Spend Time with Those Who Are Where You Want to Be

If you want to stand out, get noticed and move up in your career, then start spending time, or be around, those who are where you want to be. It is said that we are defined by the company we keep, so it is important to be aware of exactly who that company is. While …

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How Long Does it Take to Be Great at What You Do?

How long does to be great at what you do?  For some people, it comes more easily while for others not so much. According to a recent article, it actually takes about 10,000 hours, or what researchers have named "The 10-year rule." According to researchers, they say it will take at least that long of …

When Things Get Tough, Use the Power of Perspective

In the book, Before Happiness, the author (Achor) discusses a study conducted with having first year medical students take an art class; he mentions that it was shown that by doing so, 10% of the class were able to more accurately diagnose important medical issues.  He mentions that this 'cross training' of the brain teaches …

Thinking Like Your Boss (to get more done and get noticed)

Going to work every day, and showing up for work, are two very different concepts.  Workers go to work - they perform their job to the basic level; they may not like their work, their organization, or life in general but these workers feel they need the money or benefits, which chains them to that …

Being Engaged in the Work You Do

We hear so much these days about employee engagement, which is the intersection of job satisfaction and investment in the work being done.  A recent Gallop poll found that we have a very unhappy workforce (48%) which would lead one to believe that half are disengaged.  However, a new report from Blessing White, a consulting …

The Top 10 Work Values

During self-assessment, which is a crucial step in one's career management process, an area of importance to understand is one's values.  Values are "the beliefs about the qualities of human life or the types of behavior that an individual wants to attain" (Greenhaus & Callanan, 2006).  Values usually develop early on and can be learned behaviors …

7 Qualities that Help you Get Ahead in the Business World

Ever wonder what it takes to move ahead in your career?  A study that was done by Business Week  found that there are seven qualities that employers look for when promoting or moving employees into leadership roles.   Findings of the study indicated that women need to have more confidence and be more self-promoting  in order …

Up Your Value: How to Be a Superstar Employee

  In the workforce, there are several levels of employees:   (1) those who survive, (2) those who thrive, and (3) superstars.  The key to effective career management is to be that “superstar”.  According to Zig Ziegler, superstar employees are more productive as they not only know and love their jobs, but they are also constantly growing …

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