Self-Assessment

Perhaps you’ve been doing things the same way for so long that you no longer have the ability to look at situations from a different viewpoint. To measure your flexibility, take this simple quiz.

Set goals you’ll actually accomplish

December 5, 2012 Categorized in: Self-Assessment

If you’re always setting goals you never seem to accomplish, the problem may be that you’re doing it wrong. Next time, try these tips from Ken Cheo, principal at Winfree Business Growth Advisors.

Is being yourself turning toward TMI?

November 26, 2012 Categorized in: Self-Assessment

Call it the “Facebookification” of the workplace—employees of all generations are sharing way too much personal information with their colleagues and superiors, writes author and executive coach Peggy Klaus.

Resuscitate a damaged reputation

November 21, 2012 Categorized in: Self-Assessment

If you have acted poorly in the past, your reputation may still be suffering even if you have since changed your ways, writes career coach Dorothy Tannahill-Moran. There’s no surefire way to fix the damage, but a few techniques may help.
If you find yourself losing control at work, it’s important to step back and see what’s really happening—as hard as that can be to do in the moment.

Admins trust their gut, survey finds

September 21, 2012 Categorized in: Self-Assessment

Most administrative professionals trust their gut and frequently use their instinct to guide their actions at work, a study by OfficeTeam and the Inter­na­tional Association of Administrative Professionals found.

Feel like an impostor at work?

September 13, 2012 Categorized in: Self-Assessment

Even if you’re doing well in your career, getting good reviews and advancing at a solid clip, you may have times when you feel like you don’t really know what you’re doing and you’re just faking it, writes Jessica Stillman. If that sounds familiar, you’re not alone.
To avoid being a casualty of your own flaws, examine your blind spot. Brent Sherwin, a manager at Schwan Food Co., learned this lesson after hearing from his boss that he’d be stymied in his career unless he was better able to work with colleagues.

Could your ethics be at risk?

June 27, 2012 Categorized in: Self-Assessment

Psychologists have shown how our minds often fail to see what’s right in front of us. That means any of us could fail to see the ethical big picture and almost unknowingly make an unethical choice. How to make sure you don’t fall into that trap?
Whatever you say about other people (“She’s brilliant, funny, a slacker, rude, hard-working …”) shapes the way people see you.
The latest technology trend? Going low-tech and “un­­plug­­ging” to get our most meaningful work done. Many are realizing we may need to take drastic mea­­sures to “switch off.” Here are some low-tech suggestions:

3 things you should focus on every day

December 27, 2011 Categorized in: Self-Assessment

Instead of worrying about what di­­rec­­tion your life will take in one year or five years, keep your focus on three things—today. Ask yourself:

Spice up a ‘same old, same old’ job

December 7, 2011 Categorized in: Self-Assessment

If you’ve ever wanted a new challenge to keep your administrative job from feeling “same old, same old,” consider how Catherine Russell must feel. She has played the same role in an off-Broadway play for 25 years. She offers good advice for staving off the feeling that your work is repetitive: