Jack Canfield

One of the things that may get in the way of people being lifelong learners is that they’re not in touch with their passion. If you’re passionate about what it is you do, then you’re going to be looking for everything you can to get better at it.

The 4 Types of Organizational Politics

Executives can view political moves as dirty and will try to distance themselves from those activities. However, what they find hard to acknowledge is that such activities can be for the welfare of the organization and its members. Thus, the first step to feeling comfortable with politics requires that executives are equipped with a reliable map of the political landscape and an understanding of the … [ Read more ]

When You Agree to a Networking Meeting But Don’t Know What You’re Going to Talk About

For some networking meetings, the agenda is obvious: Your companies are considering doing business together, or you’re looking for a job and this person might help you get one. But many professionals find themselves in networking meetings where the goals are murkier. Here are four ways to ensure your networking meeting is productive and meaningful, even if the agenda is amorphous.

James A. Runde

What I’ve found is that in the recruiting process, soft skills are under-assessed. In other words, they’re not properly measured.

Once people get hired, they are often slow to be developed by the human resources people. Only when there is a problem, only when somebody gets passed over for promotion, does a person realize that they undervalued, underappreciated how much the soft skills were going to … [ Read more ]

James A. Runde

In the early phases of people’s career, the very first thing is adapting from the academic world to the business world. In the academic world, the teacher has the answer and is there to help you. In the business world, the boss is expecting you to come up with answer and you’re expected to help the boss, so everything’s turned on its head.

How to Write a Resume (and Impress Recruiters)

Ask a jobseeker what the most challenging and difficult aspects of a job search is, and you are likely to hear different answers. But you may come across several jobseekers who would readily answer that the toughest part for them is writing up their resume. After all, it is their weapon, their ultimate tool, in order to get their foot in the door, and be … [ Read more ]

Four Tips to Gain Influence in Your Organization

You have more power than you think—here’s how to harness it.

15 Good Questions Jobseekers Should Ask in Interviews

In this guide, we explore 1) why to ask questions during the job interview and 2) the most helpful questions you should ask the interviewer.

10 Steps to Start a Management Position on the Right Foot

Taking on a new management position can create certain doubts and insecurities. A clash between expectations and reality is almost inevitable – but it can be minimized. Professor Guido Stein offers 10 tips to streamline your adaptation to a new executive role.

How to Write a Career Objective on Your Resume

In this article, we will give you a short introduction on what a career objective is and what makes it different from other similar sections of the resume. We help you decide whether you need one at all or not and show lots of bad and best practices for a better understanding of the best method of writing one.

Art Kleiner

You may indeed have gone into business in the first place because the subject of finance is relatively clean and clear; it doesn’t have the messy ambiguities of, say, psychology or literature. Such preferences don’t matter. You will end up distinguishing yourself (or not) on your ability not just to work with others, but to inspire them, draw insight from them, observe them accurately, and … [ Read more ]

How to Curate Content: The Secret Sauce to Getting Noticed, Becoming an Influencer, and Having Fun Online

If you’re looking for a competitive edge, a way to establish your authority, a way to get more followers, one of the best, proven paths to online success is content curation. It’s both as simple and as difficult as finding great content and sharing it with your audience. The difficult part is that there is a lot that goes into a world class content curation … [ Read more ]

102 Behavioral Interview Questions and Answers

Perhaps the most important set of questions that interviewers will ask candidates are behavioral questions, which assess how your past experiences in certain situations will come in handy for the company you are applying to. It can be argued that behavioral questions are the most difficult and most important part of any job interview. They are deceptively more difficult than technical questions, which catches many … [ Read more ]

Ultimate Guide to Soft Skills

Don’t be fooled by the name. They may be called “soft skills”, but there is nothing soft or weak about them. They are also among the top qualifications that employers look for in potential employees. In fact, you will find that many employers and hiring managers put more weight to these soft skills than the technical skills that you bring to the table. In other … [ Read more ]

Word-for-word Script for a Great Email Introduction

There are common threads with the introductions from people who stood out, made me want to meet them and/or help them start businesses, find jobs, or even hire them myself. They’re simple steps, but 99% of people skip them. Don’t.

Erika Andersen

Learning isn’t just about taking in information—it’s about what you do with that information. Do you use it to see the world in new ways, to come to new conclusions, to behave differently? If not, I propose to you that you’re not really learning. […] Real learning is almost always at least somewhat uncomfortable. It’s challenging. It’s figuring out how to operate in new ways, … [ Read more ]

Executive Presence: Getting to the Bottom of What Takes Leaders to the Top

Executive presence has long been a catch-all phrase. When you ask people to define it, they often answer, “I’m not sure, but I know it when I see it.” When pressed they might say it’s body language, gravitas, charisma, or presentation skill. Countless books, articles, and TED talks reinforce this idea. All you need to do is walk on stage like you belong there, open … [ Read more ]

Jeffrey Pfeffer

It shouldn’t be a big surprise that leader behaviors that make work groups or organizational units more successful are not perfectly correlated with the behaviors that make leaders individually more successful. Organizational performance and leader career outcomes are imperfectly correlated.

Tom Peters

[Author] Nick Taleb explained that if you are lucky enough to have been born of intelligent parents and if you work your ass off, you are statistically likely to have a pretty good career. If your career is any better than pretty good, it’s luck. There is no statement in life that I believe more than that. And the set of people on earth who … [ Read more ]