Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Last week I was going to write a blog titled “I Don’t Have a
Life, I Have a Job”. The focus of the blog post was going to be the
issue of work-life balance and how difficult that can be to manage.
However; the issue of managing my life and managing my career
recently became a reality for me. On...
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Many people assume networking is a skill set that you need
if you are looking for a job or you are in sales, but the truth is
that networking is a key skill set that everyone needs to have in
today’s job market. Networking is key to career success for many
reasons including if you currently hold a...
Monday, March 11, 2013
Career transition is a series of peaks and valleys, times when you
are up, times when you are down. For executives in transition, the
valleys can take many forms. It might be a loss of self-worth or a
feeling of insignificance as one leaves a career that is part of
their identity. Or it might be...
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Detaching from a job that you have held for years is very
difficult - especially if you did not choose to leave, but instead
were given a package and told your services were no longer
required. Dan had been working with the same company for 10
years as a Sales Manager with 15 people reporting to...
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
I read a great blog about what to do if you’re feeling
under-utilized on your team. The article was by Career expert
Chrissy Scivicque. You can read it here. One of her useful
suggestions (after making sure you’re doing your current job to
perfection) was to make a specific request of your boss...
Monday, February 4, 2013
When I first started writing this over the Christmas holiday
I was going to inspire you with my knowledge and expertise on
creating, setting, and achieving goals. I wanted to teach
people how to get that promotion, recognition from your boss, or a
salary increase — I am all about goals. I even...
Monday, January 28, 2013
The executive interview process can be a lengthy one with many
interviewers and stakeholders to impress along the way. Shining at
this initial stage will help you establish credibility early in the
process. Here are 4 tips to help ensure that first interview is a
slam dunk: 1. Be gracious to...
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
After being released from a job your mind may have a million
questions: what should I do next, who do I know, should I relocate,
what should I say about why I am no longer with company XYZ, who
can help me, who is in my network, what kind of interview questions
will I be asked, and on and on. In my...
Thursday, January 10, 2013
The New Year marks a time for many to reflect. For some, it’s about
confronting the obvious: I am not happy in my career and I want
things to change. When it comes to making a career move, it’s
tempting to think: All I need to do is change my current role and
happiness will be all mine … mua haa haa...
Monday, December 17, 2012
'Tis the season to be jolly and introspective when it comes to your
career path and life in general. In Charles Dickens' A
Christmas Carol, poor Ebenezer Scrooge has a rude
awakening when the ghosts of Christmas past, present and
future help him to realize the negative path he was on. Being
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
As a career coach I work with people every day, helping them
understand their skills, value, brand, motivators, and overall
career aspirations. The one question I am asked on a regular basis
is “how do I find my passion?” -- the perfect job that is
fulfilling enough to drive every aspect of your...
Monday, December 10, 2012
LinkedIn recently published a top 10 list of repetitive words
professionals over-use on their profiles. According to LinkedIn,
“creative”, “motivated” and “communication” are boring and
overused. So the latest buzz is to figure out unique ways to
describe what you offer. While I agree with this...
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
For everyone rolling your eyes at the word “brand”, replace
the word “brand” for “reputation”. Now let me
introduce you to the importance of managing your brand because you
have one regardless of what you think. People have an opinion about
how you show up in the workplace and who you are so...
Monday, December 3, 2012
It has been written by philosophers, politicians, and people
in general “the measure of a society is how we treat the weakest
members.” Needless to say we are failing miserably at how we
treat our aging population, but I will leave that for another day.
Today, I want to discuss our younger...
Monday, November 19, 2012
Over the last ten years I have been privy to thousands of corporate
transitions and have observed both good and bad behaviors from
managers and employees. The Impact of Termination on
Employees: For many employees a termination is a defining moment in
their life ─ a moment in time that affects...
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Discuss progress and hold employees accountable. Although the
employee is the key to making his or her career plan unfold, as a
manager you have an important and ongoing role. It is your
responsibility to: hold regular employee career conversations,
establish accountability, and be clear in your...
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Here’s the bottom line: if you are not able to do this as an
employee you are in trouble. If you do not do this as a manager,
you have failed the company and your team. It is the role of the
manager to ensure that each member of their team understands:
• the organization’s goals and strategies, •...
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
With hundreds of emails coming at us every day, it's often the ones
with clear and engaging subject lines that get a response. If your
subject line lacks urgency or relevance, it’s likely your email
will be opened last or pushed to the time slot allotted for
cleaning out emails. Engaging and clear...
Monday, October 15, 2012
Definition of 'Open Kimono': To reveal what is being
planned or to share important information freely. Similar to ''open
the books'' or an "open door policy." Opening the kimono means
revealing the inner workings of a project, person or company to an
outside party. Also referred to as "open (up)...
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Founder's Syndrome, otherwise known as Founderitis, isn't a
good thing for employees or employers. (Disclaimer & Warning:
This post features extreme bouts of sarcasm.) Symptoms of
Founderitis 1. Leaders suffering from Founderitis lead
with a sense of having to be a part of every decision and...