How to Answer “What Is Your Greatest Weakness?”

We have all gotten the dreaded interview question: “What is your greatest weakness?” It always seems like such a trick pitch. After…

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What Are You Looking for in a Manager?

When you’re on the hunt, you spend plenty of time scouring job posts and thinking of yourself as a commodity: Do I…

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How to Customize a Job to Fit Your Life

Engaged employees use more than the skills their job descriptions detail to get work done.  They take the list of responsibilities that…

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Cultivate Emotional Discipline — It’s Your Secret Weapon at Work

A closing pitcher’s role is commonly recognized as the highest pressure position in professional sports. It takes equal parts physical skill and…

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Don’t Try to Be the “Cool Manager” — Do This Instead

Earning the nod to steer a team is a tremendous honor. It takes time, though, to develop your true identity in the…

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5 Criteria for Hiring a Great Manager

It speaks well of a professional culture when staff at various levels interview incoming leaders. It suggests a spirit of collaboration among…

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Proud Year Round: Celebrating Diversity & LGBTQ+ Pride at Blue Shield of California

Diverse professional cultures have an edge, a multi-dimensional reach.  Companies that cultivate diversity have a gravitational pull that moves internal and external…

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How to Strategically Manage Frustration at Work

Frustration is a tempter, an emotional trickster. It goads us with the false promise that our feelings are worthy of the mounting…

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How to Deal When a Colleague Is Threatened by You

If you find yourself working alongside that colleague who routinely undercuts you in meetings, puts you down in conversations or criticizes your…

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Why Company Loyalty Isn’t Everything

Sometimes, we get so bogged down by what’s happening at work that we let it cloud our perception: I can’t start a…

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How to Protect Your Team from Bullies & Bad Actors in Leadership

Too many professionals find themselves in the orbit of a challenging leader: the diva president, the bully executive director, the “handsy” founder….

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8 Ways to Guarantee a Successful Performance Review

HR leaders tend to agonize over developing fair and functional metrics to analyze and track employee performance. Employees often stress about performance…

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