Nervous About Providing Feedback? Try These 2 Little Tricks

January 11, 2017

women-1209678_150Many managers, especially introverts, tend to shy away from giving feedback to employees because they’re nervous about how the person will react. Others are worried because they aren’t sure how to give feedback in a way that’s helpful.

The two acronyms I like to use to help me remember how to provide feedback are “T.H.I.N.K.” and “S.M.A.R.T.” Before I give feedback, I usually say this phrase in my head several times: Think smart. Think smart. Think smart. Read the rest of this entry »

Are You A Good Boss? Test Yourself With These 5 Questions

January 4, 2017

workplace-1245776_150Think you’re good at managing people? Most managers, when asked, provide a glowing commentary of their stellar people management skills.

Yet research has demonstrated the opposite. A Gallup study of 7,272 U.S. adults revealed that 50 percent had left their job to get away from their manager to improve their life at some point in their career.

Poor people management skills also negatively affect employee happiness and productivity, with managers accounting for up to 70% of variance in employee engagement scores.

Want to find out how good you are as a people manager? See how many of these five questions you can answer with “yes.” Read the rest of this entry »

6 Steps To Turn 2017 Into A Year Of On-Going Career Success

December 28, 2016

istock_000020215753medium_150As you celebrate the Christmas season and New Year and reflect back on 2016, how can you turn 2017 into a year of on-going career success? By creating a career strategic plan.

Someone once said, “Success is the intersection of preparation and opportunity.” Achieving success requires more than luck, more than hard work – it requires a plan. Here’s how. Read the rest of this entry »

Sometimes The Best Employee Motivation Isn’t With Money

December 14, 2016

istock_000032922910_medium_150It’s that time of year again, when many managers work through the ritual of company-required employee performance appraisals and then will meet individually with each employee in January to discuss their 2016 accomplishments.

But if your budget hasn’t been increased for 2017, what can you do to motivate those on your team (and stay motivated yourself)? Try these six tips: Read the rest of this entry »

Take Time To Reflect On 2016 Before It Ends

December 7, 2016

the future looks greatThe holidays and year’s end are quickly approaching! With events and parties galore, this time of year tends to quickly pass by. So be sure you take a little time out from the holiday cheer to take inventory of your career progress in 2016. Also, start thinking about what you’d like to achieve and improve upon in 2017.

I know this is a lot to consider during the busy season, when we’d rather be sipping hot chocolate and shopping for presents! To help you start, here is a list of questions to reflect on. Read the rest of this entry »

I Think I Can, I Think I Can – Be Your Own Motivational Career Coach

November 30, 2016

Healthy Asian business woman lift a dumbbell  isolated on white backgroundYou glance up at the clock on the wall. It’s 3:30pm and your five o’clock deadline is quickly approaching. You take a deep breath and exhale slowly, moving your head from side-to-side and relaxing your shoulders. “I can do this,” you mentally tell yourself several times as you finalize the financial analysis assigned by your boss and get prepared to share your recommendations for cost reductions.

That little voice in our heads we hear before, during or after situations throughout each day is known as ‘self-talk.’ This internal voice can be positive or negative, and, it can turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy. Read the rest of this entry »

Feeling Bored In Your Job? 7 Ways To Shake It Up

October 12, 2016

istock_000049488598_medium_150Are 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 »

Promoted From Coworker To Manager? 7 Tips For A Smooth Transition

October 5, 2016

Two Businesswomen Having Informal Meeting In Modern OfficeOne 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 »