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:

7 Ways to Supercharge Your Employee Engagement

Written by guest blogger: Steve Graham In most businesses, an “Employee Engagement Survey” goes out once per year to determine how engaged employees are with their jobs. The survey seeks to determine whether a person finds their job rewarding, feels like they have a real stake and interest in the company and cares about the overall success of the company. And while these surveys are certainly a step in the right direction, they fail to create a holistic culture of engagement within a company. After all, if the subject of engagement is only broached once per year, it’s not going

Creating Community in Your Organization

Guest blog written by: Lorrie Howard, Horizon Point Consulting Shortly after the Charlottesville riots, I read an article about how the University of Virginia was responding to ensure that they continue to strive to be a diverse community that welcomes all in a safe environment. And it made me think, how can employers do the same? Many employers have diversity and inclusion programs, but are those programs truly successful? The recently publicized anti-diversity manifesto by, a now terminated Google employee, is a severe example of a diversity and inclusion program that may need revamping. I’d be curious to know if

Harnessing the Entrepreneurial Spirit of the Millennial Generation

Written by guest blogger: Lorrie Howard, Horizon Point Consulting I’ve heard millennials called many things. Lazy. Entitled. Spoiled. Then I came across an article on Today.com that reminded me millennials aren’t the first generation to be labeled negatively. Writer Tom Wolfe dubbed the Baby Boomers as the “Me Decade” in his article The “Me” Decade and the Third Great Awakening. Paul Begala referred to Boomers in Esquire magazine as “the most self-centered, self-seeking, self-interested, self-absorbed, self-indulgent, self-aggrandizing generation in American history.” Gen Xers were also the targets of such negative monikers. I still have a letter to the editor that