Three things to keep in mind about your reputation

Three things to keep in mind about your reputation

Excerpted article By Seth Godin on September 20, 2016

  1. Your reputation has as much impact on your life as what you actually do.
  2. Early assumptions about you are sticky and are difficult to change.
  3. The single best way to maintain your reputation is to do things you’re proud of. Gaming goes only so far.

In a connection economy, what other people think about you, their expectations of you, the promises they believe you make—this is your brand. It’s easy to imagine that good work is its own reward, but good work is only of maximum value when people get your reputation right, and they usually get that from others, not directly from you.

It’s logical, then, to care about how your reputation is formed. But it’s dangerous, I think, to decide that it’s worth spending a lot of time gaming the system, to consistently work hard to make your reputation better than you actually are.

There is one exception: The most important step you can take when entering a new circle, a new field or a new network is to take vivid steps to establish a reputation. This is the new kid who stands up to a bully the first day of school, or a musician who holds off on a first single until she’s got something to say. They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression, but what most people do is make no impression at all.

That reputation needs to be one you can live with for the long haul, because you’ll need to.

As the social networks make it more and more difficult for people to have a significant gap between reputation and reality (hence gossip), the single best strategy appears to be as you are, or more accurately, to live the life you’ve taught people to expect from you.

Your reputation isn’t merely based on your work, it’s often the result of biases and expectations that existed before you even showed up. That’s not fair but it’s certainly true. Now that we see that the structures exist, each of us has the ability to over-invest in activities and behaviors that maximize how we’ll be seen by others before we arrive.

Be your reputation, early and often, and you’re more likely to have a reputation you’re glad to own.

Small And Midsize Businesses Sound Off On Hiring

MENLO PARK, Calif., March 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Building a successful business depends largely on hiring the right people. But as small and midsize firms expand, how strong is their hiring process? A new survey from global staffing firm Robert Half aimed to find out. Among the results:

  • Nearly half (49 percent) said most hiring managers underestimate the complexity of the hiring process.
  • Sixty-five percent cited problems with their hiring process.
  • A strong majority (81 percent) said their companies have made a bad hire.

View an infographic of the survey findings.

Robert Half’s Small and Midsize Business Hiring survey explores perspectives of business owners and managers related to a variety of hiring issues. More than 1,000 business owners and human resources managers of United States firms ranging from one to 499 employees were surveyed by an independent research firm to gather relevant data.

Several factors complicate hiring in smaller organizations, according to Paul McDonald, senior executive director at Robert Half. “Some firms lack dedicated recruiting staff or a human resources function altogether,” he said. “Multiple demands on a business owner’s time also can pull attention away from recruiting and cause it to fall to the last priority.”

Numerous Costs of a Bad Hire
Business owners noted many negative impacts of making the wrong hire:

  • On average, respondents estimated 45 hours were wasted on hiring and onboarding people who ultimately did not work out.
  • More than half (53 percent) reported increased stress on the team that worked with the bad hire.
  • One in five (20 percent) cited decreased confidence in the managers’ ability to make good hiring decisions.

Delays to Correct Mistakes
The research also found that while a bad hire could be identified rather quickly, correcting the mistake took longer.

  • Fifty-eight percent of small business owners said it took less than a month to realize they made a bad hiring decision; however, it took more than twice that time on average (8.8 weeks) to let the person go.
  • Nearly five more weeks passed before a replacement started working, with 68 percent of businesses putting the workload on existing staff during this time.

Minimizing the Risks and Costs of a Bad Hire
The survey results indicate several ways businesses can address deficiencies with their hiring process and minimize risks of making a bad hire.

  • Branch out – Fifty-eight percent of respondents said the best new hires come from referrals, including employees, friends, recruiters and others in their network. Go beyond posting job openings and hoping the right person will apply. Among the respondents who use recruiters, 76 percent said a recruiter was able to find a candidate they wouldn’t have found on their own.
  • Delegate – Forty-five percent of owners noted that the most challenging hiring step is evaluating candidates based on their skills and potential fit; 26 percent admit it takes them too long to fill open roles. Delegating these duties to an outside resource can cut hiring timelines and save money: Forty-three percent said working with a recruiter saved the firm time because the recruiter did most of the work; 36 percent also said they saved money by finding someone more quickly.
  • Get a guarantee – Thirty-two percent of businesses working with recruiters said they do so for the service guarantee. Ask recruiters about their placement success rates and what they offer if a new hire doesn’t stick.
  • Bridge the gap – Only 18 percent of respondents said they brought in temporary professionals to assist with heavy workloads while replacing bad hires. The right person can lift the burden from existing staff, keep projects moving and may be evaluated on the job for a potential full-time role.

About Robert Half
Founded in 1948, Robert Half is the world’s first and largest specialized staffing firm. The company has 325 staffing locations worldwide and offers online job search services on its divisional websites, all of which can be accessed at roberthalf.com.

SOURCE Robert Half

10 Common Writing Mistakes You’re Probably Making, According to Data From Millions of People

10 Common Writing Mistakes You’re Probably Making, According to Data From Millions of People

 

If you want to improve your writing, make sure you have the following right.

1. “Lets” and “let’s”

Lets is the third-person present form of the verb, let.

My mom lets me make my own decisions, as long as I keep her informed.

Let’s is a contraction of the words let and us.

Let’s go out to eat tonight.

2. “Awhile” and “a while”

According to Oxford, the single word awhile is an adverb meaning “for a short time,” and shouldn’t be confused with the noun use of a while, which means “a period of time.”

We can stand here awhile, but we stood there for a while.

3. “Affect” and “effect”

Affect is used primarily as a verb meaning “to influence or make a difference to.”

The environment was beginning to affect my health.

The effect, on the other hand, is used both as a noun and a verb. It means “a result” as a noun, or “to bring about” as a verb.

She knew the effect her voice had on others. (noun)

The new manager hoped to effect change in her department. (verb)

4. “Each other’s” and “each other”

Each other’s is the possessive form of each other.

We checked each other’s work.

Each others and each others’ are both incorrect.

5. “Years’ experience” and “years experience.”

Years’ experience is a possessive form meaning years of experience.

This position requires a minimum of five years’ experience.

Years experience is incorrect.

6. “A” and “an”

Most English speakers know this one, but it’s still a common writing mistake:

You use a as the article before a noun that begins with a consonant (or consonant sound).

My dad bought a new car yesterday.

In contrast, an comes before a noun that begins with a vowel (or vowel sound).

Would you like an apple?

7. “Everyday” and “every day”

Every day is an adjective meaning “encountered or used routinely, typically, or daily; commonplace.”

He grew tired of everyday chores, like cleaning his room and taking out the garbage.

In contrast, according to Grammarist, “in the two-word phrase every day, the adjective every modifies the noun day,” and the phrase usually functions as an adverb.

The new intern is excited to go to work every day.

8. “You” and “your”

You probably wouldn’t make this mistake when speaking, but it’s common when writing.

For clarity, you is the second-person pronoun and is used to refer to the person (or people) that the speaker is addressing.

I love you.

Your is the possessive form of you.

What’s your name?

Of course, also be careful not to mistakenly use you’re, which is the contraction of the words you and are.

You’re going to the party tonight, aren’t you?

9. “Advice” and “advise”

Advice is a noun meaning a suggestion, a recommendation, or guidance.

Do you have any advice for me?

Advise is a verb meaning to offer a suggestion or recommendation.

I advised you not to go that route.

10. “Its” and “it’s”

It’s is the possessive form of the pronoun it, meaning “belonging to or associated with a thing previously mentioned or easily identified.”

The sour cream is past its expiration date.

It’s is a contraction of the words it is, or it has.

It’s a beautiful day today.

Read the full article here.
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3 Habits Productive People Find Time for Every Day

3 Habits Productive People Find Time for Every Day

DANIEL DIPIAZZA | CONTRIBUTOR Founder of Rich20Something

It’s funny, really. Most of us who get into entrepreneurship start with the intention of working LESS than we did at our regular jobs. The startling reality is that we often end up doing way more because we love the projects we’re involved with. And because oftentimes, that’s what it takes to make things happen.

Still, the long hours can take their toll — and even the Elon Musks of the world are no exception.

To keep yourself productive, it’s essential that you build build habits to help you organize your day and get the most out of your time.

Here are three of the most powerful.

1. Become an early riser by going to bed early.

There was probably a period of time in your life where it was easy stay up late into the night (or early into the next morning) trying to get things done.

For me, however, that period was over a long time ago. Recently, I’ve come to realize that all eight-hour periods just aren’t created equally.

Going to bed at 10 pm and waking up around 6 am is EXPONENTIALLY better than going to bed at 3 am and waking up around 11 am, even though number of hours you sleep is the same. I’ve tested this over and over again, and the evidence is pretty clear: I don’t perform well if I stay up past 11 pm-ish.

Early risers really do have a distinct advantage when it comes to mental clarity, acuity and energy.

Simply put: waking up early works better than any other strategy for becoming more productive. But you have to make sure you get enough sleep to back it up. So get to bed!

I’ve had to give myself a bedtime and be my own parent by ruthlessly enforcing it. It was harder than it sounds, because I’ve been programmed to stay up late for so many years.

2. Start every day with an intention, focus or meditation.

Starting your day with  a clear idea of what you want to do changes EVERYTHING.

Have you ever had a day where as soon as you woke up, there were already missed calls, text messages and emails screaming for your attention? You felt like you were struggling to stay afloat before breakfast. Oh, that sounds like every day, you say? That needs so stop.

If you like, you can meditate. You know, cross-legged, a candle, with some nice music playing in your ridiculously expensive Beats headphones. But if that’s too much, you can just “take 10.”

Take 10 slow breaths, think about your main objectives for the day, then get moving. This seems too simple to have an effect, but it’s not. If you’re used to getting up already in battle mode, then you’ve probably forgotten how it feels to have a moment to yourself.

Take a few of those minutes back to refocus yourself. It really helps. You can also use that time to create a better to-do list.

3. Physical activity. Do it.

Working out is probably the highest-leverage tool in your arsenal. It predictably and reliable makes you feel  better and keeps you both physically and emotionally healthy, year round.

To have the mental energy to take on the full calendar of to-do’s that people want from you, you have to be in the gym.

Period.

Training yourself physically not only gives you benchmarks to hit on a regular basis, but it also creates a predictable backbone in your daily life that you can count on, even if everything goes wrong. Mentally, that’s very comforting.

Trust me, I know that integrating these habits into your life won’t be easy at first. But if you’re not healthy, your business can’t thrive anyway. Consider them a long-term investment in your business.

Source: Entrepreneur

Clash Of The Coworkers

Clash Of The Coworkers

Executives today are being sidetracked by peace negotiations among staff when that time could be better spent negotiating business deals. In a new survey from Accountemps, CFOs said they spend, on average, 15 percent of their time — or six hours a week — managing staff conflicts. The results are on par with similar studies conducted as far back as 1991.

View an infographic of the survey findings.

“The more time managers spend reducing friction between coworkers, the less time they have for tackling business priorities,” said Mike Steinitz, executive director of Accountemps. “Company leaders should proactively look for ways to build rapport among colleagues to help curb issues before they arise.”

Steinitz added, “It’s unrealistic to expect workers to get along all the time. But not every issue needs to be escalated to management. Employees who can properly handle conflict with tact and diplomacy are in a better position to assume leadership roles in the future.”

Accountemps offers four ways employees can handle work conflicts with grace:

  1. Show empathy. Not everyone is going to see eye to eye. Make an effort to understand the situation from your coworker’s perspective. Listening to his or her opinion may help you to more quickly settle the dispute.
  2. Act fast. Try to promptly handle the disagreement. Conflicts can disrupt others, so don’t let issues fester.
  3. Bring in a third party. If there is no resolution in sight, ask a manager or human resources representative to mediate. This person can offer an outside perspective and recommend a productive way forward.
  4. Don’t hold a grudge. Once you’ve come to an agreement, make sure you and your colleague put the matter to rest. Learn from the experience and discuss how you can avoid potential issues in the future.

About the Research
The survey was developed by Accountemps and conducted by an independent research firm. It includes responses from more than 2,200 CFOs from a stratified random sample of companies in more than 20 of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas.

About Accountemps
Accountemps, a Robert Half company, is the world’s first and largest specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. The staffing firm has 325 offices worldwide. More resources, including job search services and the company’s blog, can be found at roberthalf.com/accountemps.

 

SOURCE Accountemps

For further information: Bianca De Rose, 650.234.6022, bianca.derose@roberthalf.com

Happy International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day

Will you #BeBoldForChange?

March 8 is International Women’s Day — a day to recognize women’s achievements and acknowledge the challenges they continue to face in the quest for gender equality

This year, Canada’s theme for International Women’s Day is Equality Matters.

Equality Matters because…

The world needs the talents of everyone – women, men, girls and boys – to truly reach its full potential.

Gender stereotypes hold us all back.

We’ve already come so far…equality is the only way to move ahead!

This International Women’s Day, make a commitment to gender equality and share it on social media using the hashtag #EqualityMatters.

Tell us why equality matters to you and inspire your friends to do the same.

Share our mythbusters and tell us what stereotypes you’d like to see broken.

Tag the people in your life who inspire you to work for gender equality.

Equality is good for the economy.
  • According to RBC, the increased economic participation of women resulted in a $130 billion contribution to economic activity in 2012 alone. This is equivalent to approximately 7% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).Footnote1
  • In February 2016, the international report Is Gender Diversity Profitable? found that an organization with 30% female leaders could add up to 6 percentage points to its net profit margin.Footnote2
  • Research suggests that having a more diverse corporate board of directors may lead to stronger financial performance for companies; Financial Post 500* companies with higher representation of women on their boards demonstrated a 26% higher return on investment.Footnote3
  • It is estimated that violence against women costs Canada more than $9.3 billion a year.Footnote4

*The Financial Post’s ranking of Canada’s largest companies by revenue.

Equality is good for children.
  • Father involvement is related to positive child health outcomes in infants, such as improved weight gain in preterm infants and improved breastfeeding rates.Footnote5
  • Father engagement reduces the frequency of behavioral problems in boys while also decreasing delinquency and economic disadvantage in low-income families.Footnote6
Equality is good for democracy.
  • Research shows that women in politics raise issues that others overlook, pass bills that others oppose, invest in projects others dismiss and seek to end abuses that others ignore.
  • Where women are able to participate in peace processes, the chances of reaching an agreement at all improve, and the peace is 35 percent more likely to last at least 15 years. Footnote7
Equality is good for everyone.
  • A study of statistics gathered from various equality indexes showed that living in one of the more gender equal countries in Europe was associated with having a higher quality of life and a lower chance of depression, divorce, or becoming a victim of violent death for both men and women.Footnote8

Gov’t of Canada

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