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Shades Of Grey

A paperweight sits on my desk, etched in silver the message: Life isn't always black and white. It serves as a reminder there are few absolutes at work (or in life). Yet, it would be easier if there were; if good ideas from bad, trustworthy people from non-trustworthy, and right paths from the wrong ones could easily be discerned. I've learned in twenty years in management that increasing one's perspective increases the grey, as words like always and never become obsolete for describing most situations and most people.


But early in my career, I was convinced there were right ways and wrong ways to do things at work. Of course, my way being right and someone else's wrong. Dug-in positions that at the time seemed immensely important strike me now as limit...(related: Employment)

Should I Leave My Job?
Most of us have to work for a living. Since we spend so many hours each week at our jobs, it's very important that there is a good fit. If you have been feeling less ...(related: Employment)

Should You Join A Modeling School For Petite Modeling?
If you are thinking of breaking into the petite modeling industry and wondering if you should hundreds of doll ars on modeling school or classes you need to read this article. Here are few facts about modeling schools.>Modeling schools will not get you jobs. Clients who are hiring petite models do not care if you have been to modeling school or not. It doe...(related: Employment)

Should You Lie On Your Resume?
Warning: Lying on your resume could cost you your job and your freedom.Picture this. You're sitting at your desk working away happily at a company you've been employed with for ten years. You've had several promotions and you're now a Sr. Assistant Manager.You've got your eye on a top management position, which everyone says you're a shoe-in to get. Your future looks bright, indeed. So, when the boss calls you into the office for something extremely important, you as...(related: Employment)

Should You Make A Career Decision Based Upon A Career Quiz?
Q. I'm about to graduate High School and I don't know what I want to be "when I grow up". Do you think that a career quiz might help me decide?A. Yes, yes, a thousand times yes! But maybe not for the reasons that you think. You see, as the great Quizmaster, I've found one thing to be true: A career quiz, or any quiz for that matter, is always biased towards the thoughts and belief's of the person who wrote it.Usually a career quiz is written for entertainment purposes only. Now, if you are calling it a career quiz, but you really mean some sort of standardized occupational guidance test like professional career counsellors and the military use, then those are typically valid assessments of your career capabilities.However, since you are a...(related: Employment)

Should You Seek Temporary Or Contractual Employment While Searching?
According to US Department of Labor statistics, the average time to find employment is roughly six months. It could take as little as four to six weeks, or as long as ten to twelve months, or longer. Several factors determine your time to placement:? Degrees? Current state of employment? Age? Level of experience? Level of salary? Type of position you're seeking? Level of position being sought? Desired salary level? Location? Industry? Your resume? Your interview skills? Networking effort? Degree of career transitionNo one knows how long they will be unemployed. Even a person with sufficient funds to last their entire period of unemployment m...(related: Employment)

Should You Telework/telecommute
"WOW! I can work from home and make money? I can sit around in my PJ's and work whenever I want? How great, I want to be a Teleworker!"There is much more to being a teleworker then working in your PJ's or working when you want to. Yes, those are nice benefits to teleworking, but you'd be surprised by how much work goes into working from home. Yo...(related: Employment)

Showing Appreciation To Workplace Un-sung Heroes
Millions of Un-Sung Heroes are born every minute! They are found everywhere-on street corners, in our homes, offices, and communities-wherever there are people in need of rescue. These special people, whose positive actions and initiatives are performed to benefit others, are ...(related: Employment)

Signs Of A Healthy Work Environment
There's no denying that a healthy work environment is a top concern for most employees. Review any employee satisfaction survey and you're apt to find this issue among the top five concerns of your staff ? sometimes above the issue of pay.So how do you know if your organization provides a safe, healthy environment for employees? Well, there are some signs to look for.1. Empl...(related: Employment)

Simple Interviewing That Works
Powerful questions to get below the surface1. Ask for specific "stories" of complete situations"We all meet situations where people disagree on the correct way to proceed. Can you give me an instance fro...(related: Employment)

Simple Tips To Move Forward On The Job, Part Ii
After establishing a trusting relationship with the safety officer, it would be helpful to document what was talked about with the safety officer. What kinds of information was shared? Was that person helpful? Was another meeting or on-going meetings scheduled? Did the frequent meetings taper off so that there was still communication, but on an informal basis?Did the soon to be job-changer find other community resources about the profession ...(related: Employment)

Six Factors That Can Cost You The Interview/job

Most job seekers know that an unprofessional appearance will count against them at an interview. Here are six MORE factors that can help you remain in the unemployment line:

(1) Being...(related: Employment)

Six Of The Best For A Winning Resume
1. Be CompleteMake sure that your resume includes EVERYTHING your prospective employer would need to know to be able to offer you an interview.It is NOT unheard of for your carefully-crafted cover letter to be separated from your CV - if your contact details were only on your cover letter, how will they get in touch to arrange the interview?Therefore, make sure that your CV includes AT LEAST the following information:---> Full contact details---> The position you are applying for or are interested in---> Employment history---> Personal and professional achievements---> Academic and professional qualifications

Six Sure-fire Ways To Get Yourself A Pay Rise
Many employees do not care too much for their bosses or supervisors. It is an all too common trait. Most feel as though the boss knows nothing, has a superiority complex, is arrogant, is unapproachable, expects too much and pays too little. Are you nodding your head?Having stated all of the above, what are YOU doing to improve the situation? You see the boss or supervisor did not get to where he or she is by being a complete nincompoop. Oh, I can almost hear some people saying: "Yeah, but you don't know MY boss!"

Skilled Mechanic Wage Study Review
Well what is a good mechanic worth these days? You cannot place a value on them simply as labor units as they teach in management school, they are worth more than money. So why not treat them with respect and dignity and pay them what they are worth, we believe that the national averages are too low. There is a partial report on the Automotive and Trucking Sector from the Fed's Beige Book, June 2002.I do not concur with all these numbers, but this is an average and a good indication of some since of reality. Certainly the numbers are incorrect for North Eastern US, Houston, Dallas, Denver, LA, PHX, Seattle, Atlanta, Detroit, and Minneapolis. The report states that Government Mechanics for Diesel Engines average wage is $17.93 per hour, auto $16.90. For parts companies where knowledge is key since parts are...(related: Employment)

Skills Make Labor More Valuable
As you know by now, if you have been a long time subscriber to our weekly E-zine, I'm a very big proponent of activity, labor and discipline. In fact I devoted one of the five major pieces to the life puzzle (in my book under the same name) to the subject of activity and labor. But now let me add another key word to the labor equation - skillful. Yes, s...(related: Employment)

Smokin? Up A Storm: Clothing, Smokers, And The Job Interview
You're nervous. You're so nervous that you crave a smoke. So you light up, and as you puff away, it feels so relaxing, right? Well, what's good for your nerves is not so good to when you're job hunting.What?! What does smoking have to do with job hunting? It has to do with the fact that if you-the job hunter-are a s...(related: Employment)

So, What Do You Do For Work?
I remember being asked this question a lot when I was dissatisfied with my career. My usual strategy would be to give a pat answer and immediately turn the question back on the person who asked it.My avoidance of the question wasn't so much that I was considered unsuccessful or that my work was embarrassing, it was more about the fact that I didn't feel personally successful doing what I was doing.I longed to be excited not evasive when asked this question. I wanted to be able to speak for more than 2 seconds before I turned the question back on my inquisitor.What do you do when asked this question and how do you feel? If you find yourself avo...(related: Employment)

So, Why Dont You Tell Me About Yourself?
"So, why don't you tell me about yourself?" is the most frequently asked interview question. It's a question that most interviewees expect and the one they have the most difficulty answering. Though one could answer this open-ended question in a...(related: Employment)

So You Want A Promotion - What Do You Need To Do To Get The Champagne Corks Popping?
The champagne corks have been popping to celebrate your promotion.You have a well paid job you love ? its really inte...(related: Employment)

So You Want To Be A Bodyguard?
Then let me start by helping out. The politically correct phrase these days is not "bodyguard" but personal protection specialist, executive protection specialist or close protection operative, depending on your place of training and other preferences.There can be no better time than this, if you want to excel in this charismatic business. Almost all the elite soldiers that crowde...(related: Employment)

So You Want To Be A Nurse When You Grow Up?
You're interested in becoming a nurse. How do you get into the field? First of all, you need to assess your basic interest. Why do you want to get into nursing? Are you getting ready to graduate from high school and always wanted to be a nurse? Do you want to go into nursing, because a relative is in the profession or your family has a tradition of graduating nurses, and it seems like the right thing to do? Nursing seems like a nice secure profession-the pay attracts you? You've always liked helping others and you care a lot?Have you worked in another career field and want a change for various reasons? Does the "nursing shortage" make you feel like you need to be a part of the "gold rush," because you have read and heard about all of the wonderful sign on bonuses? Thorough research still...(related: Employment)

So You Want To Work At Home
There are several ways to work from home. Some of the more popular ways are affiliate programs, direct marketing and starting your own business. However it is also possible to find employers who hire people to work at home in various postions such as telemarketing, sales, teaching, freelance writing, etc. I have spent countless hours online searching for work at home jobs and even started a community to list the job leads I have found. (http://www.real-home-employment.com)You may wish you could start tomorrow, but honestly it could take six months to ...(related: Employment)

So, Your Made A Mistake
Of course, mistakes are important. Two facts put those you make in perspective. One, everyone who plays the game makes mistakes. Two, that you make mistakes is not nearly as important as what you do about them.That's hard to remember when you are wallowing in the bed of regret, second-guessing and even being eaten alive by fear that usually follows on the heels of a mistake.Nevertheless, it is true. "The way you follow up on the errors you make has a greater impact on the future of your career than what you did or didn't do wrong," according to Ramon Greenwood, head of CommonSenseAtWork.com.It is worthwhile to restate the axiom that everyone who is out there making an effort to get things done makes mistakes.Carly Fiorini refused to delegate authori...(related: Employment)

So Youre Thinking Of Changing Careers
"You don't have to take life the way it comes to you. By converting your dreams into goals, and your goals into plans, you can design your life to come to you the way you want it. You can live your life on purpose, instead of by chance. ~ What...(related: Employment)

Speak Up: Your Job Is At Stake!
How good are you at standing up for yourself?Do you run the other way when done an injustice or when someone steps on your proverbial toes?How do you react?Now's the time to speak up and stand your ground! If you've never done this, you need to master this skill.How many of you watched the "The Apprentice?" While the show is not the ultimate mirror of corporate life or a...(related: Employment)

Spiritual Practices Offer Peace And Acceptance
Facing career transitions and daily life challenges can leave us feeling lonely, stressed and anxious. How do we manage to deal with the financial and emotional stress of having a home, a car, work (or no work), kids and a spouse in this too-busy world?Spiritual practices can help us navigate through the turmoil of work and life transitions with more acceptance and peace.Below, I shall introduce three simple spiritual practices which can help us live life from a more supportive, comforting perspective.These practices can help us shift from habitually reacting to life's problems, to walking a path of more peace and acceptance. However, before introducing these Spiritual Practices...(related: Employment)

Stacking The Deck In Your Favor

Many people do not bother to look at their own magnificence and without that view it is not likely that we will recognize the need for strategies to maximize our strengths. When we buy an outfit for a special affair, we automatically try to coordinate each piece so that they enhance one another and amplify our sense of "looking good" from head to toe.  A man will make sure his socks and...(related: Employment)

Stand Out From The Crowd With Simple Marketing Methods
Although today's job market can be very competitive, many job seekers overlook simple techniques that will catch potential employers' attention. App...(related: Employment)

Start Working Before You Get Hired
What if there were a way to *prove* to any sane employer that you alone were the one to hire?Would learning how to do that interest you? I thought so.I call this the "start-working-before-you-get-hired" job-hunting method. You can learn to d...(related: Employment)

Stay At Home Moms No Longer Struggling To Make Ends Meet
It is hard to be a stay at home mom. You deal with a lot of pressures that most people would not understand. Aside from the cooking, cleaning and kids, you also have the feeling of inadequacy, if you are anything like me. I Love being able to stay at home with the children and I no longer mind the household chores, but I still fe...(related: Employment)

Staying In Shape
Why Lawyers Should Eat Bananas by Simon Tupman is a book that caught my eye both because of its unusual title and because I coach lawyers who are growing their practices. The book cover says it gives "Inspirational Ideas for Lawyers Wanting More Out of Life"Much of what Mr. Tupman writes about is appropriate career advice for anyone, lawyer, business person or manager . He is an advocate of "Working smarter not harder" and so am I. I really liked his list of attributes for smart workers and number 8 on the list particularly appealed to me because it underscores much of what I say to my clients.Numbe...(related: Employment)

Staying In The Game
The message came from Human Resources. There's nothing to worry about with the newly announced organizational changes and pending merger, it reassured. The changes will be good for the company and good for the people who work here it coached.I've seen a couple dozen messages like this during my career. In fact, I've even crafted a few. I've been through mergers, acquisitions, downsizings, organizational changes, personal career set-backs and a ...(related: Employment)

Stepping Stone Jobs
What we name something matters.It sets a tone that alters our attitude.Give something a new name and the difference may seem insignificant or even trivial.However, if it changes our attitude, it can amount to a very big change.Recently, I heard the term "survival job."I understood this to mean a job that is often part-time and unrelated to one's primary career focus. One takes such a job because one's previous position has been eliminated, out-sourced, down-sized, off-shored, or otherwise zapped.I heard this term a few times and thought, "Why does the phrase 'hunker-down' come to mind?"The term suggests an image of bunkers, flack jackets, helmets, and a sound track of voices shouting "incoming!"That doesn...(related: Employment)

Stop Searching For A Job And Start Attracting Professional Success!
1. Assess ? Evaluate your skills, interests and abilities. Understand the transferable value in the marketplace.2. Translate ? Communicate your competencies and expertise through well-crafted oral and written strategies that include a quality resume, cover letter, professional statement and well-defined accomplishments.3. Target ? Create a marketing plan that targets specific industries, markets and companies where mutual opportunities can be explored and optimum benefits realized.4. Research ? Knowledge is power and power exudes confidence. By researching target companies, market conditions and industry concerns you can position yourself as an influential leader who can deliver results rather then an out-of- work p...(related: Employment)

Stop Whining And Ask For What You Want!
When you want something, the best way to get it is to make your request in a straightforward and positive way. You should not expect your boss or co-workers to read your mind and know what your expectations and desires are. Nor should you brood about the fact that someone else has not recognized what you think is obvious to everyone.If it is important to you and you really want it, then bring it to your boss' attention. Here are 8 steps you can take to get your requests granted at work.How to Succeed at Getting What You Want at Work

  • Think through your request. Spend some time planning and/or writing what you will say, how you will say it and any anticipated reactions (positive or negative) to your request.
  • Describe the WIFT (What's In It for Them). Articulate...(related: Employment)

    Strange Jobs Still Pay The Bills
    Strange jobs? How do we define that? Years ago I stole cars as a repo-man, had some adventures as an inve...(related: Employment)

    Stripper--turned--waitress Cant Leave Former Job Behind
    She stretches in the break room for 30 minutes before each shift. She glides around the dining room like silk wafting on the breeze. She's been known to strip off her shirt and bra to combat the heat in the kitchen.The newest addition to the Red Robin wait staff, Paula Roche (also known as Mystique and Sable), who spent the past five years dancing at various upscale gentlemen's clubs, is finding that old habits die hard."We absolutely love having Paula around," said Red Robin manager, Ted Sunds, who appeared to be having problems adjusting his wedding band. "It is truly a joy to welcome her as the newest addition to our Red Robin family."The guests love her, too. She has become, in just a short time, our most requested server by ...(related: Employment)

    Students Discover Your Niche By Using Career Assessment
    In our ever changing world where job competition is rampant it can be difficult to understand one's strengths and what one wants to do in life.If you feel uncertain about your career path you're not alone. Most college and high school students are unsure what path to take in their future or even what is their chosen career niche. Unfortunately, this uncertainty comes through in job interviews. This is a chance you can't afford to take in today's competitive market.With career assessment you not only learn your niche, but you reap the rewards! Consider these distinct advantages that come from knowing your niche.? Save time an...(related: Employment)

    Students Searching For A Job
    Searching for a job has become easier than ever for those who are graduating from school and looking to enter the workforce. Many schools offer guid...(related: Employment)

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    Get Beyond Your Tasks
    Ever hear the story of the two masons working side by side at a building site? They're doing the same work under pretty much the same conditions. Then, one day a stranger comes along, approaches one of the men and asks him, "What are you doing?" "I don't know and I don't care," replies the man, h...(related: Employment)

    Layoff Survival Guide - Do You Have The Career Management Horsepower It Will Take To Survive?
    In a recent survey of over 662 career seekers, some disturbing trends identified that MOST career seekers don't have a clue what career management skills they have or what those skills are! As a result, it will be difficult for these career seekers to succeed.In fact, only 71% of the respondents recognized they had any career management skills at all! That's why they are particularly vulnerable to future layoffsBefore skipping to the answers, try your hand at identifying YOUR career management skills.List your Top 3:1)______________2)______________3)__________...(related: Employment)

    Resume Posting: Tips For Jobseekers
    Recruiting firms, like most businesses today, must embrace technology in order to prosper. Part of modern recruiting is u...(related: Employment)

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