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Eight Interview Tips and Mistakes: For Women, By Women

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Everybody makes certain mistakes in job interviews—arriving late or under-prepared, refusing to or providing inaccurate answers to questions, or flat-out lying about past experience—but women in the workplace have an entirely unique set of mistakes that they routinely make when interviewing for a job. The following eight mistakes are supplied as kind of a reverse-checklist to improve your next interview. They are committed by both men and women, though most commonly the latter. By knowing and anticipating these common interview mistakes, candidates can better prepare themselves to avoid them. These are eight interview tips for women, by women.

Avoiding Bad Hires with Employee Assessments

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Have you ever made a bad hire? Most of us have. I was speaking to a previous boss of mine recently, and we were reminiscing about the time we worked together, our coworkers, our strategy, and what we would have done differently.

Effective Leadership: Stop Winning, Shut Up, and Eat the Stupid Food!

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It’s a scenario and question Marshall Goldsmith asks in his book, What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: “You want to go to dinner at Restaurant X. Your husband, wife, partner, significant other, etc. wants to go to dinner at Restaurant Y. In a heated argument, you go to Restaurant Y. This was not your choice. The food tastes awful. The service is terrible.”

A Leader to Leave your Job For (Not Because Of)


To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less Andre Malraux, novelist

Arthur T. Demoulas
, former CEO of Market Basket, may very well be one of the greatest, most effective leaders (if not the most popular) that has ever lived in the history of the business world. If people follow great leaders into battle—potentially laying down their lives for the cause—then is being fired for an ousted CEO not equitable?

In the days following his termination, Demoulas’s loyal (some former) senior employees have led boycotts and rallies (with crowds numbering upwards of 5,000 people), drawing the grocery chain’s customers’ and bi-partisan political support.

The Executive’s Guide to Succession Planning

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When employers see great potential for a future leader, they look to succession planning to turn that potential into a reality. This is a crucial process that can help identify, shape, and develop dynamic visionaries for tomorrow's business world, and can help companies establish a distinctive brand. Yet, how do employers differentiate workers who are satisfied with the status quo from employees with the capabilities to take the organization to new heights? 

Increase Employee Productivity: It’s Easier than You Think!

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Every company wants to increase employee productivity. Instead of assuming that low productivity is primarily the fault of the employees, companies should evaluate the corporate environment. Offices can be full of distractions—probably more than you might think. There are the obvious obstacles to deal with, such as noisy neighbors and office socializing on the side—but have you thought of the less-obvious factors that could be an issue? The following are areas that can easily be turned into productivity boosters in your work environment.

When Adults Act like Children: The Dissed-Engaged Employee

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Almost every employer and effective manager knows about the three types of employee engagement: engaged, disengaged, and actively disengaged. There is, however, a mutated combination of the first and third; a strain that can infect the most productive employee, affecting teams and organizations like chicken pox at a playground: the dissed-engaged employee. Coined by Kevin Grossman in an article for TLNT, dissed-engaged employees are those outliers of productive talent engagement that have been ignored in the workplace.

No Turnover is Easy… Just Don’t Terminate Anyone

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Here’s something weird: a company that never-ever, unequivocally, absolutely does not under any circumstance fire anyone, regardless of employee performance, employee potential, or employee engagement. It sounds like a terrible idea, but that’s exactly what Next Jump CEO Charlie Kim decided to do, and it’s been working ever since (just like everyone his company hires).

Why You Need to Be a Global and a Local HR Manager

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Guest Blog by Kayla Mattews

The workplace has changed immensely in the past few decades. You may work for a large global trading company, or a locally owned business. Regardless of business type or size, chances are you could be dealing with both a local and global business.

Even without offices abroad, thanks to technological advances, many employees often work with colleagues or clients in other areas of the world. Employees themselves are typically trained to fulfill duties within their specific office or geographical area. In order to manage and implement effective training and development, it’s important that HR managers remember to focus both globally and locally.

Is Female Entrepreneurship Bad for Business?

Women in the Workplace

More women are making a self-employment transition—in fact, they are starting businesses twice as fast as men—but according to a Harvard Business Review report, that may not necessarily be a good trend. The economic impact of most women’s small businesses may not be what’s best for women, their families, or the economy in the long run.

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