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Create a Professional Network You’ll Actually Use

4 Secrets to Building a Quality Professional Network

Throughout your career you have undoubtedly heard the phrase “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” but is it true? The answer is yes! The great news is, the term “professional network” can be boiled down to “colleagues who are willing to give a helping hand professionally.” Finding a professional organization and building your own personal network shouldn’t be hard, and it surely doesn’t have to include saying yes to every event or invitation on LinkedIn!

 

“The currency of real networking is not greed but generosity.”   – Keith Ferrazzi

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Does Workplace Culture Lead to Success?

4 Ways to Boost Your Workplace Culture

 

While it’s easy to get lost in productivity hacks, don’t let the importance of your company culture fall to the back burner. A recent study concluded that a positive workplace culture cultivates better employee performance. The concept of company culture covers many different characteristics of a business. It has visible components in the way that a business looks and how employees dress, but it really thrives in the attitudes of employees by setting goals and communicating your company values to workers and customers. Management sets the pace for creating, defining, and instilling company culture. I know first-hand that a happy employee is more productive, so let’s explore some easy ways to build a comfortable yet productive tone at your office.

 

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Email Sign-off Etiquette

What does your email say about you?

 

When we write emails to our colleagues, we tend to strictly focus on the content.  Most of us have automatic signatures that populate at the foot of our email, unless we are working outside of the office. What many of us don’t realize is that our signature and the way we end an email is the perfect opportunity to stand out and make an impression.

 

Make sure that you reserve casual salutations for friends and family. Just because you are in a professional setting, doesn’t mean your signature has to be boring either. These are my top tips for a polished email signature and professional sign-off!

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Speaking with Confidence

Communicate with Confidence in the Workplace

The Top 10 Worst Words to Use in the Office

The tone you bring across while verbally communicating in the office is more revealing about your professionalism than you think. Your ability to communicate your needs and the needs of your team will play a vital role in the success of your career. Whether your communication is primarily within your organization or with outside vendors, the way you speak and the words you choose will be an invaluable tool to get what you want. I encourage you to choose your words wisely and follow these guidelines:

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Listen Like a Pro

Become a Successful Leader by Listening

Take Your Management Skills to the Next Level

One of the major skills I encourage my management coaching clients to cultivate is how to listen. Developing this skill plays a vital role in bridging the gap between being a good manager and a great leader. These clients have shown tremendous growth from enriching their listening skills, and now I want to share my top tips with you, too! Here’s how to fine-tune your listening skills to truly understand the needs of your team like a great leader:

 

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2017 California Labor Law Updates

Are you up-to-date??

Now that 2017 has rolled in, it is time to make sure your company is following all of the new labor laws going into effect. There are many resources to ensure that your HR department is abreast to the changes, including the United States Department of Labor website. Along with national labor laws, every state and city has their own unique laws to which companies must comply.

In this past year, both California and the San Francisco Bay Area have passed new laws that effect the majority of employers. Don’t leave yourself vulnerable to penalties for not keeping up with compliance. I have broken down some of the important changes that are most applicable to you, my readers. Here’s what has and will change in 2017:

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New Year, New Office Skills

Master Your Office Meetings!

 

Now that the New Year has arrived, it’s time to start working on our career resolutions and goals for 2017. We often feel that when a new year begins it gives us an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start fresh. We feel empowered to take on new challenges and set our sights high.

So, where to start?

There are many ways to begin building a stronger work presence, and one of the best ways that is too often overlooked is in office meetings. Meetings are the perfect platform to showcase your professional skills. Though they are simple day-today occurrences for many of us, they can also be one of the few opportunities to get real face-to-face time with your superiors and cross-functional teams. While they may not say it directly to you, your managers are observing you and noting your input. Your behavior can directly affect their opinions about your quality of work and what role you play within your team.

Read on to gain some new perspectives and insights regarding common
office meeting “Do’s and Don’ts:”

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How to Turn Holiday Parties into Networking Opportunities

Be the life of the party & attract new contacts!

 

It’s that time of year when the twinkle lights are hung about the office and your coworkers bring in sugar cookies in festive little shapes to share with the team. The holiday season often brings a slew of parties and events that brighten the season. This can be a great opportunity to get involved with coworkers and industry partners outside of your immediate team and make some great networking contacts.

Everyone approaches office social events in different ways. While some may shy away, others know how to come alive and showcase their “outside of work” personality. It is social events like these that allow people to make deeper connections with their coworkers and build lasting relationships.

In most industries, the communities are small and close-knit. Start the New Year off by leaving people with positive memories of you; like bringing your famous homemade eggnog to the holiday party. Positive association can go a long way and it is very likely that they will remember you as not only a hard worker but also as a positive energy in the office. The next time they are looking to promote or hire a new team member, you just may be on the top of their list (all thanks to your delicious eggnog!).

 

Not sure how to start? Step outside your comfort zone and try these 5 networking tips this holiday season:

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5 Ways to Be Kind

Get through the holidays with these important tips!

 

We are officially in the holiday season and for the next few weeks, it’s going to get busier by the day! Between the holiday parties, end of year reports, family obligations, and travel plans, it is easy to get lost in the stress and deadlines that often seem synonymous with this time of year. Not to mention the financial stress many people feel and the guilt around eating one too many cookies while trying to stick with a diet!

 

With everything going on, the true spirit of the holidays can easily take a back seat or get lost among the festivities. To me, the holidays are a time to remember and give thanks for all that we have. It is a time to spread positive sentiments and show appreciation for those in our lives. Because this is easier said than done, I have created a list that helps me stay focused on what is truly important to me; sharing kindness.

Here are my 5 go-to tips for being kind this holiday season and through the rest of the year:

 

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How to Resolve Conflict Within Your Team

Stop team conflict in its tracks!

 

It seems that no matter where I go, there is tension in the air. No matter which political camp you side with, there is a continued conversation and often conflict around the issue. While I think these conversations are healthy and necessary to have, one place that it can cause more harm than good is the workplace.

 

Since the election, I have received emails and calls from clients asking for advice on how to navigate this sensitive topic. The main reason I am hearing for wanting to find a resolution is because of its effect on people’s teams. Team conflict is manifesting through different ways such as workers feeling unsure about their job security, having a hard time sympathizing with their teammates, and even feeling bullied by the opposing side.  This seems like a hard item to cope with since it is rooted deep in people’s morals, but the good news is, you have the ability to end team conflict now. Whether dealing with a divide between team members, a tiff over promotions, or feelings around who was elected president, there are a few key strategies to help reunite your team and get everyone moving forward on the same page.

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