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3 Ways to Make Your Internship a Success

By Elizabeth Paul on Sep 19, 2017 12:29:00 PM

Internships are becoming ever-more important in the career-search, especially for college students and people entering new careers. For the intern, they provide on-the-job experience, an opportunity to explore different career paths, and network connections for future jobs. Even more, they may be the golden ticket for a job offer with the company or organization offering the internship.

But how do you ensure that you are getting the most out of your experience? And what can you do to make your internship a successful step in your career development? Here are three ways to make your internship worth more than taking coffee orders and copying papers.

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10 Steps to Giving Effective Feedback

By Constance Du on Jul 21, 2017 3:56:26 PM

Giving feedback can be an unbelievably tricky minefield; you risk offending or giving useless commentary if your points aren’t well communicated and focused. Whether your feedback is formal or informal, there are ten basic principles to always keep in mind.

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Why You Should Have a Growth Mindset

By Elizabeth Paul on Jan 31, 2017 3:28:09 PM

When we experience failure, we tend to go through a lot of different questions and emotions. Where did we go wrong? Was there anything we could have done differently? What is the next step?

Typically, there are two main ways that we can respond to failure: letting it stop us or using it as a means for improvement. In other words, we can have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset.

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8 Career Resolutions You Should Keep

By Elizabeth Paul on Jan 3, 2017 9:32:37 AM

The New Year is in full swing and the holiday season has come to an end. It’s time to get back to work and start another year of personal and professional development. As you head back to work, take some time to develop a few professional development resolutions that you can work on to take your performance to the next level.

Here are eight resolutions that you can incorporate into your career this year.

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How to Get Honest Feedback When You're in Charge

By Elizabeth Paul on Nov 8, 2016 11:49:42 AM

If you are the leader of a team or the boss of an organization, you know how important it is to get honest feedback from your employees. If you want to build a company culture of open communication, growth, and success, you need to know what you are doing well and what you could improve. After all, feedback is instrumental in helping you become more self-aware about your leadership skills or more aware about the strengths and weaknesses of your team or organization.

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What Not to Say When Giving Feedback

By Elizabeth Paul on Oct 4, 2016 12:12:24 PM

 
Are you giving bad feedback?
 
Feedback is one of the most important tools that an organization can use in their daily operations. When done correctly, feedback offers opportunities for improvement, increased production, and greater efficiency. However, if done incorrectly, feedback can lose its benefits and even become counterproductive.
 
But when you are faced with giving feedback to individuals, how do you know if you are doing it incorrectly or if it will be beneficial to the person receiving the feedback? In their article, Actionable feedback: Unlocking the power of learning and performance improvement, Mark Cannon and Robert Witherspoon offer five characteristics of flawed and counterproductive feedback. The characteristics that they present offer a well-defined guideline of what not to do when giving feedback to others.

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How to Give Negative Feedback

By Elizabeth Paul on Aug 2, 2016 11:14:05 AM

 
Negative feedback isn’t typically a comfortable subject for anyone involved in the conversation. We’ve talked about what you should do after you receive negative feedback, but what if you’re on the giving side instead? How do you give negative feedback to someone you work with without creating a divisive environment?
 
Whether you are giving the feedback to an employee, co-worker, or boss, it isn’t always easy. People may become defensive or upset, especially if they are receiving the already-bad feedback in a negative way. So, it’s important to offer the negative feedback in a constructive and helpful way. After all, you’re giving them the feedback to help them improve, not to tear them down. Here are six tips on how to give negative feedback.
 

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How to Handle Negative Feedback

By Elizabeth Paul on Jun 28, 2016 8:28:55 AM

 
We all can agree on one thing: No one likes negative feedback. But everyone will receive it at one time or another, and no matter how good you are at your job, hearing that negative feedback can be a difficult process.

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