January 28, 2015
It’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 »
January 21, 2015
When you’re on the short list of final candidates for a second job interview, the key to success is to demonstrate to the hiring manager why you are the person they should hire over any of the other candidates. Here are two ways to accomplish this: Read the rest of this entry »
January 14, 2015
January 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.
January 7, 2015
In my last blog, I discussed the importance of doing things differently during 2015. One of the tips I mentioned was creating a career strategic plan – to get you from where you are today, to where you want to be. That sounds difficult, you’re probably thinking. Actually, it’s not.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery, a famous French writer, once said, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” Achieving success requires more than luck, more than hard work — it requires a plan. And the great part is that your plan doesn’t have to be difficult to create or complex. Here is my (simple) advice for creating your very own career strategic plan: Read the rest of this entry »
December 31, 2014
When I was about eight years old, both sets of grandparents came to stay with us during the holidays. For me, it was like a dream come true, because it meant that I got to bake cookies with both of my grandmothers. During a snowy afternoon, we tried a new cookie recipe I had found in one of my mother’s many cookbooks. Together, we added ingredients to a big bowl, mixed them together and then ooh’d and ahh’d at the fabulous aroma while the cookies baked. Read the rest of this entry »
December 24, 2014
You felt like you did great during the job interview, but you didn’t get a call back from the hiring manager. Then, you received an email, thanking you for your time and telling you that someone else was selected for the job. You’re disappointed. You might even feel like stepping outside and screaming. Here’s how to react if you don’t get the job… Read the rest of this entry »
December 17, 2014
According to a recent Gallup survey, “U.S. employees with female bosses are more engaged than employees with male bosses.” Do these results mean females make better people managers than males? Possibly. Here’s why and what you can do to improve your management skills no matter what your gender… Read the rest of this entry »
December 10, 2014
With Christmas just around the corner, I can already feel people’s stress levels rising. To make this year’s festivities more enjoyable, try these tips for surviving the holiday season at work: Read the rest of this entry »
December 3, 2014
Early 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 »
November 26, 2014
Tomorrow (Thursday) is Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., a holiday for most employees. Thanksgiving was originally dedicated to expressing gratitude for the blessing of the year’s harvest. A few years ago, I decided to make Thanksgiving week a time to focus on gratitude and think about all the people in my life (both personal and professional) for whom I’m grateful.
Before I go to sleep each evening this week, you’ll find me writing a quick list of all the people and things for which I’m thankful; little things that might not seem like a big deal, but that make my life even happier. Read the rest of this entry »