You've started a business and now you're looking for investors, employees and advisors. Even if you've made the effort to get a warm email introduction, don't expect your prospects to read through a long and rambling description of your business. You need to get to the point - and fast.In about 150 words, cover the following 6 items in sharp but brief detail.Your name & most relevant credential. 10 words. This should be one sentence, no more. Keep it simple. "I'm Jane Smith, Founder & CEO o
Continuing the discussion on the importance of feedback, this week we focus on corrective feedback – how it meets the needs of the organization, the individual, and why it's a critical component of workplace engagement.Typical situations warranting corrective feedback include: Performance not meeting expectations Behavior having negative consequences Behavior reflecting poorly on the company, department or team Persistent, unresolved problems Poor communication or interpersonal skills Needing to
Businesses in America and worldwide have become increasingly adept at increasing productivity, improving margins, and making money.But what about our happiness at work? Alarming statistics have between 70-80% of employees actively disengaged at work. We’re unhappy at our jobs, and if you hadn’t noticed, we spend a ton of our lives at work. The importance of employment happiness seems readily apparent. Even so, many Americans have little to no expectation of liking their jobs or feeling satisfied
In a meeting that is predominately male, where there is an abundance of testosterone and typical traits such as competitiveness, strength and energy abound, for a shy woman it can be intimidating to confidently speak out and let her voice be heard.With only 17.7% of the FTSE 250 directorships being held by women, the more senior you become, chances are, you will be in meetings that are predominantly male environments.Whether you are a woman in business or a woman climbing the corporate ladder, i
Instead of looking toward to retirement and the prospect of peaceful days with no troublesome deadlines, those over 60 are facing questions about how far their finances will extend. In addition, they are confused whether or not it’s even healthy to retire.The good news: You’re likely to live longer than your parents and grandparents did.The hard question: Can you afford it? Will your brain deteriorate without work to challenge it?Make MoneyEconomic insecurity haunts many people when they retire.
In this series, professionals share the words of wisdom that made all the difference in their lives. Follow the stories here and write your own (please include the hashtag #BestAdvice in the body of your post).The lessons I’ve learned over my 40-plus-year career have come from a wide range of sources. I’ve turned to business leaders, publications and news items, and lately I’ve expanded my horizon and am reading blogs, tweets and other social media vehicles. But, as valuable as all of these reso
I've hired thousands of people over the course of my career, which means I've read tens of thousands of resumes. I've seen great resumes that have helped people launch thriving careers -- and, unfortunately, I've seen plenty that have fallen flat. A resume is your first impression on a potential employer. And in many cases, it will determine whether you get the chance to make a second impression. At Lockheed Martin, it's not unusual to get hundreds of applicants for a single job opening, so th
What makes some people more successful in work and life than others? IQ and work ethic are important, but they don't tell the whole story. Our emotional intelligence -- the way we manage emotions, both our own and those of others -- can play a critic...
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