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 »

PR Tricks For Getting Noticed At Work – The Right Way

September 28, 2016

Young girl in costume at the officeI have a friend who’s terrific at being his own public relations agent. Whether he’s celebrating his latest promotion or cooking dinner for friends, he’s got a knack for showcasing what he’s good at without sounding self-centered. What’s his secret?

Shameless self-promotion is about knowing what you want and then being your own best advocate. For many people, self-promotion falls outside their comfort zone. But there are ways to boost your career and visibility without coming across as conceited. Read the rest of this entry »

2 Job Offers? Here’s How To Choose

September 12, 2016

Asian woman standing in the middle of cross roadA former client “Catherine” approached me with an unusual career situation. Her problem? She was stressed out and didn’t know what to do because she had two job offers, but couldn’t decide which to take. Neither was her dream job, but both paid more than she currently made, and one could lead to a human resources manager position – her career goal.

Most job opportunities are not quite the dream job we want. In Catherine’s case, trying to make a choice had become overly stressful and was causing decision paralysis. I suggested Catherine use this process of analysis to help her fully explore her options: Read the rest of this entry »

Mean Coworker? 5 Steps To Deal With The Situation

August 31, 2016

Angry woman makes face behind person over whiteEver had a coworker try to humiliate you or ridicule your ideas in front of others? There are professional ways to put a stop to poor behavior in the workplace.

Q: I have a coworker who tries to make me look bad at every opportunity. For example, during a recent meeting I made a suggestion to the team. Everyone liked my idea except for this one person. She singled me out and tried to humiliate me by making fun of my idea in front of everyone. This isn’t the first time this has happened. I think she’s good at her job, but why is she doing this to me and what can I do to make her stop? Read the rest of this entry »