October 25, 2010

If you are between the ages of 18 - 35, please take this brief survey to help create a Great Young Professional Development/Network Group!

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October 18, 2010

How to Use Your Career GPS

Every time you get in your car, you have a chosen destination. What if you applied this same principle to your career? Despite the economy, you want a career you love (not just work a job). What if there was a career GPS to help you find the way? Good news, there is...
Goals - What do you want to do? Start at the end. Your goals are the steps to accomplishing your vision. You wouldn't get in a car without knowing where you were headed, so don't look for a job without knowing what field you desire to be in. Only you know what your dreams entail. Write them down so you can see them daily. 

Passions - What do you love doing? What are your hobbies? If all jobs paid the same, what would you choose? You should love your career. It shouldn't feel like work. The more you love what you do, the more focused and committed you will be. People who are passionate about what they do become positive catalysts for everyone around them! 

Strengths - What are you great at? (Notice I did not say "good.") In what areas are you way above average? What stands out about you? What have others complimented you about multiple times? A strength is a natural talent developed over time. You can be passionate about something, but you also need to be skilled at it. Figure out what you do better than anyone else and get better at it! 

Your career GPS consists of your goals, passions and strengths. Finding it is your responsibility. Don't settle for just a job. Create a career that you love and thrive in. The most successful people identified their career GPS and followed it. Form a Vinn Diagram of your goals, passions and strengths. Your answer lies in the overlap. 

What is your career GPS?

October 12, 2010

Supercharge Your Mental Wellness

There's a lot of talk about physical wellness, but what about your mental wellness? Think holistically. How do you take care of your brain?  

When driving your car, you have blind spots. In life, it's the same. Working with a coach brings new perspective into your life. A coach cannot change your circumstances, but he/she can help you change the way you view them. 
Make sure you are mentally "fit." Getting your brain in shape may seem like a silly idea, but your thoughts shape your behaviors.  
Here are some benefits from working with a coach:
  • Increased self-awareness 67%
  • Lower stress levels 57%
  • Self-confidence 52%
  • Productivity 53%
  • Job Satisfaction 61%
  • Reduced Conflict 52%
Just think how much better your life could be with just ONE of those advantages. Taking care of your mind is just as important as taking care of your body. What we think triggers our emotions, which drives our decisions.
Strong Mind + Strong Emotions = Strong Performance

Ready to improve your mental wellness?

October 4, 2010

How the NBA Free Agency Changed Corporate America

From LeBron James' "Decision" to Carmelo Anthony's desire to leave Denver, the power in the NBA has shifted. No longer are GM's calling the shots, the players are. This trend has become prevalent in the workforce. Let's take a look at how it's changed:
1) Direction
If a player feels his team is not headed in the right direction, he wants out. Today's worker wants to know the vision of the company. Translation: Make sure employees' personal visions fit within the larger company vision.
2) Talent
Great players want to be surrounded by other great players. Nothing great is accomplished alone. Keeping talent means catering to their needs. Translation: Figure out how to serve your workers, so they can better serve your customers.
3) Speed
Not only do players want to win, but they want it now. Instead of waiting, they create their own options. Retention may be difficult, but turnover can be deadly. Translation: Create an environment that removes distractions, so workers can focus on achieving goals.
Young Professionals have turned the workforce upside down. Companies have to adapt to keep their future leaders. Invest in your high potentials, they are your greatest asset!
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