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core competencies

Test Your Core Competencies

“A strategy is a plan that creates sustainable competitive advantage and allows an organization to perform over time, even in the face of a changing environment.”  – Jimmy Brown Your strategic plan should do all three things Brown suggests: 1. Create a sustainable competitive advantage; 2. Allow you to perform over time with confidence; and […]

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Reading List:  What's on yours?

Reading List: What’s on yours?

Reading List:  What’s on yours? My reading list is usually longer than I have time to complete, but I always appreciate book recommendations. Today, I thought I’d share some of mine. I have been reading (or listening) to at least six business books per year for the last twenty years. One year I set a […]

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Why build a network? (Part 1)

Why build a network? (Part 1)

True networking, as it is really intended, is about connecting with people on a personal level. To succeed, you need to be likable, provide information and guidance, and also seek information and guidance.

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résumé

4 Tips for Working with Search Firms (Part 18)

4 Tips for Working with Search Firms There are two type of search firms: retained and non-retained. Non-retained firms work primarily for themselves and not for job candidates or employers. Retained firms represent employers looking to make a hire. Both types of search firms are trying to match job candidates with employers, but they don’t […]

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4 Ways to Improve Your References (Part 17)

4 Ways to Improve Your References (Part 17)

4 Ways to Improve Your References People often list references as quickly and thoughtlessly as if they’re filling in their birth date or contact numbers. They don’t, however, bother to find out what their references will say about them. You might be surprised what some references say about their former coworkers or students. It can […]

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Put Facebook to Work (Part 13)

Put Facebook to Work (Part 13)

Put Facebook to Work You may not care about how closely tied others’ personal and work lives have become. You may not judge others’ personal choices. But you can’t control how others may judge you. Whether you like it or not, people are going to judge you based upon your public Facebook page. You are […]

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Boost Your Savvy via LinkedIn (Part 12)

Boost Your Savvy via LinkedIn (Part 12)

Boost Your Savvy via LinkedIn Leaders and job hunters are judged by their savvy, and LinkedIn profiles are a pretty good indicator of savvy. How does your LinkedIn profile look? Prospective employers will check out your LinkedIn profile and connections. They want to see your circle of influence, since your ability to get things done […]

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An Avatar Is Worth a 1,000 Words (Part 9)

An Avatar Is Worth a 1,000 Words (Part 9)

Get the Picture We’re a visual culture. We used to count “readers”; now we count “eyeballs.” Even newspapers–the ones that remain–are printed in color and the ratio of text to images has tilted heavily toward images. People want to read and hear what you have to say, but they also want to know what you […]

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résumé

Résumé Recommendations (Part 7)

Résumé Recommendations Don’t use the same résumé for every job application. Re-craft your résumé based upon the specific job description as well as your knowledge of the organization and industry. Select a format that highlights your skills and achievements. Build action words into your resume. Be memorable, but not annoying. Don’t shy away from an […]

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Professional Development Worksheet

Discover Your Hedgehog (Part 5)

Discover Your Hedgehog My former business partner, Rick Diamond, created a great tool to help people discover their optimal path and career goal. He took Jim Collins’ Venn diagram for the Hedgehog Concept for business success and applied it to an individual’s career search. Collins’ diagram has three circles: “What are you deeply passionate about?” […]

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Focus on the goal

Activate Your Goal (Part 6)

Activate Your Goal It’s one thing to want a new job or career; it’s another thing to actively pursue it. If you don’t develop a plan with specific actions, deadlines, and accountability, what’s to keep you from getting distracted by your everyday concerns and obligations? You need leverage–both positive and negative–to move forward. Executive coaches […]

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Discover Your Strengths (Part 3)

Discover Your Strengths (Part 3)

Discover Your Strengths If you haven’t tried StrengthsFinder 2.0, now is the time. When you purchase the book you are given a code to access the assessment online. Once that’s completed, you will be given a comprehensive Strengths Discovery and Action Planning Guide that is based on your StrengthsFinder 2.0 results. This guide features an […]

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Three Steps to Discover Your Values (Part 2)

Three Steps to Discover Your Values (Part 2)

Core Values If you want to find a new position or career that’s right for you, first you need to know what you think is right given your values. What are your core values? Your core values won’t only help you find the right path and position, but will also make you a stronger leader, […]

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leadership studies

14 Leadership Studies – Quick Overview of Leadership

14 Fascinating Theories from Leadership Studies Posted on Tuesday April 10, 2012by Staff Writers at BestCollegesOnline.com If you’ve never delved into the field of leadership studies as a businessperson or college student, you really should. There are dozens of fascinating theories from the field that can help you become a better leader or at the very least […]

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Is E-mail on the Way Out?

Is E-mail on the Way Out?

As a leader, do you read and respond to e-mail as much as you used to? Or are you starting to tune out? Over a year ago, Aditya Kothadiya posited that personal e-mail has become more of a notification medium and less of a communication medium. His argument looks even stronger today. While Twitter and Facebook […]

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