Career Advice and Training

What You Need to Know: Your Career Brand

What do you need to know to successfully build and position your career brand? Companies spend tremendous amounts of money on advertising, brand management, product placement, sponsorships, and a whole host of strategies to build their brands. Careful thought is put into branding, and some of the world’s most successful...
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5 Questions to Ask During an Interview for Your Management-level Job in Finance

By Ron Blair, President & COO Stepping into a managerial role in finance is a significant career move. Not only do you have a fiduciary responsibility to your employer, but you are also accountable to a group of people who look to you for leadership and support. For that reason, the job interview for such a...
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5 Common Hiring Mistakes to Avoid

By Ron Proul, CEO Hiring the right person for a role is one of the most important decisions made by managers. And over the years, I've watched managers fall into one or more costly hiring traps. Avoid these five big mistakes and you'll build a great team. 1. NOT TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE HIRING DECISION This is...
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Financial professionals can use bad news to build better client relationships

There are times when a business leader has no choice but to deliver ostensibly "bad" news to clients, but there is often a way to present the information in a way that actually makes them more appreciative of the service they are receiving. This may seem counterintuitive, but consider an example. Let's say your company...
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Workforce development is critical for success

Machine-driven productivity enhancements may have received a lot of attention in the past, but it is becoming clear that in the modern economy, a company's capacity for innovation is a major factor in determining its ability to succeed. Creativity remains a distinctly human characteristic and it is essential for...
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Businesses must build trust with clients, partners

At the foundation of any successful business, you are bound to find a certain level of established trust. This goodwill must be extended within the workplace as well as between the company and its network of suppliers, clients and partners. John Mackey, CEO of grocery retailer Whole Foods, asserts that he can tell within...
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Executives should focus on creating a collaborative atmosphere

Business leaders in the modern economy are presented with countless opportunities to improve workplace collaboration every day. Even small initiatives can have a significant impact on a corporate staff's ability to effectively cooperate to achieve organizational goals. Launching brand new programs specifically focused...
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How corporate leadership can take action to prevent employee burnout

In today's struggling economy, employees may be reluctant to admit that they are feeling stressed or overwhelmed by their workload. They may be afraid to complain, wishing to avoid being labeled as having a bad attitude. However, once work-related stressors start to degrade the quality of an individual's personal life, it...
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Newly hired or promoted executives need to hit the ground running

In a recent article for Fortune Magazine, columnist Anne Fisher asserted that 40 percent of executives who change jobs or receive a promotion wind up failing in their new role and either being dismissed or quitting within the first 18 months. According to executive coach George Bradt, taking the time to plan for success...
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Aspiring business leaders must adapt to differences between school and work

A solid education is an important aspect of any executive's background. It forms a key part of the foundation that a successful career is built on. However, there are some aspects of the school experience that can, unfortunately, cause certain bad habits to become entrenched in graduates' minds. One of the most...
ExecutionistAspiring business leaders must adapt to differences between school and work