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Via Thrive Global : Three Ways to Improve Work Relationships and Increase Your Own Effectiveness

When confronted with people who bug the you know what out of you, do you tend to expect that they (not you) need to change? While it’s temporarily satisfying to believe that changing others is the way to improve relationships, the best approach to building effective relationships is by changing yourself first.

Follow these three practices to start with yourself first:

1. Ask for feedback, don’t just give it. If you can’t recall the time you last asked for feedback, you’re in good company. Most of us resist it because we equate it with criticism. But if we see feedback as something useful that can support us in getting better, we won’t be so threatened by it. Use these tips when asking for feedback:

Assume good intent. Most people mean well, so give them the benefit of the doubt. Those who have mustered the courage to give you feedback are feeling as vulnerable sharing it as you are receiving it. Show up with an open heart and signal that it is “safe” to give you feedback.

Ask for it skillfully. Don’t surprise people with a request for feedback on the spot. Give them advance notice to prepare. Instead of a general, “How did I do?” ask people to share specific things you could say or do to improve.

Act on It Immediately. While you don’t need to implement every piece of feedback, you do need to act on it, or share why you aren’t going to act on it. People may start to feel safe when you ask them for feedback, but they will know they are safe when they see you take action.

2. Get the Volume Right on Your Strengths. We all rely on our natural “go-to” strengths to get work done. Imagine your strengths are like a pair of headphones. Sometimes, the volume feels inadequate after a few minutes, so we inch up the level—potentially damaging our ears in the process.

Our strengths function in the same way. We grow accustomed to using them at a certain level. But without even realizing it, we dial them up—especially in times of stress—potentially damaging relationships. For example, a strength of practicality, if dialed too high, can become pessimism; loyalty can become gullibility, and passion can become dominance.

Practice getting your volume right by identifying three strengths. Describe how “setting the volume too high” in each strength would look. Then, ask a trusted friend if they’ve seen you exhibit those behaviors. Finally, brainstorm a different strength that might have been more effective in the situation, and/or if needed, which ways you might turn the volume down on the original strength in the future.

3. Identify Your Contribution, Not Just Your To-Do List. Consider the important roles you play at work and home. Don’t just think about the things you need to do in each of those roles. Think about who you want to be in each role. This will help you identify the contribution you want to make in each role and how you will show up for the people who matter most.

Identify a mix of 5-7 of your most important personal and professional roles. Write down one person you influence in each role (i.e. If you’re a manager, choose one of the people you lead. If you’re a parent, choose one of your children. Next to each name, write a sentence or two about what you hope that person would say about you if they were giving you a glowing review. Use the following examples to guide you in creating a tribute statement for each of your important roles:

Parent: He loves me unconditionally no matter what I do. He helps me see my potential.

Leader: She listens to my ideas and always gives me opportunities to grow and develop my skills.

Project Manager: He makes it safe to explore options and take risks. I’m free to make mistakes as I learn what will and won’t work.

Friend: I never feel judged or pitied by her. I always feel encouraged and understood.

Share your tribute statement with each person you identified, then ask each one: From your perspective, what do I need to start doing to make this statement a reality? Once you have everyone’s feedback, identify a few actions you will take today to become the person you want to become.

By changing yourself first and resisting the urge to try and change others, you will improve relationships more quickly, increase your personal effectiveness, and have far greater influence in the long-run.

Via Solutions Review : Talent Management Best Practices: Identifying and Developing High Potential Leaders

This video, presented by Kevin Groves, assistant professor of organizational theory and management at the Graziadio School of Business and Management, makes a case for why talent management matters now more than ever. Based on his research, he offers a model for talent management best practices and the implications of his findings for organizations.

Talent Management is a set of integrated organizational Human Resource processes designed to attract, develop, motivate, and retain productive, engaged employees. The goal of talent management is to create a high-performance, sustainable organization that meets its strategic and operational goals and objectives. With the current market becoming highly competitive for quality workers, otherwise known as the “war for talent,” companies are considering HR capital a top priority. And since companies are only as successful as the people within them, it’s important to find, hire and retain quality candidates and top performers. Implementing a strong and efficient talent management system can help with attracting and retaining top talent as well as making a bottom-line impact on productivity.

Gartner Inc., defines talent management software (TMS) as an integrated set of applications that support an organization’s need to plan, attract, develop, reward, engage and retain talent. Such applications include workforce planning, talent acquisition & onboarding, performance appraisal/assessment, goal management, learning management, competency management, career development, succession management & compensation management.

“These functional components align with the key human capital management (HCM) processes of plan to source, acquire to onboard, perform to reward & assess to develop. The talent management market is boosted by functionality to improve workforce engagement & collaboration, as well as to provide greater analysis and even predictive insights to improve decision making around workforce actions,” Gartner adds.

Via Loma Beat : PURSUE YOUR INTERNSHIP LIKE YOU’RE PURSUING YOUR CAREER

Whether discovering your passions or preparing for a job, you might be searching for the perfect internship. You may even wonder if you need one at all. For some majors, internships aren’t required, but for others, they’re mandatory. PLNU alumni told The Point how their internships helped them secure full-time jobs, encouraging all students and majors to participate.

After graduating with a fashion degree in May 2018, PLNU alumna Kate Bristol found an intern opening at Nordstrom via LinkedIn. She applied, interviewed and was tested before acceptance into the program. Three months later, with experience in every department of the store, Bristol is now a full-time Visual Stylist at Nordstrom, organizing visual merchandising and product presentation.

“You have to be trained, you have to know the rules,” Bristol said, “the internship provided that for me, and it worked out they had an opening too.” She encourages students, “Pursue your internship like you’re pursuing your career.”

Last fall, Davis Bourgeois, a 2017 multimedia journalism graduate, had the opportunity to transition her internship into a job. After interning for FOX in 2016, Bourgeois studied in New York City for a semester, delving into other internships. Months later, thanks to networking and her previous FOX internship, Bourgeois was the youngest to be hired into Fox News Channel’s production unit at their Manhattan headquarters.

In an email interview, Bourgeois said, “Straight out of college, many ‘entry level jobs’ require up to three years of prior work experience, which seems crazy for recent grads, but people forget that includes internship experience.”

Her advice to students? “Invest in yourself. Have interview clothes, a running document of typical interview questions in the field of work you’re looking to get into, have resumes printed and with you always.”

Business major and 2018 alum Elijah Johnson, emphasized the help he received at PLNU. One professor helped him land an interview with accounting firm Ernst & Young, resulting in an internship that led to his current job.

“Obviously grades, a good resume, and a good interview help, but what changed the game for me was the help I got from my professors,” Johnson said. “The technical experience in the classroom as well as the soft skills such as multitasking, learning how to be independent, and having opportunities to get involved with clubs on campus all were very helpful.”

When finding internships, the Office of Strengths and Vocations (OSV) offers numerous tools for students. OSV Executive Director Rebecca Smith explained the relationship between career and calling, and how to pursue your future with this connection in mind. Smith said, “We need internships not to be seen as something that’s going to focus you in or tie you down, internships are a way to open you up.”

Smith explained internships as gateways to “understanding the work and skills, and then starting to build your network.”

If you’re looking for internships, jobs or discovering your calling, reach out to your OSV career coach or utilize career services platforms like Handshake and LinkedIn. “Let your internships be your stepping stones,” Smith said, “Go and just be curious.”

Via The Ladders : 15 things you should never do in a job interview

Making sure that you don’t do these 15 things will give you a very good chance of impressing your interviewer and getting the job.

With so many resources online today (thank you, Internet!), you could probably find a million interview tips out there if you look around long enough.

But who needs – or has time for- a million tips?

Probably not you. That’s why we aimed to make it easy for you to prep for your next interview by sharing the ultimate list of DON’TS (a.k.a. things NOT to do) in any job interview, which entails 15 specific things that pretty much any hiring manager would agree would make them think negatively about a job candidate.

While we’re not saying that doing any one of these things will automatically disqualify you for a job that you’re interviewing for, what we are saying is simply…don’t.

Making sure that you don’t do these 15 things below will give you a very good chance of impressing your interviewer (the other thing to help you impress is to come prepared with solid answers to common interview questions).

15 things you should never do in a job interview:

1. Show up late

This is kind of a no-brainer but you’d be surprised how often job candidates still show up late and think it’ll go unnoticed. Believe us, your interviewer notices. Even 1 minute passed the agreed-upon time is considered late and the more minutes late, the worse it reflects on you. Showing up late gives the impression that not only do you lack the discipline and professionalism to show up when you say you will, but it also makes your interview(s) wonder if you don’t respect their time and your ability to follow through (as an employee and person).

2. Show up too early

Interview lateness is one obvious no-no, but did you know there’s also such a thing as showing up too early? Yes, this concept exists. Unless the company specifically tells you beforehand that it’s okay to show up early, a good rule of thumb is to come in and introduce yourself no earlier than 10 minutes before your interview time. There are a couple of reasons for this: 1) you don’t become an unexpected nuisance if no one is available to greet you or show you where to wait, and 2) it prevents any potential awkwardness, such as running into other interviewees.

3. Use your cellphone

Nowadays, everyone seems glued to their cellphone…to the point where it’s almost natural for us to check our cellphones at any given time. But in the interview setting using your cellphone can reflect poorly on you, whether you do it in the waiting room or, even worse, in the interview itself. It shows that you lack boundaries and the ability to focus, and might even give the impression that you lack respect for the interview that you’re in and the person interviewing you – none of these things are good!

4. Look at your watch

Similar to using your phone, looking at your watch during an interview gives negative signals about your ability to focus, your respect for the person interviewing you, and your desire to even be there, especially if you do it multiple times. The only exception for doing this might be if you had a limited window of time for the interview (due to a prior engagement or otherwise) and communicated that to your interviewer beforehand.

5. Lie

While the majority of job seekers bend the truth to their benefit to some extent while job hunting, you should never go so far as to straight up lie in the interview. Because even though your interviewer might not catch you in it in the moment, you might overestimate how good a liar you are and one of two things could happen: 1. the interviewer could ask you to elaborate on something you lied about, which could end up putting you in a very bad situation that you can’t dig yourself out of, or 2) the interview might simply get an odd feeling about you overall and sense that you’re not being totally genuine, which will impact their general impression of you as a candidate (regardless of any honest answers you’ve given).

6. Dress inappropriately

There are a lot of schools of thought about what proper interview attire is and it gets even further complicated when different companies today in various industries have their own standards and levels of casualness. Because unlike 10 or so years ago when wearing a suit was considered the ultimate interview uniform, nowadays, some interviewers will actually prefer that candidates NOT wear a suit to their interview. Your best bet is to ask the hiring manager or contact at the company about interview attire as specifically as possible, and avoid the universal no-go’s like wrinkled, hole-y, too-revealing or faded clothing.

7. Have a negative or defensive attitude

It’s true that the job interview is the time where you should show-off and “prove” your skills and aptitude for the role to the person interviewing you. However, it’s also a very crucial time when the interviewer is also assessing your personality and whether they want to even work with you. This means that it’s in your best interest to not get defensive or negative about anything you’re asked about, even if it’s something from your past that gets you riled up or that you feel needs defending. Instead, practice turning negatives into positives in your interview and demonstrate that you’re a person who thinks and acts positively, even in the face of conflict and difficult topics.

8. Exhibit distracting or off-putting body language

This includes things like not making good eye contact, not smiling, fidgeting throughout the interview, crossing your arms, or playing with items – like something on the table, your hair, your clothing, etc.

9. Act desperate

This one might be hard if you actually are desperate, but the point is you shouldn’t. When the interviewers can sense or see that you’re desperate, there’s a chance that they would take advantage of your situation and call the shots where you can’t even counter.

10. Show up unprepared

You should spend as much or more time preparing for an interview as you did preparing for any test you’ve ever taken (more if you never prepped for tests!). Interview preparation includes:

  • learning about the company; if it’s online, you should have already read it when you show up for your interview
  • anticipating potential interview questions (you can just search online for common interview questions for the role you’re pursuing), preparing responses in advance, and then practicing those responses
  • drafting thoughtful questions that demonstrate your interest in the organization and selectiveness when choosing an opportunity (i.e. “I noticed that your review on kununu often mention your mentoring program. What makes it so special?”)
  • finding the interview site ahead of time to build confidence and prevent delays

11. Give canned answers to tough questions

It’s very common for an interviewer to ask you challenging questions, such as to describe a time in which you failed, something you aren’t proud of, or a personal weakness. Don’t dodge the question by sharing a strength or calling a weakness a strength (most cliche answer ever: “my greatest weakness is my perfectionism”). Instead, share an honest failure or weakness and what it’s taught you or how it’s changed the way you think and work.

12. Throw your current or former employer under the bus

Never, never, never throw your current or former employer under the bus during a job interview. Interviewers hear it all the time:

  • “Their upper management was the worst. I simply couldn’t work for somebody who I disrespected that much.”
  • “The company I was working for was condoning unethical behavior, so I had to seek other employment.”
  • “I just didn’t agree with the way they were conducting business there.”

Alarm bells go off the moment you drag an employer’s name through the dirt; the interview team is thinking, “Is this how she’ll talk about us too?”

If asked why you left a certain company or why you’re exploring other opportunities, share honest reasons that don’t bring harm to any person or entity. Great reasons include, “I’m really looking forward to exploring a new industry,” or, “My heart is leading me back to the non-profit industry,” or, “I really miss patient care,” are great responses.

13. Disclose your family status (or other protected information)

Interviewers shouldn’t ask you about your race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability status, citizenship, or genetic information. Furthermore, they shouldn’t ask you if you’re married, have children, or plan to start a family soon.

Likewise, you should never willingly offer up information that might result in unintentional discrimination. Keep your discussion points professional: talk about your professional achievements, your education, your strong qualities, and your work experience. Even when asked, “What do you like to do in your spare time?” be careful if what you reveal in your answer. To avoid over-disclosing, you might say, “I’m really into local sports,” instead of, “I love traveling to my children’s games,” or, “I really enjoy self-reflection and spirituality,” instead of, “I spend most of my hours at the synagogue.”

14. Blame others for things in your past

As you work through the behavioral questions that you’re likely to be asked in an interview setting, avoid placing blame on others for things that happened in your work history. Even when working with a difficult person, you played a role in any conflict that arose. How did you fail to understand and communicate effectively with that person?

15. Ask about salary and benefits too early

You have plenty of time to inquire about salary and benefits…after you receive the job offer. If the interview team is torn between two qualified candidates and you’re the only one who inquired about pay, they might get the impression that the other candidate is more driven by passion and meaningful work while you’re simply seeking a paycheck. Those questions are important, but the right time to ask them is when you receive the offer (the answers don’t matter if you never get an offer, after all).

Via UGMC : How To Maximize Personal Effectiveness & Productivity

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” – Paul J. Meyer

Effectively managing and maximizing our time and resources are the keys to personal effectiveness and productivity. Managing our lives means managing ourselves, our tasks, our resources and others so that we can satisfy our needs, wants and the needs of others. Thus, the better we manage and use our time, the better our lives will become.

Here are some tips on how you can manage and use your time to the best.

1. Master The Psychology of Effective Time Management

  • Understand that Managing Time is actually Managing Yourself, Your Plans, Activities, Resources etc..
  • Think & Do Smarter
  • Work Hard but Smart
  • Always Keep Your Personal Life in Balance – Organize Every Aspect of Your Life
  • Enjoy Your Job – You Will Be More Effective If You Love It!

2. Set Motivating & Rewarding Goals

  • Set clear goals yearly, monthly, weekly & daily that Motivate You
  • Set SMARTER Goals
  • Set Your Goals in Writing
  • Ensure that you have all the necessary tools to achieve your goals.
  • Resolve to be a top performer.

3. Develop Plan & Strategies to Achieve Your Goals

  • Always Plan Ahead
  • Make a Productive Action Plan
  • Prepare & Use A Daily / Weekly-Planning Calendar
  • Always Work from a List
  • Schedule Essential Daily Activities
  • Commit Your Undivided Attention to One Thing at a Time
  • Be Persistence

4. Priotitize Tasks Effectively

  • Organize Activities & Execute based on Priorities
  • Establish Priorities on A Daily “To Do” List
  • Focus on Your Priorities
  • Eliminate or Drop Tasks That Do Not Benefit You
  • Start the Day with One High-Leverage Activity as The Single Priority, Your ‘Task of The Day’

The 80/20 or Pareto’s Principle says that the most important things carry the highest marks or values. Thus, if you have 10 things to do and done the 2 most important tasks first, you have achieved 80 percent effectiveness.

5. Create A Motivating & Productive Work Environment

  • Organize Your Work Space, Your Documents & Resources – Make Sure Everything Has a Place!
  • Be Appreciative.
  • Display confidence.

6. Use Time Management Tools & Techniques Effectively

  • Use an Organizer
  • Start Your Day with the Most Important Work
  • Do Tasks in Groups
  • Delegate to Accomplish More in Little Time
  • Plan Your (Sales) Calls Effectively
  • Avoid Distractions at Productive Times
  • Utilize Travel Time Effectively
  • Remember to Take Breaks
  • Perform a Weekly Review to help make sure you focus your time on important tasks.

7. Identify & Eliminate Time Wasters

  • Say No to Non-Essential
  • Stop Procrastinating
  • Give Yourself Uninterrupted Time
  • Prevent Perfectionism
  • Avoid Excessive Contact with Negative People
  • Improve Your Concentration
  • Do it quickly!
  • Simplify and automate. Build and implement simple, standard procedures.
  • Schedule your most meaningful work for times when you feel most productive.
  • Do low-value activities when your energy is low.
  • Watch the clock. It’s your time, not theirs, so stay conscious of time passing.
  • Allocate time. State how long you can spend and stick to it!
  • Be Efficient and Effective. Efficiency is getting a lot done in a short time. Effectiveness happens when you focus on activities that are important to you.

8. Look Well After Your Health, Fitness & Life-Balance

  • Resolve to be healthy, trim & fit!
  • Develop Healthful Eating Habits
  • Get Enough Sleep Every Night
  • Build A Fitness Program into Your Day
  • Manage Your Work / Life Balance

9. Reward Your Achievements

Choose the reward before you start both for small and large achievements and use it to move you forward particularly when overcoming an obstacle.

Rewarding yourself will encourage you to keep persevering and focusing on winning. This will help maximize the use of your time and productivity.

For example, you can choose to do something that you really would want to do it yourself such as organizing your room, taking a good rest or learn a new skill.

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