Coins in a fountain…shooting stars…birthday candles…a genie in a bottle…wishbones. Wouldn’t it be great if those things did make wishes come true? Getting what you truly want would sure be a lot easier. The hard truth is that, for the most part, making your dreams come true is a result of hard work and concentration. But we can learn how to make our dreams come true from those who have reached the stars.
You know you’re ready and qualified for a more responsible position. Yet no one seems to be paying attention. So how do you get the promotion and raise you deserve? Take a page out of the playbook of upwardly mobile professionals who know what it takes to get ahead.
Are you putting in mind-numbingly long hours, hoping upon hope to receive recognition at work? If so, there’s a better way! If you want to be acknowledged as a valuable asset to your organization you must work at finding opportunities to showcase your talent and drive.
As an assistant, you have probably helped put together many important presentations over the years. Chris Hirsch asks, would you rather listen to dry statistics or to a story? When you’ve listened to speakers delivering presentations, you may have found them dull, fascinating, or somewhere in between. What makes the difference in how a listener responds to a presentation, and how can you help your boss make the biggest impact with a presentation?
The challenges of being a working mom or dad are many, from juggling drop-offs with early morning meetings to finding high-quality yet affordable childcare. Learn how to identify the right employers and benefits to help you and find compromises that work for you, your boss, and your family.
We’ve all been there…an ugly interaction in the morning poisons the rest of your day; you get bad news and can’t stop thinking about it; you’re working as fast as you can, falling behind and new tasks just keep piling up; you’re humiliated in front of colleagues, or, you’re in a blue funk and just can’t shake it. The one thing we can do in each of those situations is to choose how we react. Here are a dozen tips for turning a really bad day around.
An on-the-job mistake could have major consequences; or it might cause some minor embarrassment. Handling slip-ups smoothly allows us to put them behind us. Here are a number of foolproof ways to handle on-the-job faux-pas.
Looming deadlines … performance reviews … high-level presentations. Who doesn’t dread most, if not all, of these situations? Yet there are many good ways to stop feeling frazzled and keep your cool—no matter what work pressures you may be under.
Perennially popular APC trainer Sandy Geroux explains how to think bigger by sharpening your proactive and critical thinking skills using a technique called Negative Branch Reservation (NBR.) Here Sandy not only describes NBR, she shows you how to use it by exercising your “what if” muscle.
Returning to work after a vacation can be, well, depressing. Your once-clean desk may now be cluttered, your email and voicemail are likely full, and your mind is a million miles away. Instead of feeling sad about being back, try these practical strategies for a smooth “re-entry.”