1 Leadership Tip-Build up Others

There are plenty of tips out there for leadership.  In this article, we will talk about 1 Leadership tip- build up others. What do I mean by that?  In life we’re all faced with a lot of situations in our daily lives.  It is the mark of a true leader who can rise above their jealousy, being tired, or just down, to be positive to others, and build up those around him.  The specific case I’m thinking of involves a girl in my daughter’s life who made the comment “That’s nice, I don’t Care”, when my daughter was celebrating a

5 Tips to Pay it Forward in the Workplace

Some of my favorite things in life are Random Acts of Kindness, and Paying it Forward.  In this post, I’ll talk about ways to Pay it Forward in the workplace.  Why would you want to do such a thing?  It boils down to a simple concept that transcends cultures.  Karma.  I firmly believe that paying it forward in the workplace is one of the keys to being successful. 5 Tips to Pay it Forward in the Workplace  Write a thank you note when someone does something nice for you, and send it to their manager. Do something nice for the most

3 Simple Tips For After the Interview

Since I do lots of hiring, I’m always amazed at the different things that candidates do, before, during and after the interview.  In this post, I’ll talk about some recommendations for sealing the deal for a job offer, and give you some simple tips for after the interview.  It’s what you can do to improve your chances of getting an offer. 3 Simple Tips for After the Interview Write a Thank You Note.  My first choice of Thank You Note is a printed copy, that is mailed to me at work.  Second Choice is an emailed Thank You Note.  Both

Girl Scout Cookie Time

It is Girl Scout Cookie Season once again in North Carolina.  It’s the time of year when my daughters go bonkers selling cookies, along with thousands of other girls across the state.  What is important about the program isn’t just the cookies- although those are tasty too- is so many of the lessons that the girls learn while they are out there selling cookies. Did you know that the girls learn about Sales, Marketing, Budgeting, Leadership, Planning, and Taking “no” for an answer?  They learn math skills.  If a customer buys one box of cookies and hands them a $5

What NOT to put on your Resume- 3 Simple Tips

There are plenty of guides out there of what to put on your resume.  In fact, I’ve written an article or two myself.  But what about what NOT to put on your resume?  Yes.  There are certain things that you can put on your resume, that will ensure that I don’t look any further.  I find myself screening thousands of resumes each year in search of college interns in the fields of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Management Information Systems.  I also look at other technology related majors.  Occasionally, the contents of the resumes are eyebrow-raising.  More rarely,

Giving Back

Giving back is an important part of being a well-rounded individual and leader.  It is actually a part of my DNA, and one of the activities that I participate in the most in my life, besides sleeping.  I realize that I’ve been incredibly blessed in life, and giving back to the world around me is part of who I am, and very important to me.  It is a part of my identity.  What ways do I give back? Giving Back at Work There are a lot of different ways that I give back at work, and make the world a

Sharpen the Saw- My way

I have previously talked about how important it is to sharpen the saw.  I finished studies for my MBA just about two weeks ago, and I scheduled some family time with my extended family.  I also scheduled a lot of time in there to sleep.  It turns out that was a really good idea.  It is sometimes funny how carefully I have to watch this particular tenet, and make sure that I am resting, and relaxing enough.  Getting enough sleep is a serious challenge for me, and I’ve been sleeping a lot in the last week or so- a sort

Working Mom Life

Working mom life can be tough.  Sick kids, work, taking care of everyone.  This week, my younger daughter, -Agent Weaselburger- was up throwing up Sunday night and Monday morning.  That was followed by her youngest Brother- El Chupacabra– waking up with a raging headache on Wednesday.  Christmas holidays are coming up, along with some of the requisite travel.  Add to that some doctors appointments, teacher gifts that need to be delivered, and an entire list of chores that need to be done, it’s tough. Some days, I find myself wondering whether it’s worth it to be a working mom.  Is

MBA Survival Skill- Time Management

One of the most important skills for MBA survival is time management.  I will be posting a lot of tips in this blog about time management in general, but also specific tips that helped me get through the program, and do it with my sanity still mostly intact.   Okay- some of my dearest friends would dispute the sanity part, but I did survive the program. Tips for Time Management for MBA Survival Decide which things you can hire out.  Chances are there are things in your life, that can easily be hired out.  Some examples in my life are

Sharpen the Saw

Sharpen the Saw, is the Seventh of Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  It literally means that you should take the time to rest, relax, and unwind to be able to perform at your best.  For me, that’s difficult to do. I know that I should get my regular sleep, and while that can sometimes be a challenge, it’s not impossible most of the time, except during crunch times- like the last few weeks of school.  But it’s that recharging, relaxing, and taking time to take care of myself that is hard to do.  As a mom, with four