Thursday, December 11, 2014
A career is a journey that for many will last 30-40+ years. Like
most journeys it is seldom boring, and even the best researched
plans can take the traveler on a winding road of adventure,
unforeseen hazards, and ultimate reward. Back in 1990, Dr. Seuss
wrote a book called, “Oh, the places you’ll...
Thursday, November 13, 2014
The music of your youth is part of your identity. The sounds
float along with you throughout your life. Like a favorite
old pair of jeans they represent comfort; what you know and what
you like. The downside is that your connection to your
favorite music can limit you from exploring others. I’m...
Thursday, October 16, 2014
I was recently re-reading a book by Jeffrey Gitomer and
came to the principle: Kick Your Own &$*. I was struck by the
power and simplicity of this principle because it’s one that we can
all easily remember. The principle goes beyond the focus of the
book, building a business, and extends to many...
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
I was recently having dinner with a group of friends when one asked
another why she had not been returning calls and missed our last
dinner! Astra explained that she was experiencing a rough time at
work. Her company was downsizing a large number of people and it
had caused her so much stress that...
Friday, September 5, 2014
You’ve been made a formal offer of employment. Congratulations! All
of your hard work preparing for numerous interviews has paid off.
You had stiff competition for the position, but you’re the final
candidate. You’re now finalizing the paperwork and will start in 2
weeks, pending the minor issue of...
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
With 300 million members, LinkedIn is easily the largest
professional social media platform. It’s terrific for networking,
sourcing jobs, and lots more. LinkedIn played an integral
role in helping me land my current role. I used LinkedIn to search
by keyword skill and industry to connect with...
Monday, July 28, 2014
One of the best parts about working with clients in career
transition is when I get the call saying “I’ve got an offer”.
This is the end game so it’s very good news and I truly share in
their excitement. This excitement is often quickly followed with
“What do I do now?” Euphoria is replaced with –...
Monday, May 5, 2014
It’s a common theme -- moving from doing to managing can be both
rewarding and daunting. On the one hand, new managers have been
recognized for their hard work, but the flip side is they now have
to start to manage people and much of the success of a manager is
around ‘people skills’. We all know...
Friday, May 2, 2014
Does this sound familiar? You know you are a good leader. You
sincerely care about your people. You give solid direction and
constructive performance feedback. You get good employee survey
results. Yet you secretly cringe when one of your employees
says: “can we talk about my next promotion?” There...
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
So you’re not sure what’s just happened. You’ve received a
phone call that you will not be moving on to the next round of
interviews. You take stock of what you did. - You had a good résumé
that effectively sold your skills and breadth of experience. - You
wrote a strong cover letter that spoke...
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
“For the majority of employees, managers are the gateway to the
future.” This quote from a recent Knightsbridge study is one that
resonates with many people. From our experience, leaders
underestimate their impact on employee engagement and retention.
What if I told you most employees just want...
Friday, March 28, 2014
Even though most HR practitioners are familiar with the benefits
that career development can provide, many business leaders,
managers and especially C-suite executives are not. Recently I was
working with a client in the consumer products industry who was
struggling to find a solution for dismal...
Monday, February 24, 2014
This past Olympic fortnight I’ve been struck a number of times by
the graciousness of individuals at the top of their profession.
What it looks like is this: athletes honouring the trailblazers
before them to provide the opportunity to do what they are so
talented at doing, winners and losers...
Monday, July 29, 2013
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: You’ve been
downsized, right sized, or optimized and just as you begin to get
over the angst and confusion of this decision you run into that
thing called the marketplace. Don’t get me wrong, it is where you
need to be. It’s just that the marketplace can...
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Every year about this time, I begin to hear my Career Transition
clients say things such as “With summer, around the corner, is now
the best time to be looking for a job?”, “Are there any jobs posted
during the summer?”, “I’ve really noticed that the job
advertisements have dropped off” or my...
Monday, June 24, 2013
Career Capital is the result of investing in your skills,
attributes, and behaviors. If you have an abundance of Career
Capital you are the person people want to work with or work for,
leaders see you as the high potential, and other employees want to
collaborate with you. Individuals who have...
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...
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...
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, • ...
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)...
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...
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Leaders with real influence will have clout in their organizations.
Business Insider ran an article last week about some recent changes
to Klout, the social network service that ranks people based on
their influence. For one thing, Klout is changing its website.
But more importantly, it’s revamping...
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...