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 […]

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 job, […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Is Your Talent Strategy Ring Ready?

Is your talent strategy of championship caliber or just a jab away from tasting canvas? Adopting these 10 tips will keep you off the ropes and in contention for a talent title. Business leaders are fond of comparing talent acquisition and retention to physical confrontations, most notably, the war for talent. Few, however, demonstrate the dedication required to prepare their […]

More Than a Generation: How to Connect in the Classroom

Factors to consider when attempting to make a meaningful connection with a diverse, ever-changing, technology-obsessed workforce. For the first time in history, four generations are represented in the workforce. This sociological anomaly has led management gurus to hyper-focus on intergenerational relationships and communication dynamics. In pursuit of the ever-elusive increase in organizational performance, we’ve seen a proliferation of group profiles, value summaries, and various […]

Transparent Development: Keys to Successful Talent Reviews

Companies should consider revamping their talent management philosophy to be transparent and align purpose and process. Many companies have taken great pains over the last few years to install robust performance and talent management systems in an attempt to better identify, reward, develop, and ultimately retain their top talent. While some gains have been made with regard to high-potential (HiPo) identification […]