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...]

Seven Levers To Negotiate As A Consultant, Temp Or Freelancer

Yes, you can negotiate as a consultant, temp, freelancer, or small business owner. Don’t assume that just because you’re not full-fledged staff, you have less influence. Don’t assume that since it’s just you v. a bigger company that you don’t have leverage. Don’t assume that a company can’t pay … [Read more...]

Creative Thinking For Career Planning

Creative thinking is not just for artists or entrepreneurs or strategists, but for any and all careers. Given the volatile market, rapid technological change (like automation replacing 45% of jobs over the next 20 years!), and the fact that the future is always uncertain, you need to think … [Read more...]

Work Not Working For You? Increase Your Productivity By Asking For What You Need

In a recent Forbes post, I write for the manager’s benefit on how to motivate when morale is low. I mention three specific needs that individuals have –motivation, information, or skills training -- that can make a team more productive. Do you know what you need for maximum productivity? The answer … [Read more...]

Why I Work On Vacation and On Weekends and Feel More Balanced Because Of It

In a few days, I’m leaving for a two-week trip to the Philippines, and I plan to work on vacation. I’ll be with my spouse and oldest kid so it’s a family vacation, but January is one of my busiest months of the year, so it will be a working vacation. (Also, since I’m obsessing on international real … [Read more...]

Career Visibility When You Have Tried And Tried, And Nothing Works – Reader Question

Reader Kay asks: I'm challenged with finding visibility outside of my unit. I've asked for stretch assignments and assignments that would enable me to interface with other units within the organization but those assignments have not materialized. I have no resource for getting exposure and … [Read more...]

How To Find Focus In An Open Workspace – Reader Question

Reader H.M. asks: What are good ways of finding quiet in an open office or in securing a private office in the hiring process or after starting a job? This is a timely question since many workplaces I’m seeing are moving to an open floorplan – better collaboration and cost efficiency are the two … [Read more...]

How To Master Difficult Conversations

Difficult conversations was a recurring theme in two workshops I delivered last week, including the 2016 Women’s Leadership Summit: Better, Every Day, organized by TCNJ (that’s where the picture is from!). In my talks on career success, a number of questions came up about when to say No, how to … [Read more...]

Thinking Of Your Next Career Move? Four Questions To Help You Decide

In a recent workshop for executives, participants were mixed in their next career move – some wanted to advance at the current employer, some wanted to change jobs, still others wanted a new career altogether, while some wanted to start a business and others wanted to be more effective where they … [Read more...]

What To Do Next In Your Career – A Promotion Is Not The Only Choice

In my latest Forbes post, I wrote for the professional who is blocked from a promotion that you want. But I also shared an example of a client I worked with who first wanted a promotion, got blocked, and then realized he could have a very rich life including career growth without it. In his case, he … [Read more...]

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