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YIKES: Where is my interview? Is this where I’m supposed to be?

When I write my book about all the interesting people I’ve encountered throughout my career, I think this story will make the cut. Someone stepped into our office today (we are part of an office complex).  One of the first things I could not help but observe was that it appeared she had fallen into [ ... ]

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Honesty and Courageous Leadership

I have to admit, I’m honest to a fault.  Honesty was something that was instilled in me since I can remember, it has become one of my core values, a value embedded so deep that I can’t imagine behaving any other way.  Honesty is why organizations hire me.  They hire me to have those tough [ ... ]

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Cover Letter – The Secret Ingredient

So, you have a world-class resume, or, at least, you certainly should; is this enough to land you an interview? In many cases the answer is yes, but in a job market where there are often several hundred resumes submitted for one position, there is a way to further increase your chances. A cover letter [ ... ]

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People Who Make Decisions Based on Fear, Never Make Great Decisions

When is the right time to think about your future? A critical look back at yesterday? Today?  What about tomorrow?  The answer is to develop a daily practice of resiliency.  When a life event comes knocking on the door, people find themselves at a place in time when they have to make a hasty decision. [ ... ]

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I’m Out of a Job…and I Kind of Like It!

By Dottie Austin Our kids got us an iRobot Roomba last year, and I have to tell you that I am working that little robot every day. Great gift, especially during this past Thanksgiving week with 17 people living in our house for six days! My little buddy does a much better job and is [ ... ]

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My Search For a New Executive Director of The Niagara SPCA

It was just before Christmas last year when I got the call from one of the Niagara SPCA Board Members.  The Board Member shared that their Executive Director was going to be retiring at the end of August, and she asked if I’d be interested in handling the search.  Having a love for animals would [ ... ]

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Interviewing: Winning the Competition

If you want to get the job, you must first ace the interview, which is in essence a competition that at most one person will win (sometimes no one wins). How can you differentiate yourself and maximize your chances for success in an interview? These three suggestions are proven to make an impact. Do more [ ... ]

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Team Assessments

I’m a big fan of assessments!  Not too many people will openly admit that, but I do.  I use them in just about every engagement I’m working in, including leadership and executive coaching, succession planning, and team building.  I have my favorites, and I tend to stick to those assessments that have proven over time [ ... ]

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The Other Side of the Door

On a recent trip to Italy, I visited Montecassino Abbey, a 6th century Benedictine monastery high on a hill.  The 45-minute bus ride up the hill and then climbing 86 stairs to the top with no railing were so very worth it.  The view was breathtaking, and the story of the location is amazing. The [ ... ]

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Employability VS Employed

Think of a time at your job when you worked very hard, liked it, and accomplished something  that yielded a strong sense of achievement when you were fully engaged with the task at hand.  These are commonly called “peak moments”; those times you were certain that your contribution made a difference  in meeting or exceeding the desired goals. [ ... ]

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