Big Meeting Ahead? Skip the Trust Falls

Sooner or later many employees will get tapped to plan a company event. Whether it’s an extended, off-site staff meeting or a strategic, global conference, the task can be daunting. And while some larger organizations have corporate communications, HR, and/or training departments that might be able to lend a hand, often given workloads and budget restrictions, you’ll be largely left on your […]

LinkedIn Endorsements and Recommendations

For some people LinkedIn has become the professional equivalent of a video game, where users attempt to score relationship points by randomly connecting with as many people as possible. As in most things however, quality trumps quantity. While having a large number of connections or followers may make you feel better about yourself, it won’t produce much if they aren’t actively engaged or at […]

Why Soft Skills Matter

Ever see those guys in the gym? You know, the ones who look like a body double for a 90s style Arnold Schwarzenegger. They might appear to be in perfect shape, but several lack the flexibility, balance and agility to keep up with the average teenage bookworm. This is not a slight (seriously, huge people at the gym, I mean no offense) […]

Network Without the Desperation

People dread networking because the events can feel like the business equivalent of a “meat market” style night club where attendees replace the cheesy “how you doing? (insert hopeful wink)” with a “What do you do? (insert fake – wait for my turn to talk – smile)”. You can make networking more meaningful and effective by aiming for quality of […]

Managing Millennials

As a Gen Xer I find it amusing that both my generational colleagues and more often Baby Boomers, discuss how to handle the Gen Y crowd like they would a batch of spent nuclear fuel. Perhaps it’s my inner latchkey kid talking, but I just don’t understand all the fuss. Yes, they grew up with technology. Yes, they were […]

No Cost Skill Boosters

There are many ways to enhance your skills in advance of a job search. And while am a proponent of traditional classroom training, pursuing another degree or earning a new certification can be time-consuming, costly, and often not directly applicable to the opportunity you’re seeking. Even more flexible on-line options such as webinars and asynchronous presentations can burden your personal bottom line […]

How to Say No to Promotion

It might seem unthinkable to those who endlessly launch themselves up the corporate ladder, but for many people there are times when accepting a promotion, especially when it comes with longer hours, additional responsibilities, more direct reports, and/or taking on an international assignment, is simply a bad decision. Don’t get me wrong, most employees get the jitters when taking a new […]

Turbo-boost Your Career

In life shortcuts rarely pay-off. Once while living in New York I entered a largely ignored short line at the DMV hoping that my fellow motorists had overlooked something. Turns out it was for farm vehicles. Since I had no plans to drive a tractor across the George Washington Bridge, I had to circle back and join a line that, much to my chagrin, […]

Career Killing Mistakes

While it’s rare that a single blunder could kill a career, there are a few behaviors that, over time, might get you donated back to the industry. Typically, these occurrences involve employees who ignore, or are never made aware of, a fatal flaw in their leadership style. Examples of such career derailers are abundant and include: The salesperson who hits the numbers, […]

Helping Staff Embrace Fact-based Decisions

As business leaders, we can’t simply set the vision, start running, and hope that others follow. If you are changing course – even shepherding a subtle adjustment – you sometimes need to slow down, switch to teaching mode, and ensure employees not only have the will, but the skill to follow. Nowhere is this as broadly apparent than in the desire for employees to use verifiable […]