Entries by First Sun Team

#Leadership : How to Make Your Employees More Creative at Work…In every Type of Job, There is Always Room for Creativity and Innovation.

In every type of job, there is always room for creativity and innovation. It is not only art or technology that needs to be creative and innovative. Even in accounting there are ways to be more creative. For example; you can make more creative presentations. For this reason, if you want your employees to be more […]

#Leadership : Everyone Secretly Hates Your “Friendly Reminder”…Email it Might seem like the Polite Thing to Do, but it’s Actually Really Annoying.

How many times have you gotten this type of message? “Just sending a friendly reminder to please . . .” And how many times have you sent it? You might think that “friendly reminder” emails are a nice attempt to be professional while disguising your actual annoyance at whoever’s holding you up from finishing something. […]

#Leadership : The Art of Mentorship: 3 Steps for Building Business Leaders….Establishing a Mentorship Program can Help Businesses Grow, Employees Succeed and Executives Lead more Effectively.

A significant majority of women -- 63 percent -- have never had a formal mentor in their career. It goes (almost) without saying that everyone in the global-business community can contribute to decreasing that number. I was lucky enough to enter a mentorship program early in my professional life. I sought a mentor because I needed […]

#Leadership : How Dealing With Toddler Tantrums Has Made Me a Better Leader…While you Shouldn’t Manage Employees like Children, There are Strategies you Can Borrow from your Parenting Skills.

Any working parent can relate to this scene: You’re trying to get yourself off to work so you can make your 8 a.m. conference call and, as you get your toddler up and ready for the day, she decides to throw an epic tantrum because she prefers to eat cupcakes for breakfast -- or, in […]

Your #Career : 7 Steps To Survive Your Company’s Re-Org….The Re-Org is Over, and you Still have a Job. Here’s How to Shed the Survivor’s Guilt and Make the Most of the Opportunity.

While it may seem like remaining employed after a company’s reorganization is reason for celebration, the reality is often not so rosy. A 2015 survey by research and training company Leadership IQ found that 74% of employees who kept their job after a corporate layoff said their productivity declined. Many report feelings of guilt, anxiety, […]

Your #Career : Let’s Be Real, You’re Never Getting A Mentor, So Do These Six Things….Instead Formal mentors are hard; besides, chances you already have the resources you need if you know where to look.

I’ve never had a “mentor,” no well-connected older colleague I go to for career advice and moral support. I don’t have regular check-ins involving my professional life with anyone other than my manager, and I’m betting that’s true for lots of people. Sure, a formal mentoring relationship might be great. The idea of having a […]

Your #Career : 27 Signs your Company is About to Conduct Mass Layoffs…To get a better understanding of the signs that layoffs are coming, I polled others who’ve been through them, scoured the news about high-profile mass layoffs, and crawled the depths of the internet.

In my career as a journalist, I've lived through two rounds of mass layoffs. While I didn't see either of them coming, hindsight is always 20/20, and I now have a much better sense for when the tides are changing. I also appreciate how much even a little bit of notice can help in the […]

Your #Career : 10 Highly Successful People on How They Negotiated Raises…Picture this: You walk into your boss’s office, calmly lay out a case for why you deserve more money, and—poof!  Your take home pay increases just like that. If only it was that easy.

Asking for a raise can be one of the more anxiety-inducing parts of any job. Money conversations are never fun when it comes to one’s own personal worth, yet according to a February survey from the compensation firm PayScale, only 20% of employees feel that they are paid fairly. MONEY asked 10 highly successful people […]

Your #Career : What Your Cover Letter Should Look Like in 2017…Cover Letters are a Tough and Tricky Business

Striking the right balance between formal and conversational—while differentiating yourself from every other job seeker on the market—is no small feat. And the monotony of filling out online applications can make the task downright exhausting.  But make no mistake: a stellar cover letter is still a job search must-have, and it could be key to […]