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5 Salary Negotiation Mistakes to Avoid

Job seekers shouldn't be so quick to accept the first job offer that comes their way, new research shows. Job seekers often have more leverage than they realize when negotiating a starting salary. Read five common salary negotiation mistakes and how to avoid them.



Leadership Is A Relational Skill

We all know of examples of leaders who excelled in one environment and failed in another, as well as leaders who were average in one organization and proved spectacular in a new role. One of the factors explaining this phenomenon is that leadership is a relational skill; it is about how you interact with others. Sometimes we relate well, and other times not so well, but how we relate is always having an impact on our leadership effectiveness. So how then can we relate more effectively as leaders? Read seven simple steps for improving your ability to do so.



Act Like a Leader Before You Are One

If you want to become a leader, don't wait for the fancy title or the corner office. You can begin to act, think, and communicate like a leader long before that promotion. Even if you're still several levels down and someone else is calling all the shots, there are numerous ways to demonstrate your potential and carve your path to the role you want.



Fall 2013 Disability Studies Undergrad class: DIS 397: Disability History and Culture: From Homer to Hip Hop

It is designated as a Writing Intensive focus class and is limited to 20 students per section. It will again be an online, asynchronous class, so available to anyone, anywhere, who signs up within the University of Hawaii parameters. See the last point (3 below). And even though it's an undergrad class, there is a way for grad students to take it.



What is Leadership?

Such a simple question, and yet it continues to vex popular consultants and lay people alike. The author has written several books on leadership for employee engagement, and yet it occurred to the author he never actually paused to define leadership. Read what leadership is not and what leadership is...



4 Salary Negotiation Tips That Will Help You Earn What You're Really Worth

Salary negotiation is a tricky thing. Pushing to see what you can get is human nature, but an inexpert maneuver on your end could potentially sour your employment relationship before it's even begun. Here are four tactics to help you get closer to the salary you want-without touching any employer sore spots.



Becoming a Critic Of Your Thinking

There is nothing more practical than sound thinking. No matter what your circumstance or goals, no matter where you are, or what problems you face, you are better off if your thinking is skilled. As a manager, leader, employee, citizen, lover, friend, parent - in every realm and situation of your life - good thinking pays off. Poor thinking, in turn, inevitably causes problems, wastes time and energy, engenders frustration and pain. Read a sampling of all the possible ways in which the mind can work to discipline itself, to think at a higher level of quality, to function better in the world.



5 Keys of Dealing with Workplace Conflict

Leadership and conflict go hand-in-hand. Leadership is a full-contact sport, and if you cannot or will not address conflict in a healthy, productive fashion, you should not be in a leadership role. The ability to recognize conflict, understand the nature of conflict, and to be able to bring swift and just resolution to conflict will serve you well as a leader - the inability to do so may well be your downfall.



Six Questions to Elevate Leadership in 2013

The New Year is a great opportunity to reset your leadership aspirations. While we step back to think about taking our organizations to higher levels each year, rarely do we step back with the intention of stepping up our own leadership. If you are up to the challenge, pause to consider these six questions to elevate your leadership in 2013.



The #1 Reason Leadership Development Fails

Over the years, the writer has observed just about every type of leadership development program on the planet. And the sad thing is, most of them don't even come close to accomplishing what they were designed to do - build better leaders. Read about the problem of leadership development and the solution.



Five Presentation Mistakes Everyone Makes

We all know what it's like to sit through a bad presentation. We can easily spot the flaws - too long, too boring, indecipherable, what have you - when we watch others speak. The thing is, when we take the stage ourselves, many of us fall into the same traps. Here are five of the most common, along with some tips on how to avoid them.



Nine Ways Successful People Defeat Stress

Feeling stressed? Of course you are. You have too much on your plate, deadlines are looming, people are counting on you, and to top it all off, you still have holiday shopping to do. You are under a lot of pressure - so much that at times, you suspect the quality of your work suffers for it.his is life in the modern workplace. It is more or less impossible to be any kind of professional these days and not experience frequent bouts of intense stress. The difference between those who are successful and those who aren't is not whether or not you suffer from stress, but how you deal with it when you do. Here are nine scientifically-proven strategies for defeating stress whenever it strikes.



To Have the Most Impact, Ask the Right Questions

Influence is one of the most important competencies of leaders in the twenty-first century. How well a leader can influence is crucial to that leader's effectiveness as well as his or her organization's success. Like all communication, we influence most effectively when we pay careful attention to how our influence is received. Read more about how paying attention to how your influence is received is important for several reasons.



What Exactly Is Critical Thinking?

Everyone applauds the idea of critical thinking, and liberal arts colleges often make their ability to teach critical thinking a key selling point. But no one seems to define what they mean by that term. Read 5 essential thinking skills.



How To Improve Your Leadership Skills

Leadership skills can play a large role in career development. Often, your technical skills can only take you so far. To help you move forward in your career, you need soft skills such as the ability to be a good leader. Therefore, leadership skills are considered to be important traits which can help you get to the top of your career field. Read more to learn how to improve your leadership skills.

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