Take A Cue From Jennifer Lawrence And Speak Up At Work

February 10, 2016

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(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 »

Stay Cool And Calm When Dealing With Ill-Mannered Colleagues

January 13, 2016

iStock_000014105727Medium_150Have you ever been on the receiving end of an angry outburst that left you speechless? It could have been a friend, classmate or the driver behind you with road rage, but it’s inevitable that at some point, this person will be a colleague.

There’s no easy or pleasant way to deal with someone’s bad attitude – especially in a professional environment. But instead of being caught off-guard or reacting negatively when a coworker or boss throws a tantrum your way, heed the following advice and be prepared for handling a workplace bully. Read the rest of this entry »

How To Be Happy In A Job You Hate – When Quitting Isn’t An Option

January 6, 2016

iStock_000043101284_Medium_150Do you hit snooze over and over Monday through Friday? Do you dread walking into the office each day? Are you counting down the minutes to 5 o’clock after lunch time?

If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, it sounds like you hate your job. And for many of my coaching clients who aren’t happy in the jobs they have, these feelings are amplified now more so than ever due to our culture’s growing focus on “finding your passion.” Read the rest of this entry »

Even Santa Doesn’t Love His Job Every Day

December 16, 2015

High angle view of Santa Claus working on computerIt was mid December and Santa was exhausted. He had spent the majority of the year working on a large, global project. While the project’s end goal was inspiring – to increase the happiness factor of children around the world by 50 percent – not everything had gone smoothly. Read the rest of this entry »

Here’s A Morning Routine To Catapult Your Career

December 9, 2015

iStock_000015453567_Medium_150Weekday mornings are tough, especially in the busy month of December. You’re tired, there’s a lot going on in preparing meals, getting dressed, feeding pets and more. Furthermore, maybe you’re heading to a job you hate, making you even more resistant to getting up in the a.m.

With all of this being said, reclaiming your mornings is one of the easiest ways to achieve and exceed your career goals. Even just 20 minutes to do one or a few of the activities below can make a big impact as you’re striving for professional success. Read the rest of this entry »

Introverts: Here’s How You Can Succeed In Job Interviews

December 2, 2015

iStock_000050681258_Medium_150In my years as a career coach, I’ve found that introverted clients often have a tougher time nailing interviews. Job seeking is nerve-wracking for everyone, but the ongoing interaction and need to be always be “on” can be especially draining for introverted personalities.

The assumption that hiring managers are always looking for outgoing star employees who dazzle them with their personalities can translate into nervousness and self-doubt for job candidates who aren’t innately extroverted. But hiring managers aren’t always seeking this employee. Sometimes they need an outgoing go-getter, other times it’s an introspective thinker.

Introverts, to shine in your next interview, try these tips. Read the rest of this entry »

The Gender Pay Gap Issue is Fixable – But May Require Bolder Actions To Overcome

November 25, 2015

iStock_000047943336_150The topic of gender pay equity was back in the news this week with the release of two new wage gap reports, which demonstrate that women continue to make less than their male counterparts. The Economic Policy Institute reported that despite women entering the workforce in record numbers and making gains in educational attainment, the 2014 median hourly wages of U.S. women were only 83 percent of men’s – and the small decrease in the gap is primarily due to stagnant or falling male wages, not from gains by women.

The World Economic Forum also released their 2015 Global Gender Gap Report, which shows that wage inequality persists; with women only now earning what men did a decade ago. The wage disparity analyzed on a global basis is even worse than in the U.S., with the 2015 global average, annual earnings of women only 52 percent of men’s. Based on the slow pace of progress towards gender economic parity, the data suggests that it could take another 118 years (until 2133) to close the global pay gap.

Why has it been so difficult to close the wage gap between women and men? Because the situation is much more complex than most people realize, with many elements influencing the problem. Even though the gender pay gap issue is complex – it’s fixable. But fixing it will require the efforts of people throughout the world, from schools to hiring managers, from human resource personnel to parents of daughters, from governments to groups championing economic and human rights. And, it may require taking bolder actions. Read the rest of this entry »