Thursday, March 12, 2009

My Salute to Great Bloggers

I had never heard of the "Premio Dardos" award until Robyn McMaster told me she had given it to me. While I'm disappointed this doesn't involve being given an award made of chocolate, I am still excited that someone as smart and "brainy" as Robyn thought this blog worthy of recognition.

According to the rules of the Premio Dardos ("prize darts" in Italian), I am supposed to pass it along to 15 other great bloggers in recognition of cultural, ethical, literary and personal values in the form of creative and original writing.

When I did a little research, I've learned that a lot of terrific blogs have already been recognized, so I'm going to try and mention a few that may not have received this award yet. If you've already gotten the award, then let this be a message from me that you do great work.

My list of bloggers, in no particular order:

1. Career Diva by Eva Tahmincioglu
2. What Would Dad Say by G.L. Hoffman
3.Keppie Careers by Miriam Salpeter
4. JibberJobber by Jason Alba
5. No Assembly Requiredby Thom Singer
6. Plant Whatever Brings You Joy by Kathryn Hall
7. The Urban Muse by Susan Johnston
8.Water Cooler Wisdomby Alexandra Levit
9. Cube Rulesby Scot Herrick
10. Career Encouragement
11. Evil HR Lady
12. Cranky Middle Managerby Wayne Turmel
13. Life@Workby Heather Mundell
14. Pongo Resume
15. Dr. Judith Orloff

I've been greatly inspired by these blogs, and hope you are, too. To my "Premium Dardos" recipients, I promise next time there will be chocolate. For now, take a bow.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Dancing With Purple Polar Bears

Many of you have asked whether I'm back to two-armed blogging. I am. The cast is off and the fingers of both hands are back on the keyboard. Remind me to tell you sometime about the dream I had while on pain medication: Dancing purple polar bears armed with cheese grinders, chasing me. While that sounds like the perfect premise for a Stephen King novel, I'm going to turn my attention to finding good stuff for this Tidbit Tuesday.

* Water Cooler Wisdom makes a terrific point about improving your writing skills.

* Before you send off that resume, use this quick checklist from Keppie Careers to make sure you've covered the bases.

* Looking for a laugh this morning? Slacker Manager has a funny bit about success tips for a manager's first day. Check out my comment...can you say "coffee breath"?

* For as long as I've been covering workplace issues (since the dawn of man?), there has been a debate about paid time off, where you have a "bank" of days off, and it doesn't matter whether you use them for being sick or going on vacation. Evil HR Lady has quite a debate raging on the subject.

* Six small habits from Girl Meets Business that could change your image immediately is aimed at young professionals, but I know plenty of older workers who could benefit from the advice as well.

*If you just can't get enough of March Madness, Newly Corporate has used the final four framework to show how to become more successful. By the way, I'll be contributing to this site in the near future, so keep an eye out.

Finally, I'll have Bill Lampton, a communications guru, on my Blog Talk Radio show this morning at 10 a.m. CST. We're going to talk about difficult communication issues at work (the constantly interrupting co-worker), and how to become a better listener in order to really boost your career success. Tune in and ask questions, or download for consumption later.


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