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Building Your I.T. Career: Beware of Bad Career Advice
Mar 19, 2014
Whether online, from well-meaning peers, or from the college career counselor, there is a lot of bad advice out there. This article discusses some of the most-often repeated and worst advice. It presents alternative advice to help you keep your career on the fast track for stability and growth.
A Guide to Greater Success in School: Ownership and Owning Your Own Life
Mar 12, 2014
What does it mean to have ownership of an experience, or of your life in general? In order for you to take ownership of your job as a student, you must first understand what the characteristics of ownership are.
Building Your I.T. Career: Do Not Let Your Title Define You
Mar 12, 2014
Many technologists allow themselves to be defined by their job title or the technology they use. This can lead to missed opportunities, failure to adopt new technologies, and career stagnation. This article provides advice on how to avoid this situation and steps to become a well-rounded IT professional.
Why You Shouldn't Try an Out of Office Experience: Reasons Not to Telecommute or Work from Home
Mar 11, 2014
There are many reasons why working away from the main office can be a boon to productivity and happiness. It doesn't work for everyone, however. This chapter looks at some reasons why you might not want the Out of Office experience.
How to Build and Maintain a Support Network—Planning for When You Need Help
Mar 3, 2014
Jennifer Bray explains why developing a support network can be critical for women in STEM fields, and shows you how to go about developing a network, even if networking and socializing aren't your strong suit.
Overcoming Obstacles as a Beginner, a Minority, or a Woman in Computer Science
Feb 18, 2014
Allison Collier, a freshman computer science student at Virginia Tech, discusses how to succeed in computer science despite the adversity beginners, minorities and women may experience while pursuing a CS major or minor.
Saying No to Your Boss
Oct 23, 2013
All of us are occasionally faced with turning down a request from a supervisor. Sometimes it seems easier just to give in and take on one more task. Though refusing might be essential, it's rarely a simple, "No." Pat Brans explains how best to turn down a request from various types of bosses: tyrant, narcissist, micro-manager, etc., and even the occasional reasonable person.
What Workers Want—The Big Picture
Aug 14, 2013
This chapter presents what is essentially a positive view of the nature of people at work. That view is supported by the mountain of evidence the authors have gathered over many years of research, by the thinking and systematic research of others, and by the success of organizations whose policies and practices reflect such optimism.
The Technology and Power of Language for Career Consultants, Coaches, and Mentors
Jun 25, 2013
Michael Lawrence Faulkner explains that it’s the power of the words selected and the way they are delivered that makes the greatest difference in how people receive and react to words.
Power Verbs for Managers and Executives: The Technology and Power of Language
Jun 5, 2013
In this introduction to his book, Michael Lawrence Faulkner explains how using power verbs adds color, flavor, spark, enhanced rhythm, and kick to our written and spoken words.
The Leadership Challenge
May 16, 2013
In this introduction to his book, Michael A. Roberto explains that leaders should stay attuned constantly to the social, emotional, and political processes of decision. However, they need to do more than this. They must not simply react passively to the personality clashes and backroom maneuvering that emerges during a decision-making process. Instead, they should actively shape and influence the conditions under which people will interact and deliberate. In short, leaders must “decide how to decide” as they confront complex and ambiguous situations, rather than fixating solely on the intellectual challenge of finding the optimal solution to the organization’s perplexing problems.
Introduction to The Rules of Parenting: A Personal Code for Raising Happy, Confident Children
May 1, 2013
When you think about the huge responsibility you have as a parent, it can stop you in your tracks and take your breath away. What you do and say over the years will have a huge influence on whether your child grows up to be screwed up or well balanced. Richard Templar explains that by thinking about it all now, you’ll automatically begin to correct many of your little foibles or bad habits as well as introducing new more helpful ones.
Rule 3 of Parenting: Be Content
Apr 16, 2013
Richard Templar explains that your mood is as important as your childrearing strategy and how you live as a family, if not more so.
Rule 2 of Parenting: No One is Perfect
Apr 12, 2013
Richard Templar explains that you shouldn’t give yourself too hard a time when you fall a bit short of the standards you set yourself. After all, what kind of an example would it be to your kids if you were unable ever to fail, even a little bit?
Why and How Power Verbs Can Pump Up Your Resumes, Cover Letters, Interviews, and Personal Networking Efforts
Mar 21, 2013
Learn why using power verbs is so important to job seekers and how to find the right power verb for your resumes, cover letters, interviews, and personal networking efforts.
Why and How Power Verbs Can Pump Up Your Speeches and Presentations
Feb 20, 2013
The authors of Power Verbs for Presenters: Hundreds of Verbs and Phrases to Pump Up Your Speeches and Presentations discuss how their book can help you electrify your presentations, speeches, and pitches…and get the results you want!
Introduction to Taking Flight!: Master the DISC Styles to Transform Your Career, Your Relationships...Your Life
Dec 10, 2012
The authors of Taking Flight!: Master the DISC Styles to Transform Your Career, Your Relationships...Your Life introduce their book: Whether you’re interacting with coworkers or customers, family members or friends, DISC will empower you to better relate with others. You will soon understand why you click with some people and clank with others. Moreover, you will gain a valuable framework for maximizing your strengths and minimizing your weaknesses.
Boost Your Work Performance: Five Ways to Gain and Maintain High Energy
Oct 25, 2012
Does your energy level sag after lunch? Maybe you drag around all day, looking alive only with help from caffeine? If so, you're not alone; many full-time office employees have trouble maintaining a steady flow of energy through a work shift. Pat Brans shares some clues on a few simple life changes you can make to improve how you feel and perform throughout the day.
30 Days to Better Thinking and Better Living Through Critical Thinking: Strive to Be a Person of Integrity: Beware of Your Own Hypocrisy
Oct 9, 2012
The authors of "30 Days to Better Thinking and Better Living Through Critical Thinking" discuss hypocrisy: a state of mind unconcerned with honesty.
30 Days to Better Thinking and Better Living Through Critical Thinking: Discover Your Ignorance
Oct 8, 2012
The authors of "30 Days to Better Thinking and Better Living Through Critical Thinking" discuss intellectual humility: the disposition to distinguish, at any given moment and in any given situation, between what you know and what you don’t know.

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