How to Be a Great Manager


  The 2011 World Series clearly presented the differences between good and great managers. For every move Tony LaRussa made, Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington had no answer. The stark differences in management skills between good and great managers are also readily apparent in the workplace. Legendary leadership guru Peter Drucker created several theories based on observation that defined great management skills. The Drucker Way on How to Be a Great Manager Drucker passed away in 2005, but his legacy endures in defining how to be a great manager. He maintained throughout his career and within the voluminous books that he wrote that leadership comprises only one-albeit, and important one-component of great management skills. Drucker never over analyzed what made great managers. He predicated his theories on the axiom that successful managers demonstrated the professional skills to do things the right way. Continue Reading

What Makes a Good Employee?

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  Ask 10 people to describe their favorite cheesecake and you might receive 10 different answers. That should never be the case for describing what makes a good employee. Sure, employers differ on some of the traits that define good employees, but six characteristics separate run-of-the-mill employees from employees that make significant contributions to your business. Dependability Employers should regard employee traits in the same way the federal government regards the food pyramid, except employers should never change what's inside of the employee traits pyramid. At the base of the good employee pyramid sits dependability. After all, a bright, hard working employee that's always late to work diminishes his or her contribution to the team. Highly skilled employees blessed with strong communication skills that no-call, no-show bring absolutely nothing to the table. Employers must recruit dependable employees that show up and show up on time. Continue Reading

A Guide on Self Assertion at Work

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Self Assertion-the act of expressing or defending your rights, claims, or opinions in a confident or forceful way. Merriam-Webster has defined pretty much anything under the sun, including the sun. Self-assertion represents a recent entry into the venerable dictionary's ever growing list of words and terms that keep us not only informed, but also on the good side of diction. Yet, the definition of self-assertion by Merriam Webster doesn’t give us a road map on how to "self-assert" ourselves in the workplace. Outside of the bedroom, no other place has more importance for self-assertion than what takes place at work. Hence, we offer a guide on self-assertion at work. Continue Reading

10 Back to School Tips for WORK

The streets are once again clogged with yellow buses.  Children are jamming straws into Carpi Sun drinks across the country.  The teacher christens a new blackboard with the first morsel of chalk. It must be back to school time! Please check out one of Jobacle's more popular posts and learn how you can benefit by making work like the first day of school... What do butterflies and tears have in common? Nothing, except you probably experienced both on your first day of school. Sure, you're all grown up now.  But I'm willing to bet that you can bring yourself back to the emotional roller coaster that was the first day of school! Going back to academic prison after a sun-soaked summer of kickball, sleepovers and block parties was always an anxiety-ridden time.  However, aside from the natural stress, the first day was always kind of exciting. It was a clean slate.  Hot new girls.  Fresh beginnings. Hot new girls. New start.  Fresh new clothes. Hot new girls or Continue Reading

How to Recognize the Signs That a Coworker Likes You

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The first time that we discovered that someone liked us took place within the walls of grammar school. As we dozed off during another trite lecture about American history, one of our classmates woke us up by shooting a spit wad directly into the middle of our forehead. The urge to retaliate immediately waned, when we discovered that the reason for the spit wad was that the surly classmate wanted to pass us a note from a secret admirer. By the time we matured into our professional lives, we discovered countless other ways that secret admirers profess their interest in us that mean more than simply asking us out for a beer during happy hour. We now have like buttons on social media pages to remind us of our immense popularity. Continue Reading

Tips to Consider When On a Video Interview Call


Hosting an effective web conference or taking a video interview call are a set of skills all its own. Learning to master the skills of running a large multi-location meeting or just a person-to-person interview can help your organization coordinating geographically distant teams or with sourcing just the right hire for that opening. Following these interview hacks will help you define your own style and get web conference savvy. F2F 101 Web conferencing with services such as Blue Jeans is a very distinct and separate type of conference from simple telepresence. Where telepresence allows the interviewer to ask and listen, it is typically a very mono directional form of communication. Continue Reading

Moving On: Last Day of Work Checklist

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  The big day has finally arrived and what once felt like a good thing has turned into somewhat of a bittersweet departure. After all, you've forged several close personal and professional relationships that should last a lifetime. Despite the fact that leaving your current job removes your overbearing boss from your life, you know that the grass isn't necessarily greener at the next position in your career. Yet, the time has come to ensure that you meet all of the obligations on the last day of work checklist. Finalize the Transfer of Knowledge You simply can't leave your job for a peer, without prepping the peer in the nuances of the position. The mentoring began the moment you decided to leave the job. You learned whom the boss chose to assume your professional role and thus, you took the time and possessed the patience to groom the next person for the position. Item number one on the last day of work checklist involves tying up all the loose ends in the transition, Continue Reading

Want to Start a Business? Think About Puerto Rico

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Puerto Rico. All opinions are 100% mine. Ready to start a business? That can be the best way to shake yourself out of the doldrums of a ho-hum job and a go-nowhere career. Entrepreneurship can be the path that will lead you to the job of your dreams. The question is where to do it. Its Happening in Puerto Rico. The state you live in may not have the best tax and regulatory structure to start your own business. That’s why it makes sense to think outside the box (and look just a little bit outside the country). The beauty and cultural richness of Puerto Rico creates the ideal environment for investment and business growth. Continue Reading

Low Stress Jobs That Pay Well


Low stress jobs that pay well? Sounds like an oxymoron, right? Is there a correlation between job stress and compensation? Do you have to set and ignite blasting caps on the side of a mountain to earn six figures? Most job seekers correlate compensation to both expertise and the level of stress that jobs induce. However, career information expert Dr. Laurence Shatkin conducted a research study that demonstrates job seekers have an abundance of job opportunities that ensure blood pressure remains low. A Little Background Info about the Study Shatkin compiled average salaries for 767 occupations that the United States Department of Labor officially recognizes. Then, Dr. Shatkin matched a stress tolerance rating to each of the 767 occupations, as issued by Bureau of Labor Statistics and Occupational Information Network. Stress tolerance measures from zero to 100, with factors such as criticism and workplace safety playing roles in determining the rating. Lower scores signal low Continue Reading



  Employee handbooks provide the blueprint for learning how to handle virtually every type of situation that arises in the workplace. You learn how to confront sexual harassment, as well as the proper way to file employee grievances. Pay periods, work schedules, and workplace grooming also comprise part of the comprehensive employee handbook. You even learn how to move up in the company by reading the employee handbook. For all of its information, employee handbooks leave out one crucial topic: How to handle a hot coworker. Avoid Embarrassing Yourself Outside of a drool cup, there really isn't anything physical that helps you learn how to deal with a hot coworker. Science has not yet developed a tool that prevents your eyes from bugging out like one of Hanna Barbara's cartoon characters. Yet, you can take steps to avoid embarrassing your self around a hot coworker. First, when you notice the hot coworker strolling through the office, keep your head down and count to 10. Continue Reading