Thanking people for their feedback is the polite thing to do, and it can also help us internally view the criticism as constructive rather than negative, writes Peter Bregman. "[O]nce our ego is involved, and we feel the emotional charge, it's hard to access nuance," he writes.
Lead by example with active listening, which includes not interrupting, using positive body language and making eye contact, Lewis Robinson writes. "If you want listening to be a core principle of your business, spread the message companywide--through workshops or pamphlets," Robinson writes.
Some people are prone to focusing only on the bad things, and one way to combat this is by examining where those feelings come from and then balancing them with positive thoughts, writes psychotherapist F. Diane Barth.
"Researchers have found that the optimal ratio of positive to negative is five to one in a happy marriage, and a little more than five and a half to one in a hard-working, successful business team," Barth argues.
PPA Group CEO Monte Lee-Wen believes perseverance paid off after a severed vocal cord temporarily robbed him of his speech and even now limits his stamina. "So, when I speak, it's something that needs to be said, and I think about what I have to say," he says.
LinkedIn has announced that it will be combining hiring products Recruiter, Jobs and Pipeline Builder onto one platform called the Intelligent Hiring Experience. The company has created a new data set that makes recommended matches to recruiters based on inferred information about job candidates and recruiter needs.
A study by LinkedIn details the five skills necessary for career growth, including the ability to adapt to industry changes, to upskill and to establish oneself as a thought leader, writes Karen Gilchrist. It also reveals younger people are more optimistic about the job market, while older workers are more concerned about disruption by automation.
Social media serves career growth best when we focus on our brand with professional posts, writes Vanessa Vallely, managing director of WeAreTheCity. Build more substantive business relationships by sharing interesting content from others and asking a contact you have in common to recommend you as a connection.
Asking certain questions during an interview projects a heightened level of seriousness about a position, writes career strategist Adunola Adeshola. Job candidates should inquire about what would be expected of them in the first quarter, if there are any concerns about their background and how to assimilate with the team quickly.
You'll impress interviewers with comments that convey you've thoroughly researched the company, including how to handle demanding clients, writes recruitment consultant Nicky Irving. She offers a list of questions to anticipate being asked, such as "What work of ours do you most admire and why?" and "Why do you want to work for us?"
One way to realize our negative thoughts are often exaggerated is by examining a written list of them, writes psychologist Aaron Karmin. Compose a positive alternative to each one and refer to this list when negativity seizes thought patterns, Karmin suggests.