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LeBron’s Leadership Lessons

See if you can go through this entire day without making or hearing at least one sports analogy.  Think: he goes the whole nine yards; that’s a home run; they dropped the ball; and life’s a marathon not a sprint. So let’s take a look at LeBron James, one of this year’s most successful athletes who displayed outstanding leadership skills bringing an NBA Championship to Cleveland. First, James has vision which may be the most important trait of an effective leader.  James returned to the Cavaliers intent on bringing a championship to Cleveland.  By his belief that this could be accomplished, his teammates could see an historic winning season as a possibility too.  LeBron knows winning, right?  His vision instilled confidence that the Cavs could make that vision a reality. Before the season, James gathered his teammates and told each player what he ...

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Four Signs that You’re About to Land the Job

They’ve seen your resume. You’ve had your interviews. And now, the wait begins. Is there a way to know if a job offer is on its way? In a recent article in Business Insider, author of "The Humor Advantage, Michael Kerr, said, ”While you can never be certain, and you definitely don't want to get your hopes up prematurely, there are certainly signs that might hint that you're about to get some good news.” Here are four signs that a job offer may soon be on its way: 1. Meeting key people If you were introduced to higher-ups or company team members who you weren’t originally intended to meet, it’s safe to say that the company is interested in you. This introduction benefits you as a potential team member, getting to meet possible coworkers before you’re even a member of the company. However, it also allows for a role reversal to ...

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Everyday Career Resolutions

January is not only well under way, but it is almost over. The new year resolutions you set just a few weeks ago may have fizzled already; maybe it’s time to reevaluate your long term aspirations and adjust the steps you plan on taking to get there. Especially for your career, it is never to late to set and adapt the little things you do to best achieve your goals. What are some ways you can resolve, for the no-longer-new year and for every day, to make your work life and career better? Never stop learning With the myriad of online learning possibilities as well as opportunities offered at your workplace, you should expose yourself to as much information as you can. Go see speakers at industry conventions. Watch a webinar on something you don’t know much about. Go to those higher up ...

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Working with LinkedIn on your Job Search

As a career coach, I am often surprised when I’m looking at LinkedIn.  Surprisingly, at times, some people don’t seem to be using this job search and career development site to the fullest extent.  Or maybe some need to pay a little more attention to their site.  So here are some basic and advanced tips for you to consider in establishing or upgrading your site. If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, why not?  Not having a profile almost means you don’t exist. For many people, the first thing we do when we hear about someone is check them out on LinkedIn.  Who is he or she?  What does the person do?  Who does he or she know?  So if you don’t have a site, start creating your profile right now. A very important first step on your profile is your picture… you must ...

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Online Learning : Your Path to Career Advancement

Frustration is all too common in the workplace today. We may find ourselves looking toward new opportunities outside our current organization, but too often think to ourselves: I can’t seem to find the time My field has changed and I no longer have the right skills I can’t leave my office to go to a course or seminar My company doesn’t pay for further education or training There is an answer to these kinds of concerns: online learning. Using online learning resources can be your ticket out (or up!) because you can train yourself from anywhere at any time; the seemingly endless world wide web has courses, seminars, and workshops that you should be taking advantage of.   There are a few steps to take before starting your online career advancement: Do some web-surfing to find the right program for you.  With a lot of resources come a ...

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