Workplace Bullies

Bullies. For many hearing that word it’s hard not to revert back to their years at school. It seems to be far more common now. When I was at school there was occasional bullying (it happened to one of my brothers, but after consultation with my parents he took clear decisive action and the bullies never troubled him again), but I has no experience of it, despite being the youngest in my year and knee high to a grasshopper.

Children can be really quite foul to each other and you’d hope that as they reach more mature years they would grow out of it. Sadly not. Bullies exist in the workplace. Now that I do have experience of. In one of my employed roles, my manager (the HR Director of one of the divisions of a very large company) started my appraisal by saying “You may not want to sit facing that way. You won’t want people to see you crying.” And he proceeded to tear me apart. Having had a career to that point which was basically described as “all round excellent” it was a shock. Incidentally, during my time there the feedback for training I’d delivered was the best they’d ever had. It was bizarre. I was told later that he did this to everyone and not to take it personally. To this day, I have never forgotten the devastation of being laid into without reason by someone who knew he was abusing his authority and that I didn’t have enough service to complain of constructive unfair dismissal.

Anger got me through it. I swore then I would never ever work for a b*****d like that again and eventually set up my own business. Best thing I ever did, despite the monumental hard work. It’s a fundamental tenet of Russell HR Consulting that we only work with people we like and respect. I can choose who I work with and it means I don’t have to work with despicable people like my former boss for whom I feel utter contempt. So maybe he actually did me a favour.

You might say I should have complained, but there would have been no point. That company knew what he was like and by failing to act or correct him they condoned it. I left without a job to go to, but before I became seriously ill. Fortunately for me, I was still fairly young, I had enough money to pay my mortgage for three months and my partner was supportive. I was prepared to do what it took to get by. I worked hard and I did just fine, though it took me two years to be able to talk about it without breaking down. It was almost 20 years ago now, but I’ve never forgotten how awful it was.

Having to deal with bullies in the workplace is the horrible daily reality for some. Not only is bullying increasing, many people who are the victims of bullying are too …

The Importance Of Establishing A Personal Brand

Developing a personal brand is essential to differentiating yourself and establishing a reputation. Personal brands are developed over time, but can be honed, shaped, and changed at a moment’s notice. Personal brands are good for any professional, but are absolutely essential if your business is you.

A personal brand is more than just subject matter, interest, or task. If your passion is fish, you should be talking about fish as often as possible. You should be reading stories about fish, posting comments on fish-related websites, joining social groups devoted to fish, and otherwise networking with like-minded “fishies.” But, while fish may be your subject matter, it isn’t your brand. Coca-Cola is a soft-drink, but the Coca-Cola brand is so much more. So, what is a personal brand? Ultimately, a personal brand is how you would, or would like to, be described by others. If people think you’re funny, cool, or talented – that’s your brand.

The three part personal brand

In my experience there are three areas for personal branding – social, professional, and technical. Social is the most personal of the personal brand – it is how your family and closest friends would describe you. Professional is how you would be described in a professional setting – work, school, professional associations, etc. The technical brand has more of a categorical purpose, as it describes the subject matter relevant to your brand.

If you take a business, let’s say Coca-Cola, and think about these three areas, you might break them down in the following way: Social/Personal: traditional, sweet, American; Professional: profitable, ubiquitous, corporation; Technically: soft drink, unhealthy, fizzy. Now, these might not be the terms Coca-Cola wants, or tries to have, associated with their brand, but they are what came to my mind as I thought about the product and company.

Discover your personal brand

Here’s a simple exercise to help you determine your brand.

  1. Pick three words or phrases that you would use to describe yourself, socially/personally. (For myself I’d say direct, kind, and honest.)
  2. Pick three words or phrases that you would use to describe yourself, professionally. (For myself I’d say leader, hard-working, intelligent)
  3. Pick three words or phrases that you would use to describe yourself technically. (For myself I’d say technology, social media, web)

Try to get at the core elements that make you, you.

Use these terms to maintain your personal brand

Once you have your terms, start letting them influence your social and professional habits. If you are trying to build a personal brand of being kind and honest, don’t bully and hard-sell – it’s too easy to replace your personal brand with one that you might not want.

Next time you interact with someone, write an e-mail, or send a tweet take the time to think, “Is this interaction direct, kind, honest, intelligent? Does it express qualities of leadership, or a good work ethic? Is it within the technical scope of my brand?” If the interaction can be described by a good number of …

Effective Ways To Manage Money

There are many ways and tips on effective ways to manage money in general. Technically, all these tips talk about one thing: being able to have money when needed, where needed. A lack and wanting desire to acquire money when the call arises does not necessarily mean not being able to manage money effectively, but may just be an overshoot of unexpected events. evertheless, the person should be able to acquire and find ways to come up with the needed amount if ever there is a strapped budget from the unexpected event that needs to be complied.

Look At The Future Goals

One of the most important and progressive value of a person to have effective ways to manage money is to have a sense of foresight. This foresight pertains to the ability of a person to know what things is most probable going to happen to him in the future and be able to prepare beforehand with substantial amount of time. With this is a responsibility of being able to properly organize the timeline and the budget allocation of funding and financial allocation. Also in this regard, the consideratio n of all other fees, bills, and payment allocations would have to be properly identified and included in the plan.

An option of having to put an allowance or extended goal would be beneficial to the planner to allow himself to adjust and be able to cope up with unexpected events with a bit more ease. In this manner, the one who manages the money is able to have an extra for a rainy season ahead.

Invest, Invest, Invest!

Another method to effectively manage money is to invest in progressive and productive endeavors which could be other sources of income. Instead of just allowing the savings to rest in a bank and earn a small amount of interest per year, it would be wise to allocate some of the money and other resources into a business. Of course it may prove unproductive and detrimental, but the allowance of such resources to different paths of productivity would widen the scope in which a person could determine and discover the best way to manage and have more money to alleviate the status in society.

Investing does not only mean having to go into a business venture but also in being able to become a stockholder, no matter how small into an existing business. Being a stockholder and becoming a part owner of a running business puts the self into a profit oriented state by having a percentage of the earnings that the said business generates. Nevertheless, the risk of losing the capital used for this investment is as great as having a self owned one.

The 3:3:4 Paradigm

This paradigm takes into account that all the other utilities and monthly bills have already been paid and the amount left is the extra money that is left floating. Most probably many would not be lucky enough to have this, or if possible just …

Money For Teens: Ideas For Teens to Make extra money

Money For Teens

Teen Job Basics

1) For many of these ideas a credit card or paypal account will be req uired to make money so make a deal with your parents to use their credit card. Many parents will be hesitant to initiate a deal like this; reassure them that you will pay them back and keep a balance sheet to record the profits and expenses that accumulate.

2) Have no Self-Conscience. Putting yourself out there will be of great import for success. If you want to make money you cannot concern yourself with what people may think about your methods, just think about your deep pockets and their shallow ones with money for teens.

3) You have to be willing to put effort into what you do. Effort conquers ability.

The Money Making Methods

Money For Teens #1 : Caddying

If you live near a golf club then there is no better and more simple way to make money as a teen than caddying, and you get a workout. All caddying requires in most areas is one or two, two hour training courses to become certified. If you can get a job at a country club many members will tip around $80 per bag per round. It is highly suggested that you learn the course you work at quite well, so that you are able to assist your golfer and receive a higher tip. Also if you become studdly enough to build a reputation, members will ask for you specifically, and the more business the more money, so work at it and you could make up to $5,000 in a summer. Use this link to find a local golf club Find Local Golf Courses.

Money For Teens #2 : Landscaping

A kid can do landscaping jobs starting very young, possibly even in pre-teen years. Ask your parents if you can mow their lawn and have them pay you. Argue that you are cheaper than the landscaping company they pay for. Landscaping may also entail other household jobs like painting or laying mulch, just offer your assistance for a small price. Don’t stop at your parents, ask neighbors and post flyers, especially if you live in a walking community where houses are very easy to get to. Landscaping is a great job to do with a friend and can be quite fun and very simple. First schedule an appointment for an estimate and then if the customer agrees schedule a time to do the labor. Customers will pay you a much higher wage if you supply your own equipment so arrive prepared.

Money For Teens #3 : Manage Landscaping

This job takes a little more smarts and can be more of a challenge, but when pulled off successfully you will become loaded and have all your friends looking up to you. You may think this is an impossibility at the age of 16, but I have seen in my town alone two different kids run a landscaping business and …