3 Reasons Why Social Capital Should Be the Number 1 Competency You are Developing

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If you missed us last week, check out our first post on social capital. For those of you who want to keep moving along with this post, know that social capital “…refers to the collective value of all “social networks” [who people know] and the inclinations that arise from these networks to do things for each other [“norms of reciprocity”].” Now, more than ever, you need to be developing social capital to bring your A game to work.  Why? Strong social capital saves you time.As a part of a few HR groups, it is rare for a week to go by

CAREER SPOTLIGHT: DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY

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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. What do you need to be a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer? Education:  Required: Associate’s Degree or Post-secondary Certificate If you are a high school student, make sure you are focused on taking sciences including physics and biology. Skills: Diagnostic Medical Sonographers know how to: Think critically Communicate with others Analyze test data or images to inform diagnosis or

Don’t Network, Develop Your Social Capital

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I find that the trouble most people have with “networking” boils down to two things: It scares the-you-know what out of them. Someone recently came to me seeking advice on how to advance his career. This happens a lot, but his response was interesting.  I told him to start networking. He responded that under no uncertain circumstances was he going to do that because it just wasn’t his personality.  He went on to say that if he had to be someone he is not to get ahead, then he shouldn’t do it. He wasn’t going to try to kiss you-know-what

Hitting the Gym Can Benefit Your Career!

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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: Trainee:  “Has your husband found a job yet?”…as she pulls on some ropes doing some exercise that made no sense. Trainer:  “No, he’s still looking.” Trainee: “What is it that he does?”  She stops her workout. The trainer said something about some obscure field of physics that made no sense to me.   (There is a theme developing here….) Trainee: “Really? We

GREAT REALITIES OF MANAGEMENT: It’s Not Your Fault, But It’s Your Problem…

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By Kris Dunn It’s one of the unwritten rules of management. It’s also one of the hardest things for new managers to wrap their heads around. “It’s not your fault, but it’s your problem.” Let’s deconstruct that a bit.  New managers were often very high performing individual contributors (ICs). The great thing about being an IC is that you only have to worry about one person – and that person is you. But your performance as an IC convinced us that you’d make a good manager of people. For the most part that’s true. One point that sneaks up on