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Original articles from Christine Stack.
 
Spring Cleaning: Unclutter Your Career
I have a love/hate relationship with spring cleaning. I positively dread the thought of the work involved, but admittedly get excited at the thought of a brand new start to something. Whilst in the midst of it, I inevitably have a mental collapse at the thought of tossing something seemingly precious, but in the end, revel in the cleanliness, sleekness, and “un-clutter” that abounds.

Successful Employee Succession
When a position opens at a company, often a hiring manager’s first instinct is to contact the recruiter with a job spec and demand to see a cavalcade of resumes within the next day or so. Then reality hits and we’re reminded about that pesky War for Talent, specifically at more senior levels, where leaders are in short supply.

Spring Cleaning: Unclutter Your Career
I have a love/hate relationship with spring cleaning. I positively dread the thought of the work involved, but admittedly get excited at the thought of a brand new start to something. Whilst in the midst of it, I inevitably have a mental collapse at the thought of tossing something seemingly precious, but in the end, revel in the cleanliness, sleekness, and “un-clutter” that abounds.

The Gift of Career Advice
Happy Holidays! What better way to kick off a season of gifting and goodwill than to share one of the most critical workplace gifts: knowledge. Here are some great pieces of career advice that have been passed on to me from some of my colleagues at MEC.

A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way
I’m always interested in and impressed by the things my kids learn at school, whether in books or on the playground. Recently, though, my nine-year-old daughter came home with a lesson that transcends generations.

Kick-Start Change
This time last year I wrote an article on “change.” So when I approached the same topic, I admit I hesitated. I saw the irony: another article on change? Might I want to — well — change the subject? But when I started thinking of the many ways my career and environment have changed over the past year, I decided to stay the course.

Back to School...for Everyone
School supplies. Check. Backpacks. Check. Lunchbags. Almost check. It’s back to school time for the kids, and I’m lucky; I have two that couldn’t be more excited to find out what learnings are in store for them this year.

Staying Out of the Interview ‘Hot Seat’
While I sat suffering through the most recent heat wave plaguing New York City, and the hot, oppressive, uncomfortable feeling of 7th Avenue, I heard someone mutter, “Could it be any hotter?” The statement actually got me thinking of the interview process, because interviews can be pretty uncomfortable sometimes. They tend to put a candidate in the “hot seat,” where he/she might be “grilled” with a myriad of inquiries we hope determine whether the prospect is an ideal fit for the respective role.

Lessons from a Summer Internship
We have a new group of fantastic interns that have joined MEC this summer; they are bright, eager, and ambitious. To see them brings back fond memories of my own internship the summer before my senior year of college, at a small advertising agency in New York City.

A Two-Way Street: Post-Graduation Interviewing Guidelines
Sorry, new grads: if you’re embarking on the wonderful world of job hunting, the studying isn’t necessarily over. But if it’s any consolation, even those well entrenched in the business world have things to learn when it comes to some of the basics, like interviewing. Many college seniors inquire as to how best to interview when they graduate. I’ll argue the responsibility lies with not only with the new grad, but also with the interviewer in order for the process to work most effectively.

Spring Cleaning: Unclutter Your Career
I have a love/hate relationship with spring cleaning. I positively dread the thought of the work involved, but admittedly get excited at the thought of a brand new start to something. Whilst in the midst of it, I inevitably have a mental collapse at the thought of tossing something seemingly precious, but in the end, revel in the cleanliness, sleekness, and “un-clutter” that abounds.

Are You In Control Enough to Let Go?
There seems to be an unfortunate situation repeated in my industry; I’ve seen it span across years, across agencies, but sadly it hasn’t evolved much. A strong employee leaves an organization and internally there are no employees readily available to be promoted or transferred into that respective position. The effects of this cycle are numerous. Some of the most troublesome surround the need to seek external talent.

Do You Have a Team Worthy of the Super Bowl?
Football has always been my favorite sport, and this year is no exception: my lifelong team, the San Francisco 49ers, is headed to the New Orleans in its quest for six Super Bowl titles (Go Niners!). But I digress. The one thing that continues to bother me about the sport, however, is the media’s relentless focus on the Quarterback. In most cases he’s the one receiving the credit or the blame for the outcome of the game.

Aim to (Really) Be Job Happy in 2013
There are many definitions of happiness; what triggers a smile for one person may be annoying for another. What’s seen as a deal-breaker for some may be a non-factor for others. Even once a definition has been solidified, there may be just as many paths to go about achieving that happiness.

I'm Thankful for My Job. Wait. What?
We could consider this a stereotypical “Give Thanks” article written in reflection of the Thanksgiving holiday, but this year, at least for me, it’s a bit different. This year, the neighbors in my part of the Tri-State area are rebounding and rebuilding in the wake of superstorm Sandy and a subsequent Nor’easter. Many people have lost power, homes, and even loved ones. And while many have been devastated, still more have turned caring hands and minds to help clean up, feed, clothe, furnish, and/or house those who have so little.

Change is Good; Only You Can Make It
Autumn is my favorite season. I appreciate the progression of it all, the evolution that takes place: leaves turning, kids back to school, the excitement of holidays to come. This year, to top it all off, MEC has recently undergone a powerful and modern rebranding that has been inspiring to see and even better to be a part of. But change can be overwhelming. Most dread getting out of a comfort zone, entering the unknown, exerting the effort to think and explore.

Is It Time to Up Your EIQ?
There are tons of attributes synonymous with Leadership but there is one, however, that seems to be assumed and therefore tends to be overlooked. If an employee possesses it, she needs to work hard to maintain as well as teach it. And, if she doesn’t, it’s critical to find ways to behaviorally adjust in order to gain it. Plain and simple, it’s Emotional Intelligence.

The HR Function Won't Function Without You
Over seven years ago, I decided to reinvent my career and embark on a future in HR. I thought erroneously, “How much harder can this be than advertising?” As it happens, it can be pretty darn hard. One of the things I’ve learned is this: even though the focus of HR is on people and talent, oftentimes the biggest obstacle to the function’s effectiveness can be people themselves.

The Fauxmotion: Best Intentions, Bad Outcomes
There are moments every manager dreads. In one, you’re short-staffed, your team is managing a heavy workload, and one of your employees is threatening to leave given the other offer he’s just received. He’ll stay if you give him the promotion he’s been demanding. You can’t afford to lose him. Reluctantly, desperately, you agree to promote him.

Revisiting Resolutions: The Accountability Factor
Seems like just yesterday we were raising our glasses, counting down to one, and toasting the arrival of 2012. Along with the New Year came another timeless tradition: the resolution. Now it’s June and 2012 is almost at mid-mark. How are your workplace resolutions coming? Typically, less than 50% of people making a resolution are actually successful in keeping it, states Professor John Norcross of University of Scranton (CNN.com).

It’s a Matter of Employee Trust
There is an understandable perception that companies have forgotten that employees matter. Whether that’s true in your organization, can you blame your colleagues for thinking this way? Over the past several years, virtually every workplace has weathered layoffs and attrition.

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