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Build Your Career: Get Out of Your Own Way

While it’s impossible for any of us to know exactly what the future holds, the more I work with my clients, the more convinced I become that some of biggest stumbling blocks about our careers are sometimes of our own making. Yes, there is uncertainty related to a job...

Pursuing Happiness & Success: The Science of Positivity

It may sound like stating the obvious, but your outlook on life, impacts your life.  Outlook is powerful in that a positive vs. negative perspective has the capability of shaping our successes vs. fueling our failures, respectively.  People generally have a...

Getting a Promotion or a Raise: Asking Isn’t Enough

A simple, but generally unsuccessful approach to getting a promotion or a raise, is to ask for one. Another generally unsuccessful way is to ask for one merely because you have been at your job for a certain amount of time.  And a sure way to guarantee that you won’t...

Addressing Challenges and Solving Problems: A 4-Step Approach

Each and every day, we are faced with at least one challenge—and that is probably on what many of us might consider a “light” day.  Sometimes you call it challenges, other times problems.  Whatever you call them, the idea of facing problems can be scary, but it gets...

Essential Strategies for Managing Up…And Managing Down

Leaders today are often caught in between leading and managing the employees they are responsible for and remaining accountable to their supervisor and higher ups.  Holding the capability of both managing up and managing down is a skill. I have found many executives...

Interviewing Do’s and Don’ts: A Hiring Manager’s Guide

Interviewing is a sensitive area of business—and it can be stressful for hiring managers as well as job seekers.  As an interviewer, it’s important to keep in mind that you must both provide information to the job seeker about the open position and also gather it.  A...

8 Tips for Building Assertive Communication Skills as a Woman

Effective communication is always a hot topic in the professional world.  Indeed, communication experts agree that the most productive and progressive way to communicate is through honest and transparent dialogue—which is the basis of assertive communication....

Understanding and Preventing Burnout on Your Team

As a leader, you may feel a certain level of dedication to your company that allows you to press on with projects and deadlines at a greater intensity as compared to junior associates or your direct reports.  While your level of commitment is admirable, you need to...

360 Assessments: How to Use Them Wisely

360 Assessments can be powerful, and that is the good news. The challenge is to appreciate the power and use them wisely: They can promote development—and are an essential tool in executive coaching.  They are an opportunity to collect and report comprehensive data....

Emails: 10 Essential Do’s and 10 Hazardous Don’ts

Depending on which study you read, U.S. employees spend 25-90% of their workday reading and writing emails. Your ability to do so, in a positive manner, reflects not only your competence, but also your knowledge, effectiveness, personality, assertiveness, writing...