Better Listening Skills Could Mean More Promotions. Here’s How

September 21, 2016

Pretty business interns listening to their team leaderI 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 »

10 Tips To Help You Win Every Negotiation

August 10, 2016

A smiling businesswoman shakes hands with a young businessmanBeing 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 »

How To Stay Laser Focused During The Dog Days Of Summer

August 3, 2016

Bored black businesswoman in officeIf 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 »

Groupthink: 7 Tips To Prevent Disastrous Decisions

April 20, 2016

Business team hiding their faces behind question mark signs at officeWhen 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 12th Is Equal Pay Day: How Does Your Compensation Compare?

April 12, 2016

equal pay equality in rigths for man and womenSee 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 »

4 Reasons Why Creating A ‘Life Plan’ Isn’t Such A Great Idea

April 6, 2016

iStock_000063372303_Medium_150On 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 »

Beyond LinkedIn – Using Social Media For Your Job Search

December 30, 2015

iStock_000064660017_Medium_150It’s no secret that LinkedIn is a powerful job search tool. It can help you expand your network, gain job prospects, grab the attention of recruiters and more. There are many other ways to leverage social media to give your job hunt a boost, though. Try these tips during your job search in 2016, to get a leg up on the competition. Read the rest of this entry »