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    September 26, 2013

    Does your boss think you have a “Poor Work Ethic?”

    5 Steps to Help Structure Your Time & Deliver High Quality Work

    A new study by Millennial Branding reports that GenY employees may not be in sync with their employers. Findings include perceptions of new grads as follows:  47% of employers believe new grads have a "poor work ethic" 46% of employers say GenY employees are easily distracted at work  Yikes.    Regardless of whether these are generalized perceptions of higher-level managers, or street level experience from managers of Gen Y, it makes sense to reflect.    Two...Continue reading

    By Lea McLeodPosted in Professional Development on September 26, 2013

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    August 25, 2013

    The Power of Radical Ownership

    3 Steps To Overcoming Powerlessness & Overwhelm At Work

    Some days I feel powerless.    It starts with a trigger.    My manager uses “that tone.” My kids “overlook” their home chores. My direct report hasn’t completed the task that I thought was a given. A payment to one of my vendors is late because of an “error in paperwork” that no one called to my attention.    It could be anything. But the feeling is like hearing fingernails drawn down a chalkboard. It’s a low-level kind of...Continue reading

    By Claire LaughlinPosted in Professional Development on August 25, 2013

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    July 28, 2013

    The Art of “Managing Up”

    4 Things You Can Do To Ensure Your Own Success

    If you are a frequent visitor to ManagingAmericans.com, your career is probably on an upward trajectory. You are likely looking to expand your knowledge, integrate new skills, and build new networks. And, if you are a growth-minded professional, chances are you are given new responsibilities and opportunities on a regular basis.   But with these opportunities can come stress and overwhelm. One of my clients recently told me about the struggle he was having after being given a “promotion”...Continue reading

    By Claire LaughlinPosted in Communication Skills on July 28, 2013

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    March 12, 2013

    Learn to Use Delegation as a Tool to Develop & Engage Employees

    8 Essential Steps to Develop Others Through Effective Delegation

    By Deb Calvert, President, People First Productivity Solutions You’re good at what you do, but you may be doing too much by hanging on to work that you shouldn’t be doing. No matter what your job title is, there are people around you who could take on some of your tasks.  Delegating some of your work to them will benefit you, them, and your company.   This isn’t about offloading work that you don’t like or feel is too big a burden. Thinking of delegating in that...Continue reading

    By Deb CalvertPosted in Communication Skills on March 12, 2013

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    February 26, 2013

    Be More Candid in Your Professional Conversations

    Learn what to avoid & how to best prepare for candid discussions.

    By Deb Calvert, President, People First Productivity Solutions In any given work week, there is at least one conversation you’d rather not have. One conversation that you know won’t go well, where people will express emotions that make you uncomfortable. One conversation where you may hold back because you don’t trust your own emotions or reactions. One conversation that can overshadow the whole day, week or workplace. Why not dodge these uncomfortable conversations altogether?...Continue reading

    By Deb CalvertPosted in Communication Skills on February 26, 2013

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    February 26, 2013

    Professional Mentoring: How Business Management Consultants Can Help

    Here are some tips to identify candidates.

    Passed over for a promotion? Unsure of how to solve a problem in your department? Choose wisely how you proceed, keeping in mind Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity: “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Self-doubt is not the answer, nor is a common tendency to "just get by”, they both get in your way of doing things differently. Don’t forget that your employer recognized your potential when he or she hired you, so you have the...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on February 26, 2013

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    January 29, 2013

    Effective Time Management Strategies

    A guide to making each and every day the best it can be.

    By David Shaffer, Business Advisor & Executive Coach, David Shaffer Consulting LLC The time management dilemma many of us face on a daily basis is that there is far too much to do and not enough time or resources to meet the demands. Having any form of personal life-not a subject for discussion. And with the economy in such turmoil and the expectation of performance equating 'do more with less'-there simply is not enough time to go around.   If this sounds all too familiar, then hopefully...Continue reading

    By David ShafferPosted in Professional Development on January 29, 2013

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    December 29, 2012

    50 Resolutions That Can Positively Impact Your Career

    What will you do differently in 2013?

    As 2012 comes to an end and 2013 approaches, it is a great time to consider some resolutions that open opportunities for career growth and professional success.  Here are 50 ideas to spark actions plans for improvement.  What is it that you want to improve?  Are you doing what is necessary to get where you want to go in your career?  Now is the time…here is our first crack at a list in no particular order.  What will you do?    1.  Create a Professional...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on December 29, 2012

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    November 8, 2012

    Can You Teach an Old Dog New Tricks?

    Six preferred learning styles for adults-Adapt your message for a better response.

    By Deb Calvert, President, People First Productivity Solutions It’s been said that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks (I can say that because I’d qualify as an “old dog”). There would be a true statement if it were slightly modified to read, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks the same way that you’d teach a puppy.”   That’s because adults do not learn the same way that children do. Children are like sponges, soaking up...Continue reading

    By Deb CalvertPosted in Communication Skills on November 8, 2012

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