What Are You Thankful For?


grat·i·tude (ˈɡradəˌt(y)o͞od/), noun the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. ‘Tis the week Americans spend a bit longer than a split second thinking about all the things for which we are grateful. This year, especially, given all the chaos and violence in the world, perhaps I am not the only one to say that I am filled with gratitude for all my first-world problems… Getting lambasted on social media for my opinions about politics, religion … [Read more...]

3 of the Worst Kind of Networkers


Networking. A word that strikes fear into almost anyone--right up there with public speaking. “Blah, do I have to walk up to strangers and try to not look like a loser? No thanks, I’ll just stay home.” It’s an understandable reaction if you either a) don’t have a good approach; or b) have had a bad experience with bad networkers. As the holidays approach and you are forced into high gear, do you know what good networking looks like? Let’s learn a bit about networking by examining a few types … [Read more...]

How to Help Employees Be Better Prepared to Retire


Our business communities are now experiencing more employees who are ready to retire and exiting from their careers. Yet, there are many who are concerned about their financial capabilities.  Obviously, there is good reason to be concerned as our economy continues to fluctuate, and there exists lots of unknowns and changes globally. This is why all of us should approach retirement with a strategic plan and research all aspects involved with the retirement stage of life. Here are some areas … [Read more...]

Five Career Killers and How to Recover

There are many ways that we can derail our careers. Keeping our focus and doing the simple things right helps to keep us in line with the goals and values of our company. However, we often lose sight of this with our day-to-day routine. Avoid these 5 common career-killing mistakes and keep yourself moving up the organizational ladder. Failing to have a plan - Having a roadmap to your own success is a vital step in your career. Not only will it serve as a reminder to keep you on task … [Read more...]

10 Signs You Might Need an Executive Coach


Derailing behaviors can stunt careers and impede goal achievement. Executive coaching can effectively counter the negative impact of these behaviors. Judging – As professionals, we make judgments every day and are paid to make good ones. What happens when our judgments don’t help others or ourselves? In pursuit of speed and efficiency, we render something as black or white that could be some shade of gray; this creates problems. A coach can help you understand this self-inflicted wound by … [Read more...]

Understanding and Attracting Millennials

Millennials (also known as the Millennial Generation or Generation Y) are the demographic cohort following Generation X. There are no precise dates when the generation starts and ends; most researchers and commentators use birth years ranging from the early 1980s to the early 2000s. Neil Howe and William Strauss, authors of the 1991 book Generations: The History of America's Future, 1584 to 2069, are often credited with coining the term. Howe and Strauss define the Millennial cohort as … [Read more...]

7 Tips for Writing a Better Resume


Writing a good resume takes preparation and practice. Employers receive hundreds of resumes per job posting; therefore, it’s important to make your resume set you apart and provide a good first impression. The increased use of social media causes some people to question if resumes are still relevant. Despite changing times and generations, the answer remains: YES. Resumes are the core of most job applications and therefore should be used, along with a cover letter, to demonstrate why you are the … [Read more...]

Building Trust Through Mutual Respect

We want to be heard. We also want and deserve respect. Managers can show respect for their employees by asking for their opinion as a way of engaging them in the process of finding the “right answer.” This is a great way to build and sustain trust among employees. After all, trust is based on mutual respect. When someone asks our opinion, and we provide a reasonable and constructive point of view, we should receive an acknowledgement of our opinion. Giving an opinion that is based on … [Read more...]

Six Reasons To Use Leadership Consulting


Honest and direct feedback helps executives and leaders take their skills – and performance – to the next level. Every organization has high­ potential, valued employees who have been successful as individual contributors, but who fail when advanced to leadership roles. They are failing because we, as organizations, don’t prepare them for leadership. Coaching helps them build on their years of experience and success, but also adds significant insights and skills to their business arsenal that … [Read more...]

Emotional Intelligence as a Key Value in Leadership


DEFINITION: Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize one's own and other peoples’ emotions, to discriminate between different feelings and label them appropriately, and to use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior. This may sound simple, and yet many people are not only unaware of the emotions they exhibit but are unable to recognize other peoples’ emotions. On the TV Show “The Big Bang Theory,” the character Sheldon is just such a person – unable to recognize a … [Read more...]