Stuck in a rut with your career ideas?
by Hallie Crawford - Jun, 2012
I’ve had many people come to me for career coaching who are looking for a specific kind of job, in a certain industry, and have little luck; whether it’s due to the tough economy or something else. I want people to pursue their dream job, and go for the job they really want! But sometimes it’s not going to happen for whatever reason. Don’t give up on the dream, but adjust it. If your industry was hit hard by the tough eco...
Try This Today - Check Your Team's Key Goals Alignment
by Andy Robinson - Jun, 2012
Question: How well do the key goals being focused on by your direct reports align with YOUR goals? Try this .... Check in with each of your direct reports over the next couple of days and ask them: "What are the two or three key goals that you're most focused on this week?" .... and "What are your two or three key 30-day goals?" Make note of what year hear ... then ... scan the list of team member key goals and look for...
When Is The Best Time To Contact HR?
by Cathy Eng - Jun, 2012
Many job seekers focus solely on the “how” of contacting potential employers, but the “when” can be crucial to getting noticed as well. Contacting them when they are more likely to be alert and responsive (and not tired, hungry, or stressed) is all about timing. That includes planning the optimal time and day to contact HR (to either initiate contact, follow up after sending a resume, or follow up post-interview). Accordin...
Helping To Encourage a Career Identity in the Young
by Betty Cohen - Jun, 2012
As an experienced career practitioner who has partnered with many young to older adults to help them identify satisfying career goals, one complaint I often hear from clients is “Why can’t I be like most people, who know early on what they want to be when they grow up?” My response is “Actually, you’re not in the minority, in terms of career decision making. While some people do follow a career pathway they determined at a ve...
How Introverts and Extroverts Work in Teams
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Jun, 2012
Teamwork demands shared responsibility, but it also demands individual contributions. It fails if team members shelter behind the consensus. ~ Robert Heller, Founding Editor, Management Today I recently spoke with a director of human resources who was searching for a San Francisco executive coach for the executive team at her company. The director of human resources asked some very insightful questions to determine whether...
Influential references that sing your praises
by Louise Garver - Jun, 2012
At some point in the hiring process, a recruiter, hiring manager or human resources manager will be asking for references. Don’t be misled by the internet thinking that people will find everything they need to know about you online and not ask for references. This is still an important part of checking out any job- seeking executive. Recruiters expect to hear raving comments from a reference. Only use someone you can rely on t...
Can Executives be Perceived as “Too Smart”?
by Louise Garver - May, 2012
Executives rise to the top of an organization for a variety of reasons that include: thinking outside the box, vision, business savvy, strategies, and the intelligence to see the big picture and drill it down to deliverables. These are attributes that are expected of high-level leaders and work well for an executive no matter what corporate environment they may find themselves in. When in the midst of a career change, be...
Executive Alert: Are You in the Wrong Job?
by Louise Garver - May, 2012
Even executives don’t get it right every time. You thought this was a good move and even the research indicated you were a perfect fit for the position. But, as the job unfolded, you are no longer enamored with the position or company. Richard (from a famous Shakespheare play) might say, “Now is the winter of my discontent.” 5 signs that point to discontent: 1. Feel like an outsider? Holding an executive role in any or...
IT TAKES TIME
by Nan S. Russell - May, 2012
The story goes that after one of Ludwig van Beethoven's performances, several people were offering him their congratulations, when one woman commented, "I wish God had bestowed me with such genius." "It isn't genius, madam, nor is it magic." Beethoven replied. "All you have to do is practice on your piano eight hours a day for 40 years." That's not the message most people want to hear. Most prefer buying the magazine wh...
The Problem with Brainstorming in Teams
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - May, 2012
Teamwork demands shared responsibility, but it also demands individual contributions. It fails if team members shelter behind the consensus. ~ Robert Heller, Founding Editor, Management Today I recently spoke with a director of human resources who was searching for a San Francisco Bay Area executive coach for the executive team at her company. The director of human resources asked some very insightful questions to determ...
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