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So, you want to be a hero at work? Read this.

October 23, 2009 -- Sal Silvester

On September 17, 2009 the Wall Street Journal featured an article titled "Soldier to Receive the Medal of Honor."

President Obama awarded Jared C. Monti a posthumous award for repeatedly braving enemy fire to rescue a wounded comrade in the Afghan mountains. The article went on to say that Sgt. First Class Monti twice ran into the open to try to retrieve the wounded man, only to be forced back by rocket-propelled-grenades and machine-gun fire.

He was killed on his third attempt.

You got to know when to hold'em, know when to fold'em

October 14, 2009 -- Sal Silvester

I hear a lot about the importance of coaching in the workplace, and for the most part I agree that coaching an important aspect of every leader's role. In fact, as a leader, I think you should be spending 20-30% of
your time coaching your direct reports.

But my intent for this post isn't "how to" coach someone (that will come in a future post), but rather "when to" coach someone.

Think social media is a fad? You are falling behind.

September 29, 2009 -- Sal Silvester

In my recent webinars on Recession-proofing Your Career, I have emphasized the importance of networking. I have also emphasized that networking via social media is an important part of that process. I have seen so many people who are complacent because they have jobs. As a result, they have few, if any, LinkedIn connections, and they have rusty, at best, connections outside of their internal network.

Improve How You Communicate Up

September 23, 2009 -- Sal Silvester

In many of my past articles, I have written about the importance of management’s influence on retention, productivity, morale, and employee satisfaction. You have heard me rant and rave about how “employees don’t leave organizations, they leave their managers.”

Well, there is a flip side to that coin too.

Every team member has a responsibility to effectively communicate with his or her manager. Let me say that a little bit stronger. You are primarily responsible for making sure communication with your manager is working.

Understanding the Hidden Job Market and It's Secrets

September 21, 2009 -- Sal Silvester

Have you been laid-off or outsourced more than once due to mergers and acquisitions or the economy? Are you in a dead-end job that doesn't utilize your skills and talents? Are you uncertain about how best to market yourself and find work that's right for you?

I  have teamed-up with career coach Laura A. Davis to offer this 3-part webinar series Recession-proof Your Career.

Would you work for You?

September 9, 2009 -- Sal Silvester

I was recently at a meeting with a group of Human Resource executives, and one of the HR Directors mentioned that her slogan for her supervisory training was “would you work for you?”

That is a great question to ask - regardless of whether you have the title of leader or not. There is a tremendous amount of research, supported by the Gallup Organization and others, that indicates that people don’t leave their organizations, they leave their managers.

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