Self-Assessment

How engaged are you at work?

August 9, 2013 Categorized in: Self-Assessment

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

July 3, 2013 Categorized in: 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.
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.
Management may sound like a great gig, but it’s not all fun and games. If you’ve been offered a promotion or are considering seeking one, you should take a serious look at the difficult aspects of being the boss before you make any moves.

When good jobs go bad

April 29, 2013 Categorized in: AdvancementSelf-Assessment

When the job gets too far out of whack, it’s probably time for you to move on and even in this still-difficult economy, there are plenty of opportunities to do so, says Glassdoor career and workplace expert Heather Huhman. She offers 10 signs that it’s time for you to let your old job go and look for a new one.
When you talk, do people listen? Sure they do, but are they hearing your great ideas, or are they distracted by your personal speech patterns? Take a few minutes to conduct a quick speech audit.
FYI, the CEO wants the HR and IT reports ASAP. We rely on thousands of acronyms and initialisms, and in many cases, one set of letters can have a wide variety of meanings. Here’s a test of some of the most common office terms.
You want to improve yourself, but who has time to read all of those self-help books? Never fear, the staff at New York Magazine did the work for you and summarized the key advice contained in some of the best.
While you may have to do some things you don’t love on the job, you shouldn’t have to continually operate outside your comfort zone, says Mike Figliuolo. Try to establish a line that you won’t cross or allow others to cross with you. 

How assertive are you?

February 28, 2013 Categorized in: Featured ArticleSelf-Assessment

This self-assessment scale will help you spot weaknesses in your ability to express yourself, especially where confrontation is concerned.
Take the following quiz to give you a rough idea of how well you apply your emotional intelligence at work.
  Flush out any micromanagement tendencies you may have by answering these questions.