As we flip the calendar to the second half of 2013, which of the following best describes the fulfillment of the resolutions you made at the beginning of the year?
1. I stayed on track and am continuing to make progress.
2. I kept up for a while but then fell back into old routines.
3. I will tell you as soon as I remember what they were.
While we often start out with the best intentions, serious change can be difficult. If you’re having trouble on July 1 living up to what you promised yourself on January 1, take a moment to examine why.
Want a quick way to become more knowledgeable and make a better impression? Try asking more questions.
In networking situations, the ability to ask questions can be the difference between awkward silences and meaningful conversation. People enjoy talking about themselves, so getting them to open up not only breaks the ice, it makes you seem friendly and caring. Try asking ones that require more than a one-word answer, and listen carefully to responses so that you may ask pertinent follow-up questions.
In February 2013, Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, shook up the business world with her decision to eliminate telecommuting for her employees. Fears this might trigger a nationwide trend against the work-from-home option turn out to be unfounded. In a poll conducted a month later by Challenger, Gray & Christmas, a global outplacement firm, 80 percent of more than 100 human resource executives surveyed said they did not plan to cut back on telecommuting in their organizations.
Whether you’re moving up, laterally or out of your company altogether, taking on a new job can take your career in a brand-new direction. As you launch yourself into a new role, here are some strategies for getting started on the right foot:
The employment situation is more competitive than ever these days, and there’s no guarantee of job security anymore. That’s why workers—no matter how talented or qualified they may be—cannot afford to get too comfortable. If you try to get by just by “coasting” through your workdays, you run a very real risk of being at the top of the list for layoffs, should cutbacks be needed.
Whether you thought he was brave or just plain crazy, there’s no denying aerialist Nik Wallenda captured everyone’s attention when he completed a high-wire trek over the Grand Canyon on Sunday night. While walking on a 2-inch steel cable 1,500 feet above the ground may not be your typical day at the office, his pursuit of success in his chosen field has elements any worker can emulate: