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How Can I Get Promoted? Start by Not Doing These Five Things!

Many employees are hard workers and do all the things they should to be considered a ‘valuable’ employee. But how many Supervisor or Manager positions are available at their company so they can make a positive move upward? Typically very few.

If you have put yourself in a favorable position and made the personal commitment to train and learn how to become a supervisor, then be sure to …

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Last Call for 2017 Objectives, Goals, and Wish List Tasks

Well, the year is nearly over and what do you have to show for your efforts? A long list of accomplishments, a long list of reasons why you couldn’t get anything accomplished, or a bit of both?

Wishing, hoping, and dreaming is a great exercise, but some type of plan to guide your steps and outline what must be done. Not guessing your next moves would go a long way towards moving the needle further to the right side for completed activities/goals, in lieu of a left side direction showing little to…

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Happy Face, Sad Face, or Leftover Bonus Again?

It’s the end of year review season. Are you ready? You should have been preparing since January of this year. If you think that doing below average work for nine or ten months, and then an output spurt until review time goes unnoticed by your supervisor, be ready for a disappointment. Annual reviews are for a twelve-month period. If you only met your supervisor’s expectations (job description requirements) for the last three months, that is 25% of the fiscal year. I would take this year’s average employee raise…

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Tis the Recruiting Season for New Job Openings in Q1 2018, Will You Be Called?

Traditionally the first quarter of a new year is the ‘boom’ hiring season of the year for companies with calendar year reporting (January through December). New budgets can mean newly approved job openings. This means if you don’t have a great and complete profile on LinkedIn, resumes and profile information up to date on Monster and CareerBuilder, and any other major sites for your particular occupation, you will probably be missed if you are an active job…

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Time to Start Looking for a Job? What’s Worse, Staying Put or Job Hunting?

Sometimes going into work just isn’t how you remembered years ago when you were so happy to go to your current company. How things can change. What are your options now? Does your company have other sites that would allow you to transfer? Do you want to stay in the same geographical area? Do you […]

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Peers at Your Workplace, Helpful or Resentful?

At first blush, I would say most of the peers I had the privilege to work with in the early part of my career were very competitive. Everyone was trying to get noticed for that little extra raise we wanted. However, that type of atmosphere can really nullify team efforts and cross-pollination of information or breakthrough knowledge. If I tell other people how I…

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You Have How Many New Projects for Me?

Anyone that has been around project management, or just about any department in manufacturing, engineering, continuous improvement, quality, product development, etc. sooner or later have someone in authority claiming the list of projects is growing and ‘we can’t keep up with it.’ I used to panic when I would hear that because all I could think about was getting more work than I could handle, and I had enough already! Now I just think to myself

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Where is the Best Country to Develop New Medical Devices?

Years ago if a new medical device was coming out of the product development pipeline and it was likely to not receive a 510(k) ‘approval,’ companies went outside the United States to develop and market their products. That lasted for a while, and then came ISO (International Standards Organization) to protect the European population and make the medical device companies improve their designs, and more importantly…

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How Much Time Do Cell Phones Steal from Work?

I’m not talking about the mom and pop companies that are doing five things at once struggling to pay the bills while they are the customer service rep too until the business grows large enough to hire another employee.

I am speaking about the mid to large size companies with multiple employees, and everyone is packing their cell phone. How many times a day…

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How Do You Know When to Fire Someone Before They Poison the Well?

Early in your career, you started out with a technical background/position, ‘fought’ your way through the ranks until you were finally given an opportunity to supervise someone, and train them to be more valuable to the company. You may have been given other personnel to train ranging from technician levels through Principal Engineer, but now you are a first-year Supervisor or Manager, and you feel the need to let one of your…

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