What to Look For In a Mentor

A good mentor can change the trajectory of your career, shorten your learning curve, and point out pitfalls that would otherwise impede your professional progress. Given their firsthand experience and well-earned wisdom, they are invaluable at every stage of one’s career. So, what do you look for when you’re looking for a mentor? Subject Knowledge: A mentor by definition is someone […]

The Most Vital Career Skill

Every story has a setting – and granted, some are more comfortable than others. Still having perspective, being able to see beyond your initial circumstance will serve you well throughout your career…and your life. In my case, the skill helped me see beyond the “trouble-makers” in the old neighborhood and further than the poor choices that led some of my contemporaries astray. Later […]

How to Improve Your Professional Engagement

Employee engagement is at its peak when workers respect and ideally like their managers, fit well into the company’s corporate culture, and derive meaning from their work. Sometimes organizational stars align to provide employees with this trifecta of factors, but more often than not, it’s up to the individual to heighten his or her sense of engagement. But how can the average person […]

A Confident vs. Arrogant Candidate

In a social media world full of personal brands and bravado, it helps to have a nose for the truth of things. Great interviewers have a knack for ferreting out the fluff and spotting the difference between confidence and arrogance. Confidence is natural, often quiet, and never forced. Confident candidates often display this characteristic in an interview through their use of pauses. They […]

How to Handel Bullying on the Job

Bullying in the workplace isn’t new, but thanks to an evolving social consciousness and some very brave individuals, it’s being called out more frequently and thus, those doing it are being held to account. Good HR professionals have been advocating for such action for decades and it is now, more than ever, taking place. If It Happens to You If it’s a single, less serious […]

The Value of Your On-line Image

In an influencer-focused world it’s easy to overestimate the value of the average person’s on-line image. Sure, some people make money by meticulously crafting a perfect persona, but as the joke goes, were Instagram to suddenly disappear…poof…those Insta models would instantly become just another pretty person. While it might be tempting for even seasoned business people to engage in inauthentic on-line […]

Understanding Peer-to-Peer Learning

Most organizations offer a variety of educational tools to their employees from formal in-person or virtual classes and self-paced e-learning to informal lunch & learns and mentoring programs. With technology helping to speed the democratization of knowledge transfer, access to resources is becoming less of an issue. These days the biggest blocker to employee education is peoples’ free […]

How to Find Meaningful Work

The definition of meaningful work differs from person to person. And while the what may vary, the how you obtain and the why it matters is largely the same. Typically, meaningful work feeds your interests, has an impact on various stakeholders, and sparks continuous learning that causes the cycle to repeat. Meaningful work is not some elusive ideal that requires a […]