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How To Eat Lunch - Part 2

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • Should I eat lunch at my desk?
  • Should I eat with others?
  • What should I have for lunch?

This guidance completes our discussion on how to handle your lunch hour.

This may not make sense to a lot of folks, us talking about how to eat lunch. But the fact is, we all do it almost every day at work. If you do take a full hour, that's roughly 10% or maybe even 15% of your day as a manager or professional. That's a huge part of everyone's day. But, for many of us, our approach to it is rooted in how we had lunch at home as kids, or in school. That makes no sense for the busy professional today.

Suppose your boss takes a 45 minute lunch break most days between 1230 and 115. Should you eat then too, or eat at a different time? Should we eat a big meal, or a small one? I'm so busy...should I work through lunch, at my desk?

In a way, lunch at work is like email: we learned how to eat before we became professionals, and we learned how to communicate before we started doing email. And in both cases we probably have some bad habits worth pruning.


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How To Eat Lunch - Part 1

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • Should I eat lunch at my desk?
  • Should I eat with others?
  • What should I have for lunch?

This guidance describes how to handle your lunch hour.

This may not make sense to a lot of folks, us talking about how to eat lunch. But the fact is, we all do it almost every day at work. If you do take a full hour, that's roughly 10% or maybe even 15% of your day as a manager or professional. That's a huge part of everyone's day. But, for many of us, our approach to it is rooted in how we had lunch at home as kids, or in school. That makes no sense for the busy professional today.

Suppose your boss takes a 45 minute lunch break most days between 1230 and 115. Should you eat then too, or eat at a different time? Should we eat a big meal, or a small one? I'm so busy...should I work through lunch, at my desk?

In a way, lunch at work is like email: we learned how to eat before we became professionals, and we learned how to communicate before we started doing email. And in both cases we probably have some bad habits worth pruning.


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Assessment Centers - Role-Play

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I prepare for an assessment center?
  • How can I be successful during a role play?
  • What am I supposed to being during a role play?

This cast gives our guidance on how to deal with role-play exercises in assessment centers.

Over the years, we've heard hundreds of people say 'I hate role-plays'. They say it at our Effective Communications Conference, and a couple of hours later, they are doing great version of a High D or C or whatever we have asked them to do.

We only don't like role-plays because they put us out of our comfort zone and make us feel awkward. But isn't the fabulous new job you want worth a bit of awkwardness?


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How To Read A Book

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What mindset should I have when reading?
  • How should I take notes?
  • How do I remember to take action?

This cast gives a guide to reading non-fiction with the aim of enhancing your career.

Some of us were taught how to read non-fiction in school. Some of us were taught how to critically review the arguments put forward and to analyze for ourselves whether the arguments made sense to us. Some of us were never taught, and some of us have forgotten how.

Some books are so good we want to try everything they suggest and we become overwhelmed and/or quickly burned out. That's where we get the 'flavor of the month' label. Sometimes we read ten or fifteen books and don't implement anything. That's wasted time.

So what is the best way to get value from the books we buy?


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Interview with Jim Collins, Author of Great by Choice

If you're a manager and you don't know who Jim Collins is, you've been living under a rock. Jim is a student and teacher of how companies grow and attain superior performance. His book, Built to Last, is a business classic and one of our favorites.

Mark recently had a chance to sit down and talk with Jim about his most recent book, Great by Choice. You won't want to miss it.


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Community Relationships

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I deal with my community roles and work?
  • What can I say about my company to others?
  • How can I contribute to my community?

This cast gives a guide balancing your professional countenance with your community relationships.

A few weeks ago on our Facebook page, we asked: what are you doing to use your professional skills to improve your community? Many people posted about the projects they were involved with from working with children to marketing for non-profits.

We absolutely support all your efforts to improve your communities. And, there are some cautions about your behaviors which prevent problems in both your professional and your community efforts.


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Developing Internal Relationships (The When & How) - Part 2

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What do I say when I want to meet new people?
  • What opportunities do I have meet new people?
  • How do I make time to keep in touch?

This cast gives a guide for when to develop the relationships you identified in the Developing Internal Relationships - The Where cast.

In our first Developing Internal Relationships cast we helped you identify your current network and judge how effective it was. We also helped you identify the people you need to meet in order to round out your network.

When you listened to that cast, you might have asked: if I haven't come across those people yet, how am I going to meet them? In this cast, we want to give you some ideas for when and how you can start those relationships.


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Developing Internal Relationships (The When & How) - Part 1

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What do I say when I want to meet new people?
  • What opportunities do I have meet new people?
  • How do I make time to keep in touch?

This cast gives a guide for when to develop the relationships you identified in the Developing Internal Relationships - The Where cast.

In our first Developing Internal Relationships cast we helped you identify your current network and judge how effective it was. We also helped you identify the people you need to meet in order to round out your network.

When you listened to that cast, you might have asked: if I haven't come across those people yet, how am I going to meet them? In this cast, we want to give you some ideas for when and how you can start those relationships.


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Cover Letter Examples

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I write a cover letter?
  • How do I find a name to address my cover letter to?
  • What do I include in a cover letter

This cast gives examples of cover letters for particular roles.

We get a lot of requests to look at cover letters. We also get a lot of emails from members who say, I can't create a cover letter for each application I want to make - it'll take too long. In this cast, we're going to show what the implementation of our cover letter guidance looks like, and how you can create a cover letter in less than fifteen minutes.

Ready?


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Assessment Centers - The Basics

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What do I need to do at an assessment center?
  • What do I need to do be successful?
  • What should I expect an assessment center?

This cast gives our basic guidance on dealing with Assessment Centers.

Assessment centers are used by companies for two purposes: hiring and development. They usually consist of a day or two days, or sometimes up to a week of assessed exercises which allow the company to assess your competence in the various aspects that the role requires.

The company is generally looking for a range of skills, traits and abilities, and the different exercises are designed to look for your competence in one or more of them. In future casts we'll look at the specific types of exercise. In this cast, we just want to give you guidance on effective behaviors in the assessment center in general.


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