I’m Sorry, You Have Two Minutes
by Suzanne Bates - Mar, 2010
“I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity.” - Oprah Winfrey Imagine this. You’ve worked for several weeks to prepare a 30 minute presentation. You’re feeling pretty good about it. You hope it will be enough to make an impression on your board, senior team or client. You walk into the room and they say, ”Listen, sorry, we’re really behind, uh...can you cover this in two minutes?” Freeze. Smile. Nod. OH...
The Most Important Commitment You Make
by Nan S. Russell - Mar, 2010
Commitments. Commitments. Commitments. They fill our days, our heads and our lives. Most of us are in the commitment business. Of course, that's not what we call it. At work, we're making commitments to customers, suppliers, bosses, coworkers and staff. At home, we're making commitments to family, friends, neighbors, community and organizations. Not to mention commitments to pay taxes, credit card bills, mortgages and car loan...
Self-Doubt as Saboteur - Silencing Your Career Demons
by Dawn Lennon - Mar, 2010
Do you give yourself away? Show the chinks in your armor? Reveal the weaknesses in your game? We spend a lot of time trying to look and act the part in our careers. Every day we show up, take care of business, wait for our defining moment, and hope we can deliver. We showcase what we’re made of when all eyes are on us, including our own. We can run but we can’t hide from ourselves. We can do our best to cover our inse...
How to Successfully Navigate 12 Very Common Career Situations
by Andy Robinson - Mar, 2010
Be Prepared! Time to Take Action...NOW! Proactive career planning and career management are key career success elements, but even our best laid plans can get side-tracked if we don't keep our eyes on the horizon and be prepared for unexpected changes and detours in our career path. As an executive career coach for the past 15 years, I have noted 12 common career situations that present themselves to us at both expected...
Focus First, Network Second
by Thomas J. Denham - Mar, 2010
The number one reason clients work with me is because they lack focus. A typical client may have been tossing around a few ideas in their head for a while, but are just not sure. Sometimes, they’ve been on the Internet seeing what’s out there with little or no luck. Without a sharply defined focus, this process quickly becomes scattered leaving them feeling confused, discouraged and at-risk of giving up any hope for change....
A Brief Overview Of Common 401k Mistakes
by William Lemerond - Mar, 2010
Believe it or not there are many mistakes that can be made along the way when it comes to financial retirement savings and investing. Unfortunately a good many of these mistakes center around the 401(k), which can be a tremendous boost to your retirement plans when used properly in order to build your portfolio. The problem is that the mistakes are often the only things we hear when it comes to retirement plans and investing....
Career Question: What Do You Have at Stake?
by Kris Parfitt - Mar, 2010
Considering a career change? Thinking of going for that promotion? Looking for a job? Something is motivating you to consider your options, but have you asked yourself the one question which once answered really identifies what would happen if you didn’t pursue the change? That question is simple in content yet profound in context: What do you have at stake? In other words, what do you have to lose in your life if you do NOT s...
Learn How to Bounce Back - Things Can Be Better Than Ever!
by Beverly Jones - Mar, 2010
A business friend I’ll call Sam is now a very wealthy man, and he seems to be very happy as well. Sam has had several careers and pursued many entrepreneurial projects. Our paths have crossed for close to 30 years, but most often when Sam’s career has been in a tough patch. I have seen Sam when his business has been crashing, his industry has been cratering and his personal life has been in stress. I have watched him fight...
How to Create a Personal Brand with out Being a Jerk
by Joshua Waldman - Feb, 2010
There are those talking about Personal Branding who are nothing more than ego-maniacs used to leading their high-school click. Personal Branding is NOT the same as being the center of attention or creating a cult of your own personality. In fact, a good brand is quite the opposite. Let me explain what I mean. Your Personal Brand, their Emotions Think about Steve Jobs. What emotions come to your head...I think: “innova...
Are You Worth The Risk? Your Life Is Your Business
by Dawn Lennon - Feb, 2010
Any idea about who has a stake in you? I mean a real money stake based on your risk-reward value. Seem like a weird question? When you’re the investment, you’re expected to deliver a return. That’s right. Every time we borrow or accept money from an outside source, we are their investment. So we have an obligation to reward the investor. Here’s how this works. Let’s say, you’re a college student. Your parents pay part...
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