Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Sandra Boyd is a Principal with Knightsbridge. She writes, speaks
and coaches, specializing in Career Transition, Career Management
and Managing the Four Generations in the Workplace. Sandra Boyd is
the author of the “The Hidden Job Market” McGraw Hill-Ryerson and
Co-Author of “Flexible Thinkers...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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, •...
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)...
Monday, October 8, 2012
As a manager you have a certain amount of responsibility to
inspire awareness in your employees in the following areas:
• their personal reputation in the organization, • their
profile and network within organization, and • career
development opportunities available to them. At times this type...
Monday, September 17, 2012
Do you know what inspires your employees? Do you truly
understand what it would take for them to leave your organization?
Do you know how they perceive their employee brand/reputation
versus how others see them? If you can’t answer these
questions it might be time to sit down and start to get to...
Thursday, September 13, 2012
On August 15th I wrote a blog post called “Having the Career
Conversation.” In that post, I told you that I would be writing an
upcoming series for managers on how to have career coaching
conversations with employees. This post will be the first in a
five-part series on that topic. Step 1:...
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
In a recent Forbes article entitled “Careers Are Dead.
Welcome to Your Low-Wage, Temp Work Future,” the writer J. Maureen
Henderson suggests that careers are dead; and therefore, Gen Y is
doomed to low paying jobs at the mall! The basics of this article
have been written time and time again. The...
Thursday, August 16, 2012
At the moment I am torn between my beliefs and values around
networking, and being so irritated I want to toss them out the
window! I believe that “networking is the key to career success”
and I also believe that I should live and breathe what I preach to
my clients every day. If I am asked for help...
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
I recently returned from a trip to the UK where I
facilitated sessions for managers on how to have career coaching
conversations with their employees. The group was made up of
managers from England, Scotland, Canada, and two Eastern European
Countries. What amazed me the most about this session...
Monday, August 13, 2012
On a recent flight returning from Montreal, the airline announced
that the thunder and lightning was so bad in Toronto that the
airport was shut down and we had to wait an hour before departure –
no problem; I had a book. Sure enough we were off within the
hour; although, the turbulence was so bad...
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
At 26, Rochelle was determined to be a success at the
Pharmaceutical firm that she worked at for the last 5 years. She
started off in finance, then moved to marketing, and for the last
year she worked administration. In the last three months, she had
applied for two positions and had been turned...