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How to Achieve Your Career Dream

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We all need a little bit of extra help sometimes to move our career aspirations from dreams to reality. Often times we look in books or school, but there are other places to look.

Do you know people that have had great success with a coach at work while others swear by their mentor? These often available resources can give you a much-needed push.

So what are the differences between a coach and a mentor, and which will help you achieve your dreams? Click Here to Read Article …

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4 Reasons to Do an Exit Interview (And When To Skip It)

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So you’ve given notice that you’re quitting your job and moving to your dream job across the street. Well, at least you’re moving.

Your manager has asked you to be part of an exit interview process. Your first reaction is, Why do I care? I’m not going to be here.

But before you rule it out, here are a few things to think about.

We all know why employers like exit interviews, at least smart employers.

They give them the chance to find out what’s really going on behind the scenes between their employees and supervisors and to make necessary corrections in policies, procedures or even supervisors.

But why should you, the employee, care? That’s a good question. Here are some reasons why you should choose to complete the interview process. Click Here to Read Article …

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How to Set & Reach Your Goals

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Do you feel stuck in your job or your life? Are you growing a bit stale and stagnant?

Maybe it’s time to move onward and upward, but you don’t really know how to get there? Then perhaps what you’re missing is a personal growth plan.

A personal growth plan is an organized way to help you realize your full potential in your career and in your life.

Are you ready? Here are some elements of a personal growth plan. Click Here to Read Article …

4 Ways to Do Your Best Work

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There is a great little book about life and living called The Four Agreements. It is a New York Times bestseller by the Toltec Indian teacher and spiritual guide by Don Miguel Ruiz.

It features four simple agreements that if you practice them regularly, will improve your life and living. One of them, the fourth actually, is Always Do Your Best.

This agreement, which you make with yourself, allows all the other positive things that you do in life to become more effective and to reach their full potential so that you can live a happy and contented life.

But you can also utilize this agreement to make the most of your time at work. And since you spend a third of your life there, the practices that you introduce at work will spill over to help you make the most of the rest of your life as well. Click Here to Read Article …

4 Tips to Calm Anxiety at Work

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We all get a bit nervous or anxious at work sometimes. Deadlines, extra work and then more work on top of that can make anyone feel stressed out.

But as anyone who has ever suffered from anxiety or a panic attack can tell you, acute anxiety is a completely different story.

A small percentage of people all over the world have a serious problem with anxiety. They suffer from a medical condition that will require professional assessment and treatment.

But many more of us are affected by milder forms of general anxiety that can feel bad at the time but often pass quickly. Click Here to Read Article …

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10 Tips to Save Time & Do More

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The great Management guru Peter Drucker once said:

“Time is the scarcest resource of the manager;
if it is not managed, nothing else can be managed.”

If this is true for managers, then it must be true for the rest of us as well.

So how can we make the best use of this valuable resource?

Here are 10 ways to better manage your time at work. Click Here to Read Article …

10 Ways to Solve Your Problem

Some problems just won’t go away.

No matter what we try, they are like the Energizer Bunny: They keep going and going and going!

The good news is that there just may be a way to resolve that problem once and for all.

In fact there may be many solutions.

Here are 10 different ways to help you think about and resolve your most difficult problems. Click Here to Read Article …

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How to Find Work-Life Balance with Moderation

Almost everything from coffee, red wine and even desserts can be good for us, if we indulge in moderation.

Moderation, or the act of being balanced mentally and emotionally at work, can also bring us great results.

Working day and night may bring great financial rewards and career success, but it’s not that great if you have no time to enjoy it. That’s why moderation works.

Here are five ways that moderation can help you at work: Click Here to Read Article …

How to Deal with Conflict

There will always be conflict at work.

It can range from petty squabbles to major disagreements.

Sometimes this conflict boils over into angry words or worse.

These situations have the potential to damage relationships, your professional growth, even your job.

In order to avoid that, here are five tips for how to deal with conflict at work. Click Here to Read Article …

5 Essential Questions to Ask Your Interviewer

There are many things you should probably never ask at a job interview, like if they have a drug testing policy, do background checks or how many sick days you get.

But there are also some questions that might help you find out a little more about the job you’re applying for and others that might actually help you get the job.

So the next time you’re heading to a job interview, here are five questions you should ask: Click Here to Read Article …

6 Steps to Tame Email Overload

Keeping on top of your email inbox is becoming more and more of a challenge for many of us.

There’s just too much, too often, waiting for a response yesterday.

It’s difficult to manage all this information and still get your work done.

Often times we can end up feeling like our job title is Professional Email Writer.

If you are feeling more than a little overwhelmed by the barrage of your incoming messages, here are few tips to create an email system and take back control of your inbox. Click Here to Read Article …

5 Secrets to Stop Worrying

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Worry is a very bad habit that keeps us trapped in anticipation, fearing that bad things may happen and expecting the worst.

It is more than an aggravating tendency, it is a waste of good energy that could be put into more productive pursuits.

The great American philanthropist Dale Carnegie pointed out that worrying was a time-wasting exercise. He asked people to consider the following questions.

“Do you remember the things you were worrying about a year ago? How did they work out? Didn’t you waste a lot of fruitless energy on account of most of them? Didn’t most of them turn out all right after all?” Click Here to Read Article …