Personal Effectiveness

Four Formidable Things to Do during Your Downtime

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December 29, 2016
Four Formidable Things to Do during Your Downtime

Tweet Everyone knows it’s important to take time off from work, yet many people struggle to do so.  In fact, a Glassdoor survey revealed that the average American employee only takes half of their earned vacation or paid time off. Unplugging every so often is essential to attain a healthy work-life balance.  To help...
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Three Steps to Take before You Set New Year’s Resolutions

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December 22, 2016
Three Steps to Take before You Set New Year’s Resolutions

Tweet As 2016 draws to an end, approximately 45% of all Americans will set goals or resolutions for the New Year according to a University of Scranton Journal of Clinical Psychology article.  Here is a ranking of the top six resolutions: Lose weight Get organized Spend less, save more Enjoy life to the fullest...
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Three Reasons to Slow Down This Holiday Season

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December 2, 2016
Three Reasons to Slow Down This Holiday Season

Tweet It’s the ‘most wonderful time of the year,’ or is it?  For many Americans, the Thanksgiving holiday officially kicks-off a month full of stress as they struggle to balance their professional responsibilities with additional ‘tis the season to-do’s.  Here are three reasons to slow down so you can glow all season long. The...
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Four Ways Showing Gratitude Guarantees Better Health

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November 23, 2016
Four Ways Showing Gratitude Guarantees Better Health

Tweet Boost your immune system thanks to improved optimism levels.  Not surprisingly, grateful people tend to think more optimistically which researchers say boosts the immune system.  Lisa Aspinwall, PhD, a psychology professor at the University of Utah stated, “There are some very interesting studies linking optimism to better immune function.”   In one study,...
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Three Reasons Giving Gratitude Year Round Is Good for Business

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November 18, 2016
Three Reasons Giving Gratitude Year Round Is Good for Business

Tweet It’s common for businesses to show customer and employee appreciation during the holidays, however some organizations are differentiating themselves by weaving such efforts into their daily and weekly plans.  This approach to appreciation is benefitting their bottom line and more.  Here are three reasons to give gratitude all year long. Showing appreciation increases...
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Four Fortunate Ways to Frame Peer Feedback

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November 9, 2016
Four Fortunate Ways to Frame Peer Feedback

Tweet Communicating constructive criticism in an effective manner that benefits both parties can be downright challenging.  This is especially true when providing feedback to peers in the workplace which is a growing trend. Peer-to-peer feedback regarding an employee’s strengths and weaknesses offers insights into their performance beyond the top-down reviews given by their supervisors. Here...
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The Next Generation Training Needed to Develop the Future Worker

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November 3, 2016
The Next Generation Training Needed to Develop the Future Worker

Tweet In the past, apprenticeships, classes, manuals, mentoring, and conferences were how information was passed on to the next generation of workers. Today’s cutting edge companies are leveraging virtual classrooms, online quizzes, self-paced courses, discussion groups, blogs, and video games to train and develop the next generation worker. Technology and the Internet have shattered...
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Ask These Three Questions to Make Interviews Less Intimidating

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October 28, 2016
Ask These Three Questions to Make Interviews Less Intimidating

Tweet If you’re nervous about an upcoming job interview, you’re not alone.  A recent study by Harris Interactive and Everest College reveals that 92% of U.S. adults between the ages of 18-54 are anxious about job interviews.  Dale Carnegie said, “Only the prepared speaker deserves to be confident.”  An effective way to combat our...
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Overcome These Four Fears to Fuel Your Professional Success

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October 19, 2016
Overcome These Four Fears to Fuel Your Professional Success

Tweet Encountering awkward situations in the workplace is inevitable, however fortunately we have control over how we respond to them.  We can gain the skills required to handle uncomfortable situations adeptly or continue feeling awkward indefinitely.  Dale Carnegie said, “Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it… that is the...
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Forget IQ—Three ‘Q’s You Need to Succeed

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October 6, 2016
Forget IQ—Three ‘Q’s You Need to Succeed

Tweet Most people are familiar with ‘IQ,’ an indicator of logical reasoning ability and technical intelligence.  Albert Einstein’s IQ was estimated at 160 and John F. Kennedy’s was only 119.  Traditional hiring and promoting methods often required a high IQ for climbing to the top ranks of American businesses, however today many companies are...
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