Beware of “Bring Me Another Rock” Managers! Clarify Direction. Provoke Decisions.
by Dawn Lennon - Jun, 2010
They make us think we’re the problem. We produce work our managers assign and they throw it back. “Revise this,” they say. “What am I missing?” we ask. “It doesn’t quite address the issues,” they answer. “When it’s right, I’ll know it.” We go back to our desks deflated, believing that somehow we’re just not grasping things. We still don’t have a clear idea of how to “fix” anything. We start to worry that our caree...
The Beauty With The Briefcase
by Amanda Guralski - Jun, 2010
Back when I was in college, I fully subscribed to the philosophy of one Ani DiFranco, patron saint of angst-filled young women. One of her songs, “32 Flavors”, rang profoundly true for me, especially this verse: God help you if you are an ugly girl/’Course too pretty is also your doom/’Cause everyone harbors a secret resentment/for the prettiest girl in the room... Isn’t that the truth? As women, we just can’t win. If we...
Who Quits Their Job in This Economy?
by Barbara Safani - Jun, 2010
According to the most recent report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more employees left their jobs voluntarily in March (1.9M) than were laid off (1.8M). You may be wondering why so many are quitting their jobs in what is still a volatile economy, but the reality is that people quit their jobs despite economic indicators for a variety of reasons. Here are some of the reasons employees tell me they quit their jobs o...
Career Stock Raising
by Nan S. Russell - Jun, 2010
All requests are not equal; all customers or clients are not equal; all to-do-list tasks are not equal; all work responsibilities are not equal. You can do fifty things today and get little, if any, return on your personal investment for having done them. Or you can do one or two things which have a large return. You possess personal capital. It's comprised of your time, effort, knowledge and skills. Investing that capital...
Be a Self-Aware Leader
by Alexandra Levit - Jun, 2010
Self-awareness, which may be defined as being conscious of what you’re good at while acknowledging what you still need to learn, is one of the most underrated leadership skills. Apparently, it’s also one of the most rare. According to the Change Style Indicator, a research study on management styles that has been conducted for two decades, leaders are more likely to be unaware of how their behavior impacts others. Also, in...
Five Reasons to Get a Career Tune-Up Today!
by Sharon Cohen - Jun, 2010
How do I know if I need a Career Tune up? • Are you currently dealing with change? • Do you lack a career focus? • Are you considering alternative, career options? • Do you plan to job search? • Are you currently looking for a new job? If you answered yes, to any of these questions you could benefit from a career tune-up. Most clients do not need long-term, career counseling which can drag on for months or even yea...
The New Rules on Blackberries
by Suzanne Bates - Jun, 2010
I really don’t want to write this article. You know, the one on the use of Blackberries in meetings. Shellie, our business manager, is making me do it. I don’t want to write this because I don’t have all the answers. But Shellie is right. If the business world doesn’t get a handle on this insidious, pervasive, focus-sucking problem; we’re all going to go just a tiny bit crazy. So...here goes. If your company, your...
Confidence Boost - Celebrate Your Stepping Stone Successes
by Dee McCrorey - Jun, 2010
A recent road trip gave me a chance to gauge the mood of people across the U.S., chatting with folks in coffee houses, restaurants, hotel lounges and at roadside stops along I-40. I asked people to share with me one thing they were proud of having done differently the day before. Most folks struggled to identify even one small success, overlooking the single, most effective action they could take in building positive moment...
Think You’re Not Good Enough? Look Around! Evolving Self-Confidence.
by Dawn Lennon - Jun, 2010
I often hear this: “I don’t have enough: • experience for that job • knowledge to lead a team • years with the company to advance • know-how to start my own business.” Exactly, who says we aren’t good enough? Most of the time, we’re the guilty party. Doubt is our enemy. Negative self-talk is often riddled with self-doubt. We look at what others are achieving, compare ourselves, and question whether we have wha...
Executive Coaching for Creating a State of Flow – Flow Exercise
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Jun, 2010
One of my CEO executive coaching clients is working with his executive leadership team to create an organizational culture that unleashes employees’ intrinsic motivation and state of flow. I am coaching him to become more effective at appealing to employees’ intrinsic motivation and core values, and helping leaders at all levels of the organization become more fully engaged in creating a culture that supports flow. The CEO...
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