Leadership Military Style: When it Works and When It Doesn't

11 January 2017

When it comes to directive types of leadership styles, autocratic or military style is the most recognized. It is a top-down form of management that works in many settings. There are, however, times in today's work environments when it is ineffective or must be tempered. Let's take a look at what military style leadership is, when and why it is most effective and when it is most likely to fail.

Is Self-Employment Right for You?

27 December 2016

You may have heard the expression that the easiest way to get a job is to create one. That old bromide is more true today than it has ever been, and recent changes in employment pattern have made self-employment a viable option for more and more workers. But is self-employment the right path for you, and how can you tell whether forging your own path is really the best course of action?

How to Create a Lean Canvas Business Plan

22 December 2016

There are various schematics and templates available online for creating a Lean Canvas. However, if you are anxious to get started, just grab a blank sheet of paper and identify the following nine elements laid out in a 3x3 grid pattern. Problem - Identify the customer problem or pain point for which your product or service can solve. Quote: "All your initial energy should be channeled towards finding evidence of a monetizable problem, not towards acquiring more resources to build out your solution.

Five Elements of a Graceful Resignation

21 December 2016

You have made the decision to leave your job. Career expert, Scott Dockweiler from The Muse, suggests that after sitting down with your boss for a one-on-one discussion, the next step is to submit a formal letter of resignation. This task doesn't need to be a source of anxiety. In a few short paragraphs, you can professionally convey the sentiments necessary to move on. A thoughtful and skillfully written letter can make final weeks of your employment a time of smooth transition instead of awkwardness.

Four Tips to Get You Noticed on LinkedIn

19 December 2016

LinkedIn is a great way to network, interact, and gain exposure online. It's a social media outlet that's routinely used by professionals to promote themselves and to find people who have a skill set that might be a match for a job opening. However, because this is the Internet, there is a science to being effective when it comes to crafting your LinkedIn profile. Here are four quick LinkedIn tips to help you get noticed online.

Three Important Ways Millennials Have Changed the Workplace

16 December 2016

The Way We Communicate at WorkIt is no secret that this generation is not big on making or receiving phone calls. Leaving email, text, and business media platforms like Slack as the preferred ways to stay connected. In-person, collaboration is the one area that suffers. Technology like Skype for Business PBX is able to bring teams together, share documents, collaborate in real-time while being located in diverse areas. It has been said that to lead Millennials effectively in the workplace, we must learn to listen, attempt to understand, be willing to bend and open to trust.

Ten Signs You Should Not Be an Entrepreneur

13 December 2016

With the advances in mobile technology and the perks of owning your own business, entrepreneurship is on the rise. Unfortunately, not everyone is meant to be their own boss. Here are ten signs that the entrepreneur lifestyle is not for you. Your life would feel incomplete without your daily commute. Even on vacation you spend an hour each morning and evening sitting in your car playing recordings of honking horns.