Behind the Passion

By Dr Alicia Karwat, KeySteps Pty. Ltd. April 2010

I have been thinking about writing a post on passion for some time. As a career coach I meet many people who talk about passion or rather about a lack of it and their quest to find a passion at work as a means to a meaningful life. I certainly agree that being passionate about your work can add a good deal of meaning to your life, but, I cannot see why our passion has to be placed at work in order to lead a meaningful life. The word passion in the context of work is overused and often misused. …read more

Do Something Different!

Are you a young professional and do you want to ‘escape the corporate mainstream and do something different’?  This could be the website for you: “www.escapethecity.org

“I want to make a difference”.  Hundreds of clients have told me this is what they want to achieve in this lifetime.  For as many people who say this there are as many different ways in which they want to make their mark on this world.  For some it’s in health, others in education, others in making work processes easier and more efficient, others in the impact on the environment.

This site offers a raft of ideas an options.  It’s exciting to see an Aussie hero being showcased as well.  Check out the different career story of Dave the Adventure Cyclist, Photographer and Freelance Writer.

Being Bullied At Work?

By Dr Alicia Karwat, KeySteps Pty. Ltd., January 2010 

Since my first posting on workplace psychopaths, “Workplace psychopaths – how to deal with them” in April 2008, comments continue coming in to our blog. The stories unfold as more people want to share their experiences about being bullied by a workplace psychopath. Although not every bully is a workplace psychopath, nonetheless being a target of a workplace psychopath’s attention inevitably means that you are being bullied.  Thus I thought you might be interested to learn more facts about the phenomenon. The Workplace Bullying Institute conducted a large workplace bullying survey and concluded that 37% of American workers have been bullied at work. …read more

Most Creative Excuses for Missing Work

 ”I got caught selling an alligator” is just one of the more unusual excuses that have been used in the US this year for taking a day off work.

Careerbuilder.com annual survey on Absenteeism uncovered a bizarre and amusing list of excuses  that include: …read more

Adding Value - How do you rate as a partner in your organisation?

Written by Dr Alicia Karwat, KeySteps Pty. Ltd., 1 October 2009

This is the last in a three-part series on performance reviews and the ability to articulate how you are adding value to your organisation. Look at my previous two postings “Work Performance Review – Does it Matter?” and “Every Work Performance Review is an Opportunity: How are you adding value?” I was talking there about a framework of questions that you can use to evaluate your contributions to the organisation. In this posting I go further into how you can evaluate your contributions in the areas directly related to the success of any organisation: its customers, reputation, productivity and cost management…read more