7 Tips To Give Your Online Persona A Good Cleaning

July 19, 2017

student-849825_150Summer is a good time to get inspired by the sunny weather and do a little housecleaning on your digital persona. So grab an iced coffee or tea and head to your computer to give your online presence a good summer spruce up. Here’s how. Read the rest of this entry »

You Can Improve Your Work Relationships By Stealing A Page From Customer Service

June 21, 2017

meeting-2284501_150Customer experience management isn’t a new concept, but it’s one that gained increasing popularity during the Great Recession, when companies realized how much they needed loyal customers.

To keep existing customers and gain new ones, companies began analyzing their interactions with customers. What many organizations found was surprising.

“In the early days of customer experience as a field, we realized that many companies weren’t very intentional in how they approached customer experience,” recalled Tabitha Dunn, now vice president of customer experience at Concur, a business travel and expense management software company based in Bellevue. “The main focus was on creating products and services that customers would purchase and very little time was spent on the quality of those customer interactions.” Read the rest of this entry »

Want To Be Successful At Anything? Cultivate The Skill Of Mindfulness

June 12, 2017

meditation-1837347_150Hearing the term “mindfulness” might conjure up a smiling guru sitting peacefully in a quiet, meditative posture. But mindfulness is no longer just for gurus. Mindfulness is a skill you can cultivate to help you be successful in anything you do.

A wide range of companies, including Intel, Google, Target, General Mills and Aetna, have embraced mindfulness programs, believing the courses will have a positive impact on their employees and on their bottom line.

Universities are also encouraging the practice of mindfulness. David Mick is a marketing professor at the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce who teaches a “Wisdom and Well-Being” course that equips business students with philosophical concepts and mindfulness practices that can improve their professional and personal lives. Each week, students apply readings on philosophy and mindfulness to business cases and to their lives. Read the rest of this entry »

Are You A People Manager? Here Are The 2 Skills Your Employees Say You Need To Improve

June 7, 2017

Young businessman looking at tired colleagues during conference meetingYou’re a people manager – and you believe you’re good at it. But do you really know what your employees think about your management skills?

According to a survey by Robert Half Management Resources, communication and diplomacy are the skills workers say their boss needs to improve most.

In the survey, workers were asked, “Which skill do you think your manager needs to improve most?” Nearly one in three employees (30 percent) rated their boss lowest in communication and diplomacy skills. The next lowest rated skill was technical expertise (18 percent) followed by leadership (17 percent) and strategic thinking (14 percent). Read the rest of this entry »

10 Things I Wish I’d Known Before My First Job

May 24, 2017

group of graduates  taking picture with cell phoneGraduating from college? Congrats! Now it’s time to find a job and begin your career. If you’re feeling nervous, don’t worry –  starting a new job often strikes fear into the heart of even the strongest person.

As one of my career coaching clients said, “Starting your first job is like the adult version of your first day of school. In most cases, you don’t know anyone, you’re not sure if the other ‘kids’ will play nice or be mean to you, you don’t know the layout of the new workplace or even where to find the bathroom, and you’re not sure if you’ll fit in.”

One way to ensure success in a new job is to learn from others. Soon after my own college graduation, I remember asking a family friend what she wished she’d have known before starting her first job. Read the rest of this entry »

Working For A Micromanager? Here Are The Survival Skills You’ll Need

May 17, 2017

iStock_000026324486Medium_150“Sheila” accepted a new job and then realized her boss had some severe micromanaging behaviors. For example, after he would give an assignment, he would check in with Sheila multiple times a day to find out her progress.

“The worst was the day when he pulled a chair into my cubicle and sat next to me, pointing at my computer screen and asking questions while I was working,” Sheila told me. “It wasn’t helpful and slowed me down. By the end of the day I was so angry with him I felt like I might explode.”

Because she was new to her job, Sheila didn’t want to leave. “I like the company and I enjoy my work. It’s just his management style that I hate. He could be a good manager if he wasn’t such a control freak.” Read the rest of this entry »