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Four Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Performance Review

reviewAs we head into the home stretch now for 2014, one thing’s for sure: If your company’s fiscal year is also the calendar year, there’s no time like the present to kick things up a few notches to end things on a stellar note.

And by that we mean acing that year-end performance review. The only way to do that? Ace your work, of course. Here are a few pointers to rev things up…

1. Be proactive and meet with your boss. Instead of waiting for ubiquitous year-end meeting with your boss, go ahead and schedule a meeting next week. That’s right — next week. Specifically tell him or her you want to be rated exceptional and you want to focus on your work now rather than get feedback after the fact. Read more

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If Management Overlooks Corporate Culture, CEO Says It’ll Cost Them

Pitch-Meetings-Bog-PostCorporate culture got you down?

Sure, you may tolerate your commute, enjoy your challenging job and inspirational colleagues but if the corporate culture isn’t in check, it’s game over.

We checked in with Greg Besner to get the scoop. He’s the founder of CultureIQ, a company measuring employee culture across nine categories. For starters, how do you define corporate culture? He says every company has “its own unique DNA made up of employees’ perception of the company’s vision, values, behaviors, etc.” Read more

Three Ways to Motivate Underperforming Employees

TeamworkIf you’re a boss or on the rise to become one soon, listen up. There are a few ways to motivate underperforming employees who have the goods but they’re just not applying themselves fully. Here are a few pointers courtesy of a post on Inc.

1. Discover the root cause. Dig deep and you’ll figure out the solution to your problem. If the employee just isn’t a fit for the role, that’s reflective of a poor hiring decision but if the worker lacks skills, then it’s up to you to point him or her to proper resources to get trained.

Per the piece, you may need to alter your expectations, too. Look at the situation from a new perspective — how are you and the employee both responsible for his or her success? Read more

Are You Spending Enough Time With Your Boss? New Study Says You’re Not

bossesIf you’re wondering whether or not you’re spending enough time with your boss, there may be reasons why you’re questioning it in the first place.

That’s because it’s a valid question and a new study underscores the importance of face time with your supervisor.

According to a new study conducted by Leadership IQ with more than 32,000 executives, managers and employees in the U.S. and Canada, people feel more engaged for each additional hour spent with their leader. Read more

Six Traits of High Performing Achievers

Here’s the cool thing about this piece we read on LinkedIn by Lou Adler, author of Hire With Your Head.

While it outlines several traits to spot in high achievers, its purpose is twofold. Managers can easily spot these traits to identify a high performer and if you’re an employee on the team, you can connect the dots and pursue the ideas below to become that go-to guy or gal.

1. You’ve been assigned difficult challenges ahead of your peers. In the piece Adler points out the best people on a team are assigned tasks that are typically given to the higher ups. If this happens frequently and during the first year of your employment, you get a gold star! This is certainly evidence of a high achiever and something to highlight on a job interview. Read more

How to Answer the Question, ‘What Have You Done For Me Lately?’

This post is inspired by our friends at Brazen Careerist as it relates to the ubiquitous question: “What have you done for me lately?”

Here’s a hint: Show, don’t tell.

In the piece, Erin Palmer writes, “Coasting on past success will not get you far. Businesses that succeed are not in the habit of dwelling in the past because their innovation, creativity and profits would suffer.”

Consistency is key so if you wrote and submitted clean copy for a features piece for your editor, bravo! Now, it’s time to do it again by focusing on your current deadline. If you falter on this piece, it’s going to be pretty hard to rest on your laurels from the last one. In a way, it’s a healthy motivator, right? Aim for dililgence without leaning too much on your past. Strive to impress your clients and ultimately yourself each and every time you’re tasked with a project!

Demonstrating consistent excellent performance, of course, showcases the ability to focus on the present one, no matter how big or small. Sure, there will be times when you have to do some piddly work that isn’t exciting and invigorating.

Palmer points out when Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, “It wasn’t all genius, all day.” Remember, he had to clean his paintbrushes from time to time and climb that scaffold.

“The important thing is to put your all into every task, even the small ones,” Palmer points out. “Figure out how to manage your energy and make every assignment the most important one.”