Self-Assessment

3 ways to fine-tune your intuition

Intuition involves a number of skills: close observation, careful analysis, critical thinking, good judgment and sound reasoning. If you think you’re lacking in intuitive skill, never fear.

Signs your stress is outta control

Stress can show up in strange ways that you confuse for something else. You need to pay attention because chronic stress puts you at increased risk for serious health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes and depression. Experts identify six signs that you could be overstressed.

Are you positioned for success?

Laurie Ruettimann is a former HR leader and a speaker, writer and career advisor. She blogs at “The Cynical Girl.” We sought her advice for developing a great career as an admin, as well as what it takes to work well with the HR team.

Failure isn't always a bad thing

Failure lets you know you’re doing something right, admin and blogger Julie Perrine writes.

Quiz: Do you misuse these phrases?

Many misused words and phrases have be­­come so common they're now in­­cluded in some dictionaries, but they once had correct usages. Here's a list of phrases you might be saying wrong.

Regrouping after a rejection at work

Workplace rejection is a painful but expected part of life. Of course, no one wants to be turned down for a job or promotion, but when it does happen there are ways you can cope. Here are three strategies offered by Debra Wheatman, of Careers Done Write.

How engaged are you at work?

Only 30% of employees are “involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their work," according to a Gallup poll.

How's the skill set of your admin team?

Most people work hard and do their best on the job, but feedback can always help us to do better. Outside of regular performance reviews, how can you get feedback on what you’re doing well and what you could be doing better?

Pull off a savvy self-assessment

Valuable or not, self-assessments seem here to stay, so you need to figure out how to do them well in a way that’s honest without appearing arrogant or getting yourself in trouble. Harvard Business Review contributing editor Amy Gallo compiled expert advice on how to do just that.

Are you a Level 4 listener?

If you want to influence people and effectively persuade them to embrace your ideas and follow your lead, you need to start by becoming an excellent listener, say Mark Goulston and John Ullmen, authors of Real Influence: Persuade Without Pushing and Gain Without Giving In. They identify four levels of listening.