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...]

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...]

Networking From Scratch — If My Professional Network Suddenly Disappeared, Here Is How I Would Build It Up Again

A reader of my recent networking post, Ten People You Need To Have In Your Professional Network, gave me a follow-up challenge: I've been to so many lectures or read articles and they all say the same thing. Rely on your network or use your network to accomplish this or that. What they all overlook … [Read more...]

Financial Freedom Is The Ultimate Leverage In An Offer Negotiation

When I blogged about how to gain the upper hand in an offer negotiation several of the strategies revolved around strengthening your ability to walk away from the negotiation altogether. Negotiating in good faith means that you sincerely want to work something out, so walking away should be a last … [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...]

Job Search Checklist: What Factors Employers Use In Hiring Decisions

When I blogged previously about the importance of thank you notes (including five real job seekers whose thank you notes hurt or helped them get a job), I meant to showcase an often-overlooked by powerful job search step. This isn’t to say, however, that for any of the job seekers I showcased the … [Read more...]

If I Could Wish One Success Trait For My Clients, It Would Be This

For most of January, I featured blogs on motivation and productivity because it was new year’s resolution time so the “how to reach success in your goals” theme seemed apropos. I actually returned to that theme in February for two additional posts, after discovering a startling statistic: over 40% … [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...]

Favorite Books From 2016

If you’re looking to 2017 and need ideas for new year’s resolutions, I post ten career-related resolutions in my Forbes column. One of these encourages more reading. I read 36 books in 2016. Some were books I already read but wanted to review – they’re that good. I read only three fiction books, and … [Read more...]

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