Consulting as a Career Option
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Jun, 2011
Are you tired of working for someone else? Do you want a flexible schedule? These are a couple of the reasons why individuals pursue their independence by becoming a consultant. Other reasons include being laid off or a desire to find their passion. Currently there are over 80,000 consultants and this number is growing every year. A consultant typically provides a service; is an expert in a special area. A good consultan...
Job Title Traps and How They Can Snare You
by Dawn Lennon - Jun, 2011
Do you remember your first job title? In business mine was coordinator—Consumer Education Programs. Oh, that sounded so sweet to me. Our first jobs are where we get our feet wet and start to showcase our talents. The plan is usually to upgrade our titles for swankier ones that come with higher salaries. The traps await Companies create titles to define their hierarchy and manage payroll. They write titles they hope...
Negotiating for Your Future
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Jun, 2011
Salary negotiation requires preparation and good timing. It’s important to determine your salary needs and research the market value for the job you want. Timing is critical for negotiation. Discussing salary requirements too early in the interview process can jeopardize your chances of getting the salary you deserve. Failure to negotiate could result in losing thousands of dollars over the life of your career. Market Value...
How Positive Emotions Ignite Innovation
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Jun, 2011
I was recently working with one of my San Francisco Bay Area executive coaching clients – the president of a mid-sized company. We discussed how to ignite innovation by inspiring people to think and act positively. My executive coaching client and I further discussed how to create a culture of positive well-being where people live and breathe innovation. I am coaching my client on how company leaders can change the way peopl...
Reaching a Goal
by Jan Melnik - Jun, 2011
I’ve been on hiatus from my blog (not my clients, not my private practice, and certainly not my family)… simply because “something had to give.” This past spring I was in the final push to complete my master’s degree and write my culminating project. I can happily report that after three-and-one-half years of diligent, rigorous effort, I earned my Master of Arts degree (Humanities) from Wesleyan University on May 22… summa...
A Creative Way to Boost Your Executive Brand
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jun, 2011
The online world has plenty to offer the executive job seeker. Unfortunately, many executives either aren’t yet on board or don’t completely understand the benefits of boosting their brand over the Internet. One great way to get started is by guest blogging with Web sites in your field. Haven’t considered this as an option yet? Here are some reasons to get started on this venture right away! You Can Widen Your Audienc...
Are your current capabilities limiting you?
by Christine Hassler - Jun, 2011
A woman at a seminar I was at last weekend stood up and shared an “aha” moment that I thought was brilliant so of course I want to share it with you! She said, “I am realizing the importance of focusing more on possibilities rather than my capabilities.” The crowd made a collective “ooohhhh” as we all realized the powerful distinction she made. How many times have you wanted something but you’ve used the excuse of “I don’t...
Personality Assessment for Personal Branding
by Debra Wheatman - Jun, 2011
Who are you and in what type of workplace do you thrive? A personality assessment can tell you a lot about the sort of environment that might best suit your personality and work style. Will you function best at a large international organization, or at a smaller firm with satellite or home-based offices? Using Myers Briggs or a DISC assessment, you can gain valuable insight into the things that drive you, in turn enabling...
Rejuvenating Your Career Goals
by Louise Garver - Jun, 2011
Spring is finally here and with it comes a sense of renewal. One area of renewal can be about our careers. Is it time to rejuvenate your career goals … to refocus … to plan? A well known study of Harvard students ten years after graduation showed that those who had specific goals made three times the annual salary of average Harvard graduates. However, this number was increased exponentially by those graduates who had take...
Five Keys to Finding Motivation
by Heather Mundell - Jun, 2011
Earlier today I was really unmotivated to write a blog post. But as you can see, I went ahead with it. Most days I talk to at least one person who is having a hard time getting motivated. Motivation is one of those things we can never have enough of. Often it becomes impossible to find when there's a task ahead that is either daunting, dull, confusing, or uncomfortable. And sometimes we're not motivated to do anything, e...
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