Ultimately, success does not come down to luck. Instead, Morten Hansen argues that successful leaders share a common set of characteristics. In the early twentieth century, two competing teams of explorers set out on expeditions to be the first humans to reach the South Pole. Hansen argues that the contrast between the leaders of these expeditions,… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Personal Effectiveness
It is not a surprise that the hallmarks of a successful business do not remain static over time, and so the definition of an effective employee or an effective manager shift over time as well. In many companies, the ranks of today’s upper management look pretty different than they did a generation ago. Individual personal… Read more »
In a weak economy with a high unemployment rate, many details of one’s workplace behavior become increasingly important when cuts must be made. If you are concerned about your job security, then one thing you can do is to work on increasing your professionalism in the workplace. If you manage employees that you are worried… Read more »
In today’s workforce, in many professions, there is still a discrepancy between what men get paid and what women get paid. There are still many professions with a noticeable lack of women. And yet, women are a strong asset to any company. Improve your management development by seeking to hire – and retain – more female… Read more »
In today’s economy, many people need to cut back in order to make ends meet. And right now, it is quite trendy to get the best possible deal (think Groupon and Living Social) or to be on the tightest possible budget (think Dave Ramsey). No longer can most Americans just swipe their credit card for… Read more »
A recent report on Forbes.com reveals that recently, “U.S. manufacturers managed to increase output per worker hour by a whopping 38%. In sum: If you want to thrive, you better be productive.” No matter what the current state of the job market, productivity is a crucial component of personal effectiveness that is important to focus on, especially… Read more »
Perfectionists often believe that if they spend more time on something, they can make it perfect. In reality, however, perfection does not exist. And in the business world as well as the world at large, there are generally deadlines that just have to be met, whether or not a project has reached a state of… Read more »
People work more effectively if they are engaged in valued work and if they don’t come across too many stumbling blocks to their forward progress, according to a recent Harvard Business Review blog article referencing the progress principle (find out more here). In order to increase the accountability and personal effectiveness of your employees, you… Read more »
What qualities determine your professionalism in the workplace? Dressing in a professional manner? Arriving at work on time every day? Completing your projects within a reasonable time frame? Not taking personal phone calls where the whole office can hear you? Whatever you think of when you hear the term professionalism in the workplace, the truth… Read more »
In today’s job market, where many qualified job applicants vie for a single job, professional presence is more important than ever. The “dress for success” cliché might seem a little worn out, but making an excellent first impression is increasingly crucial to career success in the current business climate. Even if you work from home,… Read more »
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