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  • 4 Surprising Ways Pessimism Is Good For You
    by Melody Wilding - June 8, 2018
    A positive attitude is often touted as a secret ingredient to entrepreneurial success. And it’s true: your outlook can impact everything from your sales numbers to your mental health. But blind optimism can leave you ill-prepared for stressful situations. And as every entrepreneur knows, pressure is par for the course when running a business. A new theory posits that a certain type of negative thinking can actually...
  • Ignore the Overhype - Leadership Qualities That Really Are Everything
    by Lindsey Pollak - June 7, 2018
    We all know the “it” words for leadership qualities today, those buzzwords that pop up over and over to describe the qualities leader aspire to. Frankly, I’m totally over words like “ninja” and “guru.” But there are several words that are common in today’s management vernacular that really do describe great leaders. If you’re a leader or aspiring to be one, I hope you&rsquo...
  • 4 Ways to Stop Hating Networking and Make it More Fun
    by Lisa Rangel - June 6, 2018
    Fact: I used to despise networking. A sense of dread would come over me. I would do it, but I hated it. I established routines to network regularly, but I would fall off the wagon and have to start over again. I dreaded starting over even more, but I would do it. I have come to learn this is a common vibe among a lot of us. Regardless of the need to network – need a new job, drum up business, update ski...
  • Pursue Your Goals With Passion
    by Steve Farber - June 5, 2018
    The summit of Denali (formerly known as Mount McKinley) is 20,310 feet above sea level, and Werner Berger was 200 feet from the peak. Just another 20 minutes of climbing and he would cross the tallest mountain in North America off his list. The weather, however, had turned nasty. And rather than risk getting caught in a whiteout, Berger’s group turned back. “Everybody was so disappointed for me and wondered how...
  • Conquering Conflict
    by Carole Kanchier - June 4, 2018
    Are you frustrated with your boss or irritated at co-workers' annoying habits? Do some customers' behaviors infuriate you? How do you react in these situations? In today's workplace there are varied people with diverse perspectives and behaviors. Disagreements occur because people hear, see and interpret things differently. To resolve disagreements with people who have dive...
  • Everything Old Is New Again
    by Stacey Lane - May 29, 2018
    I’ve been walking several times a week with a friend. We hike through the hills in our neighborhood and at the end of the hour, I’ve easily gotten 90+ flights of stairs and 10,000 steps logged on my Fitbit. We chat the entire hour. We discuss politics, the economy, technology, work, family, new recipes we’ve tried and our weekend plans. We’re both self-employed so we often talk business strategy and wha...
  • Test Your Professionalism
    by Carole Kanchier - May 28, 2018
    'During lunch a valuable customer makes an offensive racist remark.' As a professional, how would you handle this situation? What does professionalism mean to you? The American Heritage Dictionary and the Oxford Dictionary define a professional as a person having a high degree of knowledge, skill, judgment and continuing practice in a particular activity. Mirriam Webster College Dictionary indicates professionals exhibit...
  • Is Your Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Advancing Your Career?
    by Carole Kanchier - May 21, 2018
    You’re in a meeting when a colleague takes credit for your work. What would you do: 1) Publicly confront the colleague over ownership? 2) After the meeting, request she give you credit when discussing your work? 3) Nothing? 4) Publicly thank her for referencing your work, and give the group additional information? If you selected # 4, you've demonstrated emotional intelligence or EQ. Studies show that emotionally...
  • How to Succeed in Your New Job
    by Carole Kanchier - May 14, 2018
    Rosemary writes: “I’m starting a new position and want to make sure I get off to a good start. What to do?” Starting a new job is exciting and sometimes intimidating. You have a fresh start, new challenges and renewed energy. But you may also feel apprehensive, particularly if you were fired or laid off from your last job. Tips for thriving in your new job - Believe in yourself. Have faith in your...
  • Building Brand Awareness
    by Debra Wheatman - May 10, 2018
    You know you need to build a professional brand to effectively market yourself in your career. But how do you build awareness of your brand? Branding is one of those things that we like to make really difficult. It doesn’t have to be; it’s actually quite simple. Let’s start with what branding is not. It isn’t: A tagline A logo A website A campaign These are all tactics that you employ to...