How To Get Yourself Fired From A New Job

March 23, 2015

iStock_000026393810Medium_150I have a tendency to write about the positive aspects of career development and the proactive things people can do to maximize their potential at work. But sometimes, it’s important to highlight the don’ts – things you should avoid doing, or you just might get yourself fired from your new job. Read the rest of this entry »

How To ‘Shark Tank’ Your Way To A Job Offer

March 18, 2015

iStock_000046220048Medium_150I have a confession… I love watching the television show Shark Tank. For anyone who hasn’t heard of this show, it’s about aspiring entrepreneurs who pitch their business or products to a panel of potential investors. The reason I love this show is because of how similar it is to real life – specifically, to obtaining a job. Here’s what I mean… Read the rest of this entry »

National Mentoring Month: Historic Figures Can Also Be Mentors

January 14, 2015

iStock_000014188963Medium_150January is National Mentoring Month, created in 2002 by the Harvard School of Public Health and The National Mentoring Partnership to focus attention on the need for mentors for young people. I’ve been a mentor to others for most of my career and I’ve been a mentor for the University of Washington Foster School of Business MBA students for almost a decade now. Being a mentor continues to be a very rewarding experience, but when I think back to my own mentors as I grew up, not all of them were there for me in person – some were figures in history.

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‘Madam Secretary’ TV Show Is Right: In Every Situation, You Have A Choice

December 3, 2014

Secretary of State_Picture_150Early in my career I received an interesting compliment. After a particularly difficult meeting, a high-level executive pulled me aside. He said: “You were the tallest person in the room – always stay that way. You might not understand the meaning behind my compliment now, but you will in a few years.”

He was right, it took me several years until I truly understood what he meant (and by the way, I’m 5’2” tall). I hadn’t thought about his comments in a long time, until I began watching the television show Madam Secretary. Read the rest of this entry »

Dealing With A Bad Boss: The Micromanager

October 16, 2014

iStock_000026324486Medium_150Last week I discussed ways to deal with a boss who is disengaged, but amiable. This week I’m tackling the subject of bosses who micromanage.

The key to being able to deal with a micromanaging boss is to, first, make sure you’re haven’t caused the situation. If you aren’t the problem, then the next step is to determine your plan of action to move forward, while surviving the bad behavior of your boss. Read the rest of this entry »