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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Career crisis? 5 strategies to keeping a job

By Scott Hammond




Often people are blind sided by the terrible surprise of a pink slip. Know what to do now to prevent being laid off


JewishWorldReview.com | "There is not a fit," was the only feedback as he cleaned out his desk. "At least on the Titanic they had some warning between when it hit the iceberg and when it sank," he said. But the pink slip was not the first indication his career was on the rocks. He chose to ignore the warnings.

If you are wandering in the wilderness at work, you cannot afford to ignore warnings when your boss and colleagues see the void between expectations and performance. Signals saying your career is about to hit the iceberg may be obvious to everyone but yourself. The most common suggest you are separated, isolated, have deviated, are deprived and have a realization that things are not right. But the right career strategies keep these warning signs from turning into a pink slip.

PHYSICAL SEPARATION

Many organizations put senior employees in the better offices with greater access. I once interviewed very low performers in an organization to determine what was wrong with their careers. I realized each one had an office either in a different part of the building or in a different building from their departmental colleagues. A few were in outlying regions or overseas — out of sight, out of mind, out of work. They were not around to eat lunch or go after work with colleagues and missed out on the valuable informal conversations that built trust and relayed important informal information.

Career strategy: Make the effort to be in the same place with colleagues and superiors. If you have an office in a remote place, take time to visit others, have informal conversations and be seen. Initiate lunch and/or dinner with those who are connected.

SOCIAL ISOLATION

Social isolation is the clearest indication of a career crisis. When people gather formally or informally, and you are not invited is social isolation. Sometimes it is intentional, but most often it is not. The habit of daily routine keeps you out when you should be in. Other employees have senior colleagues and mentors who "watch their backs."

Career Strategy: Get invited to the right formal meetings. Ask your boss and colleagues to attend. Also, build informal mentoring and collegial relationships. Find out where people are having lunch, invite colleagues out for dinner or drinks, travel with others and make social connections.

STRATEGIC DEVIATION

What happens when you are zigging and the company is zagging? Perhaps you are associated with the old product line, the less profitable part of the business, or even a part of the business that might be for sale. Your skills, business connections and interests are in the past while others are working for a different future.

Career strategy: Strategy is for everyone in the organization, not just the leaders. Know where the company is going and what technologies will emerge. Be the one who sees new market opportunities or strategic relationships. Often customers and competitors will tell you where the currents are leading. Read websites and trade publications and follow university research. Be a champion of the future rather than a defender of the past. Twenty minutes a day of developmental reading might prolong your career by years.

ECONOMIC DEPRIVATION

Are others getting rewards that you are not? Higher salaries? A better bonus? Better work assignments? Rather than shout "no fair," ask why. "How can I increase my contribution and raise my performance to their level?" is a much better question than accusing the salary system and management of being unfair. The truth is they are unfair. It is always unfair.

Career strategy: If you are not required to have a development plan, make one. Meet with your supervisor and tell him or her what you are doing to be a more valued employee. Show in writing that you are taking classes, working on a degree, going to association meetings, and learning what is needed to be at the next level. Career employees grow throughout their careers. People with jobs stop learning and sometimes stop working (and stop getting paid).

A caution: If the person in the next cubicle is making more and doing less they are much more vulnerable to termination. Sometimes a slightly smaller paycheck is a good insurance policy.

DEFENSIVE REALIZATION

Often anger is a sign of denial, fear, and frustration. Threatening to quit, sue, or report to a higher authority are generally signs that you have looked at your own performance and are worried. Rather than deal with yourself, it is easier to blame others. That is not to say that there are not bosses or coworkers who may deflect their wrongdoing toward you. (I once had an abusive boss who said I reminded her of her ex husband.) But it is easier to face the abuse of others when you realize your own weaknesses.


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Career strategy: If you blow it, own it. Don't hide it. If someone else blows it, own it, help them. If you are wrongly blamed, solve the problem before you argue that it was not your fault. Problem solvers are the most highly valued employees in the company.

Even the best careerists find themselves unemployed for a period in today's corporate turmoil. Mergers, acquisitions, bad bosses and management can cause the best to miss a few paychecks. Never burn bridges. Leave with dignity and respect. Thank your coworkers. Stay in touch with colleagues. You never know where your next job will come from, and it might be one of them.

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Scott C. Hammond, PhD, is a professor at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. He is the author of "Lessons of the Lost: Finding Hope and Resilience in Work, Life, and the Wilderness."









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