Many career pilgrims avoid interviewing for jobs because they think that the salary may be significantly below what they are willing to accept. The primary reason for this avoidance is that they do not want to waste their time and the interviewer’s time. This is not a sound strategy for many reasons. The main one […]
Have you ever had a delusional boss? The kind of boss who’s clueless about the impact his or her behavior is having on the department’s morale, or worse yet, could care less but still can’t understand why performance is down? A leader who lacks self-awareness can destroy careers and business success. It’s the number one
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.