Be careful choosing your career coach

Be careful choosing your career coach

Plenty of people claim to be qualified to help you make your next career move....but unfortunately not all of them are up to the job. Use these questions to help make sure they can deliver the goods: 1. Work experience - If you needed surgery, would you rather have it...
5 Tactics for shameless self promotion

5 Tactics for shameless self promotion

I'm not saying I love these, but I've seen them help people move forward as a result: It's important that those who are in a position to benefit your career know who you are and what you’ve accomplished. 1. Develop an 'elevator speech' - Develop a short message and...
Don’t replace: ReNew.

Don’t replace: ReNew.

"No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings." - Peter Drucker During tough times, many organizations attempt to...
Increase your odds of success

Increase your odds of success

Ever noticed that some people seem to move ahead in even the toughest, most challenging environments? How is it that a lucky few seem to be able to get promoted, move into better jobs & earn stock options / more income; while the rest, who may be just as...
3 Reasons to use 360 Degree Evaluations

3 Reasons to use 360 Degree Evaluations

Most companies' leaders have a very unrealistic view about how they are assessed by those who are at levels below them. Usually, they think they're "in touch."  Usually, they're not. Some years ago, I was working with the COO of a large company in the retail sector....
Make the most of being downsized

Make the most of being downsized

You’ve just been told the company's downsizing - and you're one of those downsized. There are things you can say and do before leaving your seat to ensure a smoother transition to whatever comes next – and hyperventilating is not on the list. There are things you can...
Career Tip: Take a vacation!

Career Tip: Take a vacation!

I was interviewed by an organization looking for a few ideas that anyone could use to get ahead in their career.   My answers may seem counter-intuitive at first, but here's the video and why I said, "Take a...
All change starts with an ending: Something dies.

All change starts with an ending: Something dies.

In North America, we're in grave danger of losing our leadership status as the world's best in management development and new technology. This doesn't have to happen.  Over a lot of years, I've had the privilege of meeting and working with some of the best and most...
In business – beware of Typhoid Mary

In business – beware of Typhoid Mary

Hubris, big egos, poor foresight, and lack of humanity kill great companies every year. There's often a "Typhoid Mary" hiding in plain view in every organization. Mary Mallon, now known as Typhoid Mary, seemed a healthy woman when a health care inspector knocked on...
6 Signs You May Be Burned Out

6 Signs You May Be Burned Out

Today - more than any time I can recall - far too many people are burned out and don't know it. There are a lot of reasons behind their stories of course; but I've found that the signs of burnout are fairly common.  This list is from several sources that I've used in...