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Networking Tips Learned from Serving as a Lady-In-Waiting To the Court in Exile of Queen Geraldine of Albania.

Hungarian born Geraldine, was a cousin of enduring charm and beauty. King Zog of Albania saw her photo when she was 20 and invited her to visit his country. She arrived with her chaperones and, as he had hoped, fell in love. Their wedding was triumphant. 50,000 children in native costumes sang and applauded. The plot however turned. Less than a year later, still bleeding from the birth of her son, she was carried to a vehicle on a mattress and the couple escaped from the Italian invaders. She, the king and his entourage began an odyssey that would ultimately land them in Egypt at the invitation of King Farouk. It was there that I met her as a small child and was privileged to visit her in Alexandria each summer for the next 6 years.

Later we went our separate ways. My family emigrated to the US and she ultimately went to Spain after her husband passed away. Much to my surprise she contacted me after my US college graduation and asked whether I would be interested in joining her as a lady in waiting in Madrid. I spent a memorable year with her and remember well the many lessons she taught her “ladies” to help strengthen her position in Madrid. Click to continue reading…

Will You Be Underpaid?: What Your Personality Says About Your Approach To Money & Salary Negotiations

By: Shoya Workplace Issues

Take a quick look at the options below. Choose one from each set of statements. At least 51% of the time, do you tend to be more: ___ tactful and diplomatic ___ apt to avoid conflict where possible ___ empathetic ___ accepting at first ___ apt to take things personally or ___ direct and frank? Click to continue reading…

Your Organizational Personality: Finding The Right Fit Is Key To Success

By: Shoya Workplace Issues

Corporate culture is the sum of an organization’s goals, behaviors and values.  Fortunate individuals who find themselves in the right culture feel both energized and highly valued by their boss, peers and subordinates.  Others, in the wrong setting, will be stifled and frustrated by practices and processes that run counter to their natural style.  Finding Click to continue reading…

What if Someone Steals Your Idea?

By: Guest Workplace Issues

By Kathleen Reardon Professor, University of Southern California Marshall School and Author, Comebacks at Work: Using Conversation to Master Confrontation. (see link below) http://www.comebacksatwork.com This happens often in business, and in politics. It is also facilitated now in the media where phrases like “some people say” and a general disregard for the source of an Click to continue reading…

Why Nobody Likes You

By: Guest Communication Strategies

By Jeannette Paladino http://writespeaksell.com originally appeared in WSS It’s frustrating when you work so hard to write interesting blogs and updates to your social media sites and no one responds by “liking” your Facebook page or retweeting your posts. Why don’t people like you? The content that you thought should get a bunch of comments Click to continue reading…