Job Seekers: How To Respond If Your Boss Finds Out You’re Job Hunting

January 28, 2015

iStock_000034762062Medium_150It’s 2015 and you’ve decided to look for a different job. While your goal is to do everything possible to avoid giving away your job search, there’s always the chance that your boss will find out. So what can you do? Plan your strategy as to how you’ll handle the situation if your boss finds out – before you begin your job search. 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 »

Dealing With A Bad Boss: The Disengaged, But Amiable Manager

October 8, 2014

iStock_000010267510Large_150It’s never fun working for a bad boss. But, the odds are pretty high that you’ll work for one (or even several bad bosses) over the course of your career. Believe it or not, the majority won’t be mean bullies; they’ll most likely be managers who are “nice,” but disconnected from the everyday work.

The key to being able to deal with a “disengaged, but amiable” boss is to make sure you’re in mutual agreement with your responsibilities, and then take proactive steps to further your career. Here’s how: Read the rest of this entry »

Who’s In Charge Of Career Planning? YOU

October 1, 2014

iStock_000020215753Medium_150Who is responsible for developing a person’s career? According to a recent survey, there is disagreement about whether it should be the responsibility of an individual or an employer.

“The Real Story Behind Career Development: Who is Responsible?” is a joint research study conducted by EdAssist and the University of Phoenix to explore employees’ and managers’ perceptions of whose responsibility it is to drive career development. The results showed key disparities between the two groups’ perceptions: Read the rest of this entry »

7 Ways To Tell If You’re Ready For People Management Responsibilities

September 24, 2014

Business woman smiling with her team behind her - isolated over whiteOne question I’m asked a lot is how to know if a person is ready to move from an individual contributor role into a job that includes people management. Unfortunately, determining the answer isn’t as simple as taking a few tests, such as the written and driving tests you must pass to qualify to drive a vehicle. Although, it would be nice if it were that easy.

Whenever I’m evaluating clients or employees to determine if they’re ready for people management responsibilities, I look for both content knowledge as well as the ability to consistently demonstrate behaviors that will lead to good people management. If you’re interested in moving into a management role, here are 7 areas you should evaluate: Read the rest of this entry »

How To Make Yourself Look Impressive During Meetings

August 20, 2014

iStock_000019190531Medium_150x150I once had a new boss with horrific meeting behavior. If he disagreed with what you said he would walk over to where you were sitting, lean down close to your face, and then start yelling. He would show up late to his own meetings, interrupt others in mid-sentence, and his anger often boiled over into temper tantrums – even to the extent of throwing things during meetings. Read the rest of this entry »

Do You Really Need To Hold That Meeting? 4 Steps To Stop The Insanity

August 13, 2014

business concept - stressed businesswoman on meeting in officeSeveral years ago, my boss called me into his office. “Lisa, I need you to do something for me,” he said as he handed me a sheet of paper. “See that list of meetings? I need you to attend each of them and then let me know if you think the meetings are necessary.”

I thought he was joking. He wasn’t. The company we worked for had acquired several other companies and we were in the process of integrating. My boss was the CEO of one of the divisions and was receiving invitations to more meetings than there were hours in the week. I couldn’t blame him for wanting to figure out which ones were important and which ones weren’t. Read the rest of this entry »