4 Career Courageous Moves For May

May 4, 2016

Young girl in costume at the officeSpring is in the air and Summer is just around the corner, which means now is the perfect time to kick your career into a higher gear by doing something courageous every week in May! 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 »

April 12th Is Equal Pay Day: How Does Your Compensation Compare?

April 12, 2016

equal pay equality in rigths for man and womenSee Dick and Jane (fictional characters). Dick and Jane are the same age, earned the same college degree, have four years of work experience, are employed by the same company and hold the same jobs (same title). The only difference? Dick makes $50,000 per year and Jane makes only $39,500.

Today is Tuesday, April 12th – also known as Equal Pay Day – and it symbolizes how far into this year that Jane must work to earn the same amount that Dick earned in 2015. Her education, skills, experience and job responsibilities are the same as Dick’s, but Jane makes 79 cents for every dollar that Dick is paid. Why? Because Jane is female and Dick is male.

Did reading this story about two fictional characters make you angry? It should, because for many women, this isn’t a fictional story, it’s what they live through every day. Read the rest of this entry »

The Skill To Sharpen: Leadership

March 23, 2016

Young businesswoman explaining report to her colleague at meetingLeadership and navigation is the most critical competency for businesses now and in the next decade, according to a recent Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) survey.

However, this competency – which they define as “the ability to direct and contribute to initiatives and processes within the organization” – is something most employees and job candidates lack.

It’s estimated that 3.6 million baby boomers are going to retire in 2016. This means businesses will be replacing a lot of senior leaders and managers. If you aspire to hold a leadership role, now is the time to sharpen your skill set. Here are ten ways to become a better leader, no matter what stage you’re at in your career:  Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Hire The Wrong Person! 5 Tips For Finding A Career Coach

March 16, 2016

iStock_000010466280Medium_150“I thought I was hiring someone who could help me with my career, but the person wasn’t a good fit,” Anna told me during our telephone discussion. “I wanted a career coach to help me strategize what it will take for me to move into a management role at the global tech company where I work. Turns out, the person I hired was a ‘life coach’ not a career coach.”

Hiring the wrong person can be frustrating, especially when you realize the mistake after you’ve hired the person. To help you avoid this situation, here are five tips to follow before you hire a career coach. Read the rest of this entry »

Take A Cue From Jennifer Lawrence And Speak Up At Work

February 10, 2016

(courtesy of Gage Skidmore/flickr)

(courtesy of Gage Skidmore/flickr)

The topic of women speaking up in the workplace has been buzzing in the news recently, largely due to an essay penned by actress Jennifer Lawrence. She writes about how instead of negotiating boldly and speaking directly she always tried to find the “adorable” way to share her opinion so she would be likable, because she didn’t want to seem “difficult” or “spoiled.”

Speaking up – whether it’s in a meeting, negotiating salary or during a conference call – is such a relevant topic for everyone in every office setting, both men and women. Many clients come to me with questions related to expressing themselves clearly, getting rid of jitters that come from speaking during meetings, sharing opinions diplomatically, and more.

So how do you do it? Start with these tips. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Tips To Get Coworkers To Do What You Want

February 3, 2016

iStock_000022282160Medium_150It’s a fact of the working world: Getting others to complete the tasks you want and need done is rarely easy. Whether you’re a manager delegating activities, trying to convince peers to achieve a goal for the greater good of the team or a fresh-out-of-school professional managing up, the complications are the same. Key details get lost in translation, competing priorities get in the way and teams are often working against tight deadlines and limited resources.

So how do you convince coworkers to do what you want and ensure you’re on the same page about completing the task at-hand? Follow this advice. Read the rest of this entry »