STOP LAYING THE SMACK DOWN ON YOUR EMPLOYEES

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SHOW DATE: JANUARY 29, 2014

When you’re at work and you’re leading a team through stressful circumstances, you tend to be the supreme and smack down your employees when something goes awry.

Sometimes, this is unnecessary. Sometimes you have to be a leader and you have to inspire and educate rather than be, well, a biatch.

Last week, Auntie Evan and Uncle David got into a full-out war between each other, and their office manager got sucked into the crossfire.

The argument started over their non-profit organization, Essay Busters, which helps inner-city kids in New York get into college.

Roberto innocently posted on his Facebook page an idea he had about choosing a different charity every month and raising money for it.

Auntie Evan read this Facebook post and went ballistic, calling Roberto up at 11pm and ranting about how much of an embarrassment it was for the executive director of one organization to talk about giving money away to others.

To Auntie Evan, it was analogous to when you’re friends with your wife on Facebook and you send out a post asking if anyone would like to have an affair.

But instead of coming down like a ton of bricks, Auntie Evan could have understood that this was a brain glitch, it wasn’t personal. Instead of getting emotional and raging, he could have explained it in a way that was educative and understanding.

Bosses make mistakes too. Even in a position of power, there are consequences of raging on your employees; when employees give a lot to an organization and they don’t feel respected, it makes them want to pull back.

Luckily, Auntie Evan made amends during last week’s Job Talk Live radio show.

WAITING TABLES ON YOUR PATH TO SUCCESS

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SHOW DATE: JANUARY 29, 2014

The president discussed raising the minimum wage last week, and we’re all for that.

But do you know who makes even less than the minimum wage? Yup, waiters.

Waiters are exempt from the minimum wage law.

Here’s the flip side though. According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, waiters at high-end restaurants are pulling in six figures.

Ivy league graduates are starting their careers serving drinks and food orders at really hip places around the country. Columbia and Harvard graduates are working in places like Per Se in New York.

Our point? Everything you need to learn about professional success you can learn as a waiter.

You want to be successful, you have to wait tables at least once, because you learn the following four vital skills:

1) Multitasking

2) Establishing trust

3) Dealing with demanding people

4) Working on a deadline

When you’re a waiter, you need establish trust. You have to be the person who knows how to take care of someone, and makes the customer feel taken care of.

It’s dealing with demanding people, it’s working on a deadline.

Sound much like an office?

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HIRE OF WEEK: FLEETWOOD MAC VOCALIST CHRISTINE MCVIE

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SHOW DATE: JANUARY 15, 2014

We are excited that Fleetwood Mac is getting back together. But that’s not why vocalist Christine McVie is our hire of the week.

McVie retired in 1998, and she’s been holding on to her retirement. But she decided to let go of her ego and get back with Fleetwood Mac without worrying if it will make her look like she’s going backwards.

She was passionate, and we should all take a cue. If you have too much pride to take up a certain job—say one you resigned from a while ago—drop the ego and focus on the passion.

ADD HYPERLINKS TO YOUR RESUME

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Uncle David has gotten every job he has ever gone for, so when he gives job-hunting advice, you better listen up. Join us every week for Uncle David’s 100% Successful Job Hunting Tip. 

SHOW DATE: JANUARY 15, 2013

Your resume is the gateway to your future career. So it’s a bit jarring to find out that hiring managers only spend about 10 seconds looking over it.

Fortunately, we have a way to make hiring managers look over your resume for more than 10 seconds.

Engage hiring managers by adding hyperlinks to your resumes. The great thing is, most people view resumes on their computer, meaning they can click links in your resume.

So if you work for, say, SnowCorp, put in a link to SnowCorp’s website on your resume. Also make sure to attach a hyperlink for your LinkedIn profile to your name at the top of your resume.

THE HOLIDAY PARTY IS YOUR CHANCE TO SHINE

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SHOW DATE: DECEMBER 11, 2013

Your company’s holiday party is a fantastic opportunity to reveal yourself as a company leader. So what’s up with skipping out on it? Are you on crack?

It’s not just an opportunity to dine on the company’s dime. Your boss is looking at you. They’re checking the list twice—who’s coming and who’s not.

As bosses, Auntie Evan and Uncle David want to know that you’re there for them. That means not sending an email 30 minutes before the party to cancel.

Utilize the holiday party to show your boss that you’re a leader who deserves a promotion.

If you’re new at a company, the holiday party is a great place to grow your presence and get yourself out there. By not showing up, you blow the opportunity.

And don’t send an email that you’re not going—that’s the coward’s way out. At least call. Don’t rationalize it by figuring everyone’s too busy setting up the party to receive the call. If something truly does come up last minute, call in, don’t email, and say you f-ed up.

A holiday party is a marketing opportunity, not just a chance to get drunk. You meet potential clients and show your boss your commitment to the company.

And guess what: If you miss the party, or cancel last minute, you’re showing your boss that this is a recurring problem in your job and in your life. Not good.

It doesn’t matter if you’re 1099 or W2—the company is still going out of its way to make sure you’re making a living. When you don’t show up, you’re making a choice. You’re putting the company second.

And if you’re working at a small business, realize that the owners are struggling to make everything work. Think about how to make your company more money so you can get more money.

When you get a chance to attend the holiday party, don’t blow it off, use it to your advantage and show your boss that you’re there for the company.

 

SHOULD YOU GIVE YOUR BOSS A GIFT?

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SHOW DATE: NOVEMBER 27, 2013

Lately we’ve been discussing working on the holidays and when your boss wants you to do things like go to a party after you’ve worked 14 hours straight, or come into work on a national holiday.

On that note, let’s talk about giving your boss a gift during the holiday season.

The answer is really simple: it’s not appropriate. We know you’re doing gift-giving this season, but it’s absolutely not appropriate to give your boss a gift. It’s doubly not appropriate to take up a collection.

There are three reasons for this:

1) Some people that you work with (and you really have to start becoming aware of the people you work with) may not feel the same way about the boss as you do.

2) Some of your co-workers simply can’t afford it. Even if you know they make more money than you, you don’t know what’s in their bank accounts or what their financial obligations are.

3) Finally, it’s really uncomfortable to put your co-workers in the position of having to say no. #ackward.

The bottom line is, it doesn’t help you score points with anyone, so don’t do it.

FIRE OF THE WEEK: WHITE SUPREMACIST CRAIG COBB

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Every week, Auntie Evan and Uncle David scour the news to find a Hire or Fire of the Week. Hires display impeccable aplomb and go above and beyond what they’re expected to do on the job. Fires do the opposite. Tune in every week to see who’s getting Hired or Fired next. 

SHOW DATE: NOVEMBER 13, 2013

Our Fire this week is white supremacist  Craig Cobb. You may know him as the guy that bought up most of the properties in Leith, North Dakota, in an attempt to create a whites-only town.

Cobb was on a British TV talk show, the Trisha Goddard show, last week, where he was discussing racial purity. Trisha decided to do a racial purity test on the show and Cobb agreed. Guess what? Turns out Cobb is 14% sub-Saharan African according to his genome.

But the reason he is our fire of the week is not because he’s a white supremacist (despite this being a good enough reason), but because he was so blindsided by his beliefs.

If you’re going to a meeting or a presentation and you get blindsided because you can’t anticipate basic questions, you end up looking like a fool. When Cobb was asked to give his DNA, he should have realized he was walking into a trap.

You can avoid embarrassment simply by being prepared and anticipating what can go wrong.

There are no quick questions—everyone at your office gets it but you.

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SHOW DATE: March 21, 2012

Don’t be the crazy person who bothers your boss or co-worker with that “one quick
question.” Unless you’re just asking for the time of day, almost all quick questions
demand responses that require expertise and time of someone else. Tip: Wait until
you’re in a scheduled meeting.