Nervous About Providing Feedback? Try These 2 Little Tricks

January 11, 2017

women-1209678_150Many managers, especially introverts, tend to shy away from giving feedback to employees because they’re nervous about how the person will react. Others are worried because they aren’t sure how to give feedback in a way that’s helpful.

The two acronyms I like to use to help me remember how to provide feedback are “T.H.I.N.K.” and “S.M.A.R.T.” Before I give feedback, I usually say this phrase in my head several times: Think smart. Think smart. Think smart. Read the rest of this entry »

6 Steps To Turn 2017 Into A Year Of On-Going Career Success

December 28, 2016

istock_000020215753medium_150As you celebrate the Christmas season and New Year and reflect back on 2016, how can you turn 2017 into a year of on-going career success? By creating a career strategic plan.

Someone once said, “Success is the intersection of preparation and opportunity.” Achieving success requires more than luck, more than hard work – it requires a plan. Here’s how. Read the rest of this entry »

Do Your Employees Understand How They Contribute To The Company’s Bottom Line?

December 21, 2016

Young businesswoman explaining report to her colleague at meetingIf you’re a people manager, you might look around at the bustling activity of your team and the looks of intense determination on their faces and assume that everyone understands how their work contributes to the company’s bottom line.

But you would be wrong. At least based on a recent Robert Half Management Resources survey, which found that only 47 percent of workers are able to make the connection between their day-to-day duties and how they impact the company’s financials. Read the rest of this entry »

Oops! Don’t Miss These Nonverbal Cues During Job Interviews

November 9, 2016

istock_000010061080medium_150Has 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 »

3 Reasons Why You Might Not Be Getting That Promotion You’ve Wanted

October 19, 2016

Portrait of  business woman waiting for call over white backgroundYou’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 »

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 »