Take time for the little things…

Guest Blog written by: Taylor Simmons, Horizon Point consulting As we continue to focus on authenticity and specifically “gratitude” in relation to living authentically, I thinks this quote says it all. What are you grateful for?   Want to know how gratitude can change your life? Here is a great post for you to check out.   Here are more posts on living in gratitude, part of our Year of Authenticity series, you may enjoy: Living in Gratitude Living Life Gratefully is Living Life Authentically 2018 Is the Year of Authenticity

Living in Gratitude

Guest blog written by: Taylor Simmons, Horizon Point Consulting Continuing with our Year of Authenticity theme, today I’m thinking about and working towards the idea of living in gratitude. Living in Gratitude –  For out of a place of gratitude comes the ability to see all things for what they are. If you missed the blog post regarding our theme, check it out here: 2018 Is the Year of Authenticity. Our lives are busy. One way to work towards living authentically is to be grateful for what we have, including a busy schedule. After a weekend out of town, I

Living Life Gratefully is Living Life Authentically

Guest blog written by: Lorrie Howard, Horizon Point Consulting My great-grandmother taught me the art of gratitude. She lived a very hard life, but through it all she was grateful. She always found the positive in everything and helped others see the positive in their lives as well. As we explore how to be authentic, I find myself thinking of her and what she taught me a lot. This quote from best-selling author Sarah Ban Breathnach is the perfect illustration of what effect gratitude can have on you. “You simply will not be the same person two months from now

Hearing vs. Understanding: The Art of Active Listening

Guest blog written by: Lorrie Howard, Horizon Point Consulting  One of my favorite quotes from Stephen Covey, the author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, is “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” Last night my husband came home from work and walked through the door with that look on his face. The one that leaves no question about what kind of day he had and makes me wonder if I should even brave asking. I took a deep breath and dove in. He proceeded to tell me

Networking During the Holiday Season

Guest blog written by: Taylor Simmons, Horizon Point Consulting For job seekers, the holidays can put a hold on the job search. So, what should you do while everyone is enjoying time off from work? Since more than 50% of jobs are filled through networking, use this down time to network, network, network! Networking can be intimidating. The best way to overcome the fear is to develop an elevator speech, practice, and network every chance you get. The University of Denver offers these guidelines for developing an elevator speech: Keep your commercial simple and brief, and always include who you

What Does a Candidates’ “Interview Experience” Say About Your Organization?

Guest blog written by: Taylor Simmons, Horizon Point Consulting Interviews are tough – both for the interviewer and the interviewee. I’ve had the pleasure of facilitating both in-person and phone interviews and frequently coach clients to prepare them for interviews. Thinking back to my personal experiences in interviewing for jobs, two in particular stand out. One was with a large organization that was quite intimidating. In the waiting room, I sat along with several other candidates interviewing for the same position. When called into the conference room, I sat on one side of the table while 5 individuals in suits

The Unattainable Work-Life Balance

Written by guest blogger Lorrie Howard, Horizon Point Consulting Is our elusive hunt for a work-life balance causing us undue stress in our lives and the lives of those around us? Generation X introduced the philosophy of the work-life balance in the 1970’s, and organizations and employees alike have spent the last few decades searching for that balance. But can anyone say they’ve found it? The major flaw with the work-life balance philosophy is that it’s based on the premise that your work self and your life self are two separate entities and to achieve balance, you must maintain that

Career Development: A Resource For Talent Retention

Guest blog written by: Steve Graham In a recent study, conducted by the Work Institute, career development was identified as the top reason people leave or remain with organizations. In their study titled, 2017 Retention Report, 240,000 employees were interviewed about factors that were most influential in their decision to stay with or leave an organization. For decades, organizations that have invested in developing their people also experienced higher market shares and lower turnover than competitors. Despite the positive data to support career development, many organizations continue to fall short.  Lack of growth is a common reason given during exit interviews

3 ways to embrace Diversity & Inclusion in Career Development

Written by guest blogger, Taylor Simmons of Horizon Point Consulting Working in career development, I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to work with individuals from all over the U.S., and I occasionally have clients that live or have lived abroad. It is eye opening to see how different cultures and areas of the country approach career planning. Embracing diversity and inclusion is important for job seekers, employers and career practitioners. Here are 3 ways to embrace Diversity and Inclusion: Job Seekers – Seek out companies that are searching for candidates based on culture fit. You can often recognize these organizations

Do You Have a Plan of Action to Reach Your Goals?

Written by guest blogger: Taylor Simmons, Horizon Point Consulting Action Planning and Goal Setting are key tools for career success. Stephen Covey’s “Circle of Concern vs Circle of Influence” principle is a great way to start the process. In short, we need to focus on our circle of influence (the things in life and career we can control). Source: INSITEMIND   One way we can do this is by setting goals and creating an action plan. Goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time bound. Source: Minute Movement   Check out the Point Blog for more Goal Setting ideas: