How Taking Your Kids to Restaurants Can Teach Emotional Intelligence

How Taking Your Kids to Restaurants Can Teach Emotional Intelligence

Studies show that having a high Emotional Intelligence Quotient (E.Q.) is valued in today’s workplace and can make or break even the most talented person’s ability to land and keep a job.  Research carried out by the Carnegie Institute of Technology shows that 85 percent of your financial success is due to skills in “human engineering,” your personality and ability to communicate, negotiate, and lead. Shockingly, only 15 percent is due to technical knowledge. Additionally, Nobel Prize winning Israeli-American psychologist,...

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Five Lessons My Father Taught That Shape My Decisions

Five Lessons My Father Taught That Shape My Decisions

  My father took his role as a parent seriously and frequently reminded my siblings and me that certain values were important to him. He unabashedly told us at different times that if we wanted to make him happy, we too would abide by these five principles: And conversely, if we didn’t, well…he’d be deeply disappointed. Somehow, he pulled this head-trip off in that we all listened to him and have been fairly consistent in following his charge.  Probably because he preached to us 5 percent of the time and he was light hearted and...

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Lessons From Parenting: Rewarding Good Values/Character Spurs Motivation

Lessons From Parenting: Rewarding Good Values/Character Spurs Motivation

If you are one of those people who wants to earn a higher salary (and feels you are deserving of more money) then this is the article for you!  Candidates who feel they are driven more by money than by contributing to the mission of the firm, turn off employers.  Everyone wants to be compensated fairly, but the candidate who will come off more favorably in an interview will focus on how they can contribute and fit into the firm’s culture and will avoid focusing on salary (at least not openly at the onset). The savvy interviewer will put...

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Your Posture May Reveal More Than You May Realize

Your Posture May Reveal More Than You May Realize

Unless some misfortune has made it impossible, everyone can have good posture. -Loretta Young Straighten out your image by learning to stand up straight! -Beth Kuhel As a kid I vividly recall my mother reminding me to “stand up straight”, “sit-up tall” and her occasionally scoffing at me for slouching.  Her interest in having me stand erect was coming from her motherly intuition that this was a sign of good physical health and healthy self-esteem.  There’s a lot of research that indicates my mom was correct.  Medical research...

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Your Job Description Is Your Baseline: Try Exceeding It!

Your Job Description Is Your Baseline: Try Exceeding It!

Most employees assume that their responsibility with their firm is to meet the criteria outlined in their job description. While it’s true that you will be appraised based on how well you meet this criteria and satisfy your requirements, that’s not going to make you stand out in today’s challenging job market. In years past, if you consistently fulfilled all the tasks associated with your job description, it would be enough to meet your managers’ expectations and could even get you a promotion.  Today this is not the case. According...

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How to Pose Interview Questions You Should Never Ask?

How to Pose Interview Questions You Should Never Ask?

  Hiring managers and HR pros will often close out a job interview by asking an applicant if her or she has any questions themselves. This is a great way to learn about the company’s expectations and the job but it can open a Pandora’s box of potential landmines if you’re not careful. Remember, you’re being judged and here’s a time where using your social intelligence could pay off. It’s not to say that you can’t ask any tough (or real) questions but it’s important to focus on how you say it.  The old adage “It’s...

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