In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 August 8, 2006 / 14 Menachem-Av, 5766

How not to get FIRED

By Marty Nemko

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "Employees who are better liked are often kept on, even if they're less competent at their work." .

"You're fired!" isn't just Donald Trump's catchphrase. It's a real fear among workers who worry that their jobs may be outsourced, automated, converted to temporary status or eliminated. There's no way to make yourself fireproof, but these 11 strategies will make you pretty darn fire-resistant.

Tailor your job description to your strengths. Twenty-five years ago, I was let go from a job as a school psychologist because, as assigned, the job accentuated my weaknesses: teamwork and empathy for teachers. If I had negotiated my job description to emphasize my strengths-counseling students, conducting workshops for parents and planning programs for gifted students-I probably wouldn't have been considered expendable.

Focus on your employer's priorities. Don't be distracted by responding to unimportant e-mails or marginal requests from squeaky wheels. Even if the request comes from your boss, ask, "Do you think I should defer [insert a central task] to do this?"

Cultivate relationships. Workplaces aren't always meritocracies. Employees who are better liked are often kept on, even if they're less competent at their work.

Know your boss's M.O. Does he or she like to be asked questions? Be kept apprised of what you're up to? Prefer broad strokes or copious detail? Want to hear your opinion or just the facts? Does he or she prefer to communicate by e-mail, phone or in person. Don't know? Better find out.

Solicit ongoing feedback from your boss, co-workers, customers and people you supervise. Ask them what they like and dislike about your work, and request an informal evaluation: excellent, good, fair or poor. If they prefer anonymity, tell them to leave their ratings on your desk when you're not around.

Pick your battles. Employees should be free to express disagreement with those in charge. But discretion demands that you know when to press your point and when to back off.

Practice damage control. Take a lesson from public relations pros: Apologize for a mistake immediately and forthrightly, but without prostrated self-flagellation. Reassure everyone that you'll take measures to right the wrong, then move on. Soon it will be old news.

Neutralize your enemies. Take them out to lunch and try to find common interests. If that doesn't work, inoculate yourself against their virulence by letting people know the two of you have issues that can't be resolved.

Promote yourself. Assume that your colleagues are marketing themselves to higher-ups, either overtly or surreptitiously, so you can't afford to remain a church mouse. Prepare a five-second "elevator speech" that you can use when someone asks how you're doing. For example, "I just completed the wi-fi project. I learned a lot, and we got it done in time and on budget." To make sure you get credit for your own ideas, send a draft to others besides your boss with a request for feedback, or bring up your suggestions at a meeting.

Work hard. Who's more likely to get the axe: the clock-watcher or the employee who puts in extra time?

Learn the right stuff. Read articles, attend workshops and cultivate mentors in your field. If you are let go, you'll have cutting-edge skills and knowledge that future employers will value.

And if, in the end, you still end up with a pink slip, it's probably for the best. There's almost certainly a better employer out there who will say, "You're hired!"

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