Dragan's Blog

Give at Work; Receive Back...

Gifts go long way - as long as you do it in a tasteful way. Here are some opportunities to give: 1. When you go for a trip to a foreign country for vacation, bring some authentic (not expensive) items back for your manager and colleagues (just the ones you work with every day). 2. When ma...

Achieve Job Security by Having Style ...

"In music as in life, style has always been the most important thing for me," said Jazz Legend Miles Davis. Not only was his music spectacular and sharp, but his presence drove fans to extreme loyalty. You could be an office worker, or have a painting company, the way you carry yourself an...

Inspirational Level of Dedication - Start Your 2012 Work with Passion...

My boxing coach is 19 years old. He didn't do well in school. He works in a local gym for next-to-minimal wage. On the last day of 2011, I asked him, "what are you doing tonight?" I was expecting a party-centered itinerary. To my surprise, he said, "I am baby sitting." He explain...

Avoid Being Surprised...

Ensuring that you are in tune with office politics is important - while you need to be delivering, a disregard for changes in political landscape could bring sudden change you may not like and catch you off-guard. One of the most common circumstances in which  good people lose their jobs is...

What are you good at (and what you must be good at)?

What are you good at (and what you must be good at) It's believed (with a reason) that you should be looking for a job you can add value to. But this should not be limited to what you've been doing all along – if you can offer more, and want to do that, give it a shot. Be realistic however, you...

What are you good at (and what you must be good at)?

What are you good at (and what you must be good at) It's believed (with a reason) that you should be looking for a job you can add value to. But this should not be limited to what you've been doing all along – if you can offer more, and want to do that, give it a shot. Be realistic however, you...

Putting Yourself in the Center While Job-Searching? Think Twice!

Is your resume and your phone calls (or interview performance) all about yourself? Many candidates put themselves in the center of all the messages during the job search: "Looking for a job to grow" in a resume "This is what I did/can do" in interview or in phone call with p...

Funny Job-Seeking Obstacles...

It's funny how many obstacles job seekers can induce in their job-searching effort - here are some highlights from the recent job-fair we attended: 1. "I had 12 interviews last month but no job offers." To my suggestion to look at her interviewing skills the lady res...

How to read between the lines of what staff is telling you.

Grown-ups learn to conceal their emotions, in the workplace, in social settings, and at home.  There are all sorts of reasons to do so, some good, some bad, but it's useful to be able to detect concealed emotions underneath a bland exterior whether it's your boss holding back on a job perfo...

Running an integration project –what to pay attention to?

A Canadian Bank Learned (after integration) that one set of the processes which were deemed “minor” caused an operational failure. All the “regular” processes were analysed and tested. There were, however, few macro processes that business could execute when they feel extra reconciliation wa...

How to make your team the most desirable

IN THE EXTERNAL AND INTERNAL BATTLE FOR TALENTED PEOPLE, HOW DO YOU CLAIM THE TOP-SPOT? HOW TO MAKE YOUR TEAM TALKED ABOUT BY THE WATER-COOLER?TOP 5 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO MAKE YOURSELF THE “MOST WANTED”:Make a big noise about your projects. People will hear. Make your staff understand how importa...

Top – 3 Attitude Questions

Don't be fooled by experience. A candidate may have had ten years experience, but it may have really been one year, that was bad and they have repeated it nine times! This begs the question, "What individual differences discriminate between top and average performers, what separates the best fr...
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