Category: Career Development

The Joy of Emotions – Be a Listener, Not a Fixer

I’ve happily been pursuing and trying to maintain happiness for much of my life. I’m definitely a glass-half-full kind of person. While I consider myself a good listener, I have to admit that in the past I didn’t necessarily listen to the grumblings of others when they were unhappy. I self-acknowledged that they were unhappy, but I never really listened to the reason why they were unhappy. Instead, I put blinders on and just wanted to fix the situation so they could be happy again.

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The Wisdom of Aristotle, ‘80s Style

Before the early 1980s, complex storytelling in animation was restricted to films, while television was dominated by kid-friendly fare. On TV, animated programs told a story in 25 minutes or less, and each episode was designed to be independent so it didn’t matter in what order episodes were shown. We had masterpieces like Scooby Doo, Where Are You!, but Scooby and the gang never progressed beyond phrases like “Jinkies!” and “You want a Scooby Snack?”

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L2P!

I’ve been a fan of video games as far back as I can remember. I’ve spent countless hours — probably more than I should admit — in front of the TV or computer screen on adventures. While this is one of my favorite pastimes, I’ve often wondered if playing video games is helpful in the professional world. I’ve looked into this and have found that most people agree: Gamers are valuable assets IRL (In Real Life)!

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From Orientation to Onboarding — It’s More Than Giving Out a Company Mug

The year was 1990-something, and it was my first day at my first professional job as a pediatric medical office receptionist. I was greeted and then given a binder of standard HR policies and procedures (to read on my own, of course), a stack of forms to fill out, a company mug, and a quick tour of my work space (the front desk). I then spent time observing my friend, who had recommended me for the position, doing basic tasks while we chatted — mainly about our personal lives. By my third shift, I was on my own.

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Where Is Everyone?

When you hear the words “professional association chapter meeting,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind: “great place to learn new things and meet new people,” “same people; same chicken dinner,” or “wow, I need to get myself to a meeting”?

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Mentor: My Mantra

Informal learning has become an accepted strategy for improving performance in the workplace; and mentoring is one of its key techniques. Mentoring,which provides ongoing performance support from an experienced person to a less-experienced person, can be formal or informal. Until recently, my experience with it has been informal.

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