October 19, 2016
You’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 »
October 12, 2016
Are you sitting at your desk feeling the Autumn blahs or wishing your job was as exciting as that vacation you had back in August?
While work might never be as fun-filled as your vacation – like line-dancing on an exotic beach at sunset with a margarita in your hand – you can still kick it up a notch in October.
Let the crisp Autumn weather outside inspire you inside the office. Here’s how. Read the rest of this entry »
October 5, 2016
One of the more difficult career situations I’ve coached people through – and been through myself – is being promoted from within a department to become the manager of that group.
As one client found out, going from a peer who previously talked “trash” about the manager with other colleagues to the person others talked about can make it a stressful transition. Read the rest of this entry »
September 28, 2016
I have a friend who’s terrific at being his own public relations agent. Whether he’s celebrating his latest promotion or cooking dinner for friends, he’s got a knack for showcasing what he’s good at without sounding self-centered. What’s his secret?
Shameless self-promotion is about knowing what you want and then being your own best advocate. For many people, self-promotion falls outside their comfort zone. But there are ways to boost your career and visibility without coming across as conceited. Read the rest of this entry »
September 21, 2016
I recently had the opportunity to compare the difference in listening skills between my 7-year-old niece and a grown adult (my sister). My niece won.
My niece told me exactly what I had said in a previous conversation, while my sister could barely remember the topic we discussed. That’s when my niece reminded us of a very important lesson. Read the rest of this entry »
September 12, 2016
A former client “Catherine” approached me with an unusual career situation. Her problem? She was stressed out and didn’t know what to do because she had two job offers, but couldn’t decide which to take. Neither was her dream job, but both paid more than she currently made, and one could lead to a human resources manager position – her career goal.
Most job opportunities are not quite the dream job we want. In Catherine’s case, trying to make a choice had become overly stressful and was causing decision paralysis. I suggested Catherine use this process of analysis to help her fully explore her options: Read the rest of this entry »
August 31, 2016
Ever had a coworker try to humiliate you or ridicule your ideas in front of others? There are professional ways to put a stop to poor behavior in the workplace.
Q: I have a coworker who tries to make me look bad at every opportunity. For example, during a recent meeting I made a suggestion to the team. Everyone liked my idea except for this one person. She singled me out and tried to humiliate me by making fun of my idea in front of everyone. This isn’t the first time this has happened. I think she’s good at her job, but why is she doing this to me and what can I do to make her stop? Read the rest of this entry »
August 22, 2016
Are you just back from vacation, feeling refreshed and ready to take on more career challenges? Now’s the time to use that energy to propel yourself forward by creating a career development plan! Here’s how. Read the rest of this entry »
August 17, 2016
“I can’t believe I was let go. After all the downsizing over the last several years, I thought my job was safe. How could they do this to me right after I got back from my family vacation?” wept the client sitting in my office.
“What am I going to do now?” she asked, as I handed her the box of tissues.
Shock. Anger. Frustration. Fear. These are often the first feelings to occur after being laid off or fired from a job. The cycle of feelings is actually very similar to the emotional stages that occur after the death of a loved one. And, the worst thing you can do is ignore your feelings. Read the rest of this entry »
August 3, 2016
If 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 »