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Gwendolyn M. Ward

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GI am a Principal at FOOW? (Fish Out of Water?, LLC) a professional development company committed to delivering unique workplace and career management services to Companies and Business Professionals. Blog:
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Many management promotions are one dimensional, prompted by seniority, non management performance or.. a recommendation. This is problematic, because great engineers don’t always make a great.. engineering manager; leading is a very different skill set.

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Other Tags: staff management, office politics, new managers, personal development, management

Whether you are the giver or receiver of advice, timing appears to be more critical than the truth;.. this is the principle behind the quote, “The truth out of season bears no fruit.” Most of us.. didn’t get the memo about how to tell advice time.

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Other Tags: self improvement, career, management, leadership

Transitioning from where you are to where you need to go isn’t easy; it requires you to become.. connected to the cause and effect of your actions, and to own them by taking responsibility.

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Other Tags: career, college alumni, job hunting, career transitioning, unemployed

When I was 13, I heard my great aunt say that she purchased an expensive car because she hated her.. job and needed an incentive to stay. Years later, when I struggled with my own discontent and.. watched others struggles with theirs, her words resonated

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Other Tags: unemployed, job hunting, career advice, job searching, college graduate

Exiting a bad personal or professional situation is a puzzle with a lot of pieces. And like a jigsaw.. puzzle, the pieces must interlock to create a bigger picture beyond your current situation.

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Other Tags: personal growth, , career adv, career

Trying to find the ideal job is like trying to find the ideal mate. Mr. Right may sound good on.. paper but off of it, his issues coupled with yours may overflow a newsstand. So what do you do?

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Other Tags: personal growth, career advice, professional development, career transitioning, management

Bullies deflect their weaknesses with superficial strength by exploiting working relationships, the.. victim struggles with setting and maintaining boundaries, and the companies allows it when they.. fail to implement a conduct policy for employees,

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Other Tags: personal growth, career, career adv

Networking is touted as the best resource for professional success and personal growth. Whether you.. are looking for a job, professional development, business opportunities or shared-interest.. socializing, networking is said to be the key.

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Other Tags: personal development, Networking, business networking, career transitioning, job hunting

When I was 16, I wanted to be 18. At 18, I wanted to be 21. To me each age meant I was grown; what I.. never considered was the growth I needed between them — because maturing is a process that brings.. along two friends: responsibility and challenges.

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Other Tags: professional development, personal development, career advice, professional growth, personal growth

While my boss was telling me that I was his go-to person, he was also informing me that my position.. was being downsized. It struck me as funny because my immediate thought was…the go-to person is.. GONE?

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Other Tags: unemployed, career transitioning, downsizing, professional development, personal growth

When I accepted my first management position, my new boss told me his secret to managing people was.. to treat them like whiny children. I asked him if managing people was his thing, and he bluntly.. said, “No, because I hate dealing with people

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Other Tags: leaderships, new leaders, managers, management development, leadership development

A couple months after being downsized, current and former employees were still angry, complaining.. and blaming. I still didn’t engage in it because bitterness needs an expiration date, plus it.. dominates your life whether you realize it or not.

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Other Tags: downsizing, unemployed, job hunting, job searching, career development

Sometimes lessons knock softly and sometimes they break down the door. But in either case, you.. should ask yourself, what are your results honestly telling you?

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Other Tags: job hunting, job satisfaction, self improvement, career transitioning, personal development

Old habits cling to us like steam on a mirror and even when we try to wipe them away, the process is.. not always easy.

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Other Tags: New Year resolutions, self improvement, job satisfaction, career transitioning, professional development,

When you love someone and want the best for them -- whether it’s a familial relationship or a.. friendship -- it is sometimes hard to draw the line between caring for them and carrying them.

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Other Tags: young college alumni, self development, college transitioning, college careers, professional development,

Over time you will continue to outgrow people, things and situations. Recognizing this is one thing,.. but doing something about it is another.

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Other Tags: maturing, personal growth, self improvement, relationships, growing up

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