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  • Interview Quick Hits
    with Barry Drexler and Tim Muma - March 27, 2017
    The job interview remains the best opportunity to truly sell yourself as a person and a professional to land a new job. There are a number components to the interview that runs the gamut from preparation and body language to questions for the employer and following up. Barry Drexler, the Expert Interview Coach, tackles a number of terms associated with the interview and gives Tim Muma an idea of how each of these impact your c...
  • Rejection: The Project Manager's Badge of Honor in 2017
    by Alexandra Levit - March 22, 2017
    Considering the number of people they deal with every day, project managers are ripe for professional rejection. But although unpleasant, rejection can be seen as a critical warning and/or badge of honor. This post, featuring an exclusive interview with Halley Bock, author of Life, Incorporated, will explore the types of professional rejection, how you should take it in different situations, and what it means when you’re...
  • Millennials Manage Differently, And That's A Good Thing
    by Lindsey Pollak - March 20, 2017
    I’ve shared before that I think it’s time to stop shaming millennials. One of the reasons: They’re no longer all young 20-somethings just starting their careers. More millennials are stepping into management and leadership roles every day. In fact, The Hartford’s 2015 Millennial Leadership Survey found that 80 percent of millennials currently define themselves as leaders. And, in my opinion, their as...
  • Too Much Work? What To Do?
    by Georgia Adamson - March 17, 2017
    Unless you’re Superman or Wonder Woman, a workload overload situation could drive you to distraction–or worse! Since we’ve just started a new year, this might be a great time to evaluate what your work situation is and whether the workload is sustainable through the year ahead. OVERWHELMED AND NO END IN SIGHT When your over-the-top workload has you spinning in circles or hyperventilating from stress, wi...
  • The Project Management Industry Just Got a Facelift
    by Alexandra Levit - March 15, 2017
    In a 2016 Fast Track piece, we covered a disconcerting study conducted by The Project Management Institute (PMI). The research illustrated that organizations around the world waste an average of $122 million for every $1 billion spent on projects as a result of poor project management practices. Called Pulse of the Profession®: The High Cost of Low Performance study, the study indicated that the amount of waste had incr...
  • How Your Company Can Turn Kindness Into Cash
    by Steve Farber - March 14, 2017
    If you are one of those people who really believes no good deed goes unpunished, then you might find very little value in kindness. I, however, believe most people see kindness as a pretty good thing. But is it essential to the success of your business? Is it more than just a morally good best-practice? Does it have, you know … monetary value? Absolutely. Kindness, you might recall, is part of the love-at-work...
  • Exclusive Online Guide to Help You Win @ Salary Negotiations
    by Louise Garver - March 9, 2017
    There are generally two opportunities to influence how much money you make: when you get a new job and when you ask for a raise in an existing job. Salary negotiations are generally the most sensitive issue in the hiring process. Discussing compensation often causes anxiety for both employee and employer. Negotiating an initial salary can be stressful; it doesn’t get any easier once you have the job and want a raise....
  • Investigating the Tech Skills Gap at SXSWedu
    by Alexandra Levit - March 9, 2017
    Greetings from SXSWedu! This evening, I will have the privilege of moderating a panel titled Tech Skills Gap: What Can Employers and Educators Do? I'm representing DeVry University's Career Advisory Board and will be joined by Robert Paul, president of DeVry University, Randi Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media, and Sara Ley, digital learning and technology leader at GE. Without giving too much away, we&...
  • Reconsidering the Performance Management Process
    by Debra Wheatman - March 7, 2017
    Companies are moving away from the traditional annual performance review process, much to the delight of employees and managers everywhere. The annual performance review process, as well as goal and objective setting, has long since ceased to be a meaningful process that improves productivity and morale. Instead, it is viewed as a bureaucratic time suck that is of little value. If we want to change that and make it a truly wor...
  • Can We Really Fix Dysfunctional Teams?
    by Dr. Maynard Brusman - March 2, 2017
    Organizations waste vast amounts of time, effort and money each year by failing to recognize or correct dysfunctional teams. A PricewaterhouseCoopers study of 200 global companies across various sectors?involving more than 10,000 projects?found less than 3% successfully completed their plans. Similar research reveals 60%–70% project failure rates. In the United States alone, IT project failures cause estimated losses...