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Productivity. Don’t Let Inexperience Stop You from Participating in Meetings. As a young professional, you’ve probably been in this situation: You’re at a meeting and have something to say but wonder if you’re too junior, inexperienced, or new to speak up.

Don’t Let Inexperience Stop You from Participating in Meetings

Maybe you’re uncertain about whether what you have to say is actually a good point, or you’re afraid that the people running the meeting don’t really want to hear from you, even if they’ve openly encouraged questions and discussion. Or maybe you’re paralyzed by performance anxiety and worry that if you open your mouth, your voice will shake or you’ll embarrass yourself. The problem, of course, is that unless you do participate, you won’t catch the attention of your senior colleagues who have the power to bring your career to the next level.

The first thing you should do is gauge your company culture. In some companies, participation from junior staff is essential, a key part of the career development process. If You Can’t Empathize with Your Employees, You’d Better Learn To. Empathy—the ability to read and understand other’s emotions, needs, and thoughts—is one of the core competencies of emotional intelligence and a critical leadership skill.

If You Can’t Empathize with Your Employees, You’d Better Learn To

It is what allows us to influence, inspire, and help people achieve their dreams and goals. Empathy enables us to connect with others in a real and meaningful way, which in turn makes us happier—and more effective—at work. 7 Reasons Why Emotional Intelligence Is One Of The Fastest-Growing Job Skills. As a lifelong musician, at first I felt slighted by Microsoft's newfound emphasis on creativity.

7 Reasons Why Emotional Intelligence Is One Of The Fastest-Growing Job Skills

The upcoming Surface Studio desktop is a clear nod to visual artists, with a massive touch screen for sketching, painting, and graphic design, while the knoblike Surface Dial peripheral seems perfect for tool selection in Photoshop. Both devices will be buttressed by the Windows 10 Creators Update, which includes new programs for 3D modeling and drawing. Those announcements seemed to leave musicians out of the picture, so I asked makers of music software and digital audio devices whether Microsoft had been neglecting them.

It turns out the answer is no. Instead of feeling abandoned, musicians are intrigued by the new hardware and encouraged by recent under-the-radar improvements for musicians in Windows 10. Don’t Wait to Be Asked: Lead - A roadmap for increasing your influence at work. Ask people what they would change about their organizations, and you are likely to get an earful.

Don’t Wait to Be Asked: Lead - A roadmap for increasing your influence at work.

The company website is clunky; it’s past time to rethink that tired growth strategy; and why oh why does the sales team continue to neglect potential customers in South America? Someone should really do something. But who? “There’s some magical group of people called ‘those guys,’ who are men and women we have to wait for,” says Harry Kraemer, a clinical professor of strategy at the Kellogg School.

But the better path, he says, is to lose the shroud of magic around this group and simply become part of it. He offers the following roadmap to future leaders looking to change their organizations right now. Using Harsh Feedback to Fuel Your Career. The first time I tried to enlist in the Marine Corps, I got laughed out of the recruiter’s office.

Using Harsh Feedback to Fuel Your Career

At a pudgy 300 pounds, I was hardly an ideal candidate. The recruiter was just playing the odds when he took one look at me, pointed to the door, and told me to stop wasting his time. After months of diet and exercise, I did get a recruiter to take me seriously – and finally graduated from boot camp at 185 pounds, 18 months after that initial failed attempt. The tough feedback that I received in the Marines was exactly what I needed to get my life together.

Each of us has a story like this in our personal or professional lives. 20 Diversion Tactics Highly Manipulative Narcissists, Sociopaths and Psychopaths Use to Silence You. Toxic people such as malignant narcissists, psychopaths and those with antisocial traits engage in maladaptive behaviors in relationships that ultimately exploit, demean and hurt their intimate partners, family members and friends.

20 Diversion Tactics Highly Manipulative Narcissists, Sociopaths and Psychopaths Use to Silence You

They use a plethora of diversionary tactics that distort the reality of their victims and deflect responsibility. Although those who are not narcissistic can employ these tactics as well, abusive narcissists use these to an excessive extent in an effort to escape accountability for their actions. Here are the 20 diversionary tactics toxic people use to silence and degrade you. The Top 9 Reasons Why Your Best Employees Quit (And How to Stop Them) How to Respond to Insecure Co-workers. Six Habits Of Good Listeners. When we think of great leaders, we often think about individuals who give speeches that motivate action, but in addition to being great speakers, great leaders are also great listeners.

Six Habits Of Good Listeners

Taylor Berens Crouch, doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at the University of Maryland, says being a good listener is crucial to being a great leader. "If we’re trying to lead people in a direction that they want, it’s absolutely necessary that we understand people’s desires and perspectives and thoughts, and listening is necessary to get that information," says Crouch. Follow these six habits of great listeners: 1. They Practice Being Truly Mindful. 6 Things Your Employees Want From Performance Reviews. It's been a tough year for performance reviews.

6 Things Your Employees Want From Performance Reviews

Headlines urge us to kill them, nix them, blow them up. Studies reveal alarming stats, like the fact that 95 percent of managers are dissatisfied with their performance-management systems. Sound Like a Leader With These 5 Simple Sentence Starters. Five times you should demand a raise. You haven't seen a raise since the Great Recession hit the country, and you probably feel overdue for a salary bump.

Five times you should demand a raise

But when is the right time to ask your boss or supervisor for a raise? Does your timing play a role in whether you're likely to nab that paycheck boost? It sure does. How to Look Pass Toxic Behavior. Healthy Boundaries For Mentors And Protégés. The Art of Conducting a Great Employee Review. The 5 Important Lessons I Learned from my Toughest Boss. Talking about your Salary Sucks! Here are 6 Helpful Tips. Find the Coaching in Criticism. Feedback is crucial.

Find the Coaching in Criticism

That’s obvious: It improves performance, develops talent, aligns expectations, solves problems, guides promotion and pay, and boosts the bottom line. But it’s equally obvious that in many organizations, feedback doesn’t work. A glance at the stats tells the story: Only 36% of managers complete appraisals thoroughly and on time. In one recent survey, 55% of employees said their most recent performance review had been unfair or inaccurate, and one in four said they dread such evaluations more than anything else in their working lives. When senior HR executives were asked about their biggest performance management challenge, 63% cited managers’ inability or unwillingness to have difficult feedback discussions.

Most companies try to address these problems by training leaders to give feedback more effectively and more often. Why Feedback Doesn’t Register What makes receiving feedback so hard? Truth triggers are set off by the content of the feedback. How to Motivate Yourself When Your Boss Doesn’t. Let’s face it: some bosses are not inspiring. They don’t motivate us to perform at our best — let alone improve our skills. What should you do if your boss is too hands-off, ambivalent, or downright demotivating? How can you keep your engagement up and your own professional goals on track? Is it possible to motivate yourself? Five Things People Do to Hurt Their Careers. 12 Tips for Strong, Credible Business Writing. How Super Successful People Learn to Say 'No'

Learning to Speak Up When You're from a Culture of Deference - Andy Molinsky. By Andy Molinsky | 9:00 AM July 7, 2014 Many of us are uncomfortable speaking with people of higher status. We can feel self-conscious, unsure of what to say, and afraid what we’re going to say — or what we’re saying — is the wrong thing. After these conversations, we often replay in our heads what we said, analyze what we shouldn’t have said, or realize what we should have said but didn’t. But imagine what communicating up the hierarchy is like for people from countries and cultures where notions of hierarchy are much deeper and much more ingrained than ours.

How to Take Criticism Well - WSJ. 7 Ways To Get Noticed At The Office. How to Be a Better Listener. When you mention the qualities you look for in great salespeople, it’s nearly a given that the gift of gab is near the top of the list. Everyone loves a salesperson who can carry a conversation. But in speaking with Brenda Bence, author of Would You Want to Work for You? , I was reminded the ability to listen may be more important. Bence shared an interesting statistic, which is that English speakers can say 125 to 150 words in a given minute and listen to 400 to 550 words in the same amount of time. The old adage goes that he who speaks first loses. I. Learn the benefits of listening. L. Meet in an environment that is conducive to listening. Are You Spending Enough Time With Your Boss? - At Work. What if you lose your job tomorrow? Three Ways to Make a Career Comeback. Management Consulting Jobs – 5 Mistakes That Get You Fired.

First, getting fired in management consulting doesn't happen often. There are many reasons for this (eg, the rigorous recruiting process, the supportive development-focused culture). However, in tough economic times select firms will significantly tighten hiring and raise the bar on promotions. Those who don't make the cut must leave the company within a rough timeframe – the “up or out” policy.

30 By 30: The Smartest Career Moves. Distinct signs of Boiling Frog Syndrome. 4 Ways To Avoid the Axe. Make Yourself Sponsor-Worthy - Sylvia Ann Hewlett. By Sylvia Ann Hewlett | 11:00 AM February 6, 2014 Gauge whether you’re ready for a sponsor by taking this brief assessment. “I’ve always given 110%,” says Maggie. “Whoever I worked for, I gave them my all, every day, 10 hours a day, weekends and holidays, whatever it took.

How to Convince Your Boss You’re Ready For a Promotion. How Not to Be The Coworker Everyone Hates. Make Your Career a Success by Your Own Measure - Monique Valcour. By Monique Valcour | 11:00 AM February 18, 2014.