Dec16 2013Ritika 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.
Quentin Fottrell at MarketWatch writes, “Just 32% of men ages 49 to 67 and 21% of women in that age group say they want to eventually occupy the corner office versus, according to a new workplace survey of 2,000 adults by the Pew Research Center. By comparison, 70% of millennial men and 61% of millennial women — defined by the study as ages 18 to 32 — say they’d like to be boss. The members of Generation X — ages 33 to 48 — were somewhat more evenly split, with 58% of men and 41% of women saying they wanted the top job, the survey of more than 2,000 people found. “Boomers have been in the workforce long enough to see the downsides of being in charge,” says Steve Langerud, a workplace consultant based in Grinnell, Iowa.”
Robert McGarvey writes for MainSt, “An employee threw a co-worker into a lagoon.
Another employee rode a Ferris wheel naked.
Yet another was caught going through co-workers’ desks while the others were partying.
Call those scenes from office holiday parties gone desperately wrong. And you better believe those incidents actually occurred, according to research assembled by staffing agency The Creative Group.
Know this too: misbehavior at holiday parties destroys careers. Yes, ’tis the season, butthat does not mean there will be forgiveness for drunk, stupid, crude behavior, because rule one of office parties is not to forget this is still a professional gathering.”
Get this: A study conducted by TheLadders.com, a job-matching service, revealed that recruiters spend about six seconds reviewing a resume before they make a “fit/no fit” decision. Six seconds! In other words, your resume better be in tip-top shape if you’re looking to jump right into a job after graduation. To help it get there, use this quick checklist of what-to-dos and what-not-to-dos.
Aug29 2013Lambeth Hochwald offers this article in Entrepreneur.Four unconventional majors:
If you are still unsure about what possible areas you should explore, workplace consultant Steve Langerud steers you to four majors you should consider to help bolster your entrepreneurship skills:
1. Geography. Studying the lay of the land, can actually help entrepreneurs develop skills in data analysis, patterns and trends.
2. Anthropology. Understanding people and systems are a key skill for entrepreneurship. Also, if you can learn how to do an ethnography (research that focuses on a particular culture), you’ll be well equipped in the business world when engaging with various people.
3. English. Developing the ability to read and analyze dense materials with a critical eye, delving deeply into character and motivation and clearly expressing yourself in writing are backbones for successful entrepreneurs. These skills will help you know yourself, your employees and market.
4. Law. Knowing the right question to ask is more critical to entrepreneurs than knowing the right answer. Plus, being familiar with the law can assist you when making imperative decisions for your business.