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Building skills should not be a random effort to pile more onto a résumé. Unsure where to target your efforts? Here are a few ways to identify skills that might benefit your repertoire.
Sometimes we just don’t feel like being as productive as we should. That’s OK, right? Well, yes, but what’s not OK is to consistently let yourself down and undermine the goals you’ve set for yourself. If this sounds like you, it’s time to lock yourself in a cage.

Try the Eisenhower Matrix for workflow

September 1, 2021 Categorized in: Time Management

“I have two kinds of problems: the urgent and the important,” Dwight D. Eisenhower purportedly said, though he didn’t claim the original thought as his own. “The urgent are not important, and the important are never urgent.” From this musing emerged the time management method known as the Eisenhower Matrix.

1-Minute Strategies: October ’21

September 1, 2021 Categorized in: Personal Development

2-3-2-3 or 3-3-4? … What is a capitonym? … Why good doggies seem so good … Nostalgia overwhelm!
Asking an employee to reform more than one or two behaviors at a time can quickly overwhelm and demotivate them, no matter how calm and accepting they may seem. Here, then, is a checklist to use when deciding if employee behavior needs change.
Last year, as employees were piling up accrued time they couldn’t use, the IRS allowed them to cash out their unused time, donate the cash to their employers and their employers would donate the cash to charitable organizations helping people impacted by the pandemic. The IRS has extended this relief through the end of this year.
Pay raises are making a comeback. U.S. companies plan to give employees larger raises next year as they recover from the economic fallout from the pandemic and face mounting challenges attracting and retaining employees, according to a new survey by the Willis Towers Watson consulting firm.
Remember that talented employees come in a variety of sizes.
A full 67% of supervisors of remote workers surveyed by the Society for Human Resource Management consider them more replaceable than on-site workers.
When urgent requests pop up from more than one person, and you’re already crunched for time, what’s the best way to handle them? Use these four fixes.

Pivot tables: count vs. sum

August 4, 2021 Categorized in: Excel

One frustrating problem with pivot tables comes when you add a field to the Values layout area expecting a sum, and it gives you a count instead.

Using Excel charts in PowerPoint

August 4, 2021 Categorized in: ExcelPowerPoint

There is no one right way to paste Excel charts into PowerPoint. It depends upon who has access and what they may need to do.
When we’re trying to forge a bond with someone new, there’s one mistake we always seem to make, writes Mike Steib in his book The Career Manifesto. We immediately begin to fill in every available silence with details about ourselves.