Standing out – virtually

If you’re not in the office with your manager, how do you stand out and get noticed? And if you’re not in the office with your team, how do you know who’s doing what – and how well? These questions are bouncing around all over the place right now. And I get it. Things have changed, and it feels weird and …

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When “awkward” is a good thing

Learning is change. Change is learning. Both are challenging. You’re doing things differently. You’re thinking new thoughts. You’re discovering new perspectives and new ways of being. You are becoming different. And that’s awkward. Fumbling through a new language, going from an iPhone to an Android, figuring out how to go  someplace you’ve never been (literally or metaphorically), starting a new …

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The myth of the Career Fairy Godmother

I have bad news: there’s no magical Career Fairy Godmother poised to grant your wishes for success. Your career is yours. No one cares about your career as much as you do – or at least, as much as you should. But here’s the challenge. You went through your school years being told what to do to succeed. And “succeed” …

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What’s on the flip side?

What’s on the flip side of your skills? What’s on the flip side of your success? What’s on the flip side of your failures or problems? Similarly, what’s on the flip side of your employees’ skills, successes, failures, and problems? There are two sides to everything. A failure at one thing is a success at something else.  And vice versa. You can …

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Do the verb!

Want to be a leader? Lead. Want to be good at communication? Communicate. Want to be an author? Write. Want to get better at negotiating? Negotiate. It’s that simple. DO THE VERB instead of wishing to be. Is it easy? Probably not. But you can’t get to being without doing what you want to be. And wishing you could be …

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Identifying Emerging Leaders

When you leave it up to managers to select employees for professional development programs, there’s a lot of uncertainty involved. It depends on the quality of those managers. Are they good managers, alert to their employees’ accomplishments, skills, and career ambitions? Or are they overwhelmed, frustrated, and perhaps with their own political ax to grind? What inherent – or, let’s …

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What is your failure saying about success?

We get so hyperfocused on omg, FAILURE.  Ugh. Finger-pointing, excuses, project post-mortems, who screwed up, how could I be so dumb. Wait. Stop. Failure in one area is success in another. Flip the failure over. What succeeded? No, I don’t mean in some sort of Pollyanna-ish, unicorns-rainbows-fairy-dust approach. (You really should know by now that I’m not a unicorns-rainbows-fairy-dust person.) This isn’t false …

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Time management tips for managers

Time management is a tricky thing! And I’ll tell you a secret: I don’t actually believe in time management. But I DO believe in a host of tools that I’ll talk about in this video that will help you get a lot more out of your time each day. Tune in and see what you think! Resources Morningness-Eveningness quiz: http://www.cet-surveys.com/index.php?sid=61524 …

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You’re the BOSS of you – if you want to be

I love it when a client takes control of their career instead of letting it drag them around. But it’s painful and frustrating when I see another client struggling to take initiative, to do the research, to actively own the process of becoming better at what he does. I suspect our educational system and overall cultural approach to raising children …

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Building Resilience in the Workplace

Are you feeling overwhelmed and even blindsided at work? Do you sometimes dread going in to the office because you’re not sure what you’re going to have to deal with – or maybe because you know all too well what you’re going to have to deal with? Being a manager or supervisor isn’t easy, and it’s full of unexpected challenges. …

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