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Wisdom in the Fish Tank

A motivational message from leadership expert Jim Stovall. My late, great friend and colleague, Dr. Stephen Covey, was among the most influential writers, speakers, and thought leaders of our time. His book, First Things First, should be required reading for anyone wanting to succeed in business or in life. Here in the 21st century, we […]

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Calling an Audible: 3 Tips for Redirecting a Project at the Last Minute

In football, a quarterback has a way of changing plays on the fly when he doesn’t like what the defense offers him—he calls an “audible.” This gives his team the best possible chance to reach their most immediate goal, whether to get a first down or to score. In business, this can occur at any […]

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Question of the Month: Are You Over or Underemployed?

Question of the Month: Are You Over or Underemployed?

Despite the current job market trending in favor of job seekers, many workers find themselves trapped in positions that don’t align with their experience and abilities. Some find that their skills and expertise are not fully utilized (underemployed), while others are treading water in positions that are over their heads (overemployed). Both are tricky situations […]

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Labor Force Participation Gaps Closing

A Look at Those Who Have Dropped Out of the Workforce; 55+ Participation is Higher than Pre-Recession; Women Participation Edges Up Janis Petrini, Express Employment Professionals franchise owner in Grand Rapids, Michigan, said there’s never been a better time to be hunting for a job. In fact, Petrini is expending even more effort than usual to […]

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Why Are You Always Tired?

If you have a hard time waking up each morning or find yourself feeling fatigued throughout the day, there are some easy techniques to help get your sleep patterns back on track. Check out this video from AsapSCIENCE for some great insight into what makes us so groggy and how to fight it. How do […]

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The Most Important Communication Secrets of Top Leaders

There is not one specific group of character traits or abilities that makes a leader great. Some are boisterous, others are soft-spoken. One might be humorous, while another is more serious. Consider some of the greats—Martin Luther King, Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan. They were all very different people from […]

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Mentoring 101: Finding the Right Fit is Key to Successful Relationships

Mentorships are a time-honored tradition in the workforce. From entry-level recent graduates to mid-career professionals making a move toward the C-suite, there’s an opportunity to take an employee’s training and development to the next level through mentorship relationships. And the statistics show mentors can have a major impact on not just the mentee’s success, but […]

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The Results Are In: “Difficult Conversations” Most Stress-Inducing Part of Leadership

In August, we asked our readers what they believe is the most stress-inducing part of being a leader, and with 27% of the votes, “Having difficult conversations (i.e. poor performance, employee termination, etc.)” was the top choice. “Holding employees accountable” and “Managing conflict” round out the top three with 19% and 17%, respectively. The rest […]

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Only 10% of Businesses Say Local Market “Trending Down”

Snapshot of the Economy on “Main Street” Heating up. Significant job growth. Optimism about the economy. Across the country, Express Employment Professionals office owners are reporting positive signs from their local communities. And when asked to describe the current employment environment, they offer many reasons for hope, as well as concern about the lack of […]

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Job Insights Report: An Improving Economy—but Where Are the Workers?

To provide accurate and timely employment forecasts for the U.S. and Canada, Express Employment Professionals International Headquarters conducts an ongoing Job Insights survey to track quarterly hiring trends for businesses across a wide range of industries. The survey targets business owners, decision makers, and human resource professionals with questions about the overall national hiring trends […]

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