Five Tips For Managing Information Overload

Information overload carries a negative connotation but sometimes it comes from a happy place. This past weekend, I was in Seattle leading a career change workshop for the Lean In Seattle and Lean In Women’s Veterans chapters. This all-day event featured speakers from around the country, and with … [Read more...]

Is Your Executive Presence Holding You Back Professionally? Assess it with these Steps

Most professionals intuitively understand the value of executive presence, but how do you fix it? A good first step is to review the list of 10 factors that employers and recruiters assess when gauging executive presence. Just translating an amorphous concept like “executive presence” into specific … [Read more...]

Career Change? Four Mistakes To Avoid When You Tell Your Story To Employers And Recruiters

If you’re attempting a career change -- from one industry to another, from one functional role to another, from a sabbatical or family leave to getting back to work – you will be telling employers, recruiters, and others in your network your STORY. You are often asked for a general story: Tell me … [Read more...]

Career Satisfaction Check-Up: 10 Questions To See How You Are Doing

As we near the middle of the year, it’s a good time to measure your current career satisfaction. Are you happy where you are, or do you need to make changes? Here are 10 questions to help you gauge your career satisfaction and pinpoint what, if anything, needs to change: Career Satisfaction … [Read more...]

Performance Review Best Practices

Ideally, your company offers a mid-year performance review so you can see where you stand and make some adjustments before year-end. If your company doesn’t offer one, set one up for yourself – doing a self-assessment of where you think you are and asking your manager for feedback. If your company … [Read more...]

10 Tips For A Successful Skype Interview

Being asked for a video or Skype interview instead of the live job interview is increasingly common. Employers like it because, unlike phone interviews, video or Skype interviews feel closer to live interviews with the ability to connect face-to-face and the employer’s ability to assess non-verbal … [Read more...]

Five Ways To Manage Fear When You Stretch Outside Your Comfort Zone

I thought about writing about growth, since it’s spring, and growth is something that happens when you stretch outside your comfort zone. (I did write about growth for the 4/16 issue of the newsletter in case you missed that one!) But the flip side of the positive growth that comes when you stretch … [Read more...]

Six Productivity Habits That Give More Back Than They Take

When I’m busy or procrastinating on a big project that needs to get done, my good productivity habits fall by the wayside. I check email too often, rationalizing that I need to be accessible in a crisis mode (actually staying productive would be more helpful but my stressed out self has poorer … [Read more...]

10 Skills You Need For Management Success

Management success is different than on-the-job success. I spent most of last week coaching new managers at an emerging leaders program for the media industry. The level of talent was evident, and the participants had a rich set of skills and experience that made them so effective at their jobs that … [Read more...]

Four Ways To Achieve Both Professional And Personal Fulfillment

The other day I was catching up with a very accomplished technology executive who was at a loss in forming her next professional moves because everything she prioritized right now pointed to her personal fulfillment – getting back into shape, focusing on family, travel. It made sense in a way since … [Read more...]

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