Treat telephone interviews like in-person interviews

April 25, 2018

Some of the worst interviews I’ve experienced as a hiring manager were telephone interviews. I once had a job seeker “Daniel” (name changed) take my telephone interview while he was driving in his car.

I could hear everything, from the traffic noise to ambulance sirens to Daniel stopping at a service station and filling his car with gas. The candidate could have simply sat inside his parked car for the telephone interview. Instead, he wrongly assumed I wouldn’t notice that he took the call while he was driving. Read the rest of this entry »

5 steps to getting your boss on board with your idea

March 28, 2018

“I feel like I’m stuck in this endless loop with my manager. I keep trying to explain to him something that needs to be changed, but he just doesn’t seem to get it,” my mentee told me over the phone one day. “I don’t know what else he wants and even he doesn’t seem to know what additional information he wants. He just keeps asking me for more information each time we meet.”

Ever felt like that? Like you’re on a hamster wheel going around and around? Sometimes it’s not what you say, it’s how you structure your recommendation so your boss can see the logic behind your thought process. Read the rest of this entry »

Management Versus Leadership Skills: Psst… You Need Them Both

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 »

5 Reasons Why You Aren’t Getting Promoted

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 »

3 Options To Shake Up Your 2018 Resolutions

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 »

8 tips for those frazzled by work, family and holiday stress

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 »

How To Break In Your New Boss

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 »

Messed Up Big Time At Work? How To Recover

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 »