Tag: Development

The Effectiveness And Honesty Of The Workplace “Just Sayin'”

“Just Sayin’” is a term that’s invaded and taken over conversations as a quick means for the user to note that they are just seemingly pointing something out without wanting to engage in a debate about what’s been pointed out.

Although it’s overused, it serves an interesting purpose in ongoing discourse.  It allows us to point out that something is off, amiss, or even objectionable, but that the main reason that the user is pointing it out is…


Volunteering Provides More Value Than Considered At First Glance

“Volunteers are not paid—not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.”

— Author Unknown

Never underestimate the power of volunteering—the ability to step up, be proactive, and provide your skill set, time, and dedication to the cause at hand without seeking compensation or setting quid pro quo expectations. The cause can be a charity—which most people would consider the traditional benefactor of a volunteer—or your organization, or…


We Need To Rethink Embarrassment So We Don’t Limit Ourselves

As we develop and grow, there are instances where we need to take risks and step out of our comfort zone. Sometimes, we’re held back and inhibited by fears that in turn limit those development and growth efforts. But if we hold back in the face of fear, we’re holding back from both giving and achieving our best.

When it comes to fear, in essence, its most basic driver is that we always want…


In Your Environments, Be Sure To Consider Following The Golden Rule To Start

Although the bulk of The Self 60 – Professional Development Mind/Set is numbered and not necessarily listed in rank order, the placement of “Practice the Golden Rule” at number 1 is absolutely intentional.

First and foremost, and above all things, The Golden Rule– “Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You”–says it all. This saying falls first on the list because if there were no other items on this list–no other suggestions or advice–as long…


For A Well-Rounded Appoach To Your Development, Be Sure To Take Advantage Of Your Friends

You should not take your friends for granted, but you should definitely take advantage of them.

This does not mean taking advantage of them in the traditional sense, where they are used to their detriment for your gain, but instead to take advantage of the value that they provide.

It means looking to your friends and the example that they set.  Much in the way it is important to analyze one’s surroundings and react accordingly, one should…


Everyone Can Teach You Something, If You Just Watch How They Carry Themselves

Free lessons in leadership exist in the everyday. They’re everywhere; you just need (and want) to look around and take stock of them.

Again, leadership exists everywhere and not just in those who have official titles or positions of “leadership” such as management. So look to the actions of those around you whose actions and demeanor work in tandem to develop, influence, encourage, build, and foster growth and value.

You should keep a lookout for these everyday…


Do You Understand The True Value You Provide To Others?

Your value, in large part, is made up of your skill, experience, time, work ethic, and quality, among other things. It is what you can deliver, what you can be, and what you can provide to make any situation, person, or experience better, whether inside or outside of the workplace.

Value is also the measure by which we might be perceived.  It provides the answer to the question What is it a person can provide to make something…


It’s Time To Find Your Confidence When It Comes To Interviewing

Confidence can make or break you.

Your level of confidence may vary, increasing or decreasing from situation-to-situation. This variation is based on past experiences, and our understanding and level of certainty from one situation to the next.

Like with most things, confidence in the everyday is a matter of perception-it conveys what we think we see and feel. More specifically, confidence is the face demonstrating that which we understand and of which we are certain.

If we are, at least, seemingly certain…


As A Leader, Make Sure You’re Providing Reassurance In Your Strategy

As the field and discipline of leadership has evolved, students of its tenets have come to understand that leadership is less about the leader herself and more about what she provides for others. Understanding. Support. Education. These are but a few of the various pillars upon which leadership is built.

Another key practice a leader needs to include in her toolbox is reassurance.  The role that reassurance plays in the workplace and in life has grown…


Return on Time and Just Plain ROT — Look Out For Them Both!

There are two types of particular ROT. One is Return on Time (ROT) and the other is, well, rot.

Upper-case ROT and lower-case rot are each spelled in their respective ways for a reason. The former serves as an acronym for Return on Time (ROT), representing a gauge or measurement such as Return on Investment (ROI) or Return on Assets (ROA), etc., and the latter carries less prominence and value, as signified by the lower-case letters, and means exactly…


Do You Feel “Worthy Enough” To Accept The Help Of Others?

Why is it we don’t like looking like losers?

Sometimes that’s how we feel, how we’ve labeled or perceived ourselves–as if we are weak, pitiful, and vulnerable losers–because we feel like we need help with something. We feel that if we show that vulnerability, we’ll be judged, criticized, or, even worse, ostracized.  Some might avoid the conversations as they might see the state of needing help as one that is stigmatized as that of being a “downer” or just…


Hopefully You Realize That All Your Value Is Not Captured On Your Resume

We’ve always been told universities and colleges like to see a broad spectrum and balanced representation of activities on a candidate’s application, much in the same way an employer likes to see such a varied background when hiring out of college.  But in both situations, the listing of the involvement and achievements is similar to a degree: You can list it but what has it really done for you and how has it made you…


Whether You’re A Student Or A Seasoned Professional, Use The Self 60 List

The Self 60 – Professional Development Mind/Set was first compiled as a list of tips and concepts for business school undergraduates to consider and learn before entering the business world through internships or full-time jobs.

The list, so named for the 60 items which make it up. serves like other pieces of advice and guidance which should be walked through, item-by-item, in order to understand what the tips mean, how they apply,…


How Do You Harness The Abilities of Candidates Whose Skills Are AMP’lified?

Interviewing is a peculiar process.  Most organizations want to find, get blown away by, and select the best candidates available to them. Unfortunately, most of the time, they don’t necessarily look for the best candidate for them and their culture. Instead, they’re hypnotized by amazing credentials, impressive polish, and unfettered poise, thinking those attributes are enough to make that hire a success.  But this is far from the truth.

This is because organizations might see the…


How Do You Think About Fear And How It Holds You Back?

“…Only Thing We Have To Fear Is Fear Itself…”

“You’re Your Own Worst Enemy.”

“What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger.”

Quotes, proverbs, advice–they’re all words for which the true meaning we might not have understood when we first read or heard them. Or we had some kind of at-face-value understanding–a vague interpretation of what we thought they might have meant. But then there are others that take us years or even maybe decades to truly understand and experience.

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