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Confidence, Extraversion & Understanding – What Helps You The Most?

12 December 2017

Written in collaboration with John Hackston, Head of Thought Leadership at OPP Politicians are known for their confidence, but sometimes this can get them into hot water (I’m sure that you can think of some recent examples). You can probably think of a time where you saw someone who seemed to use confidence to cover up a lack of ability. But confidence isn’t just important for politicians, as this article by Laura Barton points out. Women tend to be less confident in their abilities than m...

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Aligning Values and Culture—the Undersung Secret to Success

07 February 2017

This article originally appeared in HRO Today's blog. To read the article on the original website, click here.  Written by Catherine Rains A successful career entails not only identifying a career that gets you excited, but also finding an organizational culture that meshes with your values. The culture of a particular company might be a product of its wider industry, or it might be unique to that organization. Either way, your “cultural fit” will have a deep impact on your success. If the fit...

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How Your Life's Mission Statement Will Guide You To Greater Work-Life Balance

29 December 2016

This article was written by Rachel Ritlop and originally appeared on Forbes.com. To read the article in its original format, click here.  A personal mission statement can act as your “north star” throughout the twists and turns of life . Too often, people focus on responding to the responsibilities and demands placed on them by others, such as a boss, teacher, or family member; that they ultimately forget to focus on what they are seeking in life. Often times people ignore the signs tha...

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USC Marshall School of Business Finds Students 75% More Engaged with Strong Interest Inventory

02 June 2016

With an emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, collaborative research and social responsibility, the USC Marshall School of Business is ideally positioned to address the challenges of a rapidly changing business environment. Their guiding philosophy – success demands an understanding of the inner workings of the global marketplace –has established USC Marshall as a leader among the nation’s premier business schools. USC Marshall provides powerful global experiences across...

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Harnessing Diverse Personalities to Move Your Career Forward

07 April 2016

Written by Catherine Rains and originally posted in TD.org. To read the article on that website, click here.  There’s a human tendency to hire people like ourselves, and organizations have not made great strides in cultivating diversity in areas such as decision making, communication style, or problem solving. In fact, data that the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment publisher, CPP, has been collecting for decades show that people of the same personality type tend to hold similar job...

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Career Ready, Career Strong

18 March 2016

As a career counselor and academic advisor, you want your students to have the best tools to prepare for the future—preferably before the last minute. That's why, as your expert personal guide, we've created a "Career Ready, Career Strong" toolkit based on the Strong Interest Inventory® assessment to help you promote your career services and get your students on the right track sooner. This toolkit includes: •A fun, interactive social media video to help you establish your brand and engage wi...

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Trapped in an Unfulfilling Job? How to Find Out What You Want to Do

17 March 2016

This article originally appeared in HuffPost Business and was written by Karen Naumann, Organizational Psychologist. To read the article in its original format, click here.  Lately, I’ve been talking to quite a lot of people of all ages, and I’ve noticed a common theme: unhappiness with their choice of job in some way, wishing they had done something else, but don’t know what they would want to do instead. Okay, every once in awhile I guess it’s safe to say that every one of us is question...

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