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20
November
2014

Developing a Personal Mission Statement to Prevent Stress & Burnout

Developing a Personal Mission Statement to Prevent Stress & Burnout

As I began my career with Horizon Point Consulting, Inc., one of my first goals was creating a personal mission statement. Successful companies created mission statements. Why shouldn’t people who want to be successful do the same?

18
November
2014

Career Spotlight: Most Stressful Jobs

Career Spotlight: Most Stressful Jobs

Do you like to live on the edge? If so, you might find your future career on the most stressful jobs list. A recent study suggests that jobs that require you to face unpredictable conditions, immediate dangers and high-stakes situations rank among the most stressful of 2014.

11
November
2014

5 leadership lessons I learned in the Army that help me in the real world

5 leadership lessons I learned in the Army that help me in the real world

Davis Ozier is a perfect example of the value Veterans can bring to business. After serving in combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan in the Army as leader, he is now working on his MBA at the Darden School of Business to apply his leadership skills in the private sector.  Through his experiences, he can help us learn some very important lessons in dealing with real world problems. 

04
November
2014

Career Spotlight: Legislative Aide

Career Spotlight: Legislative Aide

Legislative aides work with representatives, senators and government officials to manage communication with constituents, organize representatives' schedules, research legislation and typically direct activities in their offices. The requirements for a position as a legislative aide often vary according to the office and needs of the legislator.

31
October
2014

Impacting the performance of employees when you just want them to show up, do their job and not complain

Impacting the performance of employees when you just want them to show up, do their job and not complain

The bottom-line is leaders impact the performance of their employees by the example they create.   If you want people to show up, do their job and not complain, then do the same.  Adopt a leadership mindset and find ways to get over the burn-out and negativity you may be experiencing.   If you can’t, then maybe you’re in the wrong role.

27
October
2014

How to Answer the Interview Question “What is your greatest weakness?”

How to Answer the Interview Question “What is your greatest weakness?”

How do you move beyond the canned answers and respond to difficult interview questions without hanging yourself out to dry?   You answer them the way you should answer any other interview question, and that is through the STAR or (SAR as some use) method.   (For a worksheet to answer questions using this method, click here for the Behavioral Based Interview Prep Tool)

15
October
2014

Passion + Productivity = Give Back

Passion + Productivity = Give Back

Making a transition back into the workplace can be challenging for a stay-at-home mom or dad that has been out of the workplace for quite some time, but with a focus on discerning what you're passionate about, how that can make you productive and how that leads to you giving back to a cause, community or purpose that you love, the transition is not quite as hard as it seems.

Whitney Clemons, a realtor with Ben Porter ERA did just that.   Trained as an Accountant at the University of Alabama, Whitney spent time in her twenties working as an accountant and auditor at what was, at that time, a big eight accounting firm and then Intergraph. Although she learned a lot in these roles, she wasn’t passionate about the work.

03
October
2014

October Leadership Carnival

October Leadership Carnival

Welcome to the October 6, 2014 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival!

Enjoy these great posts from 29 of the best leadership bloggers. Every quote is a
link to tweet. Feel free to share with your networks!

02
October
2014

BEYOND Thrilled to Welcome Taylor Simmons to our Team!

BEYOND Thrilled to Welcome Taylor Simmons to our Team!

We are BEYOND thrilled to have Taylor Simmons begin work with Horizon Point as a Career Consultant. Taylor has a background in human resources and workforce development, most recently serving as the Director of Education and Workforce Development for the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce.

Taylor’s education, experience and skills will bring tremendous value to Horizon Point as we seek to grow passion and productivity in the workplace, but most importantly, Taylor embodies the Horizon Point Values of People First, Passion, Productivity, Continuous Learning and Improvement and Give Back.  

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.

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