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How to Live Life with Purpose

February 3rd, 2013

In my work (and my book Engineer Your Career), I address four “Ps.” One of those “Ps” is Purpose. I’ve been thinking a lot about purpose. Identifying and  sharing my gifts–my special talents, skills, and attributes–is crucial if I want to live life on and with purpose. This summer, I found these two passages in Paul Ferrini’s book “Silence of the Heart.”

“You think the gift is ‘a doing,’ but it’s not. The gift is a ‘way of being’ that is effortless and exultant. It comes naturally to you. It immediately and palpably brings joy to others.”

“Whatever you do, you can express your gift. You don’t need a special role, a special platform.”

Over the past few months, I’ve been pondering how my life’s work can be more “a way of being” instead of “a doing.” I don’t have all the answers, but in Ferrini’s words I’ve got a direction.

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What Women Say It Takes to Succeed

December 3rd, 2012

Smart companies are waking up to the unique skills that women bring to the workplace. Not only are women smart, many have an empathetic communications style that makes them natural leaders.

The international staffing agency Randstad recently conducted a survey on women’s insights and perspectives on work and employee engagement. In this report, respondents ranked “flexibility” and “adaptability” as top skills needed to succeed in today’s workplace. In fact, more than 51 percent reported these skill-sets as the top two most important, followed by knowledge of technology” (37 percent) and teamwork (35 percent).

Do you agree?

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Employers Beware!

October 24th, 2012

Most employers don’t have a clue how vulnerable they really are.

I follow the Herman Group, futurists out of Greensboro, NC, and for the past several years they’ve been predicting a large impending employee turnover. Now, they claim it’s going to happen next quarter.

The conditions are perfect: a recovering United States economy, increasing job growth, and unhappy employees.

Others agree with The Herman Group. A just released 2012 Aflac WorkForces Report indicates that 49 percent of workers are “at least somewhat likely to look for a job this year”. In addition, 50 percent of workers say employee benefits are “very or extremely influential on decision to leave”. Most of the people who intend to leave describe themselves as “top talent”. These men and women are the kind of workers companies can’t afford to lose.

The employment market is flipping, and most talented employees will be in the driver’s seat once again.

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Make Your Office a Place of Connection

May 22nd, 2011

Personalize your office. I’m a big believer in personalizing your office. Personalizing your office is a form of self-disclosure, and as such it promotes connection. Like verbal self-disclosure, though, you have to be careful not to go too far. Too many personal items in your office can hurt your credibility. According to a University of Michigan study, those who displayed numerous personal items are viewed as significantly less professional than those who keep their offices formal. So how much is enough? Researchers suggest no more than four personal items should be visible in an office.

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