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What Being a Solar CEO Taught Me About Workplace Energy
February 13, 2018 at 01:10 PM
In my time as the CEO of a solar company, I've learned a lot about energy. I know how to manage home electricity usage, how to help people reduce their power bills and establish energy independence. I've internalized a whole set of technical concepts and jargon. I know conduits, alternating currents, direct currents, PV, kilowatt hours, and transduction like the back of my hand. I could probably teach and certify ...
Online Applications Alone Won't Get You the Job
February 9, 2018 at 05:43 PM
Looking for a job? You're probably applying online, aren't you? That makes sense. Online applications are everyone's go-to option these days. The last time you reached out to an HR person directly, they probably said, "Apply online. If you're a good fit, we'll call you!" They may have even explicitly told you not to reach out to them directly. Don't be fooled. In most cases, the HR person is ...
What to Expect from the Future of the C-Suite
February 9, 2018 at 06:30 PM
It's no secret that baby boomers, Generation X-ers, and millennials all have their own leadership styles. With boomers unable to retire as soon as they'd hoped, all three generations are meeting up in boardrooms across corporate America – and their unique leadership styles don't always mesh. This can be an opportunity or a disaster, depending on how the ...
How to Build the Career Roadmap That Leads to the Job of Your Dreams
February 9, 2018 at 04:51 PM
I started my current career journey when I was 25. I had a prestigious job at a highly regarded company analyzing potential acquisition targets for the executive team, regularly discussing our findings with some of the most important people in a very sexy industry. I worked with smart, cool people, and my parents were proud. But something about the job, deep down, didn't feel right, and it was making me unhappy, though I could not put my finger on why. The hours ...
What Netflix and Employee Development Have in Common
February 9, 2018 at 03:53 PM
Disruptive technologies regularly shake up our workplaces, changing everything from the way we perform simple tasks to how we communicate with one another. To keep pace, companies need workforces who pursue continual education in order to meet new demands as they arise. However, it's up to employers to provide the resources workers need to develop those skills. That old training VHS training from 1997? Not going to cut it. Today's workers ...
How Real-Time Feedback Improves Employee Performance
February 8, 2018 at 06:41 PM
Why wait for the annual review to give performance feedback to employees? Seems almost ridiculous to wait a whole year before giving an employee to feedback they need to succeed, but a lot of companies still do this! Thankfully, the annual performance review is rapidly becoming a thing of the past – but is that happening fast enough?
9 Ways to Stay Productive When You Work From Home
February 8, 2018 at 04:14 PM
Article by Sarah Marie Hall Too much chatter at the office? Doctor's appointment in the middle of the day? Whether you work remotely on a regular basis or as an occasional perk, working from home can be an excellent alternative to sitting in a cubical. The key to work-from-home success is to create an environment ...
Fundamental? Technical? What Just Happened to the Stock Market?
February 12, 2018 at 06:17 PM
Between January 26 and February 9, the Dow lost more than 2,400 points, a 9 percent decline. This rapid fall in a short period of time has taken many of us back down memory lane to the financial crisis of 2008. Are we headed to a new crisis? A recession? When the stock market starts spiraling downward for more than a couple of days, we understand there is something more to the story than a ...
5 Connections That Will Optimize Your LinkedIn Network in 2018
February 12, 2018 at 01:47 PM
I can't tell you how many times I hear from job seekers, "Bob, I don't want to invite people I don't know into my network. That's weird." My response: The whole idea behind online networking is to get to know new people! That said, if you're on the job hunt, your networking efforts must amount to more than sending and accepting invitations. You need to optimize your LinkedIn ...