Personal Development

Las Vegas—Issuing snap judgments of those who annoy or irritate you adds to the stress you experience, argues Richard Carlson, author of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff at Work (Hyperion).
Are you one of those people who tend to put others’ needs ahead of your own? If so, that often means you’ll take on more and more work, committing to responsibilities with no time to complete them, until your life spins out of balance. Instead, try these 3 steps …
Regret that you never finished college? Wish that you’d majored in something else? Look closely at all the skills and knowledge you’ve picked up on the job …you could be closer to earning a college degree than you’ve ever imagined…
On a typical day, you can find D.A. Benton giving image-building advice to top executives at IBM, Nabisco, Hewlett-Packard and other major corporations. She’s one of America’s top executive coaches.
He probably would have been an effective CEO anyway. But with Executive Assistant Rosanne Badowski keeping his schedule, organizing his work and guarding his office door, Jack Welch’s image shone even brighter. Here are four tactics she used.
Speaking up about an unhappy situation at work could be the best thing you do, for the boss, the team and yourself. Good bosses reward positive role models, dole out praise, promotions and choice assignments to individuals who contribute to a supportive work environment.
Transform yourself into a wizard at remembering names, learning new software or memorizing presentations, with these tactics
Imagine spending 28 years in the same modestly paying job (20 in the same office space). Could you muster enough enthusiasm at work each day for people you support to name you “Employee of the Year” after all that time?
You don’t need the word “chief” in your title to act as a leader to the troops. Show that you possess the qualities for promotion by exhibiting these leadership traits:
Delaying your decisions exacts a cost in both time and opportunity. Fail to confirm which venue you want for your next event, for example, and suddenly, both are booked. If you agonize over providing your “final answer,” push yourself to act, with these tips:
If the worst part of your job is your boss—someone who pits staff members against one another, steals credit and doesn’t support you—take this advice from the career experts at Bernard Haldane Associates…
Imagine holding the title of “senior secretary” or “executive secretary” one day and being called an “administrative assistant” the next—for the same job and pay. That can happen when an organization streamlines support staff job titles. But don’t despair if you feel your title doesn’t reflect the work you do…
If co-workers’ bad attitudes create tension, protect yourself from those office toxins.