Experience with gained knowledge is built over an entire career. The Work Lessons 101 Q&A Show is focused on sharing knowledge from the work environment to assist aspiring professionals in building a sturdy career. Please submit your questions.

Below We Address:

How can you tell if Someone is a Leader? How to deal with a Career Setback? How to deal with a Bad Boss? How to Increase your Market Value? How to address the Elephant in the room? How to Ace the Interview? How to write an Effective Resume? 

Plus many more...

How to Manage (Holiday) Stress?

🗣 Holidays can be some of the most stressful times, either from family drama, loneliness, past grief, extra financial commitments, and time management.

🔹 Creating memories can be more powerful than any gift. The holiday season is a great time to create traditions.

🔹 Optimize your time management. Do all your holiday shopping before December. Avoid the crazy lines.

🔹 Minimize financial commitment by doing Secret Santa.

🔹 Host a friends Christmas – do a potluck style. 

How can you tell if someone is a leader?

👀 Watch their actions and watch their words…

🔹 Words: what they do and what they say, often reveal true motive; words of a leader are Us, We, Together, Share, not I, and Me.

🔹 Actions of a Fake Leader: They take too much credit in times of success and shed the blame in times of failure.

🔹 Actions of a True Leader: They share their success; ensure their teams are taken care after they have been promoted; often getting their team promotions along with their own.  

The Power of Gratitude

🗣 Gratitude turns what we have into enough. – Anonymous

The video addresses:

🔹 5 ways to practice gratitude and make it a part of your life.

🔹 My experience with the 30-day Gratitude challenge.

🔹 Studies that have shown that gratitude can influence your happiness and health.

💡 Practicing gratitude can influence your perspective and change the way you see yourself and how you react to day to day life.

How to deal with a career setback?

🧗 Career Myth – Careers are linear.

🐍 Career Reality – Careers resemble a game of snake and ladders.

🥇 Failure is a huge part of success. If you’re going to leave your comfort zone, this requires you to enter new terrain, where making mistakes is more likely.

🥈 The truth is, you generally learn more from your setbacks and mistakes, than you do from easy successes.

🥉 To be able to move pass the setback, you need to adjust and try a new method… This can lead to increased learning.

How to Ace an Interview?

🗣 Most people are nervous entering a job interview, but they don’t have to be. There are methods that can highly reduce your nerves.

1. Practice your responses to likely questions. Use the company’s own words.

2. Prepare questions in advance & ask as they become relevant.

3. Bring back ups of your resume & other relevant material.

4. Learn & research who you’re talking too.

5. Research inside information & use it to your benefit.

6. Be yourself, be genuine & relax; accept a beverage if asked.

How to deal with a poor boss?

🥇 First, you must identify your boss as an ineffective leader. Categorize their ineffectiveness.

🥈 Second, source the reason for their disfunction or motivation. Can you help them? Or must you move on?

🥉 Third, put a plan together to reduce their influence, and reach.

🏅 Fourth, execute your plan, readjust when required.  

How to Increase your Market Value?

Step 1: Understand who you are and what you need from your career. Learn your purpose.  

Step 2: Put a plan together that captures your goals, both near and long terms, and the path you will take to accomplish them.  

Step 3: Execute your plan; Develop the skills you require to reach your goals.  

Step 4: Network, build it strong, fill in missing gaps. Build your reputation.

How to address the elephant in the room?

Step 1: Recognition. Do people tiptoe around something?

Step 2: Verification. Ensure you have all the information before you discuss the elephant.

Step 3: Confirmation. Ask yourself, do you need to bring this up?

 Step 4: Preparation. Practice what you’re going to say. Be prepared for several different reactions, practice the what ifs.

Step 5: Backup. Try and have support in the room to back you.

Step 6: The best way to address an elephant is to turn this into a constructive conversation.

What holds back employees from progressing in their career?

You should NEVER plateau in the first 10 years of their career.  

🔹 Too Selfish.

🔹 Too rigid. Don’t take risks.

🔹 Close-minded, not teachable, doesn’t listen, turn away help.

🔹 Not knowing your limits and boundaries.

🔹 Comparing yourself to others.

🔹 Not having goals nor a plan.

🔹 Not being true to what you want.

 If you want long-term success in your career, you need to accept full responsibility for your career and understand that you may need to create your own opportunities.

Hard Skills versus Soft Skills?

The argument has never been head over heart or heart over head or IQ versus EQ; the truth in the matter is you need both.

-Hard skills are a huge part of your professional credibility. These are the skillsets you bring to a role (e.g. Technical ability).

-Soft skills are the skills required to be a strong communicator, leader & manager. These are the skills to enable you to interact effectively with others.

How to write an Effective Resume?

Your resume can be YOUR first impression to a future employer. Make it a strong and lasting one.

Step 1: Ensure you highlight your accomplishments not your responsibilities and duties.

Step 2: When you list your accomplishments and achievements in your resume, give specific details such as: quantities and percentages.

Step 3: A resume is not a time to be humble, an employer doesn’t know you. They’ll learn this in the interview, but you first must secure an interview.

Do you Trust Yourself?

🗣 Trust in yourself and your ability are where healthy confidence stems from… Arrogance often stems from having neither of these things.

Questions to complete a self-assessment:

- Are you confident in your ability?

- Are you aware of your weaknesses?

- Are you addressing your weaknesses?

- Do you listen to constructive feedback?

- Can you handle criticism?

To live in self-awareness, you must be answering ‘Yes’ to these questions.

Live in truth, not denial.

How to avoid burnout?

Once you’ve burnout, you’ll need time to recover, therefore, the best way to recover from burnout is to avoid it all together.

Step 1: Recognize the signs of burnout (e.g fatigue, getting sick more often, depressed).  

Step 2: Learn what’s causing the imbalance or burnout (e.g. unmanaged time, unmanaged stress).  

Step 3: Put protocols in place to address the needed change (e.g. Learn to Say No, Cut back on hours, take a vacation).

How to Pick a Team?

Picking a team, isn’t about picking the superstars… many teams who are the best on paper, don’t perform the best. Championships are won, when all roles and responsibilities have been accounted for.

 Step 1: Identify your weaknesses.

Step 2: Identify others that possess your weaknesses as strengths… fill the gaps.

Step 3: Recruit team players, that care more about the name on the back of the jersey than the front.

Step 4: Create chemistry and pick complementary personalities.

How to generate Self-Confidence?

Confidence has and will always come from within. This means, you have complete control.

Tips to building confidence:  

  • Practice what scares you 
  • Prepare thoroughly 
  • Power poses  
  • Practice self-care 
  • Visualize your success 
  • Create positive habits, reduce negative self-thoughts

How to be Likable?

Being likable is embracing who you are and being authentic.

In a professional environment, you’ll need to curb your personality depending on the audience, but this shouldn’t mean you need to change who you are. If you do this, this will become a full-time job and it isn’t healthy, therefore, don’t do it.

Likable traits:

  • Be polite.
  • Be kind and fair
  • Be generous
  • Be a team player
  • Be open-minded
  • Recognition
  • Don’t be argumentative
  • Don’t alienate and offend

Be the bright moment is someone’s day!

How to deal with a bully in the workplace?

1) Mentally prepare for the confrontation.

2) Look them in the eye when you’re speaking to them.

3) Be clear in your direction and statements (e.g. I don’t appreciate the language you are using). Use a firm tone.

4) Tell them ‘No’ (e.g. I can’t work late tonight as I have plans, had you told me earlier, I could have rearranged my schedule).

5) If it’s ongoing, document the bully’s actions. Secure proof through emails, record phone calls etc.

6) Escalate the behaviour to Human resources if needed.

How to handle favouritism in the workplace?

Step 1: Identify the favouritism. Family members? Token favorites? A particular group or culture?

Step 2: Assess its impact. How deep does this impact the Organization? Just your department or the whole Organization? Does it impact your goals and career path? Is there anything you can do to minimize or eliminate the favouritism?

Step 3: Make a decision. Do you stay and play the game? Put a plan together to maneuver around the favoritism?

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