I remember when a friend asked me “John, how are you finding work?”, (in this part of the world, there is a thin line between job and work so most of the time when someone asks about work or job they mean the same thing) without thinking,  I responded and told him that work was good and I was enjoying it but I would not mind another job. In simple words, I loved what I did but I wasn’t really satisfied with the job. Read more

By Sherrie Campbell 

Discipline is the greatest obstacle in preventing most people from achieving the levels of success they desire. Take a moment to process that if you had the discipline to do everything you knew you should do, even when you did not feel like doing it, how much more successful you will be in achieving your personal and professional goals. Discipline is the most challenging habit to do consistently, which is why employers reward it more than any other. Read more

Have you ever wondered about the difference between a manager and a leader?

Jennifer Hill has. Having held senior leadership positions with some top global financial institutions and in her current role as CFO for Global Banking and Global Markets with Bank of America, she’s learned a thing or two about what leadership is – and isn’t. Read more

Laszlo Bock wrote about hiring in  his book Work Rules!, but here’s an abridged preview from the book:

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression” was the tagline for a Head & Shoulders shampoo ad campaign in the 1980s. (A couple of cringe-worthy examples are here and here.) This unfortunately encapsulates how most interviews work. Tricia Pricket and Neha Gada-Jain, two psychology students at the University of Toledo, collaborated with their professor Frank Berieri to report in a 2000 study that judgments made in the first 10 seconds of an interview could predict the outcome of the interview. They videotaped interviews, and then showed thinner and thinner “slices” of the tape to college students. For 9 of the 11 variables they tested—like intelligence, ambition, and trustworthiness — they found that observers made the same assessments as the interviewers. Even without meeting the candidates. Even when shown a clip as short as 10 seconds. Even with the sound turned off. Read more

One of the biggest roadblocks to success is the fear of failure. Fear of failure is worse than failure itself because it condemns you to a life of unrealized potential.

A successful response to failure is all in your approach. In a study recently published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, researchers found that success in the face of failure comes from focusing on results (what you hope to achieve), rather than trying not to fail. While it’s tempting to try and avoid failure, people who do this fail far more often than those who optimistically focus on their goals. Read more

Current trends aside, there are some lessons you can’t learn from constant job hopping.

When I was a freshman in college, I took a job as a bookseller at Barnes & Noble during my college’s winter field-work term. My friends were taking unpaid internships, but I needed the cash—something that wouldn’t surprise most undergrads today. Read more

Adopting these habits may not make you a billionaire, but it will make you more effective and more successful.

How did Bill Gates get to be the richest person in the world, with a net worth around $80 billion? Being in the right place with the right product at the dawn of the personal computer era certainly had a lot to do with it. But so do some very smart approaches to work and life that all of us can follow. Read more

Whether we like it or not, we spend much of our time working.  Most of us spend over 10 hours a day, 60 hours a week and 2,000 hours a year at work.  So if you aren’t happy with your present career or if you are trying to break into a new field, here are 10 essential habits for getting the job you want having a happier carrier: Read more

  1. Avoid the meeting after the meeting.

You have a meeting. Issues are raised. Concerns are shared. Decisions are made. Everyone in attendance fully support those decisions. Things are going to happen.

Then someone holds the “meeting after the meeting.” Now she talks about issues she didn’t share in the actual meeting. Now he disagrees with the decisions made in the actual meeting. Read more