The Career Undertow

If you have ever swam in the ocean and had the miss-fortune to get caught in an undertow, you know those brief and scary moments where you mind is racing, your body is searching for the right direction to swim and your lungs begin to feel like they will burst.  Then there is that moment of calmness when you allow yourself to give in to the wave, seemingly like you have given up.  But oddly enough, in that moment there is clarity and sometimes your mind and body react with the proper actions and you are able to recover from the scary incident. You may have experienced something like this in another way also. It can be described as the Read More

Critique with Etiquette

At some point in every professional’s career they will have the opportunity to critique some element of work. As with any new experience there can be a learning curve to effectively delivering critique. Most often the manner in which that critique is phrased, worded or delivered may impact how it is received. As a supervisor tasked with providing personnel evaluations to employees, you quickly learn that the manner in which you relay improvement opportunities can impact the overall outcome of the message. Assuming you are focused on assisting the professional in improving their skills, the message may be more successful when delivered in a constructive, coaching atmosphere rather than reprimanding or confrontational.  Similarly, if you’ve had the opportunity to provide Read More

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