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03
May
2016

How neuroscience is and will revolutionize HR

How neuroscience is and will revolutionize HR

In December of 2014, my then four-year-old son started having seizures. After three of them occurred in a short period of time, we went to see a pediatric neurologist who first did an electroencephalogram (EEG) to begin to identify the cause of the seizures so we could determine a course of treatment.

26
April
2016

7 Ways to Ensure You Take a True Vacation

7 Ways to Ensure You Take a True Vacation

I’m getting ready to go on vacation for a week. On Saturday, we will leave town for white sand and sun, and I will be leaving my computer at home. This will be the first time I’ve been on vacation since I started the business almost five years ago bound and determined to completely disconnect.

12
April
2016

4 Tips for Succeeding as a Woman in Male Dominated Career Field

4 Tips for Succeeding as a Woman in Male Dominated Career Field

With high aspirations to be an architect, I went to Auburn University and spent a year in the program before my professors told me what I already knew: I was not a good fit.  I switched to Building Science and found immediately that it had all the things that made me want to be an Architect and was a better fit for my interests and skills in organizing and scheduling activities in a sequence to reach a finished product. 

29
March
2016

Being a great leader is a lot like being a standout salesperson

Being a great leader is a lot like being a standout salesperson

Through involvement in a community group, I had the opportunity (or drudgery, depends on how you look at it, I guess) to sit through six companies presenting their “solution” to a need. After they were all done, it was obvious which company was the best. And everyone, meaning about ten people, who had heard the presentations, agreed. When was the last time you had ten people agree on something easily? Yeah, that’s what I thought; hard to think of a time when you have, right? 

22
March
2016

Why Communities Should Focus on Building Social Capital and How They Can Do It

Why Communities Should Focus on Building Social Capital and How They Can Do It

I drive within a 50-mile radius of my home quite often to meet with clients or potential clients. On one particular drive from one town to the next, the highway used to be lined with dozens of nursery wholesalers. Thousands upon thousands of trees, shrubs and plants used to grow along this stretch of the highway and many of the remnants of these nursery farms can still be seen.

Why would all of these nurseries locate side by side? Wouldn’t that increase the proximity of their competition, thus decreasing their potential sales?

17
March
2016

Career Assessments - The Key to Your Career

Career Assessments - The Key to Your Career

Career assessments are a great tool for determining your career path. Assessments can help build self-awareness and then link you with career options based on your talents, passions and values. Whether you are taking your first leap into the workforce, contemplating a college major or making a mid-career change, assessments are certainly a resource you should consider.

15
March
2016

6 People you need to Build Social Capital With

6 People you need to Build Social Capital With

As we round out a focus on social capital, here are the key people I believe we need to collaborate with in order to build.

08
March
2016

Social Capital How-To: 5 Steps to Build the #1 Competency You Should be Developing

Social Capital How-To: 5 Steps to Build the #1 Competency You Should be Developing

One competency you need to be building, regardless of who you are and what you do, is social capital. But creating a to-do list or development plan for building this competency is not something that comes naturally. For most, it’s like something that grows organically and exponentially once you do it. And to a large extent, this is true.

29
February
2016

3 Reasons why Social Capital should be the number 1 competency you are developing

3 Reasons why Social Capital should be the number 1 competency you are developing
Now, more than ever, you need to be developing social capital to bring your A game to work. Why?
23
February
2016

CAREER SPOTLIGHT: DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY

CAREER SPOTLIGHT: DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY

Do you enjoy physics? Do you think medicine and dentistry are interesting? Are you an active listener who enjoys working with people?

If any of these things describe you, then Diagnostic Medical Sonography may be the career field that would make you tick.

16
February
2016

Don’t Network, Develop Your Social Capital

Don’t Network, Develop Your Social Capital

I find that the trouble most people have with “networking” boils down to two things: 

09
February
2016

Hitting the gym can benefit your career!

Hitting the gym can benefit your career!

I was in the gym the other day, trying to mind my own business while doing sit-ups (well attempting to do them), when I overheard a conversation between a personal trainer and the trainee. It went something like this: 

02
February
2016

GREAT REALITIES OF MANAGEMENT: It's Not Your Fault, But It's Your Problem...

GREAT REALITIES OF MANAGEMENT: It's Not Your Fault, But It's Your Problem...

As we look back on our focus in January about measuring leadership and think about how it connects with our February focus on Social Capital, we’re thrilled that Kris Dunn has allowed us to republish one of his posts from HR Capitalist that we think ties both concepts together quite nicely. Thanks Kris for showing leaders that you got to get it done through others- it’s not what you know, but what they know- and that is how you’re measured…

26
January
2016

Measuring Leadership in the Classroom

Measuring Leadership in the Classroom

Schools love to measure things. With accountability being the buzzword in educational circles, measurement has become an even greater priority. However, we often fall trap to measuring things that are easy to measure, not because they are the most important things. Leadership is one of those important things – we all want it – that has been notoriously hard to quantify. How do I know that I have a teacher who is a leader?

19
January
2016

Should we measure leadership by popularity?

Should we measure leadership by popularity?

“The culture of any organization is shaped by the worst behavior the leader is willing to tolerate.”

What departments and/or managers do people in your company clamor to get into? What drives this clamor? I’ve seen it before. No one wants to work in finance, but everyone wants to be in marketing. Or everyone is trying to figure out a way to work for manager A instead of having to report to manager B. What is driving the popularity of the department or the person, and should we pay attention to it? Is the number of people who want to work for you a good way to measure your leadership strength?

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