I have a few general criticisms of personality tests in the workplace, many of which stem from people’s interpretation of them as deterministic diagnoses. Too often, I think people take personality tests and use the results to defend unproductive behaviors (“it’s classic ENTJ, what can I do?”) or as a reason not to work at a professional relationship (“we’re too different”). Another issue that happens when these tests are administered in a work setting is that the results are never really discussed at all. They disappear into the ether, instead of becoming a helpful tool to guide effective collaboration. Continue reading Case Study: The Lion and The Owl Share a Manager. He’s a Cat.
I’m a very detail-oriented person. Fortunately, I think I am also pretty good at looking at the big picture, but I struggle with letting go of the details. It turns out, sometimes it may be important to do just that if you want to remain organized with a busy schedule and competing demands. Continue reading Manage Your Time Like the CEO
In the abstract, I’d advise against traveling down an Internet rabbit hole. You know the situation: You start reading an interesting story, and you see a link to another site midway through that sounds interesting. You click the link and open it in a new tab. Now you’re browsing back and forth between two tabs, and then you open a third interesting link. Before you know it, thirty minutes have passed and you’re on a website that is completely unrelated to your original task. Continue reading Nemawashi: A Japanese Management Style for the Modern American Worker
I’m still relatively new at my job, and there is a lot I don’t know. I’m not familiar with all aspects of the company. I’m focusing on a different segment of the healthcare industry than where I cut my teeth. I’m learning the ins and outs of a back-end technology that is new to me. All of this means that I need to ask a lot of questions at work, and it’s weird. Continue reading On Asking for Help
If I were rich, I’d wear Vera Wang dresses to the galas and fetes that I assume would pepper my schedule. She’s known for the elegant bridal gowns she designs, and has been responsible for some of the most memorable figure skating costumes worn in the Olympics. But did you know there almost were no Vera Wang dresses? Continue reading There Are Other Places to Go: Quitting As Success
I absolutely love an advice column. I don’t even care if the letters are so fraught with drama as to be absolutely, certainly, 100% made-up; the more ridiculous, the more thrilling to read. Reading about other people’s dilemmas and then evaluating the quality of the advice provided is one of the best ways to spend time on the Internet, in my opinion. Continue reading Carpe Diem: Career Advice for Women from An American Icon
On the heels of my recent job change, I’ve been thinking a lot about career paths and how small choices can have a lifelong influence. For me, two big forks in the professional road were choosing to study psychology in college, and then choosing not to become a clinician or counselor, which is perhaps the most obvious career for a psychology major to pursue. The funny thing is, the reasons why I chose not to go into a counseling role are also some of the reasons why I admire counselors so much. Continue reading Careers in Psychology: To Counsel or Not?
I don’t think I’m alone in this: I click on most articles with the phrase “work-life balance” in the title, especially if they seem to be promising more of it. I did it again recently, when Time published a piece called 9 Things No One Tells You About Work-Life Balance and one of my fellow strivers posted it online.
Many of the things “no one tells you about work-life balance” aren’t in fact deep dark secrets. Continue reading The Work-Life Balance Myth
I’ve found myself reading more and more posts on LinkedIn Pulse lately, where there suddenly seems to be an abundance of interesting and insightful perspectives on careers, mindset, and success. One comment that most recently caught my attention came from a piece by Liz Ryan on workplace behaviors that make people perceive you as unprofessional. She writes about how blaming other people for your mistakes can negatively impact your reputation. Another professional no-no? Ripping into your colleagues when they’re the ones who’ve erred. Continue reading Shouldering Blame . . . Succeeding at Work?
Yesterday I wrote about how behavioral interviewing can subtly slide off the rails, resulting in a less-than-accurate understanding of how your candidate might act when hired. Yet, as I noted, behavioral interviewing is considered one of the best ways to predict whether a job candidate will be a good fit for a role.
The evidence suggests that we should keep behavioral interviewing around as a technique. So what are some best practices to make sure it is as effective as possible? Continue reading Behavioral Interviewing Done Well