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The Benefits of Having (and Being) a Mentor

In Homer’s Odyssey, Mentor is a character who advised King Odysseus and taught his son Telemachus, coaching him and protecting him as a counselor in a relationship built on trust. These very worthy activities have become known as “mentoring” and include giving strategic advice, sharing knowledge, help, and wisdom.  Mentors and the Intention to Succeed Our mentors in life are sometimes found accidentally, through a chance meeting or through being introduced to such an individual.

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How to Develop Your Soft Skills

All jobs and workplaces come with their own unique requirements. This means employers are interested in specific skills in their employees that get the work done. Skills can be expanded and developed with new knowledge and training. Whether you’re in the application, interview, or employment stage of your career, it’s valuable to know what soft and hard skills are and the importance of developing your soft skills. What are Hard Skills? Hard skills are described

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How to Be The Most Successful Version of Yourself

How to Be The Most Successful Version of Yourself With so many distractions everywhere, it can feel like it’s difficult to finish anything before something else is demanding your attention. Emails pinging on cell phones, client calls that could have been resolved much faster through an email, and not knowing what to work on next are all some of the things that can keep people from getting any real work done. However, with a few

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How To Navigate A Meeting Gone Wrong

How To Navigate A Meeting Gone Wrong Meetings can be tricky to navigate, especially once they’ve “gone off the rails,” so to speak. Whether you have outlined an objective for your meeting or not, there are inevitably discussions that do not go according to plan — despite our best efforts. When this occurs, do you push your colleagues further, stop the conversation, or freeze up? There are many potential next moves, but ultimately, the goal

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5 Ways to Effectively Resolve Conflict with Coworkers

5 Ways to Effectively Resolve Conflict with Coworkers  Disagreements happen, but they can be even more challenging to deal with in a work setting. Even when you are working for a company or on a team that is otherwise an excellent fit for you, you will likely encounter other employees you might not see eye-to-eye with. Conflicting personalities, personal struggles, and repressed feelings might find you on the other side of an argument or issue

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5 LinkedIn Features You Should Be Using

5 LinkedIn Features You Should Be Using Knowing how to use LinkedIn to your advantage can give you an edge in what is currently a competitive marketplace for jobs and a thriving economy. While you may think it is as simple as signing up and creating your profile, there are a number of in-depth features available that are not as well-known. By taking advantage of these features, you can make it easier for employers to

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The Benefits of Competency-Based Training

Competency-based training Competency-based training, or CBT, is an ideal method for training individuals that focuses on actual on-the-job skills. It is a very structured method and the goal is to train someone for a particular field or profession. The method is called competency-based training because it teaches competence as a particular skill. Being successful in a trade begins with a solid foundation of understanding how tasks are completed and what the process is. Competency-based training

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How to Unwind from a Frustrating Work Day

We all have less than ideal moments, but how we handle them can go a long way in our overall wellbeing and productivity. When something goes awry at work, like a bad interaction with a coworker or customer, a bad review from a manager, a technology challenge that directly impacts your job, it can be easy to dwell on the frustrations. Recognizing the value of separating from the disappointment of these instances and learning how

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Use Social Media to Your Professional Advantage

How to Use Social Media to Your Professional Advantage Almost everyone uses social media in some capacity in their daily lives. For the most part, people use social media for their personal interests, keeping friends and family aware of their activities with regular Facebook posts, and keeping up to date with current events through sites like Twitter. Social media helps us keep up with others and allows for the sharing of accomplishments, ideas, and news.

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Ten Spring and Summer Events in the Lower Peninsula You Won’t Want to Miss

Ten Spring and Summer Events in the Lower Peninsula You Won’t Want to Miss Springtime in Michigan can be rainy or sunny (and even sometimes a little snowy), but it is one of the best times of year because of all the opportunities to finally get outside and explore. Michiganders tend to hunker down in the winter months, but once Spring arrives (or, at least is supposed to), we start opening our doors and venturing

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