Getting The Most Out Of A “Constructive Coaching” Session With Your Manager

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Feedback helps you become a better professional, and while we all enjoy positive feedback, it’s often constructive criticism that will help get you to the next level. When that feedback comes from your boss in the form of a constructive coaching session, here are a few tips to make sure you get the most out of the session:

Go in with an Open Mind

As a human being, the idea of not knowing what is coming is very uncomfortable, which is why we love to come up with preconceived ideas of what our meetings will be like. Unfortunately, having the entire meeting already formulated in your mind stops you from being able to absorb what you hear. Walk into the meeting without a preconceived notion of what is going to be said, and be ready to listen.

Don’t Be Defensive

It’s human nature to want to defend yourself when you feel attacked. Your fight-or-flight instincts kick in, and you immediately want to explain your perspective.  This is not the time for that. Being defensive may be a natural reaction, but it will only lead to more issues for you. Instead, look for points of agreement; show your manager that you are listening and absorbing what they are saying to you. Let your demeanor show that you are open to what they have to say.

Ask Questions and Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Clarification

While you may have an overwhelming feeling that you want to finish the meeting and leave the room ASAP, it is important that you understand the points that your manager is making. If you are unclear on something that they are talking about, ask for clarification. Defensive questioning is not a good idea, but asking questions regarding clarification for your work going forward is important. Even if you don’t agree with what they are saying, at least you’ll understand their point.

Process the Feedback Later After Work

There may be a lot to unpack after your meeting, and while you may want to try to make immediate changes, you need to give yourself some time to process the feedback. Once your defenses come down and you can think a bit clearer, you will begin to see where the feedback will fit in with your work. You may find that your manager’s ideas may actually make projects easier for you, as you’ll have a better idea of what they want.  Give it a little time, and it will all click.

Paths to Success: 5 Career Lessons to learn from J.K. Rowling


Within five years, author J.K. Rowling went from living on welfare to becoming a multimillionaire. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of her beloved fantasy novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (released in the United States as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone), we are looking back at Rowling’s extraordinary story of struggle and persistence. Here are five career lesson that you can learn from one of the world’s most beloved writers.

Turn your hobby into a profession.

When Rowling was six years old, she started writing a story about a rabbit and dreamed about becoming a published author. Today, she is at the head of a $25 billion fantasy franchise. The most successful people love what they do, so pursue a career that you are truly passionate about.

Be open to temping.

After graduation, Rowling worked in a series of temporary jobs, including becoming a secretary. Do not discount the possibility of becoming a temp—it may be just what you need to give your career a much-needed boost.

Continue pursuing your dreams, even when you’re employed.

Rowling trained to be a teacher in Edinburgh and later taught in city schools, but she spent all the time she could writing Philosopher’s Stone on the side. Even if you are currently employed, avoid settling for a job you are not passionate about and continue pursuing your desired profession.

Overcome your fear of failure.

While writing Philosopher’s Stone, Rowling struggled with the fear that her story would not be good enough to get published. Years later in her Harvard commencement speech, she would claim that allowing the fear of failure to keep you from striving for your goals is to “fail by default.” The worst kind of career prospect to miss is the one that you never pursued because of fear of failure. Instead, jump on opportunities and consider missteps as part of the learning experience.

Persevere in your career goals.

When Rowling submitted Philosopher’s Stone to publishers, she received many rejections before finally selling the book. Everyone receives a rejection at some point or another in their careers, and continuing to pursue opportunities is imperative for success.

Paths to Success: 5 Career Lessons to Learn from Warren Buffett


No matter what your career goals are, sharing successful people’s strategies will give you insight on how to get ahead. This week, we are featuring investment king Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. Here are five career lessons you can learn from the path to success of one of the richest businessmen in the world. Continue reading “Paths to Success: 5 Career Lessons to Learn from Warren Buffett”

AppleOne Welcomes 2017’s Intern-to-Dream Summer Program Participants


GLENDALE, CA, June 2, 2017 – AppleOne’s 2017 Intern-to-Dream Summer Internship Program is now in session! As in previous years, the program has attracted exceptional STEM-focused students from Southern California’s top universities. This year, AppleOne selected 23 participants after considering over 500 applications for its Intern-to-Dream Program, a vital component of the company’s commitment to building opportunities for the next generation of talent. Continue reading “AppleOne Welcomes 2017’s Intern-to-Dream Summer Program Participants”

What Are Your True Top Priorities During Your Job Search?


At this very moment, there are millions of jobs available in the United States. Finding the one that is the right fit for you is all about knowing your personal and professional priorities are. Before you embark on your job search, here is a quick, three-step plan to not only define your priorities, but also help you figure out what is currently most important in your career, and what you may be willing to over-look if needed. Continue reading “What Are Your True Top Priorities During Your Job Search?”

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