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Category Archives: Getting Ahead
If you don’t remember a question, move on; don’t hold everyone up trying to remember the question. The question just was not that important or you would have remembered it. Under most circumstances, you can return to the question if … Continue reading
A way to gain additional background into a sensitive matter is to pretend to know nothing or very little about that matter. Generally, if one person believes a second person is unaware of a matter, he’ll provide details necessary for … Continue reading
Even though you might have prophesized something, don’t expect to receive credit for your foresight. People might not remember, and those whom do might not feel grateful for the forewarning.
If you apologize for something but the person thinks you’re apologizing for something else, don’t correct him. It’s apparent that he is more concerned about the other matter than the one for which you are apologizing. Don’t create two things … Continue reading
If you’re going to call in sick, don’t give your supervisor all the gory details.
Many who struggle with back pain and poor posture, that spend much of their time seated, and have consulted with doctors in regards to their struggles, might have learned from doctors that many manufacturer designated “ergonomic” chairs are not, in … Continue reading
If you’re recovering from an injury, don’t push yourself to work or stress the injury before it is fully recovered. In general, the best time to recover from an injury – to realize the most complete recovery possible – is … Continue reading
If you’re having trouble with back pain or other aches after a day in the office or by the end of the week, it could be due to poor ergonomics within your workspace. Many large companies have an ergonomics team … Continue reading
Another way to project wisdom is through efficient, effective, and eloquent communication. Being able to successfully communicate a thought with the fewest amount of words and simplest language leaves more time to focus on other things and circumvents confusion and … Continue reading
A common axiom is that “assumptions make an ass out of you and me.” Project wisdom by asking questions and trying to gather all the facts before jumping to conclusions. you might find that your assumptions were wildly incorrect, and … Continue reading
Historical knowledge rarely makes an employee indispensable. While highly appreciated, nearly anyone can gain historical knowledge. Instead, specialized technical or technological expertise that is difficult to acquire and upon which the group or company feels dependent makes an employee indispensable.
There are many relationships in which we can set the tone, such as our relationship with our children. Often, in relationships in which we cannot set the tone, such as with supervisors, we can affect the tone. If you’re unhappy … Continue reading
Want to get ahead, impress the leaders within your department, and improve your work performance? When in meetings with department or company leaders, record all questions asked by attending top leaders, regardless of the perceived importance. Then, ensure these questions … Continue reading
Want to reconnect with someone? Send the person an email referencing or linking to something positive that reminds you of her, letting the person know that you thought she might be interested in the item. Most people will appreciate the … Continue reading
Take advantage of every opportunity to work overtime in a paid internship. Not only does it translate into a 50% wage increase for overtime, but, it offers additional opportunities to gain expertise.
To the extent possible, try to intern each summer while you are in college. It will differentiate you from other graduates, advance your skills, and improve your understanding of course subjects. Paid internships are available in most fields. If you … Continue reading
In general, comparing yourself to others is a poor way to measure your success. In can be limiting and debilitating. There’s any number of things that can affect where a person ends up. Similar to commuting to work, any one … Continue reading
To the extent possible, maintain control of your image. Once in the public sphere, there’s no telling and little stopping how your image will be used.
Movies, books, and even society at times make it seem noble to sacrifice yourself at work. It isn’t. There is no reward for accepting a failure, especially someone else’s. It’s seldom appreciated and rarely recognized, but, can be very damaging … Continue reading
Some supervisors are jerks and will seek any reason to complain – even imagined. The inclination of many employees under the assault of a bad supervisor is to do the least amount of work necessary to get by; that way, … Continue reading
Not able to work a work out into your daily routine? Increase your metabolism, burn calories, and strengthen your muscles by tightening them regularly while working at your desk and commuting. You can improve your posture by drawing in your … Continue reading
Don’t worry about the things you can’t do; worry about the things you can do but don’t. “While there’s life, there is hope.” – Stephen Hawking
Generally, people remember your most recent accomplishments only, and never forget your failures.
Unless you work in an environment where a person is canned at the drop of a hat, when your boss yells at you, yell back. It’ll shock the heck out of him. If challenged, you can claim you thought he … Continue reading
1 out of every 100 people is a psychopath. (Not all psychopaths are murderers.) Generally, their actions are taken out of self-interest. In work, your actions should be taken out of your self-interest. Nobody is obligated, and few will be inclined, … Continue reading
Give yourself a virtual vacation by carving out time occasionally to do something you enjoy, such as a quick hike in the woods, an extra 15 minutes to sleep in, dining out with a friend, or eating a box of … Continue reading
When you want to help someone stop hiccupping, offer them a buck if they stop hiccupping. It works fast, but, generally only once.
Having trouble making the right connections? Seek out a social climber. They make it their business to know those in the know. Approached just right, and the social climber can be excited to show off his connections. Flattery – especially … Continue reading
Take control of a conversation without being obvious by inserting a forced pause, such as by saying “um” while paging through a document, to suggest you’re about to raise a critical or compelling point. This method is handy if you’re … Continue reading
Hang on to your performance evaluations and create a record or index of highlights within each. Your evaluations serve as a reminder of accomplishments, aiding future job searches, interviews, and reference requests. They provide a means of tracking changes and … Continue reading
If you want respect, never act like someone is more important than you. Be courteous, but never servile.
If your boss wants to have a conversation regarding your performance, try to see the positive to it. Besides being an opportunity to learn and improve, or correct misperceptions, it might provide an opportunity to clear the air, to voice … Continue reading
Many affect a persona in different situations. For example, a person might pretend to be helpless, insecure, or weak to elicit the assistance of others; seductive and playful to escape a bad situation, such as a ticket; incompetent or foolish … Continue reading
Stuck in a rut while trying to find a solution? Break yourself from it by leaping well outside the box. Think of the unimaginable and unrealistic, then work your way backwards. If you’ve been spinning your wheels, you have nothing … Continue reading
If you’re shy, ask questions. Involved questions – ones that require thoughtful and detailed responses – will lengthen the conversation. They also please the person responding as it is an opportunity to speak at length about a favorite subject of … Continue reading
If you’re stressed at work, try introducing a variety of new activities in your life to take your mind off what’s causing the stress. For example, attend a cooking class; join a biking group; volunteer; invite your neighbors over. Finding … Continue reading
Rather than give up hope, reimagine your dreams.
We don’t advise the following but have seen it done successfully. If you want to convince someone to agree to something that you doubt to which they’ll agree, change the situation so that the person or party is compelled to … Continue reading
If you’re trying to politely escape a conversation, rather than saying you have to go – which can make you look self-centered and implies the other person has been taking up your time, tell the person you won’t hold her … Continue reading
Living every day as though it is your last deprives you of your future.
We’ve discussed CLMs (Career Limiting Moves) in the past. CLMs are actions that can lead to losing one’s employment. What may be, and often is, a terminable offense is sharing confidential company information with unauthorized parties. It doesn’t matter whom … Continue reading
Don’t let yourself be immobilized by fear or feeling of lack of accomplishment. The only way to accomplish something is to step towards that accomplishment. Don’t be discouraged by your age or adversity. As Frank McCourt, author of Angela’s Ashes, … Continue reading
Numerous departments require employees to join industry or CPD/CPE organizations. However, employees might not be informed of the organization’s lobbying activities, or that positions lobbied for by the organizations may be contrary to the employee’s interests. If you’re concerned about … Continue reading
Flipping our post about interpreting body language, Reading His Lips, on its head, take care not to give yourself away through your body language. If you feel your body responding to a situation of anxiety, fear, or anger, try to … Continue reading