Author Archives: Mark Pundzius

Have you fallen in love with your career?

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We live in a world of instant gratification. Growing numbers of us are choosing fast food over home-cooked meals, instant messaging over pen and paper, and YouTube videos over reading print.

Should we be surprised that we do not immediately fall in love with jobs that fail to answer our primal desire of instant gratification?

Unfortunately, falling in love does not happen overnight. Apart from those fortunate few who fall in love at first sight, we have had to learn that love requires a lot of patience and a series of adjustments to our expectations.

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Take your career to the next level with a business lunch

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Collègues mangent ensembleIt’s just lunch…or is it? As more and more business interactions happen over the phone or through email and text messages, in-person meetings are more important than ever for building relationships and cementing partnerships. Observe business lunch rules and make the most of that one-to-one time with a colleague, manager or prospect.

Understanding your companion’s motivation for the meeting

Consider a business lunch a test. Your lunch companion may know your skills and expertise but some roles require more than simply performing well in formal environments. If your boss plans to assign you opportunities to mingle with VIPs or …

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The secrets of high performing workers

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Two coworkers sitting at a deskDon’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with being average. In fact, we need “average” to define norms and provide a benchmark to help us identify and recognize high and low performance.

Estimates vary, but general consensus is that about 80% of all employees are considered average performers. Organizations could not survive without them. That said, it can be challenging to advance in your career if you’re perceived as being one of a large number of average workers.

CEB, a member-based advisory company, found that only 5% of the workforce will be high performers in a new work environment.

Based on their research, the 3 …

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4 generations of workers together – a new reality

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coworkers looking at a computer screenThe popular 1970’s sitcom “Sanford and Son” was reflective of a historical reality: two generations of workers struggling to keep their business viable. It pitted the values of a father, the seasoned-but-aging entrepreneur against the modern values of his son – a second generation employee. Fast forward three decades, with the mass-marketing of desktop-computers, and the world is now a very different place.

Father and son or Mom and Pop businesses survived but multinational corporations fight side-by-side with small web-based entrepreneurs for consumer dollars. Global markets are now as close as the click of a mouse. And as business structures and practices continue to evolve, so does the workforce that supports it. Today we are seeing a new historical …

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Quality or quantity – the multitasking myth (Part 2)

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Quality or quantity – the multitasking myth, Part 2In my last blog, I outlined many downsides of multitasking: lower productivity, more mistakes, “inattentional blindness”, damaged relationships, and overeating to name just a few. But if multitasking isn’t the solution to getting our productivity up, what strategies can we turn to?

Single tasking

Before the advent of personal computers, cell phones and tablets, the world moved at a much slower, but often more efficient pace. Single tasking is ready for a revival!

Although it might feel unnatural to tune out distractions by turning off your cellphone and/or logging out of your email, try spending part of a workday focusing all of your energy and attention on one task at a time. At the end of the day, compare how …

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