Tips to Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions

December 30, 2009

New YearYes, it’s that time of year again…time to create our list of New Year’s Resolutions. Have you ever found yourself creating your list yet not following through with your goals? I have a theory about that. I think most of us: 1) put way too many things on our New Year’s Resolution list; and 2) aren’t specific enough when we define each resolution. Does this ever happen to you? Read the rest of this entry »

Top 5 Lies Told by Job Candidates

December 23, 2009

With today’s difficult job market and economy, it’s more important than ever to ensure accuracy and truthfulness on your résumé. Many companies, large and small alike, are realizing that job seekers are exaggerating and often lying on their job applications and résumés because they are desperate to find a job.

However, since the cost of a bad hire can range anywhere from one to five times the salary of the individual, more and more businesses are now using companies, such as HireRight, to help them implement, manage, and control employment screening programs. And beware the job applicant who exaggerates, falsifies their credentials, or outright lies on their résumé! Read the rest of this entry »

Are You Projecting the Appropriate Leadership Image?

December 16, 2009

ImageYour effectiveness as a leader is tied to your image, according to the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). What is image? Basically, it’s the perception others form about you as a result of your actions and the impressions you make on them. It can be created by many things, such as “personality, behavior, body language, and speaking style, as well as formal status and physical appearance.” Your image can have a tremendous impact on people as they get to know you. Read the rest of this entry »

The Amazing Great-Grandmother – Achieving Your Dreams At Any Age

December 9, 2009

weightsI love sharing inspiring stories about women who have overcome odds to do something incredible!  My blog this week is about a great-grandmother from Everett, Washington who went from dangerously obese to not just getting in shape and turning her life around, but to actually setting world records in weightlifting.  Her name is Winifred Pristell…and she’s 70 years old. Read the rest of this entry »

Can Your Appearance Actually Hold You Back From Promotions?

December 2, 2009

ladderClimbing the career ladder is not just about what you know and who you know…it’s also about your appearance.  I once worked with someone at the beginning of my career who was incredibly bright, had several college degrees, excellent work experience, and was highly professional.  But, she never seemed able to get promoted.  Puzzled, I had a discussion with our manager.  Read the rest of this entry »

What Attributes do Employers Look for When Interviewing?

November 25, 2009

interviewI’m often asked, “What are the key things employers look for when they are interviewing someone for a job?” A friend of mine sums it up quite well. He says he always looks for “attitude, aptitude, and promotability.” In other words, employers look for someone who has a positive attitude and is energetic, they look for someone with intelligence and the ability to learn new things, they look for someone who has long-term potential with the company and can be promoted up the ranks. Read the rest of this entry »

Tips for Finding Work/Life Balance

November 18, 2009

Do you ever feel like the only woman in the world trying to juggle your home life and being a cheerleader, nurse, guidance counselor, chauffer, cook, and study partner to your children or your significant other in addition to being a career woman at work? You’re not the only one struggling with the balancing act. It’s a struggle we all face: finding the balance between work life and home life that works for us. Read the rest of this entry »

Become a Master of Time Management

November 11, 2009

Time business concept.When I was growing up, the friends of my parents used to laugh and jokingly call them the “King and Queen of organization.” My parents were masters at getting things accomplished because they were (and still are) incredibly disciplined at managing their time. But I don’t think of my life growing up as being overly regimented or restrictive; I just remember that my parents were wonderful at squeezing a lot of activities into each week and making our lives exciting and filled with a sense of accomplishment. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Encourage and Exemplify Collaborative Leadership

November 4, 2009

Leading“Someone once observed that a leader is a person who finds out which way the parade is going, jumps in front, and yells ‘Follow me!'” (Kinicki & Kreitner, 2008, Organizational Behavior: key concepts, skills & best practices, Boston: McGraw-Hill Irwin, page 347). While many people would obviously have difficulty supporting that definition of a leader, most researchers agree that a common element of leadership is the ability to socially influence others. Read the rest of this entry »

The Importance of Listening to Understand, Not Reply

October 28, 2009

Have you ever been speaking with someone, finished talking, and then ask them, “So, what do you think?” only to have them respond with, “Huh? I’m sorry, what did you say?” Have you ever tried holding a conversation with someone who keeps interrupting you to add their thoughts and comments – before you’re even done talking? Read the rest of this entry »