Tips for overcoming your shyness to network include having a friend or colleague tag along to an event, using social networking to make initial contact and asking questions of new acquaintances, this blogger writes.
Networking can feel awkward, but it will seem less so if you take the pressure off by talking about things other than work, bringing a friend for support or filling dreaded silences by asking questions, Rebekah Epstein writes. "There is no greater buzz kill than running out of things to say. My solution is to have an arsenal of canned questions to break the ice," she writes.
A 10% pay hike used to be the norm for managers accepting a new position, but times have changed so it's best to consult sites like Salary.com to try and get a salary range, Anne Fisher advises. She also provides several questions to ask employers to get a better handle on the job, such as "What particular skill set would be most valuable in performing this job?"
Most successful business leaders seek accomplishments, not power, Steve Tobak writes. Letting power motivate you can cause you to lose your sense of "perspective and objectivity" and thus become your own worst enemy, he writes.
A research team led by scientists from Texas A&M University has landed a $2.4 million grant from the Department of Energy to develop biofuels from plant lignin. Researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of British Columbia and Washington State University are also involved in the project. The grant was among several issued by the department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
Engaging employees through recognition and career opportunities creates a cycle that feeds off itself, Julie Winkle Giulioni writes. Employees who are locked into an engagement cycle will become more motivated, which will lead to more opportunities and, in turn, to even greater motivation.