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July 29th, 2011 by Robert Moskowitz   Posted in Career Advice, Unemployment

istock_000006324031xsmallSpencer Tracy — the famous actor — said that acting is listening. He was more right than he knew, because not only acting but living comes easier when you practice good listening skills.

Of course, listening won’t take you all the way to where you want to go. You must also have a handle on your emotions: knowing what you’re feeling and why, which also helps you become more open to sensing the emotions in others.

Using the strategies we covered in Part 1, you’ll begin to both listen and feel the people around you, which puts you a leg up on most other people. When you overlay those strategies with the right techniques, you can quickly become more adept at being smarter with people.

Here are some valuable techniques to help you: Cultivate Your Listening and Feeling Abilities
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July 26th, 2011 by Juliana Weiss-Roessler   Posted in Career Advice, In the Workplace

istock_000005602163xsmall2The first day on a new job can be terrifying - you’re learning new things, meeting new people, and trying desperately not to screw anything up too badly. Chances are you’ve barely given any thought at all to what you’re going to wear… or you’re obsessing over it so much that you can’t think about anything else. You want to impress, so maybe you should go formal and classy. But what if you’re too formal? The modern workplace has changed and is much more casual. What to do? Well, first off…

Check the dress code. Most places aren’t terribly specific, saying things like “business attire” or “business casual,” but it’s not uncommon to have dress codes that prevent things like shorts, jeans, or open-toed shoes. Check yours out for a quick list of what’s off-limits.

Observe the wildlife. During your interview, you probably interacted with at least another employee or two besides your boss. What kinds of clothing were they wearing? Do your best to mimic their attire or dress ever-so-slightly better than them so that you won’t stand out as trying too hard, but can feel good knowing you won’t be the worst-dressed person in the office.
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July 25th, 2011 by Robert Moskowitz   Posted in Career Advice, In the Workplace, Networking

istock_000017097109xsmall3Spencer Tracy — the famous actor — said that acting is listening. He was more right than he knew, because not only acting, but also, living comes easier when you practice good listening skills.

Of course, listening won’t take you all the way to where you want to go. You must also have a handle on your emotions: knowing what you’re feeling and why, which also helps you become more open to sensing the emotions in others.

When you’re able to both listen and feel the people around you, you’ll find that getting and holding jobs, providing effective leadership, accomplishing personal growth, achieving success, and feeling essentially happy all become easier for you.

While some people are born listeners and feelers, nearly all of us can learn the techniques and become more adept at these essential people-oriented skills.
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July 21st, 2011 by Juliana Weiss-Roessler   Posted in Humor, In the Workplace

istock_000008057349xsmallLet’s face it: heading to your 9 to 5 isn’t always the most exciting thing in the world. You may be cooped up in a cubicle, stressed out, or even bored. Finding ways to make the workplace more fun can help put people in a better mood, relieve stress, and encourage relationship-building. It doesn’t have to cost much either. Here are a few inexpensive ways to liven things up!

Encourage cubicle decoration.

Provide cork boards where people can easily pin up items that showcase their personalities. Provide adequate desk space, so people can bring in decorative items, photos, and even toys from home.

Paint the walls.

White is boring. Spice things up by adding some color! You can allow different departments to choose the color scheme for their area, or you can use your brand colors. Think it’s too much? Consider an accent wall here or there instead.
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July 20th, 2011 by Robert Moskowitz   Posted in Career Advice, In the Workplace

Strength in NumbersRegardless of where you fit in today’s organizational structures, you can have a bigger impact and produce more desirable results if you take steps to build more trust in the people around you.

There are several reasons for this, and chief among them is that higher levels of trust lead to higher levels of energy, enthusiasm, and effort.

In addition, people who trust you more not only take direction from you better, they feel safe enough to contribute more information and ideas to the decision-making process, and they tend to be more heavily invested in achieving desired outcomes.

Trust is also a valuable commodity because these days it is in relatively short supply. Employers and their employees tend to lack trust in each other. Sales organizations and their customers frequently have suspicions about the other’s motivations. Many team members and team leaders can think back on times when they were treated badly, and may feel a little squeamish about giving their full trust to the other.
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