Archive for the ‘Career management’ Category

Why “why” is the killer of taking action

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014
  As summer began I and a friend put ourselves on a summer challenge to getjustdoit our bodies healthy. I intentionally chose getting healthy over losing weight (yes, I needed that too) because when I'm eating healthy and doing good things for my body, my weight naturally moves into a healthier zone as well. As we began the journey, my friend sent me this text: "I just want to UNDERSTAND why I eat the way that I do." and my coaching brain immediately thought "Uh-oh". You see,  the challenge with being a coach is that you    Read More

Manage better by releasing control

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
relaxcontrolNavigating an appropriate level of control can be a difficult balancing act as a new manager... Many new managers (and seasoned ones too!) try to control too much thinking that everything now depends upon them while others don't manage enough out of fear of being "accused" of being the dreaded micro-manager. I remember being worried as a new manager because I believed that being a manager meant that now EVERYTHING rested on my shoulders and it was a serious responsibility. I was no longer "just" responsible for my activity. I was responsible for    Read More

no longer #199: how tom brady turned motivation into inspiration and how you can too

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012
While the New England Patriots may not have won the Super Bowl this past weekend,  Tom Brady certainly has a story that can teach us all a thing or two about dedication, commitment and determination. Did you know that Tom Brady was drafted #199 (yes, that is one hundred ninety-nine) in the 6th round of the 2000 NFL draft?  He was finally picked up by the Patriots and initially joined the roster as their #4 QB. Tom Brady was dejected.  Although Brady was happy to actually get picked up, he NEVER thought he would go so    Read More

when touchy-feely isn’t your nature

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
The other day a young woman was referred to me who has been in the job market for well over a year.  She has a great resume and consistently gets two interviews per month, BUT NO OFFERS. She's a financial analyst by training and quite brilliant by anyone's standards and yet, she cannot get hired.  After speaking with her for about an hour, here's what I learned:
  • She's strong INTJ on the Myers-Briggs Scale
  • She considers herself to be a no-nonsense, shoot from the hip, call-em-as-I-see-em person, in other words "If    Read More

focus on what you can control

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

"Focus on What You Can Control"

There is so much in today's work environment that we cannot control.  It is the biggest single frustration my clients face (and report) on an almost daily basis.  It is fine to acknowledge one's frustration with the uncontrollable but if we're going to be effective leaders, we must FOCUS on what we can control. Right now I'm reading a great book written by Kevin & Jackie Freiberg titled, BOOM!: 7 Choices for Blowing the Doors Off Business-As-Usual. In a    Read More

letting your work “speak for itself” can be a faulty long-term strategy

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011
In my last message, I introduced you to the basics of emotional intelligence and why they are important competencies to master for your career success.  As critical to mastering emotional intelligence is recognizing that career success goes beyond simply showing up for work, delivering an excellent product and then heading home at the end of the day.  I cannot tell you how many clients I have coached that could not understand why their work didn't speak for itself or why they had to play "office politics" (in their vernacular).  If this is your mindset,    Read More

lessons rep. weiner could have learned from my mom (and what you can too)

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

"What Rep. Weiner Could Have Learned From My Mom (and What You Can Too)"

I would love to tell you that I don't get it but I do - yet another powerful figure that has demonstrated his lack of integrity.  It is a story for the ages.  Boy meets girl, boy likes girl, boy pursues girl (except in this case boy is married), boy sends private pictures over a public medium and gets caught engaging in illicit online relationships. I would also like to tell you that this is a problem confined to    Read More

the goals we don’t (but should) acknowledge

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

"The Goals We Don't (But Should) Acknowledge"

Goals.  We all have them.  Some typical goals might include things like:
  • Generate $10,000 in sales this month
  • Develop 10 new clients
  • Double company market share
Goals can be motivating and by definition, they (hopefully) set the framework for our critical tasks list from day to day and week to week. What you rarely hear are goals like these:
  • I don't want to fail
  • I don't want to look stupid
  • I don't want to make mistakes
But the    Read More

don’t just do your job, re-invent it

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
I recently posted a video of a powerful speech given by Xerox CEO Ursula Burns to a group of MIT students.  It was engaging and informative on many levels and if you have the chance, I highly encourage you to click here to listening to the entire clip. Of the many meaningful insights she shared in this speech to eager MIT students on the topic of leadership, it was something that she shared related to career management that really gave me food for    Read More

a conversation in leadership

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011
A powerful speech delivered by Xerox CEO Ursula Burns to MIT students.  It is a long video but if you can hang in there, you will definitely find it worthwhile!


Her key points:

  1. Be authentic (yes!)
  2. Listen enough to hear what people really want (what they say and don't say)
  3. Get followership
  4. TAKE A STAND.  Declare something.  Saying what you think sets a stake for people to either argue or support you (LOVE this!).
  5. Have objectives and be    Read More