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How to Manage a Team Effectively as a New Manager

Whether you are new as a manager or entering a new role and inheriting a team, you want to strategize your plan for success. Learning how to manage a team effectively as a new manager isn’t about jumping in and hoping you get the same luck as before. This is a new group of people with new expectations and work styles. Therefore, you’ll need to adapt to flourish as a new manager. This isn’t difficult if you’re willing to do a little pre-planning before your first day.

Turning Your Inner Critic into Your Career Champion:Your Guide to Thoughtfully Managing Your Inner Voice and Releasing the Champion Within

If you're letting your inner critic dominate your thoughts, it will wreak havoc on your personal and professional life. But if managed correctly, this inner “voice” can ultimately drive positive change. Acknowledging why and where you get stuck and developing ways to initiate positive change will elevate your career confidence. In this book, you'll learn how to expose the inner critic’s fraudulent behavior and reframe this voice to boost confidence, motivation, and professional success.

The Gratitude Impact: How a simple “thank you” can change everything.

A simple "Thank You" can go a long way in making someone's day. It can also do a lot for your career and your personal well-being. Taking the time to appreciate one's efforts on your behalf requires no more than a genuine "thanks" but will solidify an authentic and mutually beneficial working relationships. It also has positive impacts on your health and wellness. It changes the way your brain manages stress and even offers an emotional high that can last much longer than a cup of coffee. Thoug

10 Things To Do When You're Angry At Yourself (For Your Mistakes)

When you make a mistake, you quickly forget all the wins and praise lauded on you over the years. Make one measly mistake and it’s all you can think about. And, unfortunately, you may carry it with you for a lifetime. This is normal, but not healthy. Mistakes happen, and the wise know that that’s how you learn. Stumble and fall, and get up again—it’s the cycle of human development from toddlerhood. Still, when you make mistakes, this experiential wisdom can fly out the door. Your first reaction

How To Identify Addictive Behaviors And Get Rid of Them

There are times when you need activities that bring your relaxation and allow for release. Exercise, writing, playing, creating, and reading are all examples of healthy behaviors that provide an escape—but only to a point. Some pursuits can quickly turn costly if the behavior causes harm or is used as a coping or escape mechanism or if it becomes an unhealthy obsession. If you find yourself engaged in costly addictive behaviors, then it’s time to create a positive change. Here are some tips on

The new trends in interviewing | CareerBuilder

Just like fashion, new trends are always emerging for interviewing platforms. Yet, making a career transition is tough enough without focusing valuable energy on pursuing the latest bells and whistles. Though some may not be your preferred style, there will always be a “new black” that recruiters are ready to try on during an interview. The idea is not to chase the trends but be cognizant, and capable, of successfully navigating the ones that come your way. Group Interviews Somewhere along yo

How To Make Mentoring Work For You

Developing a relationship with a mentor, and becoming a mentor, is a must for successful professional development and career happiness. A mentor provides you with an avenue of learning scripted specifically in answer to professional development needs. Not only will your mentor offer positive guidance for your career, but they’ll provide a safe haven for objectifying concerns and challenges. They’re also great resources for career enhancing connections and collaborations, championing of your prog

10 Actionable Tips To Make Tough Decisions in Life

You make decisions every day, from what you’ll eat for lunch to the route you’ll drive through on your way to work. But when you consider the phrase “tough decisions,” your mind probably wanders to bigger choices, like accepting a job offer, buying a home, or asking for a raise. Tough decisions in life can be even grander in scale including those related to health or caring for a loved one. Planning for a safe, healthy, and financially secure future may be your definition of tough decisions. Bu

Council Post: Employee Engagement Is Not Just A State Of Mind

It's important that we recognize the "realness" of employee engagement. It's not just a state of mind, a fuzzy feeling or emotional blanket that keeps us warm on cool winter months. Employee engagement is a validated psychological state, often measured by increased performance and productivity amongst other positive business outcomes. Therefore, it needs to be taken seriously, fostered and supported by all levels and prioritized as a key element of organizational success. Some of the ways emplo

How To Go Above And Beyond At Work For Career Success

Long days, short deadlines, and never-ending workplace demands will take their toll. And with the transition to remote work this past year, no doubt you’re feeling the impact. Still, with all that’s changing in the world of work, your career success depends on whether you go above and beyond or settle with mediocrity. Let’s start with your “Why?” If you prioritize career success, you need to build career capital. This is what you exchange for the career of your dreams. For example, if you want

How to Build Self-Discipline Into Your Personal and Professional Life

Accountability, mental strength and self-discipline all go hand in hand. These are critical habits to hone for success and happiness. Why? Well if you want to make any marked progress in your career and life, you need to hold yourself accountable, be disciplined in your actions and have the mental strength to push through obstacles and set backs. “Self-discipline is defined as ‘the ability to control one’s feelings and overcome one’s weaknesses; the ability to pursue what one thinks is right de

10 Tips for Networking Rehabilitation

Creator and sole contributor to award-winning blog: KBM Coaching & Consulting LLC. The word “networking” can make many cringe. Somewhere along the line, this vital process in career advancement garnered a tainted reputation, a few battle scars, and an unjustifiably abused moniker. Perhaps, it stems from those who’ve misused networking to gain unfair advantages in their graceless quest to climb the corporate ladder. Or maybe networking’s a victim of word association, as it’s often paired with strong arm sales techniques. It could also be that networking is simply misunderstood

Communication is Key for Therapy Industry Interview Success

Interview success in the therapy field requires the demonstration of a most important industry skill – communication. Whether your expertise lies in child psychology or behavioral therapy, possessing the natural ability to communicate with clients, team members, and the community, is imperative for both career and interview success. While there are foundational credentials required to excel in this industry, therapists understand that communication is the primary vehicle for establishing trust a

Take Charge of Your Career

5 Easy Steps to Get a Stalled Career Moving Again We all have commitments: life, family and work typically take center stage for busy professional women. But as they do, career goals may get put on the back burner — or even forgotten about all together. The next thing you know, your career has a life of its own and it’s carrying you away from your intended direction. So what happened? How did your career get so off-course? When did you turn your time, on a daily basis, over to something tha
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