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Sandra Boyd, Principal, Career Solutions

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...
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Is Stupid Loyalty Getting In The Way Of Your Career Success?

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...
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Change Management Guidelines for Leaders

I recently reflected back on a time in my career when I spent 7 years travelling across Canada and the US speaking to employees and leaders on how to navigate change and transformation. My belief in traditional change management theories shifted  8 years ago on a cold day in January. I met an intact...
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Managing Organizational Change

Janet was furious, hurt and definitely disengaged from her position as Senior Director of Operations at a small healthcare service.  “I have worked with the company for 15 years and have always been considered a high-potential. My contributions over the years have helped ensure the profitability of...
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Are Managers Too Busy Managing Stuff To Manage People?

“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...
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Reducing the Risks of Difficult Terminations

After the horrifying events last week in which an HR professional was stabbed during a termination, clients and associates have expressed concerns about the risks of terminations. I reassured them that situations like this are very rare. Over the last ten years, I have been privy to thousands of...
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What is Career Capital and How To Get It

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...
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Caring for Aging Parents & Managing Your Career

  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...
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Tips to Become a Great Networker

  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...
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Detaching From Your Former Job - A 9 step action plan to move you into the future

  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...
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Are Goals a Waste of Time?

  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...
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After the Firing - STOP and Reflect

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...
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Looking For Passion In All The Wrong Places

  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...
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Personal Branding 101: How to Manage Your Brand

  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...
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The Younger Generation - It's not their fault they feel entitled in the workplace

  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...
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How Managers & Employees Should Behave During a Termination/Exit Meeting

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...
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How to Have Career Coaching Conversations (Step 5 of 5)

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...
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How to Have Career Coaching Conversations (Step 4 of 5)

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, • ...
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Is my Authentic Self hurting My Professional Brand?

  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)...
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How to Have Career Coaching Conversations (Step 3 of 5)

  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...
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How to Have Career Coaching Conversations (Step 2 of 5)

  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...
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How to Have Career Coaching Conversations (Step 1 of 5)

  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:...
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5 Simple Steps To Help You Manage Your Career

  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...
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Professional Networking 101

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...
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Having the Career Conversation

  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...
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A True Story About Employee Engagement

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...
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Be Clear About Your Career Goals

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...
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Know Your Career Net Worth

Do you know the net worth of your career? Completing an online salary survey will give you a one-dimensional view of your value, but it isn’t designed to take a holistic view of your total career net worth. Your career net worth needs to assess the sum of: your skills (learned, transferrable, and...
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Step 3 Develop Your Brand

Alex had been working for a large financial institution for three years as a human resources consultant. This was her first position after completing her Masters and she was determined to be a rising star.  Everything was going well until the day her manager gave her some very devastating feedback...
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Career Success Step 2: Express Your Value Proposition

I recently met with a woman that was referred to me by a former colleague – I was excited to meet with her because her background was so diverse and she had extensive international experience.  Jane arrived in my office filled with enthusiasm and great stories. She was also very well-researched on...
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Career Success Step 1: Evaluate Your Engagement

The first step in managing your career is to really assess and evaluate yourself. This is an introspective look at what interests and motivates you, the strengths you bring to your work, your limitations or development needs, your career accomplishments, and your future goals. Depending on your job...
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Step One in Strategic Career Management

The first step in managing your career is to really assess and evaluate yourself. This is an introspective look at what interests and motivates you, the strengths you bring to your work, your limitations or development needs, your career accomplishments, future goals and your definition of success. ...
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Are Old Beliefs Getting in the Way of Your Career Success?

Sue is a first generation Canadian of Asian heritage. She remembers her parents told her that it was important to ensure she secured a university education as it was the key to success and job security. “My father also told me if you have a degree you will always have a job. "I did all the right...
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Are We Really That Important?

One question that clients ask on a regular basis is “how can I create the right kind of brand awareness for myself?”  For those of us that protest the word “brand,” simply replace the word brand with reputation.  I think we can all agree that we want to show up every day at work with a solid...
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Workplace Gossip Can be Engaging and Intriguing Until You Get Caught

On March 1st my colleague Liane Davy wrote a blog “What Do I Do When a Team Member Gossips?” As always, Liane challenges the issues head on and gives us insight and practical advice.  I could not help but reflect on lessons I learned from a Manager I was determined to detest at the beginning of my...
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Shameless Self Promotion

I remember the first time I told a coaching client to “get over yourself”; the shock, the disappointment and yes the anger that crossed her face, all in about 30 seconds. In my last blog post I spoke about the importance of an employee value proposition. Today I would like to give you the reasons...
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The Employee Value Proposition

As a career coach I am asked by people of all ages and stages in their career how to best understand and express their value to the company and manager they are working for. This is an important question in a volatile market place where employees are competing for sought after  positions and need to...
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Top 5 Ways to Communicate Successfully in a Multiple Generation Workforce

Over the last few years I have been continually approached by corporations and individuals asking questions on how to work with and/or manage multiple generations in the workplace. These questions are not limited to the older generation of baby boomers asking "what's up with the younger generation"...