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  • The Worker Experience Drives Company Success
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - September 6, 2017
    The latest Gallup results indicate that employee engagement is a dismal 33%, a disappointing increase of only 3 points over the past few years. Gallup found that disengaged employees cost the country somewhere between $450 and $550 billion each year. That’s not good business and it’s not sustainable. I recently attended Appirio’s Worker Experience Tour in Chicago to learn more about how they defined and op...
  • Focus on Your Accomplishments in Your Resume
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - August 24, 2017
    This post was contributed by Andy Duchow, a freelance copywriter/resume writer. Find him at http://resumesbyandy.weebly.com/ If you’re anything like me (and many of your fellow job seekers) you’re good at selling yourself short. You may not even realize it. Years of freelance hustle and direct sales copywriting have for the most part cured me of my tendency to downplay my accomplishments. And while I can’...
  • Saving Time and Money During the Hiring Process
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - August 16, 2017
    A company’s hiring process, like everything in the business world, needs to be efficient. But most of the time, getting quality employees doesn’t come cheap and it’s a process that easily can be bogged down by time-wasting practices. Fortunately, there are ways to find reliable prospective employees while minimizing cost and time. Here are effective approaches that not only get the best talent in the do...
  • Sleep and Success: A Necessity to Get Ahead
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - August 4, 2017
    We often put our own well-being to the back of the proverbial back burner in order to get ahead, but over time all this does is set us back. It’s estimated that nearly a third of the working world is sleep deprived, which may equal meeting short term deadline goals, but it doesn’t take long for a lack of sleep to begin to cut into success. Not only does it add to our stress and interrupt how we cope with it, but it...
  • Landing a Job After Being Let Go
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - July 27, 2017
    Job searches are always hard, but going through them after being let go can make them even harder. Not only is your morale low, but there is a sense of pressure to quickly find a job as to not feel the impact of lost wages. It takes an organization an average of about fifty-two days to hire on a candidate for an open position. While a month and a half might not seem like a long time, it is long enough to cause serious harm to...
  • Ditch Stress and Fuel Your Creativity at Work
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - July 11, 2017
    This post was contributed by Gloria Martinez who started WomenLed.org to celebrate the advancements women have made and to inspire women to become entrepreneurs and seek promotions in the workplace. Being stressed due to work is not an uncommon issue. Even those who are doing what they love everyday succumb to a little work-related stress here and there. Having an unblocked creative process is a great way to set yourself up...
  • Are You a Multiplier or a Diminisher?
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - June 26, 2017
    From academia to the non-profit arena, as well as the corporate world-of-work, I have had many clients who complained about bosses who were ineffective leaders. Were their leaders intelligent and talented people? Yes. But, were they able to lead a team, motivate others, and empower success in their colleagues? No! I have come to believe that while some leaders are born, most are developed and our current professional market...
  • Embrace the "Good Enough to Go" for Career Momentum
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - June 20, 2017
    As a career development and executive coach, I work with many individuals who are focused on making changes to their careers to better align with professional values and strengths. But for some, their best plans often get stalled in analysis paralysis, which results in stagnation and a hard stop to all forward momentum. Ambivalence Trap Ambivalence or uncertainty is often at the center of the struggle to embark upon chan...
  • Ad-just-ing Your Use of "Just"
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - June 12, 2017
    I’d like you to try a little experiment…. For one day, try monitoring the way you use the word “just” – keeping a tally throughout the day of when and how you use it. There’s the version of “just” that’s an adjective – describing a person as “morally right and fair”… “The Vice-President of Marketing was just in her decision to promote t...
  • 9 Secrets to Great Teamwork
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - May 30, 2017
    Robyn Odegaard founded her business, Champion Performance Development and is committed to teaching individuals how to better communicate and resolve conflict on teams. While her target audience is college aged women in sports, her message and strategies are applicable to us all. Check out Doc Robyn’s nine secrets to great teamwork for some priceless wisdom. Set expectations – You cannot expect someone to...