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Company Culture: The Keys to Loving Where You Work

Steve Jobs once said - “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied, is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” Now Steve was a wise man, but in this instance, he's only half right. You see, to have a truly fulfilling career, you need to also love where you work.

Unfortunately, this is a mistake a lot of us make. We place all our time, resources, and energy towards working in a specific industry/field and pay no attention to the company for which we will be working. And it's regrettable because where we work, influences our ability to do what we love successfully, and impacts our moods (both at work and at home). It's such a big piece, yet we put no thought into it when searching for a career - until today.

5 Ways Leaders Can Cultivate Culture Through Communication

Leadership plays a significant role in cultivating a company's culture. What leadership communicates to employees, is an indicator of the values they hold, while the actions they take, regarding those values, let's everyone know just how seriously they take those principles.

Unfortunately, some leaders don’t communicate their beliefs, while others think they're conveying their stance, but the message isn't getting through. As a result, the employees are acting inconsistently to the company’s values.

This misalignment in company culture can have a devastating impact on the overall business, which is why leadership should always look to themselves first when trying to fix a broken culture.

118 Powerful Questions to Ask During Your Job Interview

A well asked, thought-provoking question is an effective way to grab the attention of your interviewer. This spark will prove vital when it comes time to make the final decision. Top of mind (for good reasons) is where you always want to be.

Enjoy this impressive list of equally impressive questions. These questions are designed to give you insights into your responsibilities, your co-workers, your boss, and hopefully your future company.

(From the list, I recommend selecting 3-5 questions that mean the most to you.)

How to Tell Your Boss They've Made a Bad Decision

There's no way around it, the workplace is full of difficult situations. And for many, it doesn't get much more challenging than a boss about to make a terrible decisions. You want to say something, but deep down you think it's a mistake to speak up. On the other hand, you know the implementation of this decision is going to waste a lot of time, money, and energy.

So how do you handle this situation? How do you tell the boss, he/she is wrong?

Insightful and Thought-Provoking Career Quotes

Quotes are a wonderful way to get inspired, stay motivated, and think differently. I love reading them and discovering new ones, which is why I've put together this collection.

Now some of the quotes, I agree with and others I don't. I wanted to include all of them because what drives me in my career, may not drive you, which is why I try to offer as many different perspectives as I can.

So enjoy and check back often. I'll do my best to update this list frequently. And if you have one that's not listed, please don't hesitate to share.

Overcoming Being Under Motivated

It’s a beginning of a new project. You wake up early, full of energy, and you are ready to go. Hell, there's even a little pep in your step. But soon days go by, and the easiest of tasks starts to become burdensome. You start picking up other assignments, just so you don't have to think about the project anymore. In fact, the mere thought of having to do this task may just shut you down. The motivation has gone right out of the window.

It's an ugly cycle, and it's so easy to get caught up in it. Fortunately, the good news is, there's a way out of it. But before we get to that, let me show you some ways to stays motivated throughout a project.

Staying Motivated

Quick Tip - 3 Ways to Perfect Your Networking Abilities

I'm a firm believer that you're only as strong as your network of friends and colleagues. They have the ability to take you to new heights and prevent you from falling to unbelievable lows.

And because of this tremendous value to your life and career, I wanted to give you some insights into how to establish a strong network of your own.

Your First Week of Work: Setting Up for Success

There is no doubt that the first week at a new job is full of emotions (Nervousness, Excitement, Uncertainty, and Joy - Among Many Others). And by all means feel those emotions, experience them and learn from them. You only hinder your success and happiness when you let them rule your first week and you lose sight of your larger career picture.

Of course, keeping your emotions in check that first week is easier said than done, which is why I've put together this insightful little guide highlighting vital tasks to complete and ideas to maintain while you're getting adjusted in that first week.

Remember your emotions will balance out, but the actions you take have a lasting impact. By achieving the following within your first week, you'll be securing your success and happiness for a long time to come.

Quick Tip - 9 Ways to Add Value to a Group

Groups play a significant role in our everyday work life, and they're full of many intricate dynamics and situations. One of those complex features is, you.

You are such a vital component in the success and failure of your work group. Obviously, you'd like to be on the successful end of that last statement. But to do that, you must recognize your strengths and weaknesses in this area.

To help you figure this out, I've put together a list of 9 different ways you can add value to any group...

Looking to Change Jobs? Don't Make this Big Mistake.

Easily the biggest mistake people make when they decide to leave a company, is that they just do it. Now I'm not talking about individuals who work in a hostile work environment. By all means, get out as quickly as you can. I'm talking about the majority of employees who are dissatisfied with their job, recognize their current company isn't right for them, and apply to as many different places as possible because they want this situation to be over.

Unfortunately, this group of people rarely reflects on what's causing the dissatisfaction. Yeah, some people will say,"My boss is shitty," or that "the work sucks," or that "the hours are unbearable," but that doesn't help in the future. Understanding why they felt their boss was shitty, why they felt the work sucked, and why they felt the hours were unbearable, that's what will bring them a fulfilling experience at each new opportunity.

Avoiding a Series of Disappointment - Finding the Why