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Sep

2017

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Do You Have a Work Spouse? Unfortunately or Fortunately, I Do Not.

Author: Mary Corrado

The other day I ran across an article that spoke about work spouses.  I had never heard of that term so I read further.  Keep in mind, several weeks ago I wrote about hugging in the workplace, which I indicated I do not do, although apparently that is a “thing” too.  As I read more about it, I realized I do not have a work spouse, but thought it might have something to do with my title here.

29

Aug

2017

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Shiny Object Syndrome - Do You Suffer From It?

Author: Mary Corrado

I am the youngest of seven kids.  A typical, Irish-Mexican, Catholic family.  Being the youngest, one of the things I missed out on was having a babysitter.  My older siblings had that task and were never very happy about it.  I distinctly remember them keeping me occupied with shiny objects, so when I read an article recently on Shiny Object Syndrome in business, it caught my attention.

15

Aug

2017

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A Lack of Emotional Intelligence in Leadership is Detrimental

Author: Mary Corrado

I have always been fascinated with emotional intelligence, in fact, I find it to be more important than IQ at times. I look for high EQ in my personal as well as my professional relationships. I think we have all encountered people with low EQ and realize it creates an unhealthy environment – whether at work or home.  Recently I read an interesting article on what it looks like when someone is not emotionally intelligent.  I found it interesting since I’ve often seen...

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Aug

2017

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Earn Yourself a Seat at the Table

Author: Mary Corrado

Most HR professionals would likely agree that Human Resources deserves a seat at an organization’s strategic table.  But you can’t just ask for that seat, you must earn it.

18

Jul

2017

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Productive Employee Feedback is a Necessity

Author: Mary Corrado

I came across another great article this past week.  It talked about ways to give productive feedback to your employees.   Giving employee feedback seems like an obvious task for any leader, but too often there is a lack of it.

27

Jun

2017

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Be an Authentic Leader

Author: Mary Corrado

I recently read an article in Forbes that was a nice refresher on how to be an authentic leader.  Although I see these articles quite frequently, I felt this one in particular was a good reminder.  After the entire Uber debacle and the CEO resigning last week it’s a good time to reflect on what it takes to be a trusted, authentic leader.

13

Jun

2017

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Rejection – Whether from Jury Duty or Interviewing, It’s No Fun

Author: Mary Corrado

I know many of you are like me and have been in the same position for years.  After a while, you forget what it’s like to be in the candidate’s seat looking for employment.  If you ever really want to feel what it’s like, be a juror.

30

May

2017

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Focus and Recognition Go Hand in Hand

Author: Mary Corrado

I recently read an article entitled “You’re Too Focused on What You’re Focused On.” The title itself made me think for a minute and intrigued me to read further.  The gist of the article is that when we are deeply focused on something, we assume the people around us are too.  But this isn’t typically the case.  In reality, what’s important to one person may not be of equal importance to another.

16

May

2017

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What Our Tigers Tell Us About Organizational Culture

Author: Mary Corrado

It’s that time of year, and you might be surprised that I haven’t talked about the Detroit Tigers yet. Sparky Anderson used to say that you needed 40 games before you could truly assess how a major-league team is going to do for a season. We’re approaching that point now, so the time is right to give you my take on this year’s team.

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May

2017

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Can Worrying Actually be Beneficial?

Author: Mary Corrado

I am a card carrying worrier.  In fact, I don’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t a worrier.  I’ve always thought that this was probably a negative trait versus positive trait.  But then I read an article over the weekend that claims that worrying may actually be beneficial.  According to Kate Sweeny, a psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside, worrying can have positive emotional effects and can prove to be motivational.

18

Apr

2017

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Hugging at Work?

Author: Mary Corrado

Over the weekend I read an article in the Wall Street Journal about a Michigan CEO that is known for hugging his employees.  It gave me pause to think about this.  I would not say I am demonstrative at work.  Even though I have worked with several of my colleagues for 20+ years, I can count on one hand the number of times I have hugged someone in the office.  However, outside of the office I have hugged a bit more.  I guess I never have felt it was appropriate in the...

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Apr

2017

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Is a College Degree Still Necessary in Today’s Job Market?

Author: Mary Corrado

Some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs did not complete a college degree - Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs.  However, their respective companies – Facebook, Microsoft, Apple – require degrees for most positions.  Is this hypocritical? Are college degrees really necessary for most jobs?

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Mar

2017

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Don’t Allow Weak Managers in Your Culture

Author: Mary Corrado

Workplace culture is more than ping pong tables, casual Fridays, and group outings.  One of the most important cultural aspects is management style.  If you have weak managers in your organization, the culture will suffer.  Employees will not feel valued, trusted, or successful.  Hire and develop strong leaders.

7

Mar

2017

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Freeing Your Workplace of Office Politics

Author: Mary Corrado

Every office has politics – it’s unavoidable.  But if leadership creates an engaging culture that encourages collaboration, those politics can be kept at bay.  I recently read an article where the author stated that she is “allergic to silos.”  I feel the same way.

21

Feb

2017

The Prevalence of Mental Illness in the Workplace

Author: Mary Corrado

I was recently surprised to find out that an estimated 1 in 5 employees suffers from some form of mental illness.  This led me to dig a little deeper into this topic and find out what is causing this and what corporate leadership can do to prevent it and handle it when it happens.

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