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 […]

Is An Advanced Degree Worth It?

Let’s me start by saying it depends. Great now you can punch me in the nose. No kidding. Of course it depends. A variety of factors play into the decision including your profession, career goals, time to retirement, financial wherewithal, academic prowess, workload, family commitments – the list goes on. However, there are things you can do […]

Returning to a Company After a Lay-off

In this volatile and hyper-competitive economic climate, restructuring is sadly part of the corporate playbook. In my career I’ve been on both sides of the event and what I’ve learned is that no one relishes the action. While your first impulse maybe to forever shun the organization that let you go, many professionals, especially those with niche skills or geographic restrictions could find themselves […]

Developing Your Personal Brand

In today’s competitive job market, it’s not enough to have the required skills, experiences, and education requested on the job description. To truly stand out, you need to clearly demonstrate why you are the best (insert your profession here). This means identifying your X factor and being able to communicate that in a resume, during an interview, and ultimately, on the job. Your brand is […]

How to Help Your Boss Help You

Let’s face it. Your manager is more apt to have your back when he knows that you have his. To do that, you’ll have to make a personal investment in his success. If he’s a good guy, he’ll do the same. If not, it will become readily apparent in short order. On the assumption that you’ve followed my advice in the last blog and are […]

Salary Negotiating Guidelines

Many people have difficulty asking for or even discussing money. Reasons for this range from culture and upbringing to self-worth and skill set. While I’ve been an executive and career coach for over 15 years, I’m no psychologist. If you need a little couch time (and there’s nothing wrong with that) seek out a qualified therapist. However, if your issue is skill based or a natural […]