Managing a Critical Aggressor: Case Example
by Mark Gorkin - Sep, 2009
Let’s try a mind exercise. You’ve just given a presentation at an important meeting. As the meeting concludes you turn to a colleague (a casual acquaintance) and ask, “How did the presentation go?” And in a decidedly judgmental and unfriendly tone this colleague declares, “Frankly, you fumbled the data. Obviously, you didn’t prepare very well!” Imagine being the presenter. How would you feel receiving such critical fee...
Bullied On-the-Job...How Do I Fight Back?
by Rob Taub - Sep, 2009
Dear Rob, I see workplace bullying as an increasing trend...especially, since it happened to me. It happened at my previous job with my supervisor. She would humiliate me and degrade me, while upper management did nothing. I ended up getting laid off when cuts were made. What can one do to protect themselves from this? Response by Rob Taub: You cannot easily protect yourself from being bullied. We have nothing to do w...
The Art of Change
by Nan S. Russell - Sep, 2009
From the iron age to nearly the industrial age, blacksmiths prospered. Villagers needed plows, shovels, iron tires for wagons, nails and tools to build their homes, all of which the blacksmiths forged. They needed their horses and oxen shod and their tools repaired. Being a blacksmith was a sound professional choice. Yet despite flourishing for centuries, this vital profession was all but eliminated in a few generations. W...
Build a Bridge and Get Over It!
by Rob Taub - Sep, 2009
An hourly employee of a company that employs a lot of people to do a lot of the same kind of work, complained that he felt as though his employer held his job hostage. “Why is it if I want to go to a ball game or concert, I can’t ask for the time off on short notice when there is obviously enough coverage to accommodate it?" One might respond "Hey, build a bridge and get over it!" I won't, because I understand the frustration ...
It’s Not the Economy. It’s Trust.
by Suzanne Bates - Sep, 2009
Okay, I know. If your customers won’t answer the phone...or if they’re telling you they have no budget, it feels like it’s the economy. But is it? The other day a friend of mine lost a project to another firm. They said they enjoyed meeting her and she gave a very good presentation. It turns out the CEO had a relationship with another firm that had done superior work for them in the past. It wasn’t her company’s repu...
Are You Getting The Respect You Deserve?
by Ramon Greenwood - Sep, 2009
No doubt about it, most of us at one time or another can identify with Comedian Rodney Dangerfield's trademark lament, "I don't get no respect." That's not surprising because our need to be appreciated along our career path is not always satisfied. But stop and think the next time you are tempted to moan and groan about not getting respect and appreciation on your job. Are you sure your boss and your peers are short on r...
What Is Stress?
by Sharon Melnick, Ph.D. - Sep, 2009
What is stress? You would probably answer that with a long list of things that businesspeople face these days: Rushing to pick your child up at school as you race out of a sales meeting, dealing with a spouse who is ‘on edge’ or ‘down in the dumps’, too many items on your list and not enough time (and then feeling guilty), etc . “Technically”, that is not what stress is. Stress is what you experience when the demands ...
Yikes! A Meeting with the Boss
by Suzanne Bates - Sep, 2009
Even the most seasoned, experienced professionals can find their hearts racing and their palms getting clammy as they walk down the hall to the boss’s office. If you are: a. laying awake at night worrying about how it’s going to go, or b. not sure how far you’ll get before you’re interrupted, or c. afraid you’ll be flummoxed by a tough question, then it’s time to analyze what’s happening. Let me make 5 observations about mi...
Five Tips to Rev-Up Your Career This Fall
by Ford R. Myers - Sep, 2009
Summer is coming to a close, and September is here! That means it’s time to hang-up the beach bag, dry-out the swim trunks and focus on career advancement. Here are five tips to help job seekers get out of their Summer “career coma” and focus on Fall career success: 1. Create and Control Your Internet Image Whether it’s LinkedIn, You Tube, Face Book, VisualCV – or all of the above – every professional should have an onl...
Workers Feeling Job Stress, Too
by Ramon Greenwood - Aug, 2009
Yes, managers are under a great deal of pressure turbulent times and all of us are well advised to take this condition into account in managing relationships with them. It has never been more important for everyone to focus on the job at hand, do it in the best way possible and tread lightly so as to avoid undue confrontations. But there is another side to the coin. Managers need to keep in mind that employees are unde...
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