Tag: Workplace

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…


Never Assume You Can Speak For Others Unless It’s Agreed Upon

It’s always been advised that one should never judge a book by a cover. Hand-in-hand with that advice is the understanding that we should not make assumptions about anything or anyone.

These pieces of advice have as much to do with leadership as they do with surveying one’s entire environment and keeping an open mind as one seeks a familiar, supportive, and safe environment in which to proceed, thrive, and succeed in one’s mission.

“…we should not make…


If You Dismiss Your Needs Too Quickly, You May Be Leaving Money On The Table

Consider yourself first. Support yourself first. Trust yourself first.

All of these pieces of advice might sound selfish, but they ring true from the standpoint that one has to take care of oneself in order to give the strongest effort to both build their best life and impact others in the greatest possible way.

Sometimes we lose sight of ourselves. It’s as if we only focus on what we can physically see–which is everything and everyone else we come…


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…


Do You Seek Out Those Whose Approach Might Align With Yours?

Growing up in school one would see cliques everywhere. They were, for the most part, homogeneous—there just wasn’t too much of a difference from one member to the next.  But those younger cliques were traditionally about similarities at that one point in time, a snapshot of now as opposed to long-range goals.

In the workplace, there are still cliques, or “groupings.” They are those groups that have to do mostly with what their interests and similarities…


How Long Do You Wait Before You Admit Something Isn’t Working Out?

It’s amazing what connotations the phrases “Flip Flop” or “Flip Flopper” have nowadays.  Depending on what side of the issue one stands of which the “perpetrating” Flip Flopper is being accused of Flip Flopping, various opinions can be offered regarding the “perp.”

For instance, perceptions can emerge that the person didn’t have enough conviction to stick to their initial stance, that the person can be too easily swayed, or that he or she is doing so solely to…


Do Your Best To Provide Fresh Perspective And Break The Cycle In Your Environments

Whether you are entering a new endeavor or navigating your established workplace, be aware of and try to resist falling into the quick sand of environments which are perpetuated by using the same approach without any adjustment in course or method.

Because they don’t adjust, these environments tend to miss out on and lack the results that could be possible for all stakeholders and parties involved because they address issues the way they’ve always been addressed.

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Is Your Workplace Busy Being Reactive Or Proactive?

As you enter the workforce for the first time or as you transition into a new job in general, be aware of what the modus operandi is of the culture you are entering.

We spend so much time trying to learn and better ourselves — investing in ourselves — that it is a shame when we begin working with someone, a group, or an organization which does not take that same proactive stance on both development and their…


When Someone Has Betrayed Trust, How Deserved Is Restorative Justice?

On Election Day in 2015, Bridgeport, CT reelected it’s disgraced former Mayor, whom had gone to jail for seven years for accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from those doing business with the City, to the Mayor’s Office.  Five years after leaving federal prison, he beat the incumbent Democratic Mayor in the primary to then go on and beat a fellow Democrat, who finished third in the Primary but ran as an Independent in the General Election,…


On Your Way Up Through Your Career, Keep Reflecting On Your Past.

No one will ever be the same person at retirement that they were when they stepped through their first professional workplace door. Even if one remains in the same industry, or even in the same position, for their entire career their perception of their workplace, their position and their value (and values) will adjust as time goes on. There’s a constant natural evolution at work. (Pun intended.)

When I’ve presented to business school undergraduates ready to graduate…


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