10 Tactics for Dealing with Conflict

10 Tactics for Dealing with Conflict

Successful individuals seem to have an inherent understanding of what causes conflicts and how to resolve them quickly. For others, however, it's much harder. During my 30 years in executive suites and boardrooms, I've worked with people at all levels, in a wide swath...
5 Tips for Finding A Mentor

5 Tips for Finding A Mentor

In the real world, a lot of people can’t afford a coach. And, in demanding times, we all need as much "backup" as we can get. One of the best ways for you to get that is finding a mentor. "I think my mentor is one of the key reasons for my continued success, despite...
10 Self Destructive Career Mistakes

10 Self Destructive Career Mistakes

You’re fired! Many reasonably astute professionals hear these words chronically - but it's not necessary with a little thought. Here are the most common career mistakes I see: 1. Failing to have a plan – All very successful people have a clear action plan for...
Making the most of your layoff

Making the most of your layoff

Despite statistics that indicate many of us are in a growing economy, layoffs will continue to be the norm.  I meet many people who were surprised after their employer started headcount cutbacks while business and stock prices were growing.  This means that many solid...
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...