Why Women Might Make Better People Managers Than Men

December 17, 2014

Portrait of young beautiful leader on the background of her colleaguesAccording to a recent Gallup survey, “U.S. employees with female bosses are more engaged than employees with male bosses.” Do these results mean females make better people managers than males? Possibly. Here’s why and what you can do to improve your management skills no matter what your gender… Read the rest of this entry »

‘Madam Secretary’ TV Show Is Right: In Every Situation, You Have A Choice

December 3, 2014

Secretary of State_Picture_150Early in my career I received an interesting compliment. After a particularly difficult meeting, a high-level executive pulled me aside. He said: “You were the tallest person in the room – always stay that way. You might not understand the meaning behind my compliment now, but you will in a few years.”

He was right, it took me several years until I truly understood what he meant (and by the way, I’m 5’2” tall). I hadn’t thought about his comments in a long time, until I began watching the television show Madam Secretary. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Ways To Count Your Blessings And Give Thanks This Week

November 26, 2014

Woman with card Thank You isolated on white backgroundTomorrow (Thursday) is Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., a holiday for most employees. Thanksgiving was originally dedicated to expressing gratitude for the blessing of the year’s harvest. A few years ago, I decided to make Thanksgiving week a time to focus on gratitude and think about all the people in my life (both personal and professional) for whom I’m grateful.

Before I go to sleep each evening this week, you’ll find me writing a quick list of all the people and things for which I’m thankful; little things that might not seem like a big deal, but that make my life even happier. Read the rest of this entry »

Part 3: Addressing A Different Kind Of Resume Gap – Just Graduated

November 19, 2014

pretty african female college graduate at graduation with classmatesToday is Part 3 of a three-part blog series focusing on how to address gaps in your work history. Part 1 explained ways to handle gaps on your resume when you’ve taken time out of your career to raise children, care for elderly parents, or if you were laid off. In Part 2, I provided examples on how to explain work gaps in your cover letter. Part 3 addresses a different kind of gap – when you’ve recently graduated from school and don’t have a lot of work history to include on your resume. Read the rest of this entry »

Part 2: Addressing Work Gaps In Your Cover Letter

November 12, 2014

Close-up of a fountain penLast week I focused on how to handle work gaps in your resume. This week I tackle the topic of ways to address gaps in cover letters. As I mentioned in my previous blog, having a gap in your work history isn’t as big of a deal as most people would think. But if you feel that you won’t get called for an interview if you don’t provide an explanation in your cover letter, then here are a few examples to use as guides: Read the rest of this entry »

Dealing With A Bad Boss: The Micromanager

October 16, 2014

iStock_000026324486Medium_150Last week I discussed ways to deal with a boss who is disengaged, but amiable. This week I’m tackling the subject of bosses who micromanage.

The key to being able to deal with a micromanaging boss is to, first, make sure you’re haven’t caused the situation. If you aren’t the problem, then the next step is to determine your plan of action to move forward, while surviving the bad behavior of your boss. Read the rest of this entry »