Sharing Your Wisdom
by Suzanne Bates - Apr, 2012
I was on a panel at the National Speakers Association where the moderator posed this question: "As a business owner, how do you allocate your time to be sure you are doing the right thing?" If you lead an organization of any size, that is THE question, isn't it? It was a lay-up for me. Not because I always get it right. But because I actually have a formula that works. Years ago, when I was starting my company, I didn...
What is Your Advantage Really?
by Alexandra Levit - Apr, 2012
You probably already know that I am a huge fan of Pat Lencioni. I first met Pat when I wrote about him in the WSJ in 2009 and have devoured his various fables about executives jockeying for key positions and striving for self-actualization in fictional American companies. This week, Pat has released his first nonfiction business book, The Advantage. In it, he argues that the difference between successful companies and me...
Resign Your Job without Ending Your Career
by Debra Wheatman - Apr, 2012
Most of us, at one point in our career, fantasize about quitting a job in a bombastic, dramatic, or humorous fashion. Remember the Jerry Maguire mission statement about the sports agencies? Or, how about the “I quit song" from the movie, “That Thing You Do?” How liberating to leave in a blaze of glory! Acting out this fantasy can be a career-ending move. Two words of advice for you: be diplomatic. It is cliché but tru...
Executive Coach's Tip: Avoid Working in Isolation
by Andy Robinson - Apr, 2012
Want to know a secret that GREAT relationship builders use constantly? They avoid working in isolation. They work WITH others. They work THROUGH others. They SEEK the ADVICE and counsel of others. They ask for the OPINION of others. They run things by their colleagues, their advisors, their peers.They COLLABORATE. Getting things done DOES require us to hunker down at times and "just do it" ourselves. MOST of the time...
Is the US job market weakening?
by Louise Garver - Apr, 2012
A hiring slowdown in March might imply a weaker job market. The economists are being cautious with their predictions until seeing the employment figures for April. There are varying opinions whether this is a trend or not. As an executive in job search mode, keeping abreast of how the economy is influencing the job market is important. How might these factors affect you? Let's look at a couple of indicators. Growth in...
7 Tried-and-True Steps for Negotiating a Job Offer
by Miriam Salpeter - Apr, 2012
Are you prepared to negotiate a job offer? New LinkedIn research shows 42 percent of professionals in the United States are uncomfortable negotiating; approximately 25 percent admit to never having negotiated in the workplace. The study also shows that many of LinkedIn's U.S. members (39 percent) report feeling anxious about negotiation, more so than participants from other countries do. What's wrong with neglecting to neg...
DELIBERATE BLACK HOLE TACTICS
by Nan S. Russell - Apr, 2012
After a mutually beneficial business connection, he spontaneously offered, "if you need anything in the future don't hesitate to contact me." He went so far as to name some of the things he'd be happy to be involved in, or help me with, and I made a mental note for future reference. It seemed more than an obligatory remark from this well recognized individual. A few months later, remembering his persistent offer, a situatio...
Emotional Intelligence Key to Star Performance
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Apr, 2012
Emotional Intelligence Key to Star Performance More than anyone else, the boss creates the conditions that directly determine people’s ability to work well. ~ Daniel Goleman, Primal Leadership I recently spoke with the VP of Human Resources of a company regarding providing executive coaching for several of the company’s high performing leaders. The HR Director asked some very pertinent questions to determine fit. She speci...
Joe Quits His Job: A Cautionary Tale of Transition
by Emily King - Apr, 2012
This is a true story. A career military officer – let’s call him Joe for simplicity’s sake – retires after 20 years of service with a valuable and highly marketable skill set. Joe receives several offers early in his job search. He accepts one based on his interest in the work, the small size of the company (that would allow him to grow with it), and salary among other factors. Two months into his employment Joe is happy with...
5 Really Dumb Employment Practices
by Barbara Safani - Apr, 2012
Usually the tone of this blog is pretty positive but every once in awhile I feel the need to rant about something that is just plain stupid. And I’ve had my share of stupid recently. I’ve been reading about and talking to people who have had bad job search experiences. Here are my top five. 1. Requesting social media passwords. This one is at the top of the list because of the recent Associated Press article about a job se...
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