Job Success

Eat Your Toad First – Career Development Partners – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Early in my career I worked with an engineer who had a picture of toad on his desk.  This was a huge, fat, green, slimy, wart infested toad.  It had to be one of the ugliest creatures on earth.  The caption read, “Eat a live toad first thing in the morning, the rest of the day has to be better.”The takeaway I get from this caption is that we all have our toads.  It is that thing we dread doing,…

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14 actions to improve your job performance – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Max out your 401(k) or IRA plan. Figure out how much it would take per month to do so and then put that amount into the plan. You’ll take a hit in take home pay – but not as much as you might think because of the tax deferment. The earlier you bite the bullet, the bigger the payoff later. Compounding does that.Even if you can’t max out the amount, max your amount you can into the plan. If you…

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14 actions to improve your job performance – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Max out your 401(k) or IRA plan. Figure out how much it would take per month to do so and then put that amount into the plan. You’ll take a hit in take home pay – but not as much as you might think because of the tax deferment. The earlier you bite the bullet, the bigger the payoff later. Compounding does that.Even if you can’t max out the amount, max your amount you can into the plan. If you…

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It is a matter of perspective. – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

When one is faced with a challenging situation the outcome is greatly influenced by the perspective in which that obstacle is viewed.  Especially when one’s world is turned upside down by job loss, the perspective which one views the loss can determine the outcome.  Consider three people faced with job loss and how they approach it: 1. How could they do that to me, I gave them the best years of my life and they discarded me. 2. I’ll never…

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Are You Listening? – Career Development Partners – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

“Can you hear me now?’ was the popular tag line in a commercial for a cell phone company. But the real question we should be asking in our everyday communications is “Are you listening?”Hearing and listening are very different. Hearing is the physical act of having sound waves hitting our ear drums, except for those who are hearing impaired, is a normal part of our day. Listening, on the other hand, means to interpret the noise, understand it and provide…

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