This Year, Take Charge of Your CareerRead the rest of this entry »
If your New Year's resolutions include moving ahead with your career, your first step is to take charge of your future. The good news is that it doesn't have to mean changing jobs. Instead, take advantage of the opportunities that are all around you -- if you only look for them.
Most large companies (and many smaller ones, too) offer some form of tuition assistance for courses you take ...
How To Make Resolutions You Can KeepRead the rest of this entry »
Many of us will be making resolutions this weekend. By one account 58% of us at least sometimes make New Year's resolutions. Alas, only 9.2% of us who make a resolution are successful in keeping it. In fact, a decade ago, the time management consultancy FranklinCovey discovered that a third of us won't even make it past the end of January.
To avoid having your resolutions fall ...
We're All to Blame For the Skills GapRead the rest of this entry »
Who's to blame for the national skills gap? Would you believe, all of us?
That's what the American Staffing Association Workforce Monitor survey found. Schools, employers, government and individuals, us, all share the blame for failing to prepare workers with the skills in-demand for today's jobs.
Most of the responsibility, say the 2,000 survey respondents, lies with the educational system and with individuals. 75% of the ...
Could This Be the End Of Cracked Cell Phones?Read the rest of this entry »
Did you get a new phone as a gift this holiday? Have you cracked the screen already? Maybe not yet, but sooner or later a third of us will wind up with a cracked display.
Back a few years, when iPhones were a bit smaller and somewhat more durable, a survey found that when they broke, it was within the first 10 weeks. And the most common injury was, you ...
Here's How to Never Again Forget a NameWe've all been embarrassed when, moments after being introduced to someone, we've already forgotten their name. Sometimes it's because you weren't really paying attention and didn't especially care. But even when you were interested and listening closely, our brains find it hard to connect names to faces. We're hardwired to remember images; associating names with the face is more complicated.Read the rest of this entry »
Networking coaches have long ...
Happy First Night of HanukkahRead the rest of this entry »
Tonight is the first of the 8 days of Hanukkah (or, if you prefer, Chanukah, both are correct). It is known as the Festival of Lights in recognition of the flame that continued to burn for 8 days on only enough sacred oil to last a single day.
Hanukkah commemorates a great victory by the Maccabees, the Jewish rebel army, over the Seleucid dynasty, a Hellenistic empire that two millennia ...
6 Tips For Controlling Meeting MonopolersRead the rest of this entry »
Every meeting seems to have one: an attendee who tends to dominate. They get the floor and monopolize the conversation, going on -- and on and on -- advancing their ideas, leaving too little time for others to speak.
Even when they do finally sit down, they've managed to bore or, worse, intimidate others into silence.
It's more than just bad etiquette to hijack a meeting that way; dominating participants ...
Companies More Cautious About Holiday Parties This YearRead the rest of this entry »
It could be a sign of the times, but companies are being especially cautious and more frugal about their holiday parties this year.
After a record number of companies (62%) last year said they planned to serve alcohol at their party, this year the percentage has dropped to just under 48%. At the same time, a third are holding the party on company premises, up from the 28% that did ...
Cockatoos Beat Out Chimps, Babies For SmartsRead the rest of this entry »
Among this group, which is the smartest: Baby, Chimpanzee, Cockatoo, Monkey?
If you picked cockatoo, give yourself an A. Researchers at the University of Vienna compared the birds to human infants, chimps and monkeys to see which would do better in a simple experiment. The cockatoos came out on top. And by a lot more than just a beak.
The task was to fit shapes into the corresponding holes. When ...
Bullet Journal Your Way to Being More ProductiveRead the rest of this entry »
The benefits of journaling are many. A Huffington Post article includes improving your emotional intelligence, enhancing your creativity and achieving goals among them. But in our busy world, where our attention flits from iPad to iPhone to meetings and Slack messaging, keeping a journal can become a burden. That's why bullet journaling (A/K/A dot journaling) is becoming a popular alternative.
What is it? As its name implies ...