Entries by First Sun Team

Your #Career : This Is How To Conquer Even The Most Hardcore #Networking Anxiety…Having #SocialAnxiety isn’t the Same as just Being a Natural #Introvert, which Means there are Steps you can Take to Mitigate It.

As an anxious person, there are few things I dread more than large, unstructured networking events. Hell is nothing if not balancing a plate of hors d’oeuvres while desperately scanning the room for a kindly looking duo or trio who might welcome me into their conversation. Despite fearing these situations, I know they’re an important […]

#Leadership : How To #Communicate With People Who Disagree With You…Research Suggests Oral(Ouch!), Not Written, Communication Works Best.

We’ve all been there: those times you need to argue your point of view to someone who you know disagrees with you. You immediately go to your keyboard and start to type out that 280-character tweet, the Facebook reply, or a paragraphs-long email. Surely the reason, logic, and sheer power of your written words will […]

#Leadership : A 5 Step Process to Help you Have Hard Conversations…Most of Us are Terrible at Having the Harder Conversations, Having a Process to Follow Really Helps.

If you are constantly feeling stressed out and angry because other people are letting you down it's time to do something about it. Most of us will do anything to avoid a difficult conversation. I think it's time suck it up and get tough. How good are you at having those hard conversations? Will you […]

Your #Career : The Best Way to Answer “Why are You Leaving your Job?” Without Making your #Interviewer Worry… There are Many Reasons Why you Might have Left your Last Job, and Not All of Them are Rosy.

Answering the interview question "Why are you leaving your job?" can be difficult.  You want to show your motivations, but also not worry the interviewer.  Emphasize results, be polite, and don't dwell on your current/previous employer. Focus on you. There are many reasons why you might have left your last job, and not all of […]

Your #Career : These Methods Will Finally Help You Organize Your Job Search Better…Don’t Lose Track of your #JobSearch Progress.

When you’re actively looking for a new job, you can’t afford to wing it on the organizational front. Whether you apply for five jobs or 100, you’ll soon find yourself buried in an extraordinary number of resumes, cover letters, job descriptions, and interview invitations. If you don’t keep them carefully organized, you may not identify the […]

#Leadership : Do You Make Bad Decisions? Here’s How to Tell, According to a Professional Poker Player…Educate your Gut, Quantify your Confidence, and Don’t let Bad Choices Get you Down.

Every time a leader makes a decision, she or he is a placing a be--a bet on whether or not to start a business or hire a job candidate or open an office in Paraguay. Framing choices in terms of probabilities and potential outcomes leads to better decisions, and how well you perform depends on both the luck […]

#Leadership : Lessons In Leadership From Alabama Football’s #Saban, Tagovailoa & Hurts… Make Sure you’re Building your #Team for the Future – When it’s your Turn to Be the Next Man Up, be Ready to Go, No Excuses.

So many great moments in last night’s college football championship game. So many people stepping up in different ways. Three stand out as leaders: Coach Nick Saban being ready to make required changes and having the courage to make the changes when he needed to do so; freshman reserve quarterback Tua Tagovailoa stepping up to […]

#Leadership : The Secret To #Teamwork Isn’t Managing Personalities Stop Trying to Turn Everyone into “Team Players.”…Here’s How to Set a Baseline that Everybody can Commit To–No Matter How Different they Are.

When I started out as an illustrator and designer, I focused way too much on myself. I thought I was only expected to do the work I was skilled at, figuring that the task of getting everyone on my team to pull together was our boss’s job, not mine. That assumption wound up hurting me. I […]

#Leadership : 3 Simple Steps To Hold People Accountable…Great #Leaders and #Managers Know these 3 Simple Steps To Hold #PeopleAccountable .

There is a common theme that many leaders struggle with: they don't know how to hold their people accountable. Even if they are great at hiring A players, many leaders still are left with that feeling that their people could be doing more or better work. Rather than first finding fault with the employee, a […]

Your #Career : Even If Your #NewJob Is a Bad Fit, Don’t Quit…How to Evaluate Whether the Challenges Can be Overcome or it’s Really a #ToxicWorkplace.

You’re psyched for your first day on a new job—until you arrive and find your new colleagues miserable, the atmosphere stifling or the boss overbearing and obnoxious. Is it ever OK to quit on your first day? Making a wise decision requires pausing for a moment. The key is to distinguish between challenges you should try […]