The New York Times Quote on Performance Reviews

Alina Tugend writes in her February 6, 2015 column in The New York Times about the role of performance reviews.

Often supervisors put off tricky talks because they “want to be kind, hope things will get better or pray the employee quits,” said Steve Langerud, a workplace consultant.

“The end result is usually the same,” he said. Things get worse.

YAHOO! Education: White Collar Jobs That Don’t Require a College Degree

These six professional careers don’t ask for a big educational commitment.


Many people believe that non-manual labor office jobs, also known as white collar jobs, are only for the well-educated, and are unattainable by those who haven’t had the time, desire, or resources to obtain a degree. However, this is not always the case.

“Many white collar jobs require exceptional communication, logistics, and problem solving skills, and often, these are skills that can be tweaked with time and experience, but not studied in a degree program,” says Steve Langerud, who owns the career counseling firm, Steve Langerud and Associates.

WSJ MarketWatch: A shorter workweek may make you a better worker

I shared my opinion on the shorter work week with Quentin Fottrell, MarketWatch…

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Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim would like to put you on a 3-day workweek.

Working a shorter week would likely make most people feel happier and even more productive, experts say. But research suggests it may also help boost employment rates.

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Careers that are on the way out!

Careers That Are Possibly on the Way Out…And Alternatives You Can Consider

Lee Bailey’s EURweb (Electronic Urban Report) June 20, 2014

*A 2013 Oxford study named “The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs To Computerization,” claims 47 percent of total U.S. unemployment could see job loss or a decrease in employment due to technological advancements.

Where will that leave you?

“Job seekers should follow the wisdom of hockey great Wayne Gretzky who said, ‘I skate to where the puck will be, not where it is,’” says Steve Langerud, a workplace consultant and managing partner of career guidance organization Steve Langerud & Associates, LLC in Grinnell, Iowa.

The key lies in researching to explore which jobs will become obsolete and which ones are growing – and then preparing to pursue what’s poised to thrive.

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Speaking at National HIV is Not a Crime Conference

I am pleased to announce I will be speaking on creating a state-specific plan of action at a first-ever national HIV is Not a Crime conference, organized by a coalition of HIV, LGBT and social justice groups, will unite and train advocates living with HIV and allies from across the country in the effort to end the criminalization of people with HIV. The gathering will empower participants with practical training and an emphasis on grassroots organizing to enable activists to better advocate for criminalization reform in their home states.
“Creating a State-Specific Plan of Action for HIV Criminalization Reform” 
National HIV is Not a Crime Conference 
June 2-5, 2014