January 31, 2018
Recently, I was sitting at dinner in between two friends who were having a disagreement about which skill set was more important, management skills or leadership skills.
It felt a little bit like watching a tennis match, with the ball being swatted back and forth from one person to another. The friend on my right would make an excellent point about management skills and then the friend on my left would counter with a reason supporting the need for leadership skills. Read the rest of this entry »
January 17, 2018
You’ve been working hard and thought that, by now, you’d have received that promotion you wanted. But it still hasn’t happened.
Instead of getting frustrated, now is the time for a little introspection and self-analysis. Here are five things that might be holding you back – and how to overcome each obstacle. Read the rest of this entry »
January 3, 2018
You survived the holiday season and your in-law’s lengthy visit. Now, everywhere you go, people seem to be talking about their 2018 New Year’s resolutions.
You’ve thought about setting some goals for the New Year, but if completing last year’s list of resolutions didn’t go very well then you’re not alone. Before you give up on your goal-setting efforts, how about trying something different? Read the rest of this entry »
December 13, 2017
Your boss just asked you to work late tonight to finish an important report.
Your significant other texted to ask if you’d stop for milk and eggs at the grocery store on your way home from work (whenever you finally leave the office).
Your parents will arrive for the holidays on Friday and you still need to find time to clean the house. And finish the Christmas shopping. And do the laundry. And decorate the house. And wrap the presents. And finish two big projects at work. And…
Feeling your stress level rising just thinking about everything you need to accomplish before Christmas? Here are eight tips to reduce stress, so you can spend more time enjoying the holidays. Read the rest of this entry »
November 29, 2017
Open any newspaper or news feed and it seems like stories of bad behavior abound. But that doesn’t mean you should allow someone to get away with unethical behavior. Read the rest of this entry »
November 22, 2017
“You’ll be getting a new boss next week.”
Those can be emotionally charged words that can create stress and anxiety for many people. But they don’t have to, if you try thinking about it in a different way.
Instead of getting upset or anxious, get strategic. Because getting a new boss can be the perfect time to reset your employee/manager relationship. Read the rest of this entry »
November 15, 2017
“I feel horrible about my behavior,” my client told me over the telephone. “During our project team meeting today, I yelled at someone and made her cry.”
I asked what prompted his behavior.
“I was feeling really frustrated because we can’t afford to miss the go-live date for the new IT system,” he explained. “Management is counting on us and I felt like she wasn’t listening to me and didn’t care about resolving the issues we’ve run into. That’s when I lost it and yelled at her.” Read the rest of this entry »
November 8, 2017
I’ve been surprised by job-seeker feedback recently, which is interesting, because I’m not usually easily surprised. I’ve had many career coaching clients and mentees complain that the hiring manager wasn’t prepared for their in-person interview, with several telling me the hiring manager hadn’t even read their resume. Read the rest of this entry »
November 1, 2017
Almost no one wakes up in the morning and says, “I think I’ll be a bad boss today.”
Yet a Gallup study revealed that 50 percent of U.S. adults surveyed had left their job to get away from their manager – and that managers account for at least 70 percent of variance in employee engagement scores. Read the rest of this entry »
October 25, 2017
I was having a conversation with the head of a local technology company recently and she asked me an interesting question.
She said they were going to start their long-range strategic planning during the second half of this year, and wanted to know what I thought were the most important skills her managers would need in the future (2020 and beyond).
I told her I thought she should train every manager on how to be a great coach and teach them how to act like an internal consultant. Read the rest of this entry »