What’s Your Story?
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Feb, 2011
I recently facilitated a Leadership Retreat for the Managing Partners of a law firm. We focused a great deal on improving interpersonal communication and creating more work/life balance. The legal profession is a rewarding, but very demanding profession. Managing partners are often stressed out and burned out. One of the partners shared that she was in a constant state of “fight or flight”. During the retreat, we did a ver...
Building Executive Presence - Storytelling for Professional Success
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Feb, 2011
Building Executive Presence - Storytelling for Professional Success I’ve received an increase in requests from companies and law firms seeking help for high potential leaders to improve their “executive presence”. When I inquire into what they mean by executive presence I get responses that are all over the map. I seek clarification by asking the HR person or actual potential executive coaching client to describe the le...
Enough with the Excuses-Just Get Started
by Hallie Crawford - Feb, 2011
I was talking to my group coaching client, Jodi, this week. She was concerned that she hadn’t yet identified her ideal career, and was putting a lot of pressure on herself to not only figure it out, but to have a plan with each specific action step she needed to take to make it happen. I told her, like I tell all of my clients, that this isn’t realistic. Career transition is a process that has to unfold. It’s organic and y...
Top 10 Tips for Phone Interviews
by Caitlin McNally - Feb, 2011
Phone interviews are a crucial first step in the hiring process. The purpose of a phone interview is to narrow down the pool of candidates who will be invited to in-person interviews. Below are tips to make sure you are prepared on how to best present yourself in hope of being chosen to move on to an on-site interview. A phone interview should not be taken lightly since a phone screen is a prerequisite for a face-to-face meeti...
Who Needs a Cover Letter? You Do!
by Wendy Enelow - Feb, 2011
Executive-level clients frequently ask me if they need a cover letter. They’re not convinced anyone reads them, and they often wonder if writing them is worth the time and effort. These concerns are not completely unfounded. About one-third of hiring managers will never look at a cover letter, another one-third will go back and look after reading the resume, and the final one-third will go through the resume IF the cover l...
A Tale of Two CEO Brands
by Suzanne Bates - Feb, 2011
You may have seen their stories side-by-side in the Wall Street Journal a couple of days ago - the new CEO of HP, Leo Apotheker, and the just-fired CEO of Time Warner, Jack Griffin. Apotheker’s star is rising; Griffin barely got his nameplate on the door before they showed him out. Both companies were facing significant challenges when these chief executives came on board. So what happened? Let’s look at the facts as...
The Risk of Ignoring Millennials
by Judith Lindenberger - Feb, 2011
One of the biggest challenges for businesses today is integrating the Millennials twenty-somethings into a Baby Boomer culture. They are the newest generation to enter the labor market, arriving with their distinct ideas about what they expect from their jobs. They are our future leaders and our next generation of revenue-generators. So who are the Millennials and how do we manage their expectations while maintaining high perf...
What Kind of Skier Are You?
by Christine Hassler - Feb, 2011
This past weekend I spoke to a group of professionals of all ages on the topic of career transitions. Mark Goldston, CEO of an extremely successful internet company kicked off the event with his biggest “pearls of wisdom” and there was one particular metaphor he used that I want to share with you. He asked us all to envision our career as a mountain and ourselves as the skier. We have choices when it comes to which path...
Clean Up Your Toxic Workplace
by Dr. Linda Burrs - Feb, 2011
Organizations with sound diversity and inclusion strategies frequently experience higher rates of creativity, are able to hire and retain the best and brightest talent and make product development a priority in order to stay competitive. Yet for years — and in some circles today — the word diversity has been associated with controversial, even negatively viewed practices, such as affirmative action, the Equal Employment Op...
4 Classic Quotes about Your Job Search
by Kevin Donlin - Feb, 2011
What can Leonardo da Vinci and Will Rogers tell you about finding a job? Plenty, it turns out. Read on for some new twists on timeless advice that might help you get hired faster … 1. "Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active." - Leonardo da Vinci You see, your subconscious mind can solve problems while the rest of your brain and body are doing other things, like sleeping, eating an...
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