Archive for the ‘Executives’ Category

Stop Networking

Networking and executive career management go hand-in-hand. I’ve told executives to network for years — it’s a key component of their career management and job search strategy. But most of us hear this advice and recoil. I know I do. This is why I’ve stopped networking and I advise you to do the same. At least […]

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When Your Best Isn’t Good Enough

“Sometimes doing your best is not good enough. Sometimes you must do what is required.” ― Winston S. Churchill Life and career management don’t always go as planned. The job we thought we’d have forever ends abruptly after a buyout. The interview we think we nailed never amounts to a cursory response from the hiring manager. […]

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So You Say You are a Good Communicator…

Strategic communications come in many forms — one we all use is email. Email is a key strategic communications pathway to clients, business partners, vendors, and customers. When it comes to email, I feel your pain. Inboxes are flooded with unread, burdensome email demanding attention. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to handle […]

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5 Articles I Loved This Week

I want to know more about what my audience is reading and I want you to know more about what’s inspiring me. Here are 5 articles I connected with this week. Network Events Not Your Thing, Try This! People hear the word “networking” and cringe. Those awkward conference rooms and unfamiliar faces can be painful. This […]

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Constructive Criticism Does NOT Belong in a Performance Review

There’s no such thing as constructive criticism. Accenture made news recently with its announcement to eliminate performance reviews. Companies are getting onboard with the idea that this cumbersome, rarely transparent, once-a-year process was a drain on all involved. Worse yet, the results of such reviews weren’t reaping the benefits employers sought and employees craved. In place […]

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Leaders Who Focus on Relationships are Built Strong

Why is relationship building so important? By design, we are meant to live connected to each other. Connections bring balance to our lives and increase our individual strength and confidence in ourselves. We live in relationship to each other, our environment, our culture, nowadays, even our technology. Ironically, I think it’s pretty safe to say […]

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The Secret to Executive Career Advancement

When it comes to executive career advancement, job search, and career planning, the pain of regret is always worse than the discipline it takes to achieve the goal. Whether you are an executive today or desire to achieve such a level in 3–5 years, there’s no excuse for operating without a clear career advancement strategy. This […]

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Great Leaders and the Penalty of Success

The penalty facing successful and consistently employed professionals is that they may have never before needed to do a full-scale job search. They were the type who was always headhunted. Recruiters jumped at the chance to work with them. Now executives find the job market is different. Recruiters are playing less of a role. Job search itself […]

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Don’t Be That Guy (or Girl) on Social Media

There’s little argument that LinkedIn and social media are a tremendous resource for jobseekers. Still, the amount of resistance I get from jobseekers on using social media is pretty amazing. I work hard to overcome these thought patterns. I’ve written countless articles and coached many hours on how to not only write a great LinkedIn […]

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