Do You Live to Work or Work to Live?

More often that not, it's the latter. Which is why it's time to change your professional philosophy. Why settle for a career you dread, when there are so many opportunites for you to transition into an exciting industry at which you can prosper and find your passion?

Thanks to online programs easily accessible via your home computer, on your own time -- such as those offered by >Kaplan College -- you can indulge your interests and follow your heart's pathway for professional success. Take a look...

Business With a Heart
Why practice traditional business when you can apply your individual talents to a booming industry that intrigues you? Whether that's information technology, law, healthcare, or others, Kaplan College's associate's and bachelor's management programs stress leadership development and provide the latest strategies to get you to the head of the boardroom.

Need to enhance the skills you've already acquired and increase your intellectual capitol? Then build upon what you know and advance through Kaplan College's innovative 2+2 Option for Bachelor of Science in Business (Accounting, Finance, or Management of Information Systems), or 2+2 Option for Bachelor of Science in Management (E-Business, Health Care Management, or Sales and Marketing). Each allow you to skip a step if you already have your associate's degree, or earn both by giving you a boost of markeability in between.

Options for Moms Returning to Work

Many working moms struggle with the day-to-day grind of the workweek. While many may enjoy their jobs, they may not enjoy the ritual of waking up early, getting the kids ready, only to drop them off at daycare. Oftentimes, a large portion of their paycheck goes straight to the people who are caring for their children during the day.

If you’re a mom who is not happy with your situation, there are alternatives for you to explore. Not all of them are going to suit your needs but you might find a couple that you should investigate further.

Do You Plan Your Day? Maybe you should start!

As I have coached people over the years I have observed clients that have the following issues with organization:

  1. No system or no effective system to plan their day or they have a system; however they do not use it effectively.
  2. No established habit of taking 5-10 minutes of uninterrupted time to plan their day.
  3. They don’t really write down all the tasks they have or want to do somewhere—they keep many of them in there head!

Fact: If you take 5-10 minutes to plan your day you will see an increase of over 20% in productivity—if you do it right! If you take 21 days to do this you will begin to change your habits!


What's the Problem?

If you're in a leadership role, you're never at a loss for problems to solve. But be careful about getting too involved in problems that don't really deserve your time and energy. Engaging in the wrong problem is like stepping in quicksand. Down you go!

Instead your role is to help others work together best to solve the problem. Challenge. Provoke. Listen. Guide. Don't fix it yourself.

Help people build capability instead.

Yes, I know you're a good problem solver because you wouldn't be in your role otherwise. Problem solving is an essential leadership skill. It's especially hard to resist doing if you've been trained in problem solving in previous roles. Technical and engineering types often have unique challenges in that regard.

When the economy tanks it's time to shine

When the economy tanks, it’s time to shine. It’s not a guarantee for staying employed but it might tip the scale in your favor if the downsizing cross hairs focus in on your department. At the very least, it will help you get a good reference should the axe fall.

Here is a checklist to make sure you are being proactive during these shaky economic times. Some of these items may seem elementary, but I assure you they will be significant if staff-cutting decisions have to be made.

Get Hired by Getting Personal

If you're looking for a job now, you don't need to be reminded about how bad the economy and employment markets are.

But you may need to be reminded of a simple fact: You will never get hired for any job, in any economy, by an employer.

Instead, you will be hired by a person.

A person with feelings, hopes, and fears, just like you.

The more persons you can meet, talk to, and help, the faster you will get hired. In any city. In any economy.

With that in mind, I went through my past columns from this year and collected three proven ways to get hired faster by "getting personal" ...

Humanize Your Job Search

Question: If you've ever been offered a job without meeting first someone face to face, open your window and scream "Yes!"

Hear anything?

Neither do I.

Until more scientific proof turns up, just agree with me here: You can't get hired by a computer or over the phone.

Before you can work for people, you have to meet people.

And the more people you meet, the faster you'll get hired.

Here are three ways to do so, using technology to humanize your job-search efforts …


Why a Psychologist Might Be at Your Next Interview?

More companies are turning to interviewers with Ph.D.'s to find a candidate who's the right fit...

It is, no doubt, some job seekers' worst interview nightmare: an hour on the phone answering questions posed not by a hiring manager but by a psychologist. Or, even more frightening, several hours in an office with a psychologist, quietly filling out multiple-choice tests, or even performing workplace simulations with paid actors. Marketing executive So Young Park started scouting for a new job in November, the middle of the worst recession in two-and-a-half decades. Park's search took about four months, and she was asked—by three different companies—to have a talk with a psychologist. "I had never had to do one before," Park says. Indeed, experts suggest that this economy may have created a perfect storm of reasons for companies to embrace psychologists in the hiring process: Employers are struggling to filter the right hire from truckloads of candidates, and the ugly marketplace means good hires are even more critical to a company's success.

How Long Will Unemployment Outweigh Deficit Concerns?

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is calling for the U.S. government to begin addressing the nation's budget deficit. But with a jobless rate that continues to rise and a nation of employers still reluctant to hire, most lawmakers appear to be more interested in finding the right spending tools to address unemployment.

Another federal extension of unemployment benefits is likely, although passage of a Senate version of the bill is taking longer than some would like. CQPolitics reports today that Republicans are trying to include an amendment extending the first-time homebuyer tax credit in the unemployment extension bill, which could further delay passage of the bill. Republicans last week delayed the bill because they disagreed with Democrats over how it should be funded—not over the extension itself.

20 Temptations To Fight at Work

It’s so tempting ...

  1. To complain when others are complaining.
  2. To believe that your social media skills will pay off in more pay and more responsibilities.
  3. To believe that upper management is clueless.
  4. To yearn for days gone by.
  5. To manage with the same carrot-and-stick approach that has proven repeatedly not to work.
  6. To believe human resources people when they tell you, “Just wait, and we will get back to you with the new steps.”
  7. To want to search for jobs on the big job boards, even though, far more often than not, you won’t even get a call back.
  8. To believe that education and skill aren't important anymore.
  9. To believe that no one watches how you handle stress.
  10. To wonder if all your dreams have passed you by.


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