Create Your Digital Identity
by Tory Johnson - Sep, 2011
Step 1: Clean Up Your Digital Dirt! Do you or your kids have digital dirt? Digital dirt is the information about you – your hobbies, your photos, your rants and raves – that’s available on the Internet through personal Web sites, profiles on popular social networking sites, and comments on blogs. What you – and certainly your teenagers – might not realize is that employers are reading what’s out there and in many cases it c...
Positive Energy and Self-Promotion
by Tory Johnson - Sep, 2011
Confidence is Key Positive thinking can be harder than it seems. Most of us let “reality” squash our career dreams before they’ve even had a chance to develop. You think of how nice it would be to go for your master’s degree, but before you can even envision yourself in a cap and gown, you come up with a million reasons why you can’t do it. Maybe you don’t have enough time or money. Or you think you should wait until the kids...
Executive Wisdom for Smart Decision-Making - Wisdom in Action
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Sep, 2011
I was recently working with one of my San Francisco Bay Area executive coaching clients – the president of a professional services firm. We had an enlightening coaching conversation that revolved around whether wisdom can be developed or learned. My executive coaching client and I discussed how knowledge, social intelligence and experience have influenced his ability to make wise decisions. I am coaching my client to tap int...
by Thomas J. Denham - Sep, 2011
In a research study conducted by Dr. David Kohl, professor emeritus at Virginia Tech, he discovered that 80% of Americans don’t have goals. Sixteen percent have goals, but don’t write them down. Three percent have goals, write them down, but don’t review them. Only one percent, the highest achievers, have goals, write them down and review them on an on-going basis. But do we really need to set goals to enjoy life? No, but...
When will your Ah-Ha! moment be?
by Hallie Crawford - Sep, 2011
I was had a career coaching call with my client Margaret a few weeks ago. When she got on the call she was on top of the moon! She had just conducted an informational interview with someone who owned his own law firm, which was one of the career paths she had been considering. The information she got from him, and what she learned validated her decision to move forward. He also gave her a lot of good things to consider in orde...
HOW DOES THAT WORK?
by Nan S. Russell - Sep, 2011
How would you respond to this question: "Are you one of the top 10% of performers in your company?" This question posed in a Business Week survey found that overall 90% of surveyed executives, middle managers, and employees from both large and small companies thought they were, indeed, in the top 10% of performers. I'm not a math major, but how does that work exactly? In my twenty years in management that wasn't my experien...
Managing Your Internal PR
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Sep, 2011
It’s important to manage your own PR within your organization. Consider conducting a quarterly review of the real players that influence your career. If you don’t have a list of those players, take a few minutes to generate one. Then every three months review this list which will most likely include your bosses, peers, subordinates and clients. “Bosses” are those people at a higher level who can influence your career, i.e., yo...
Thriving Through Job Loss: Creating and Sustaining Our Safety Nets
by Kevin Nourse - Aug, 2011
You’ve recently lost your management job and are frustrated with your apparent lack of progress in finding new work despite your best efforts to spend hours in front of your computer submitting resumes and applications to potential employers. Further, you are losing energy in the process and feeling less and less motivated to take action. Consider the fact that maybe you may be missing one key ingredient to the process: social...
3 Simple Ways to Get More Feedback
by Lindsey Pollak - Aug, 2011
When I run training programs for companies on how to better manage their Generation Y talent, there is a certain complaint I hear over and over again: This generation wants too much feedback! According to many managers, Gen Y employees want feedback “on-demand”—they want to know how they’re doing after virtually every meeting, presentation, report, project or any other demonstration of their skills. Most Gen Ys don’t...
It takes more than a well branded resume to land a great position
by Anne-Marie Ditta - Aug, 2011
You have a great resume, know and can speak about your professional brand, network regularly…but nothing’s happening. Could your smile – or lack of – be getting in the way? During my former career as an account executive I realized people needed to like me before they could sign an agreement with me. So I made a conscious decision to let them know me. I took the time to ask about their business, what was happening with thei...
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