Individual Contributors: How To Push Back When You Don’t Want To Take On People Management Responsibilities

April 22, 2015

iStock_000034734656_150Back in March I wrote a blog that you don’t have to be a people manager to have a successful career. In it, I provided examples of some of the many career types and jobs where I’ve seen successful individual contributors and pointed out research showing that only about one in 10 employees has the necessary traits to be a good people manager.

After that blog was published, I received many emails from readers sharing their frustrations about wanting to remain as individual contributors, but being pushed by their managers to take on people management responsibilities. Read the rest of this entry »

Want A Raise? Preparation, Strategy And Timing Are Key

April 8, 2015

smiling young business woman thinking in the officeReader’s Question: I’m still new to my career and am interested in getting a raise. But, I’m finding it difficult because I’m not sure how or when to bring up the topic of a raise with my boss. Can you help?

Lisa’s Answer: Before you broach the subject of a raise with your boss, it’s important to spend time preparing for the discussion, determining your strategy and considering the timing for the conversation. Here’s how… Read the rest of this entry »

How To Get In Shape – Even While At Work

April 1, 2015

Healthy Asian business woman lift a dumbbell  isolated on white backgroundEvery year right about now, I get excited to see the sun shining brightly outside. I live in Seattle and as you can imagine, we get a lot of gray, rainy days. I’m not complaining, because the rain is why everything is so green and beautiful. But I have to admit that seeing the sun makes me want to head outside for run (before the rain comes back). Read the rest of this entry »

10 Survival Tips for Grads to Land the Job They Want

March 30, 2015

shutterstock_230410570_150In June, more than a million college students will graduate*. The good news: surveys suggest employers will be hiring. In fact according to a new survey from Michigan State University, hiring for new graduates is expected to jump by 16%. The bad news: recruiters and employers suggest millennials are entering the labor market with “lackluster resumes and slipshod cover letters,” appearing unfocused, unmotivated and with unrealistic expectations about starting salaries (according to Read the rest of this entry »

How To Get Yourself Fired From A New Job

March 23, 2015

iStock_000026393810Medium_150I have a tendency to write about the positive aspects of career development and the proactive things people can do to maximize their potential at work. But sometimes, it’s important to highlight the don’ts – things you should avoid doing, or you just might get yourself fired from your new job. Read the rest of this entry »

How To ‘Shark Tank’ Your Way To A Job Offer

March 18, 2015

iStock_000046220048Medium_150I have a confession… I love watching the television show Shark Tank. For anyone who hasn’t heard of this show, it’s about aspiring entrepreneurs who pitch their business or products to a panel of potential investors. The reason I love this show is because of how similar it is to real life – specifically, to obtaining a job. Here’s what I mean… Read the rest of this entry »