Five People to Be Friendly with at Work

I’m a big fan of the saying, “In a world where you can be anything, it’s best to be kind.” There’s real value in a good-natured disposition, in a willingness to help and be humble, and to developing a reputation untarnished by scandal. No one’s perfect of course, but keeping your word and forging healthy relationships with co-workers provide a solid foundation […]

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 […]

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 […]

Restarting A Career After An Extended Break

Job-hunting is a difficult endeavor. Doing so after being out of the game for a while can prove even more challenging. The good news is that there is a big difference between hard and impossible. Like most things, technique and attitude can go a long way toward ensuring success. To increase your chances of successfully reentering the job market, following these five […]

Succeed in the “Meet for Coffee” Business

For many people, networking is a dreaded affair. This is especially true for introverts who loathe the required small talk that comes with the territory. That said, even the most gregarious among us can be a little intimidated by the process, especially if their conversation counterpart is seen as a more powerful or politically important player. As an executive coach, writer, and businessperson I’ve been on both […]