Career Corner

2009

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Career Corner: Leave a Legacy

by Wescott, Russell T.

In many management development programs, an instructor assigns a task: write a brief eulogy summarizing what you feel a business associate could or would say about you. Questions you could consider include: What impact have you strived to make in the...


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Career Corner: Where Have All the CQOs Gone?

by Hutchins, Greg

Two weeks ago, I got a call from an acquaintance who said he’d have to find a new job during the next six months or so. He is the chief quality officer (CQO) of a major company. He’s getting a great severance package, but it was still unexpected...


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Career Corner: Changing Times

by Lindborg, Henry J.

In consulting and planning with not-for-profits—especially universities, unaccustomed to market turbulence—I often use the phrase “glacial change.” The phrase implies change that is large but so gradual that human beings don’t see...


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Career Corner: Out of Quality, Out of Business

by Kulisek, Diane

Being lean used to be associated with poverty and starvation. Today, being lean refers to profitability and fitness, especially in business. Cutting corporate fat, or non-essentials, has become as important for organizational health as slimming down is...


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Career Corner: Risks, Relationships and Rewards

by Whitacre, Teresa

Employers, employees and independent contractors alike have been affected by the turbulent economy. We see it all around us, whether at firms we own, organizations at which we work or businesses we patronize. Nonprofits are experiencing the same types...


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Career Corner: A Step at a Time

by Conklin, Joe

Based on a quick perusal of the business press headlines and the top 10 best seller lists of business books, I have concluded two things are absolutely essential for the move from employee to consultant....


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Career Corner: Are You Recession Proofed?

by Manos, Anthony

An observation I have made over the years is that organizations seem to make cuts in two specific areas when economic times are tough. The first department cut is safety, and the second is quality....


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Career Corner: A Win-Win Situation

by Westcott, Russ

The ASQ Fellows Mentoring Program is a no-cost opportunity to sharpen your knowledge and skills and focus your management, consulting and career coaching experience on helping a person wants and appreciates guidance....


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Career Corner: Survive and Thrive

by Lindborg, Hank

No sector is immune. Manufacturing, IT, finance, healthcare, education, publishing and retail are being affected by conditions that range from slowdown to slow-motion collapse....


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Career Corner: Make Your Own Luck

by Kulisek, Diane

A colleague mentioned that he thought of me as the most successful person he knew and asked for advice. Ironically, I don’t ever feel successful and am always trying to improve, but I told my friend I was probably just lucky....


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Career Corner: Looking Out for No. 1

by Whitacre, Teresa A.

Finding work during a recession is a challenge but not an impossibility. But, whether you are unemployed and seeking work, or currently employed and seeking a better job or career path, it is your responsibility to get results....


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Career Corner: How to Get Hired

by Conklin, Joe

As an employee, I have tons of insight on what the job hunt looks like from the seeker’s point of view. But I’ve often wondered what the process is like for the person on the other side of the hiring desk....



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