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27
September
2014

3 Steps for Growing Future Leaders with a Job Shadowing or Internship Program

3 Steps for Growing Future Leaders with a Job Shadowing or Internship Program

Do you want to grow tomorrow’s talent today? Some of the best companies know the value of an internship program to their talent management strategy. And current research shows that 40% of interns return to the organization they interned with for full-time employment   If you’re a college student, participating in an internship(s) is one of the best methods for ensuring job offers come your way before you graduate.   In fact, choosing a college based on their relationships with top employers and their established, quality internship programs should be a key factor in vetting a college.

26
September
2014

How Personality Assessment Can Help You Be A Better Leader

How Personality Assessment Can Help You Be A Better Leader

“This is why I’m not married anymore,” said a participant in a recent leadership training class.   She was partly kidding, but it was obvious that the results of her personality assessment, which were being used to launch the leadership training series we were conducting for her company, had struck a cord.

 

23
September
2014

3 Ways to Keep Your Adult Kids from Moving Back in with You

If we want our kids to be successful in life, not just in college, we need to remind ourselves to think long term by helping them:

  • Discover who they are and help them match that to a need in the marketplace
  • Make them work to help them learn the value of being productive early on
  • Provide them with opportunities to do things on their own, without us constantly rescuing. This includes allowing them to fail when they don’t take responsibility for doing things on their own.
18
September
2014

4 Ways to Take LinkedIn to the Next Level

4 Ways to Take LinkedIn to the Next Level

You’ve gotten a LinkedIn account set up, created a stand-out profile, built your network and have started searching for jobs.  Now what? 

Ideally your job search should lead to people seeking you out instead of you having to search and apply for openings.  This is done by creating a stellar profile and maintaining a personal brand that is consistent with your career goals.   Be active in your use of LinkedIn so that people will come to you.

15
September
2014

Career Spotlight: Systems Analyst

If you like to solve problems, troubleshoot and test solutions, tinker with things until you get them right and enjoy math and science, pursuing a career as a Systems Analyst may be the right field for you.    System Analysts also have to be good listeners in order to understand what end users need out of a computer program or package and then take that information to work with programmers to create, test and troubleshoot IT solutions that make the end users’ lives easier.

11
September
2014

3 Steps to Get Your LinkedIn Profile Job Search Ready

3 Steps to Get Your LinkedIn Profile Job Search Ready

Ready to start a job search?  Know you need to have a presence on LinkedIn and other social media channels but don’t know where to start?  If you have no idea what LinkedIn is or don’t know where to start to create an account or profile, the first three levels of the LinkedIn plan below can get you well on your way to active social media networking and job search.

08
September
2014

No Rules, Just Shoes for Sensitivity Training

No Rules, Just Shoes for Sensitivity Training

When it comes to knowing how to interact with others in the workplace, the legislation that surrounds this dynamic can become overwhelming.  Overwhelming to the point that it inhibits your ability to accomplish anything for fear of doing something wrong.

04
September
2014

3 Extraverted Leaders and the Lesson we Can Learn From Them

3 Extraverted Leaders and the Lesson we Can Learn From Them

Extraverts can inspire action around a common vision that moves moves the crowd.   Who has inpsired you? 

02
September
2014

Best Advice for College Freshman: Go to Class!

Best Advice for College Freshman: Go to Class!

I remember my first two weeks of college.  As a freshman at The University of Alabama, known when I was there as the number two party school in the nation (unlike the rank in college football which has risen significantly since I’ve been there, I think the rank in partying has gone down), I went out every night for the first two weeks. There was always a party going on.

I realized rather quickly after classes started that there was no way I was going to be able to maintain the party schedule and make it.    I’m glad I came to this realization sooner rather than later, but I wish someone had given me some tips on how to survive college before I left. 

25
August
2014

Get a best friend at work and other tips on work and life wellbeing

Want to live well?  Here are some tips to cultivate wellbeing at work and in life.

21
August
2014

Throwing compensation structure out the window

I’m going to contradict myself (again). I seem to do this a lot, outlining a way to be process oriented by designing a traditional talent management program.  We’ve done this over the last couple of weeks by describing how to do job analysis, job descriptions and design a compensation plan. 

18
August
2014

Want to keep great employees? Know how to compensate them.

Want to keep great employees?  Know how to compensate them.

Designing and creating a compensation system seems like a daunting task. But if you take things step-by-step, you’ll see that it can be manageable. More importantly, if done correctly it can add tremendous value to your organization by helping you recruit, retain and reward talent appropriately. 

14
August
2014

2 Ways to Get What You’re Worth

2 Ways to Get What You’re Worth

Out looking for a job or considering a discussion with your boss about a raise?  If you are, you need to do your research to consider what the knowledge, skills and abilities you have are worth in the marketplace and to the company in which you work or are negotiating with.

11
August
2014

Now don’t go changing your compensation structure without….

Now don’t go changing your compensation structure without….

Are you worried you’re not attracting the right talent or that you aren’t able to keep good talent around for long and you think it might be because of your salary structure?  

07
August
2014

3 Introverted leaders and the leadership lessons we can learn from them

3 Introverted leaders and the leadership lessons we can learn from them

We used to think leaders were born, not made. Now we know through training, coaching and mentoring the skills needed to be an effective leader can be learned.  

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