the community.

Previous generations might argue that they are too confident, that they expect to achieve a higher level without “paying their dues.” But a recent New York Times arti..... Read More...

Communication, Leadership, Management, Multi-generational workforce, People, Teams

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