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 »

National Mentoring Month: Historic Figures Can Also Be Mentors

January 14, 2015

iStock_000014188963Medium_150January 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.

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How To Turn 2015 Into A Year Of Career Success

January 7, 2015

iStock_000050416700Medium_150In 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 »

Why Your New Year’s Motto Should Be: ‘Different Is Good’

December 31, 2014

iStock_000048509430Medium150When 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 »