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Steve Langerud http://stevelangerud.com Guidance, Advice, Direction for Career and Organizational Development Mon, 09 Feb 2015 19:07:21 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.2 The New York Times Quote on Performance Reviews http://stevelangerud.com/2015/02/09/the-new-york-times-quote-on-performance-reviews/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-new-york-times-quote-on-performance-reviews http://stevelangerud.com/2015/02/09/the-new-york-times-quote-on-performance-reviews/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 19:06:09 +0000 Steve http://stevelangerud.com/?p=1247 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.

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YAHOO! Education: White Collar Jobs That Don’t Require a College Degree http://stevelangerud.com/2014/07/23/yahoo-education-white-collar-jobs-that-dont-require-a-college-degree/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=yahoo-education-white-collar-jobs-that-dont-require-a-college-degree http://stevelangerud.com/2014/07/23/yahoo-education-white-collar-jobs-that-dont-require-a-college-degree/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:20:47 +0000 Steve http://stevelangerud.com/?p=1239 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.

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WSJ MarketWatch: A shorter workweek may make you a better worker http://stevelangerud.com/2014/07/22/wsj-marketwatch-a-shorter-workweek-may-make-you-a-better-worker/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=wsj-marketwatch-a-shorter-workweek-may-make-you-a-better-worker http://stevelangerud.com/2014/07/22/wsj-marketwatch-a-shorter-workweek-may-make-you-a-better-worker/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:28:25 +0000 Steve http://stevelangerud.com/?p=1242 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.

Read More

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Careers that are on the way out! http://stevelangerud.com/2014/06/23/careers-that-are-on-the-way-out/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=careers-that-are-on-the-way-out http://stevelangerud.com/2014/06/23/careers-that-are-on-the-way-out/#comments Mon, 23 Jun 2014 13:17:03 +0000 Steve http://stevelangerud.com/?p=1234 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.

Read more

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Speaking at National HIV is Not a Crime Conference http://stevelangerud.com/2014/05/20/speaking-at-national-hiv-is-not-a-crime-conference/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=speaking-at-national-hiv-is-not-a-crime-conference http://stevelangerud.com/2014/05/20/speaking-at-national-hiv-is-not-a-crime-conference/#comments Tue, 20 May 2014 14:17:56 +0000 Steve http://stevelangerud.com/?p=1218 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


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What to do this summer… http://stevelangerud.com/2014/05/14/what-to-do-this-summer/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-to-do-this-summer http://stevelangerud.com/2014/05/14/what-to-do-this-summer/#comments Wed, 14 May 2014 15:54:59 +0000 Steve http://stevelangerud.com/?p=1211 Check Out My Advice For What College Students Should Do This Summer http://ow.ly/wOHRI @CollegeInvestin

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Tips for Interviews http://stevelangerud.com/2014/05/12/tips-for-interviews/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tips-for-interviews http://stevelangerud.com/2014/05/12/tips-for-interviews/#comments Mon, 12 May 2014 15:55:54 +0000 Steve http://stevelangerud.com/?p=1214 Thanks to Paige Schaefer for her article on interviewing in nerdscholar.

Check out her work at:

Facebook: Facebook.com/nerdscholar
Twitter: @NW_NerdScholar
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5 Great fields for people with associates degrees http://stevelangerud.com/2014/04/11/5-great-fields-for-people-with-associates-degrees/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=5-great-fields-for-people-with-associates-degrees http://stevelangerud.com/2014/04/11/5-great-fields-for-people-with-associates-degrees/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:56:41 +0000 Steve http://stevelangerud.com/?p=1208 Catherine Conlan quoted me in her recent article about careers in MonsterWorking.

“The ‘best’ degrees are those that position people to address the dilemmas of the 21st century with both hands-on, solution-oriented skills and set the stage for continuing education and training,” says Steve Langerud, workplace consultant and principal of Steve Langerud & Associates. “Students who are willing to play futurist and tackle the issues of food supply and safety, energy issues, urbanization, health care, and education will thrive.”

Read the article



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New Pay Recommendations Will Increase Freelancers http://stevelangerud.com/2014/03/14/new-pay-recommendations-will-increase-freelancers/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-pay-recommendations-will-increase-freelancers http://stevelangerud.com/2014/03/14/new-pay-recommendations-will-increase-freelancers/#comments Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:17:27 +0000 Steve http://stevelangerud.com/?p=1199 March 13, 2014, 12:29 p.m. EDT

Will Obama’s overtime plan create more part-time jobs?

Quentin Fottrell write in his recent MarketWatch piece,  ”Under current rules, many companies don’t have to pay overtime to salaried workers who make more than $455 per week (roughly $24,000 a year). The Obama administration is expected to direct the Labor Department to raise that threshold, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal Wednesday.”

As I told Quentin,  “We will see companies working to bring this work in on a contract basis instead of a salaried basis” to avoid paying overtime, says Steve Langerud, workplace consultant and principal of Steve Langerud & Associates in Grinnell, Iowa.

Read the article


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How to Manage as a Young Boss http://stevelangerud.com/2013/12/16/how-to-manage-as-a-young-boss/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-to-manage-as-a-young-boss http://stevelangerud.com/2013/12/16/how-to-manage-as-a-young-boss/#comments Mon, 16 Dec 2013 18:25:00 +0000 Steve http://stevelangerud.com/?p=1192 Ritika Trikha writes in CareerBliss…
Young people are zooming into higher positions pretty fast. “Thirty-four percent of U.S. workers say they are older than their bosses, and 15 percent say they work for someone who is at least 10 years younger,” according to a report by AOL jobs.
“Remember, as the boss you may have the authority but not the power to get things done. Power comes from credibility. Credibility comes from performance. Performance takes time,” says Steve Langerud, workforce consultant, who has helped over 15,000 people.
In order to perform and manage at a high level, listening is key.
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