November 23, 2016
Tired of doing a good job, but not getting noticed by management? Thinking about applying for a higher-level job and want to stand out from other candidates? Here’s how you can be seen as a unicorn – a unique employee with special skills – at work. Read the rest of this entry »
November 9, 2016
Has this ever happened to you? You finished a job interview and someone asked how it went, but you weren’t really sure. You had been a little nervous when you arrived at the interview, so you focused on answering the hiring manager’s questions – and forgot to pay attention to the hiring manager’s nonverbal communication.
That happens a lot. Most people are so worried about how they come across in an interview that they forget to watch the body language of the interviewer. But being able to read nonverbal cues can increase your chances of interview success.
That’s because the way the interviewers react and move their body can demonstrate whether they’re listening or bored, whether or not they agree with what you’re saying, and if they believe you’d be a good fit for the job. So the next time you’re in a job interview, look for these nonverbal cues: Read the rest of this entry »
October 19, 2016
You’ve had your head down, diligently completing your work, but you still aren’t getting that promotion you want. Guess what? The reason might just be… because you’ve had your head down, completing your work.
Nope, you didn’t read that wrong. Being a diligent employee might actually be holding you back. Why? Because doing your work is the first part. Making sure management sees what you’re doing is the missing piece. Read the rest of this entry »
September 21, 2016
I recently had the opportunity to compare the difference in listening skills between my 7-year-old niece and a grown adult (my sister). My niece won.
My niece told me exactly what I had said in a previous conversation, while my sister could barely remember the topic we discussed. That’s when my niece reminded us of a very important lesson. Read the rest of this entry »
August 10, 2016
Being a good negotiator can make a big difference in your career. It can help you earn more money (by negotiating a better starting salary or a raise), a higher title (by negotiating a promotion) or even budget money (to take on a prominent project).
How good are you at negotiating? Read the rest of this entry »
August 3, 2016
If you’re like me, you love soaking up every ounce of sunshine you can get (I live in Seattle). Have you ever found yourself daydreaming about an August afternoon at the beach when you’re stuck behind a desk?
While the warm weather is great, the laid-back attitude that often comes with it can mean declining efficiency in the office. Consider these tips to stay focused, leaving you more time for after-work fun: Read the rest of this entry »
April 20, 2016
When you’re the new boss, it feels great to have employees agree with your decisions. But, agreement isn’t always a good thing, as one of my clients found out.
“John” was new in his director-level role and needed to quickly assess several situations and make some decisions. During one meeting in particular, employees seemed to be paying close attention to the discussion. John was feeling especially good because, once two employees spoke up in agreement with his decision, the rest of those in the meeting seemed to easily go along with how to move forward. Read the rest of this entry »
April 12, 2016
See Dick and Jane (fictional characters). Dick and Jane are the same age, earned the same college degree, have four years of work experience, are employed by the same company and hold the same jobs (same title). The only difference? Dick makes $50,000 per year and Jane makes only $39,500.
Today is Tuesday, April 12th – also known as Equal Pay Day – and it symbolizes how far into this year that Jane must work to earn the same amount that Dick earned in 2015. Her education, skills, experience and job responsibilities are the same as Dick’s, but Jane makes 79 cents for every dollar that Dick is paid. Why? Because Jane is female and Dick is male.
Did reading this story about two fictional characters make you angry? It should, because for many women, this isn’t a fictional story, it’s what they live through every day. Read the rest of this entry »
April 6, 2016
On this week’s Madam Secretary television show, Daisy Grant, who plays the (fictional) press coordinator, expressed frustration that she hadn’t accomplished what she thought she would have, at her age. “I’m already two years behind on my life plan,” she tells the Chief of Staff (played by Bebe Neuwirth). “If everything had happened the way it was supposed to, I’d be married and pregnant by now.”
Like many people, Daisy had a list of things she wanted to accomplish in life, but she wasn’t achieving them according to her well-planned schedule. Ever felt like that? Read the rest of this entry »
March 30, 2016
You’ve received performance appraisals from your boss, but have you ever considered obtaining 360-degree feedback? If you haven’t, it can be a good way to find out the perceptions others hold of you and can provide interesting information on areas for improvement. Read the rest of this entry »