Successful Presentations: Mend Your Cheatin’ Ways
by Suzanne Bates - Aug, 2009
I’ve never met anybody who didn’t wish they could give a great presentation. I’ve met a lot of people who are kidding themselves about what they’re willing to do about it. These are people with good intentions and bad habits that are killing them. As those of you who read this blog reguarly know, I can write with absolute certainty about these mistakes because I’ve made all of them. One of the dirty little secrets about...
Top CIOs Say Communication the Key to Their Success
by Suzanne Bates - Aug, 2009
I gave the opening keynote at the CIO 100 Summit, where the top technology innovators in the country are being recognized by CIO Magazine. Our conversation was about the importance of becoming a motivational leader. The reception was so overwhelmingly positive that I had to write about it. Dozens of CIOs sought me out after the talk and at lunch to remark about how it resonated. In times like these they’ve realized they nee...
Why It’s Worth Learning How to Give Feedback
by David Lee - Aug, 2009
I just got back from Austin, Texas where I was doing a seminar on how to give constructive feedback with the Texas Municipal Retirement System’s management team. Before we discussed the “how you do it”, I asked people to think of all the answers they could come up with to this question: “Why bother to learn how to give constructive feedback?” I asked them to focus on this important question first because knowing how to g...
A Few Winning at Working Tips
by Nan S. Russell - Aug, 2009
For me, winning at working is not about climbing organizational hierarchies but offering the best of your uniqueness and gifts to the world. In that sense, only when we're all winning will we truly all win. I believe that's a vision worth working towards. Here are a few Winning at Working TIPS: Winning at Working TIP #1: Do the work, do it well, and then do it even better. Higher pay and opportunities follow contributors....
Are Leadership and Management The Same Thing?
by Kris Parfitt - Aug, 2009
There are many questions around leadership: What makes a great leader? Is leadership motivation or is it vision? Are leadership styles indicative to situations? Are good leaders created or born? The questions around management are similar yet distinctively different: What makes a great manager? Do managers coach or delegate? What results does the managed need to demonstrate to prove a manager’s ability to execute efficientl...
Big Box to a Small Shop: The Pros and Cons of Working for a Smaller Company
by Joe Turner - Aug, 2009
The odds are good that during this economic recession, increasing numbers of experienced executives will find themselves transitioning from a large corporation to a small firm. If you’re accustomed to working for a big box, you might find it uncomfortable to consider a small shop. But if your job has been downsized or outsourced, motivation to secure another job can outweigh hesitation about working in a much smaller company....
I'm Fed Up With Myths of Success
by Ramon Greenwood - Aug, 2009
Part I: I'm fed up with being bombarded daily on the Internet and via snail mail with get-rich-quick schemes about career success. How about you? These schemes are based on myths that there are secrets, waiting to be discovered that will propel you along a successful career path with little or no effort. Does that pass the test of common sense? I think not. Not long ago I received a mailing assuring me that I could "...
Eight Steps to Take Charge of Your Career and Market You
by Marshall Brown - Aug, 2009
Today's work world is full of uncertainty, and the jobs available now and in the future will be very different from the past. Whether in good times or bad, you must take charge of your own career, because no one else is going to do it for you. Here are eight steps to help you survive in today's changing world of work: 1. You are in charge. Think of yourself as working for yourself. You are the person in control of yo...
Who's In Charge?
by Elizabeth Freedman - Aug, 2009
At a doctor’s appointment for my son, I was struck by a comment his terrific pediatrician made to me during our visit a few years ago. When I mentioned that my son “wouldn’t” eat some sort of vegetable I was trying to push on him at the time, the doctor gently said, “Remember, you’re in charge.” That comment stopped me in my tracks: Oh yeah…I was the mom…and my then six-month old son didn’t know a vegetable from a violin. N...
Careers and Callings: Finding Your Passion and Mission
by Mary Jeanne Vincent - Aug, 2009
Are you doing what you love to do? Does your work have meaning? What's your mission? Do you have a calling? Growing up in the Midwest I knew a few people who had a calling - they were destined to be doctors, lawyers, or members of the clergy. The rest of us were destined to have jobs. Hoo boy, what fun! Today that has changed. As a career coach, I often work with clients who are at crossroads in their life. Sometimes it...
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