November 8, 2013
What you wear to the office is one of the most important parts of creating a positive professional image. In addition to projecting that you’re competent for your job, your clothing should also reflect your personality – your clothes don’t have to be boring to be considered professional! If you’re searching for a couple pieces to spruce up your look, check out these ideas on wearing fall and winter trends in the office. Read the rest of this entry »
September 11, 2013
“I think I blew it with the new vice president,” moaned my coaching client. “I was drowning in paperwork when she walked through our department introducing herself. I was so distracted I could hardly get my own name out of my mouth. On top of that, I was wearing jeans while the VP and just about everyone else in my department was wearing a suit that day. I can only imagine the awful first impression I made.”
Did you know it takes only three to five seconds for someone to form a first impression? And while you might wish that opinion were based on your intelligence or experience, most studies show that first impressions are shaped by what can be seen or heard in those initial few seconds. What impression are you creating? Read the rest of this entry »
January 4, 2012
It’s the New Year, a great time to take a fresh look at your career and determine ways to develop it. Want to improve your leadership effectiveness? Take a good, hard look at the image you project in the workplace because your effectiveness as a leader is tied to your image, according to the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). Read the rest of this entry »
June 29, 2011
February 3, 2010
I was once coaching a woman who was having a difficult time at work because she felt like upper management just wasn’t taking her seriously (don’t worry, that’s NOT her in the example pictures above).
She hadn’t been promoted in the last five years and was feeling incredibly frustrated. We evaluated every aspect of her career and began making changes, including updating her hairstyle and make-up, improving her wardrobe, and improving her public speaking and presentation skills.
One day during a coaching session I asked her to show me the picture she was using on her internal company directory. That’s when we realized something was very, very wrong!
December 2, 2009
Climbing 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 »
Think the Company Picnic is Just for Fun? Think Again Because How You Act Could Help or Hinder Your Career
August 13, 2008
Many people don’t think twice about how they should act at company-sponsored events, such as a summer picnic. But according to an article by Janet H. Cho, “anything that starts with ‘company’ first – ‘company picnic,’ ‘company barbecue,’ ‘company baseball game’ – means this is a business event” and workplace rules apply. Read the rest of this entry »
August 6, 2008
In the August/September feature interview, you’ll meet Kelley Moore, a local celebrity lifestyle expert. You may have seen her on King 5 or one of many magazines like Seattle Magazine or Seattle Bride, addressing a variety of topics including party planning, gift giving, cooking and more. Read the rest of this entry »
July 9, 2008
Over the past five years I’ve seen every type of clothing attire at work, from business suites to low cut tops and jeans to gym clothes. Through it all I’ve had a lot of women ask me about the connection of clothing and career success. Based on two recent surveys, it appears that “casually dressed workers may be risking career success for the privilege of being comfortable” according to Marcia Heroux Pounds. Read the rest of this entry »
April 23, 2008
I just read an interesting article titled, “The glass ceiling isn’t broken – in fact, it’s getting thicker.” In it, two women were profiled and they hold interesting opinions about what it takes for women to make it to the top in business. I’d like to share a brief synopsis in this blog and if you find it interesting, click here for the full article. Read the rest of this entry »