Leadership: 7 Ways To Tell If You’re Ready For People Management Responsibilities…Research reveals that only about one in 10 people have the necessary traits to be a good manager.

One question I’m asked a lot is how to know if a person is ready to move from an individual contributor role into a job that includes people management. Unfortunately, determining the answer isn’t as simple as taking a few tests, such as the written and driving tests you must pass to qualify to drive a vehicle. Although, it would be nice if it were that easy.

Not every individual contributor will be a good people manager, because people management is a lot more difficult than most would imagine. Research reveals that only about one in 10 people have the necessary traits to be a good manager.

Whenever I’m evaluating clients or employees to determine if they’re ready for people management responsibilities, I look for both content knowledge as well as the ability to consistently demonstrate behaviors that will lead to good people management. If you’re interested in moving into a management role, here are 7 areas you should evaluate:

  1. You achieve consistently positive results in your current job. If you can’t complete outstanding work in your current job, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to handle the additional responsibilities that come with managing others. You must prove you are organized, self-motivated, and ready to take on higher-level challenges.

 

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  1. You have established positive work relationships with employees throughout the company. Being a good people manager means you must be good with – people. I look to see if the person has cultivated trustworthy relationships with other employees, especially those in different departments. If you’re a loner who rarely interacts with others, then you might want to reconsider your career goals or seek out opportunities to test your people management skills, such as by leading project teams.
  1. You can demonstrate successful leadership of project teams with multiple participants. Most employees aren’t given a manager title with people management responsibilities unless they can prove they are ready. One way to do this is to volunteer or take on roles leading project teams with at least three or more members. You should be able to demonstrate success in these types of leadership roles, managing project teams with progressively more challenging work and with increasing numbers of participants. Even better is when you can prove your success leading cross-functional and cross-cultural teams.
  1. You handle conflict well and are able to analyze most angles of a situation before reacting. One attribute in being a good people manager is being able to handle conflict proactively. This requires the ability to remain levelheaded and uncover all the information necessary to analyze the various angles of a situation before you react. Those with anger management issues rarely make good people managers. Characteristics necessary for people management: fair and unbiased, calm under pressure, high integrity, ethical, gives credit where it’s due, able to mediate conflict, tolerance for ambiguity, approachable, treats others with respect, and able to manage change.
  1. You are a good teacher/mentor/coach. Being a good people manager means you’ll need to be a good teacher, because you’ll be coaching and mentoring others EVERY day. If you can’t demonstrate that you have these characteristics necessary for people management, it’s doubtful you’ll be given a job as a manager: excellent written and verbal communication, active listening skills, patience, empathy, ability to motivate others, ability to be specific, trustworthy, collaborative, value others, value diversity, and confident (but not arrogant).
  1. Your coworkers respect you and come to you for advice. There is a big difference between being “liked” and being “respected.” You can like someone’s picture on Facebook, like a coworker because they bring great muffins to work on Friday mornings, or like another employee because they tell great jokes while you’re all waiting for meetings to begin. Being respected runs deeper than being liked. As a manager, there will be times you’ll have to make decisions based on what’s the right thing to do versus what is politically correct – and not everyone will like your decisions. Being liked is superficial, whereas respect is something you earn. It means people recognize your expertise, your knowledge, influence, trustworthiness, and most importantly, your character and integrity.
  1. You are viewed by management as a leader. To determine if someone is ready for people management responsibilities, I also look at how management views the person. Have they been identified as a high potential employee? Do they have a career development plan and can show progress on accomplishing their goals? Do they ask for challenging projects and tasks? Do they attend training sessions each year? Do they actively solicit constructive criticism and take feedback well? Are they strategic (able to define a vision and the steps necessary to achieve it)?

Not every individual contributor will be a good people manager, because people management is a lot more difficult than most would imagine. Research reveals that only about one in 10 people have the necessary traits to be a good manager. So before you jump into a role where you’re managing others, make sure you’ve done your homework: fully understand the job and evaluate yourself against the seven areas I’ve listed above.

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Strategy: 5 Memory Strategies For Learning Anything Fast…If you want to do get to the top of your class or climb the ladder at work, you give yourself a gigantic advantage

If you want to do get to the top of your class or climb the ladder at work, you give yourself a gigantic advantage over everybody else if you can recall more information at a faster speed.

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The more you can explain about the way your new learning relates to prior knowledge,” the authors write“the stronger your grasp of the new learning will be, and the more connections you create that will help you remember it later.” 

Developmental psychologists and cognitive scientists have found range of factors that help do just that — and some of them are pretty weird.

Here are a few. 

Reading physical books will improve your memory of what you read, since memory is also tactile.

We usually think of reading as a totally visual exercise; after all, it’s just your eyes scanning the page, right? 

Not quite. Turns out that we remember things better when we read them in a more physical form, like say, for instance, a book. It’s because the experience of reading is also tactile. When you’re reading a book, you’re also holding it, feeling the heft of it in your hands. As you read through the text, the pages move from your right hand to your left, redistributing the weight of the book. Research suggests that your brain uses this movement of weight as an anchor of memory.

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A happy marriage lets you “distribute” your memory tasks between you and your partner.

In news that will delight monogamists everywhere, research shows that people in long-term relationships have several memory benefits stemming from their couplehood — like recalling people’s names or what happened at events.

When two people are in an intimate, long-term relationship, they distribute the responsibilities of thinking in the same way that they split up household chores.

One psych writer observed that a couple isn’t just two individuals spending lots of time together, but a “socially distributed cognitive system.” Put in plain English, two heads really are better than one.

A little “expressive writing” will free up your mental resources, thus improving your ability to recall.

For 30 years, psychologists have been studying expressive writing — writing about difficult experiences for at least 15 minutes. Experiments show the introspective exercise is much more than just navel gazing. People who regularly write expressively have lower blood pressure, higher productivity, and a greater sense of personal well-being.

North Carolina State University psychologist Kitty Klein has shown that expressive writing increases memory, too. Her explanation: Expressive writing lets people disclose thoughts they otherwise spend mental energy trying to avoid, allowing more energy to be allocated toward memory.

A walk through the woods will put you at ease — and improve your memory.

University of Michigan psychologists asked two groups of experiment participants to go for walks. One group walked around an urban environment, and the others wandered around a forest. Then they were given a recall test. The folks who sauntered among the trees performed 20% better on the memory test.

Connecting what you just learned with what you already know will strengthen your memory.

Washington University cognitive scientists Henry L. Roediger III and Mark A. McDaniel co-authored “Make It Stick,” a masterful book on the way we learn. The book’s got tons of great takeaways, but the most immediate are approaches for training memory. One of those techniques is elaboration — the process of connecting novel information to what you already know. 

“The more you can explain about the way your new learning relates to prior knowledge,” the authors write, “the stronger your grasp of the new learning will be, and the more connections you create that will help you remember it later.” 

Say, for example, you’re learning about heat transference. Instead of memorizing the definition — heat moves from a hot object to a cooler object — you could use an example the way that the heat from a hot cup of cocoa warms up your hand on a chilly winter’s day.

 

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Leadership: Neglecting These 5 Actions Will Crush Your Career…Are you neglecting these 5 important career-building actions & letting your Career Wither/Die on the Vine?

For as long as I’ve been developing career training programs, professionals have asked me to develop a short assessment that will help them figure out how to build a happy career. For years, I resisted, because I felt that career success and happiness are just too deep and complex to be captured in a short quiz. The inner and outer steps you have to take to be happy in your work defy easy analysis or a quick “score.”

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On the flip side, high-level professionals tell me everyday, “I hate my work, but I can’t leave it.  The money is just too good, but I so want out.”

After the thousandth request, however, I decided to create a new tool that will give professionals a clear, concrete idea of what they’re doing right, and what they’re missing, in building a career that they’ll love and succeed at, for the long haul.  Last month, I launched a new Career Success Readiness Quiz to do just that.

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Based on my in-depth research on career success, and work with over 10,000 professionals (and my own career reinventions), the quiz explores what I’ve come to believe are the 30 critical steps you must take if you want to reach your ultimate potential and find great joy and satisfaction in your work.  So far, 4011 people have taken the quiz.

I thought I had my finger on the pulse of what’s holding people back from happier careers, but after reviewing the results from these survey takers, I can honestly say I’m floored.

Of the 30 critical steps essential for career success, 15 are being neglected by over 40% of the population surveyed (professional men and women around the world at all levels).  And five essential steps are being neglected by over 60% of those studied.  I was so surprised that I went back and re-analyzed all the data, to be sure.

The bottom line is this: In order to avoid failing at creating a satisfying career, you need to engage in all 30 of the steps the Career Success Readiness quiz shares, but the following five are being overlooked by the majority of professionals today:

Power Networking

Question 5:  I am an active power networker, and focus on meeting and connecting with inspiring new people in my industry and beyond every month.” (71% said “No”)

You can’t succeed and reach your best life and career if you’re alone and in a vacuum. You need great people to help you – loyal fans, ambassadors, mentors, sponsors, friends – people you respect and admire who think the world of you and your work, and will open doors and make important introductions for you.  You can’t rise to the next level if you’re slogging through your career alone.  Focus on meeting at least one new person a month who inspires you.

Connecting With People Outside Your Company

Question 6: I attend networking meetings, industry association meetings and regional and national conferences on a regular basis, to build a support community outside of those who work for my company.” (75% said “No”)

I’ve worked with scores of clients from Fortune 100 companies who come to me desperate for a career or job change, but they suddenly realize they know nobody outside of their company.  And they’ve been there so long that they don’t know how to proceed.

You need to build a powerful support community beyond the folks you immediately work with.  Don’t wait. Get out there and meet new people every month who will expand your horizons and show you what life is like outside of your company. It’s critical that you keep your options open at all times, to avoid feeling trapped at one company or job that no longer fits.

Interviewing Regularly

Question 29: I interview regularly at other firms or organizations, or if I own my own business, I regularly explore new partnerships, collaborations and affiliates, to build new pathways to opportunities that will expand my growth.” (71% said “No”)

No matter how happy you are at your job, you need to be interviewing regularly (numerous times a year) and exploring new partnerships and collaborators.  Don’t make the mistake I see over and over with folks over 45 who’ve been suddenly laid off, and haven’t interviewed in 10 years.

Whatever age you are, you need the practice of communicating to hiring managers exactly why you’re amazing and why you should be hired. Secondly, even if you’re happy at your job, there are fabulous opportunities out there that you should be aware of and going for, to help you guide your career trajectory more authoritatively.

Shaping Your Career

Angie Ruan, PayPal’s Retail Engineering Head told me recently that the most powerful advice she’s ever received (from her first mentor Terri Jordan, Vice President of eBay EBAY +1.4% operations at the time) was:

“You have to work on every part of your career to assure promotion. Your career is something you have to take control of explicitly.”

Too many people let their careers just happen, rather than taking the reins and steering the course. You have to manage your career proactively, or it will manage you (and you’ll lose control of it).  Start today by developing both long- and short-term S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely) goals, and find a supportive coaching buddy to hold you accountable to make these goals a reality.  You spend most of your time on this planet at work – don’t you want to make the most of it?

Career Change Transition Planning

Question 8: If I am considering a career change, I have developed a clear, well-informed plan that contains realistic financial and professional development goals, as well as a sound financial plan for my transition.” (61% Said “No”)

Thousands of people reach out to me a year desperate for a career change, but very few have done the work of identifying the best directions to pursue, “trying on” these directions to make sure they’re a true fit, and finally, building a solid transition plan with realistic financial and professional goals to get there.

Both positions are faulty.  There are many ways you can transition out of what you’re doing without throwing the baby out with the bathwater.  You don’t have to go broke to be happy. You can improve your career and re-direct your work to something more satisfying without losing everything.  But to do it, you need a strong, vetted, and proven plan that will take you there.

Are you neglecting these 5 important career-building actions and letting your career wither and die on the vine?

(To build a happier career, visit the Amazing Career Project, and take my Career Success Readiness Quiz.)

Forbes.com  |  September 18, 2014  |  Kathy Caprino

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Here’s What Job Seekers Can Learn From Tom Brady’s Post-College Résumé…”Found my old résumé! Really thought I was going to need this after the 5th round. #tbt.”

Tom Brady is one of the best players in the NFL today. He won’t ever need a résumé to showcase his professional accomplishments (you can just look at his career stats!) — but at one point, he almost did.

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Before the New England Patriots quarterback was drafted in 2000, he wasn’t so sure he’d have a future in football, so he created a résumé “in case he had to enter the corporate world,” reports Business Insider’s Tony Manfred.

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We asked résumé-writing experts to weigh in on Brady’s CV. They say he did some things well, but other areas could use improvement.

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This week, in honor of “We asked résumé-writing experts to weigh in on Brady’s CV. They say he did some things well, but other areas could use improvement. hrowback Thursday” (#tbt), Brady shared a photo of his post-college résumé with his 2.4 million Facebook fans. The caption read: “Found my old résumé! Really thought I was going to need this after the 5th round. #tbt.”

The University of Michigan grad was ultimately selected in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft and went on to become an NFL superstar. But, had he needed to enter the corporate world instead, would this résumé have landed him a job?   

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Strategy: How To Stop Fear Of Failure Putting Your Business & Social Ambitions On Hold…Action is kryptonite to fear, so act anyway; keep your mind & body active at all times

In the world of business, fear is practically a currency. Most of us would pay a high price to avoid having to confront our darkest and most deeply held fears, but our competitors rarely give us the option to do so.

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Often, our subconscious will expend considerable energy trying to divert us from a collision course with our perceived weaknesses, and we end up either sticking our heads in the sand or running away from a problem. No business person who behaves in this way will stay the course for long. But what if there was another way?

Hayley Summers is a life coach who believes that we can be taught how to overcome even our most deeply held fears and beliefs, by getting to know them better. During the course of several in-depth conversations with Hayley over the past few weeks, having bumped into her a networking event, I have been deeply impressed by her philosophy of identifying and ejecting unhelpful beliefs from our lives and replacing them with new, more up to date opinions and attitudes, which can significantly improve both our working and social lives.

“It is important to separate the rationale behind our fears into those that can serve us and those that can hinder us. Are you scared of launching that marketing campaign because you haven’t done enough research or because you’re scared you’re not good enough?”

Hayley’s belief is that as we grow as people, and our opinions and lifestyles change, our fears become outdated, no longer a part of who we are, and yet still we let them dictate to us.

“Fear of failure is a very common worry, but we’re scared of many other things too, including success, not being good enough, not being loved, being disliked and being thought of as stupid”, she says.

All of these factors hold us back, either consciously or sub consciously, but Hayley’s point is that we don’t have to live with them forever. A fear of failure often stems from our belief that failure is a sign of weakness, or of being unworthy of what we have. We have let others down, we tell ourselves, because we have too many faults. The trick is to step outside of these beliefs and try to view things from a different perspective.

 

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Many of our beliefs are formed during our younger years, and we carry them with us on our life’s journey, but as our lives change so should our beliefs. We must re-evaluate what we have learned; for example, when we were young, what did our parents tell us about money? Did we believe it was scarce or abundant? Were relationships perceived to be a chore or a pleasure? What were our parents and grandparents relationships like? How did we feel when we made a mistake? What were our teachers like?

As we try to answer these questions we discover that many of the things we decided in our younger years are no longer true. Perhaps we are now more financially secure, or we take money less seriously than we did before. Our habits may have changed, and we have now formed many relationships outside of our families which provide us with new criteria of judgement. Over to Hayley: “As a coach I encourage my clients to take a good hard look at their beliefs, throw out any that they no longer want and create new, empowering beliefs to move them forwards.”

In a way it is like a form of surgery. First it is explorative. Identify a belief that is having a negative impact on your life, and try to discover where it came from.Next , try to understand why you still cling to that belief. Perhaps you perceive it as a form of protection. How does it make you feel? What purpose might it have? Do you have any other beliefs that might be reinforcing it?

The next stage is to ask yourself: could I replace this negative, over protective sentiment with an alternative belief, one that is more empowering, for instance. Imagine what your life might be like without this particular belief; what might its absence enable you to do that you have always wanted to do?

Questioning our beliefs allows us to explore realities we would never have thought possible. Realising what is possible if you change your beliefs can be a powerful motivator to move forwards.

Finally, it is time to take action. “Sometimes the fear is so crippling that we simply can’t face it, but, when acting against it feels just uncomfortable, rather than life threatening, we are able to overcome it briefly, and take some decisive action”, Hayley explains. “We begin to realize that we have the potential to be most courageous when we are at our most fearful.”

It is a chicken and egg problem. You cannot talk yourself out of your fear completely without taking action, but equally you cannot take action until you have clearly processed your fear and made it seem less scary. Hayley describes this phenomena as the “crippling fear threshold”, she suggests we process our fear, either with the help of a coach or through meditation, journaling or other reflective activities, until it drops below the “crippling fear threshold”. Once it is no longer “crippling” we should take action. This takes strength and courage but is something we are all capable of once our fear is no longer paralysing us.

“In every session we make progress. Some clients need just one cycle of this, in order to move forward with one aspect, but often we repeat this cycle several times over, either building up smaller actions into larger ones or overcoming new fears as they come to the surface.”

Another aspect of fear which Hayley deals with she labels “evidence based fear”. A lack of time to research a marketing campaign may result in the fear that it will not be successful, or a relationship where two parties are not communicating may lead you to think it is coming to an end. These kind of concerns can be beneficial, because there is reasonable evidence to suggest they may be genuine. They should not be panic inducing however, if they are based around a new and factual, rather than an outdated belief system.

“It is important to separate the rationale behind our fears into those that can serve us and those that can hinder us. Are you scared of launching that marketing campaign because you haven’t done enough research or because you’re scared you’re not good enough?”

I have argued before that as much as business is about financial gain, it is also about challenging oneself, competing effectively, and being social. It is entirely right that we prepare ourselves as best we can to make every opportunity count. If anything, it is our responsibility to make sure that we do. Life coaching plays an increasingly important role in helping us to understand how to conduct ourselves in ways that are most beneficial not only to ourselves but to the community at large.

In the UK, for example, most high earners will, at some stage, have used coaching and analysis to make sure they are looking after themselves properly, and in order to perform to their maximum abilities. So next time you are feeling fearful, take Hayley’s advice: picture yourself on top of the situation, ask yourself how you did it, and what beliefs gave you the will to win.

Hayley’s 5 tips for staying on top of your fears

  1. If you are avoiding or procrastinating ask yourself why. There could be a fear driving it;
  2. Fears can look much worse when they are hidden or avoided; things which look menacing in the darkness are often far less intimidating when exposed to the light of day. Get your fears out in the open, be honest about them, tell someone you trust, write about them, explain them;
  3. Start practising new beliefs by writing them down, or talking to yourself in the mirror. Progress to sharing your belief with others or going a whole morning in the mindset of your new belief;
  4. Action is kryptonite to fear, so act anyway; keep your mind and body active at all times;
  5. Overcoming a fear isn’t a finite process, relapsing is normal. This is most likely to happen on a bad day or when you are feeling vulnerable. If you’ve just ended a relationship, lost your job or delivered a bad pitch, be ready for your fears to re-surface.

 

 

 

Forbes.com |  September 18, 2014  | Edmund Ingham

http://www.forbes.com/sites/edmundingham/2014/09/18/how-to-stop-fear-of-failure-putting-your-business-and-social-ambitions-on-hold/ 

Got Kids??…The Top 25 Colleges In The US…Best colleges in the U.S. based on how well the schools prepare their students for success after graduation.

After MIT’s four-year reign atop our annual list of the Best Colleges in America, our readers voted Stanford University as the No. 1 college in America.

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To create this list, we asked Here are the top 25 colleges in the U.S. this year.over 1,500 professionals who have hiring experience in a variety of industries what they consider to be the best colleges in the U.S. based on how well the schools prepare their students for success after graduation. 

 

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Here are the top 25 colleges in the U.S. this year:

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Strategy: The 12 Best Free Online Business Courses To Take This Fall…Harvard, Stanford, U. Penn, U. Michigan, Columbia U.

The start of a new school year may have you thinking about your own education, and whether you’re lacking in any area suited to your career.

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Inside a Harvard Business School classroom.

Maybe you have entrepreneurial aspirations but are lacking a financial background. Or maybe you realize that after years as a professional you still don’t know how to best manage your finances.

Whatever your situation, there are plenty of excellent free online courses available this fall. We’ve gathered some of the best below:

University of Pennsylvania Wharton School

• “An Introduction to Financial Accounting”

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Current session: Sept. 5 – Nov. 17

Time commitment: 6-8 hrs/week

What you’ll learn: The course covers everything you need to know to understand an income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows.

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• “An Introduction to Operations Management”

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Next session: Sept. 29 – Nov. 24

Time commitment: 5-7 hrs/week

What you’ll learn: How to analyze and improve business processes by studying approaches like lean operations, Six Sigma, and the Toyota production system.

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• “An Introduction to Marketing”

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Next session: Oct. 14 – Dec. 26

Time commitment: 5-6 hrs/week

What you’ll learn: Wharton has one of the highest ranked marketing departments in the world. This course is broken into three parts: branding, customer centricity, and fundamental marketing strategies.

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• “Scaling Up Your Venture Without Screwing Up”

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Next session: Sept. 15 – Oct. 19

Time commitment: 4-6 hrs/week

What you’ll learn: How to give your company big, meaningful growth, learning which risks to take and which to avoid.

• “Entrepreneurship Through the Lens of Venture Capital”

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Next session: Self-paced

What you’ll learn: The basics of starting a company that will give investors that essential “fear of missing out” that will make them want to invest in you.

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• “The Age of Sustainable Development”

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Next session: Sept. 9 – Dec. 5

Time commitment: 5-7 hrs/week

What you’ll learn: How businesses are finding ways to grow while limiting their impact on the environment and providing fair wages to outsourced labor.

IESE Business School

• “Corporate Finance Essentials”

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Next session: Sept. 29 – Nov. 10

Time commitment: 2-3 hrs/week

What you’ll learn: This is the course to take if you need to build up your financial vocabulary and basic understanding of the relationship between companies and investors in capital markets.

University of Michigan

• “Successful Negotiation”

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Time commitment: 2-3 hrs/week

What you’ll learn: This is a comprehensive look at how to dominate negotiations. Learn things like your reservation price and stretch goal, psychological techniques to avoid getting trapped, and the four essential contract law questions you need to ask.

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• “Understanding Media by Understanding Google”

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Time commitment: 4-6 hrs/week

What you’ll learn: Think of this as an extensive Google case study, learning how the media, politicians, marketers, and technologists work with the tech industry along the way.

• “Power Onboarding”

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Next session: Oct. 12 – Nov. 29

Time commitment: 3-4 hrs/week

What you’ll learn: How to develop an onboarding plan that will allow you to quickly begin making an influence after transitioning to a new job. It also covers techniques that you can use to rise up the corporate hierarchy.

University of Florida

• “Personal & Family Financial Planning”

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Current session: Aug. 20 – Oct. 15

Time commitment: 5-7 hrs/week

What you’ll learn: How to invest in your retirement, build your credit, and manage your taxes in this Personal Finance 101 course.

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How about You ? ..Personal Branding Basics: 3 Easy Steps To Advancing Your Career

I googled “personal branding” today and got nearly two million results. When I started my personal branding business, Reach Personal Branding, almost 15 years ago, few people knew what personal branding was, and even fewer were interested in building their brand.

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Today, as Google results reveal, there’s lots of talk about personal branding, and virtually every career-minded professional understands its importance. Personal branding helps you find a new job, get promoted, open clients’ doors, increase business success, and enhance your happiness at work every day. And it helps you do your job better – regardless of your role.

Personal branding requires steadfast commitment, regular attention, and constant intention. But this should not be as daunting as it sounds because, above all, personal branding is simply about being yourself – your best self – always.

Today, most major corporations have programs to help their employees uncover and build their brands to increase engagement, performance, satisfaction and retention. Yet, despite this high awareness of personal branding, misconceptions persist. In this article I share with you the personal branding basics from my latest book, Ditch. Dare. Do! – what you need to know so you can use the power of personal branding to fully energize and maximize your career. Personal branding is as easy as 1-2-3:

Step 1: Know Yourself

Effective brands are based in reality. When we think of Volvo, we think safety, and that’s because Volvo builds safe cars. Apple is known for innovation because everything they do, from their products to their stores to their genius bars, is innovative. Disney is synonymous with family entertainment, delivering memorable moments for every generation. To build a strong brand, you too must focus on authenticity – who you really are. Branding is not spin, and it’s not packaging (though packaging is a component). Strong brands are uncovered – not created.

If you’re like most people, when you think about personal branding, you’re thinking about the sexy stuff – social media, writing articles, delivering presentations, etc. But if you aren’t clear about who you are, what sets you apart from others, and what makes you relevant and compelling to those who are making decisions about you, you’ll squander your communications efforts. You must know yourself.

Strong personal brands know their vision, mission, values and passions, have documented their goals, and are fully aware of their super-powers – their signature strengths. But it isn’t all introspection. In the “Know” phase, you need to learn what others think about you (here’s how you can get this kind of feedback). Since your brand is held in the hearts and minds of those who know you, you must be keenly aware of external perceptions when you’re uncovering and defining your brand.

Once you’ve gained the clarity of knowing yourself, introspectively and from external feedback, you can distill what you learn into your personal brand statement that describes your unique promise of value – who you are, what makes you unique and what makes you relevant and compelling to the people who are making decisions about you.

 

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Step 2: Show Yourself

With a clearly defined and documented personal brand statement, you can begin to get the message out. In this step you build your career marketing tools, like your 3D brand bio, which expresses the whole you – who you are in your work, life and world. You also start to hone your message and your point of view. You learn to tell your story so you can build emotional connections with your target audience.

The 3D brand bio  has quickly become the most important marketing tool career-minded professionals use. It hasn’t replaced your resume. You still need to show a timeline of your accomplishments and career growth. But your bio does more to create emotional connections – to show the complete you – to those who want to learn about you. And it can play many roles; it can be refined and resized for your LinkedIn summary, on your company intranet, in your social media profiles and as your byline for articles you write or blogs you post.

In “Show,” you also design the packaging that embodies your brand. You do this by defining your personal brand identity system. This design system includes the font(s), colors, images and a tagline you will use consistently as the wrapper to all your communications. This wrapper helps reinforce your brand attributes and create recognition. Of course, when you’re communicating on behalf of your company, you must follow their brand identity guidelines, but for all of your own communications, your personal brand identity system is an essential element.

Step 3: Grow Yourself

Effective personal branding requires consistent repetition. In this step of the process you integrate your brand into everything you do by building and executing your personal media plan to increase the breadth of your brand and reinforce your message. You also increase credibility by integrating your brand into all your activities. Identify the tools in the real- and virtual-world that will be used to keep you visible and available to your target audience. Just as every company has a media plan, you too need to build and execute a communications plan so you are always in the sight lines of decision makers. Develop your media plan by looking at the intersection of the communications tools you love to use and those that will reach your target audience. Then, research the options available and start expressing yourself through those targeted tools. Remember to choose the appropriate social media tools to amplify your message.

To grow yourself, you also need to practice brand integration, meaning you need to rethink everything you do every day and find ways to inject your brand into those tasks. For example, if your brand is all about creativity, make the way you write agendas, lead meetings, compose emails, etc. more creative. Everything you do needs to scream creativity. Lastly, you need to think about your brand community. The members of your network can truly grow your brand by promoting you to those in their brand community. Building and nurturing relationships needs to become a part of your daily actions – that means finding ways to give value to those in your brand community.

Personal branding requires steadfast commitment, regular attention, and constant intention. But this should not be as daunting as it sounds because, above all, personal branding is simply about being yourself – your best self – always.

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Forbes.com  |  September 16, 2014  |  William Arruda

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Cross-Training: Your Best Defense Against Indispensable Employees…No matter how great your organization is, there will be times when employees are sick, vacation, or leave to pursue other opportunities.

Imagine you’re part of a dangerous military combat operation. Suddenly, one of your team members with a mission-critical skill is injured or killed.  Do you just pack up and go home?  Of course not.

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In the military, cross-training is a part of everyday life. Our armed forces understand that duplication in the human system is one of the best ways to mitigate risk and ensure success.

While your company’s mission may not be life or death, it can sometimes feel like it. Regardless of your industry, today’s businesses can’t risk failing because they lose a key player at a critical juncture. It’s essential to cross-train your employees so losing one won’t mean the end of your company.

The Power of Cross-Training

Cross-training your employees to mitigate risk may involve developing your team’s capacity so your company has the flexibility to respond to fluctuating workflows. It can also include training for different skill sets in the event that a key employee leaves, or simply as a way to prepare a lower-level employee to move up in the organization. Either way, cross-training can be extremely beneficial to your organization as a whole.

No matter how great your organization is, there will be times when employees are sick, are on vacation, or leave to pursue other opportunities. When that happens, it’s your duty to make sure your team is prepared.

IDEO’s CEO, Tim Brown, brings this concept to life in a really creative way. He describes I-shaped individuals as experts in their area who have an extremely limited ability to collaborate across disciplines. T-shaped individuals, on the other hand, have deep expertise in one area and a working understanding across disciplines, which gives them insight into the bigger picture.

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Having a workforce of T-shaped individuals will give your organization:

  • Durability. When only one person knows how to handle a key area of your business, your company isn’t positioned for sustainability. Cross-training helps ensure that if an essential team member quits or takes a vacation, your business won’t suffer. 
  • Agility. Cross-training creates a more agile workforce by providing on-the-job professional development. It’s a win-win because you get to duplicate your employees’ skill sets, and your employees get a chance to learn different things, uncover hidden talents, and prepare to advance in the organization.
  • Flexibility. Organizations that cross-train are better equipped to recover quickly from disruptions and handle transitions gracefully. This means they can deliver seamless service to their customers, even in times of disruption. 
  • Efficiency. Cross-training forces teams to refine processes by making them take a hard look at the way they do things as they train others. Teaching is also a great opportunity for learning because it forces employees to answer questions, explain their processes, and see the tasks they perform daily through a fresh set of eyes.
  • Teamwork. Cross-training gives employees a chance to build new relationships with people they might otherwise never have contact with. These relationships will help your team work more effectively and increase employees’ understanding of the big picture.

Four Tips for Successful Cross-Training

To avoid derailing your organization every time one of your key players is absent, follow these tips for implementing a cross-training initiative:

  1. Create a culture of collective success. For some employees, being indispensable is a point of pride. Make it clear that your organization values people’s ability to support each other and that single points of failure are a company-wide weakness. Show employees that their capacity to help their co-workers in times of need will benefit them when they need additional support
  2. Set formal expectations. Require employees to have at least one person who can step into their role at a moment’s notice. Make it mandatory, give clear instructions, and provide time for people to cross-train effectively.
  3. Test your success. Run simulations to ensure cross-training meets your expectations. See if a key employee can go away on vacation with absolutely no team contact, or commit that employee to another project and make sure he isn’t pulled in to help the person performing his role. If someone is able to step in in this person’s absence, you’re covered.
  4. Develop a feedback mechanism. Give employees an opportunity to give you feedback on the impact of cross-training activities, and use this information to continuously improve your efforts.

Although cross-training may result in some short-term loss in productivity, it’s a small price to pay for long-term risk mitigation and increased efficiency. Think of cross-training as insurance against the inevitable.

No matter how great your organization is, there will be times when employees are sick, are on vacation, or leave to pursue other opportunities. When that happens, it’s your duty to make sure your team is prepared.

Chris Cancialosi, Ph.D., is managing partner and founder at gothamCulture

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Got Kids?? The 20 Best Business Schools For Networking…Networking is importantfor the rest of a graduate’s life in the job market.

When choosing a business school, there are several key factors to consider, from class size to location and on-campus resources.  But one important factor is easy to overlook: what the school provides post-graduation. strong alumni network can make all the difference in making connections and landing interviews at top companies. 

Here are the 20 schools that came out on top: 

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Networking is important because the 20 schools that came out on top: use the peer, faculty, and alumni support and influence is a major asset while in school and for the rest of a graduate’s life in the job market,” says Harvey Berkey, chief operating officer of Graduateprogams.com, a website where students can review graduate programs.

To determine which schools offer the best networking opportunities, Graduateprogams.com pulled the business schools with the highest scores for “Value of Network,” one of many categories in which over 70,000 students review their schools on the site.

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