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  • use your vacation time
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - January 19, 2018
    As a recovering workaholic, I strive regularly to integrate life and career to honor my personal relationships and my professional ambition. The pattern resembles a roller coaster with ups and downs of activity and never a steady balance. This reality check has allowed me to navigate the ultra-busy career times and offset them with precious down time for me. I’ll admit that in previous years, I have not taken all o...
  • The Worker Experience Drives Company Success
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - September 6, 2017
    The latest Gallup results indicate that employee engagement is a dismal 33%, a disappointing increase of only 3 points over the past few years. Gallup found that disengaged employees cost the country somewhere between $450 and $550 billion each year. That’s not good business and it’s not sustainable. I recently attended Appirio’s Worker Experience Tour in Chicago to learn more about how they defined and...
  • Focus on Your Accomplishments in Your Resume
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - August 24, 2017
    This post was contributed by Andy Duchow, a freelance copywriter/resume writer. Find him at http://resumesbyandy.weebly.com/ If you’re anything like me (and many of your fellow job seekers) you’re good at selling yourself short. You may not even realize it. Years of freelance hustle and direct sales copywriting have for the most part cured me of my tendency to downplay my accomplishments. And while I can&rsq...
  • Saving Time and Money During the Hiring Process
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - August 16, 2017
    A company’s hiring process, like everything in the business world, needs to be efficient. But most of the time, getting quality employees doesn’t come cheap and it’s a process that easily can be bogged down by time-wasting practices. Fortunately, there are ways to find reliable prospective employees while minimizing cost and time. Here are effective approaches that not only get the best talent in the...
  • Ditch Stress and Fuel Your Creativity at Work
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - July 11, 2017
    This post was contributed by Gloria Martinez who started WomenLed.org to celebrate the advancements women have made and to inspire women to become entrepreneurs and seek promotions in the workplace. Being stressed due to work is not an uncommon issue. Even those who are doing what they love everyday succumb to a little work-related stress here and there. Having an unblocked creative process is a great way to set yourself...
  • Are You a Multiplier or a Diminisher?
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - June 26, 2017
    From academia to the non-profit arena, as well as the corporate world-of-work, I have had many clients who complained about bosses who were ineffective leaders. Were their leaders intelligent and talented people? Yes. But, were they able to lead a team, motivate others, and empower success in their colleagues? No! I have come to believe that while some leaders are born, most are developed and our current professional mar...
  • Embrace the "Good Enough to Go" for Career Momentum
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - June 20, 2017
    As a career development and executive coach, I work with many individuals who are focused on making changes to their careers to better align with professional values and strengths. But for some, their best plans often get stalled in analysis paralysis, which results in stagnation and a hard stop to all forward momentum. Ambivalence Trap Ambivalence or uncertainty is often at the center of the struggle to embark upon c...
  • Ad-just-ing Your Use of "Just"
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - June 12, 2017
    I’d like you to try a little experiment…. For one day, try monitoring the way you use the word “just” – keeping a tally throughout the day of when and how you use it. There’s the version of “just” that’s an adjective – describing a person as “morally right and fair”… “The Vice-President of Marketing was just in her decision to promot...
  • 9 Secrets to Great Teamwork
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - May 30, 2017
    Robyn Odegaard founded her business, Champion Performance Development and is committed to teaching individuals how to better communicate and resolve conflict on teams. While her target audience is college aged women in sports, her message and strategies are applicable to us all. Check out Doc Robyn’s nine secrets to great teamwork for some priceless wisdom. Set expectations – You cannot expect someone...
  • Working the Room: Making the Most of Professional Events
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - May 19, 2017
    Jenny Holt is a freelance writer, mother of two and contributor to my blog. She loves nothing more than getting away from it and taking her pet Labrador Bruce for long walks, something she can do a lot more now she’s left the corporate world behind. Have you ever declined an invitation to attend a work-related event? Perhaps you felt it wouldn’t be a good use of your time, or it wasn’t convenient since...