Tag: Coaching

How to Brag (Without Bragging): Blame it on Luck!

Lucky Charms: Magically Destructive

It’s a common challenge;  how do you talk about what you’ve done if you’ve done well without sounding like the jerk down the hall who everyone calls a cleetus maggot? In a world where Cheat Your Way to the Top seems to be a common workplace theme song, being accurate and correctly portraying yourself and your […]

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[Career Tips] 3 Ways to Better Yourself at the Job Waiting Game

As my 7 year-old son Traylor periodically reminds me, it’s tough to wait. This morning’s challenge was one under-ripe mango: serving it for breakfast when he was ready but it wasn’t still meant it didn’t taste so hot. It can be just as tough to wait in the employment constellation we call jobs and careers. […]

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[High Potential Employees] How Do You Choose the Chosen Few?

The question from my client was common: who do you spend limited resources  for coaching and development of high potential employees? And, even harder, how do you know it’s money well spent? The  takeaway from working in and around corporations for almost 30 years is that most of the efforts spent on high potential employees […]

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[CFO Job Hunters Version] What Do Employers Really Want?

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One mystery for more senior job hunters is the  question of “What do employers really want?” in terms of backgrounds, skill sets and experience. Thanks to one executive search person you can get one good answer – particularly if you’re looking fill a Chief Financial Officer role. Karen Quint of Spencer Stuart addressed the San […]

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[Coaching Tips] The Secret to Your Success

While the exact formula for what makes someone successful in work over a period of time is still cloudy, the outlines through research are taking shape. Those outlines can begin to inform who you hire, who you work with, and – if you’re prone to introspection – what your own personal profile looks like. These […]

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[Exec Coaching Tips: How to Be Successful] Try Something Different

While lots of us are smart – or at least think we are – almost all of us fall prey to the same common mistake of confusing effectiveness and effort. While effort is really important, the fact of the matter is that trying harder with the wrong approach won’t do much to make you successful. […]

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Can You Trust the Recruiter?

Trust Me (book)

The voice at the other end of the voicemail sounded sincere and the message they left earlier about the possible job sounds great. But is too good to be true just that: too good to be true? And can you trust the recruiter who left the message? The short answer is “maybe”. And here’s more. […]

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7 (More) Secrets Headhunters Usually Don’t Tell You

Top Secret!

Like thousands of others, you probably have already read “Ten Secrets Headhunters (Usually) Don’t Tell You” ( here ) which covered the in and outs of working with headhunters. (Readers can go also through the full basics of job-hunting by reading the “Choose Me, Hire Me” series which starts here .) But while headhunters can be helpful […]

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[New Rules] What Can You Learn from “Burning Man”?

Burning Man , that once a year event around the US Labor Day holiday where 50,000 mostly strangers set up an instant community in the Black Rock Desert area of northeastern Nevada evokes a couple, at least, of reactions. For people from the North American Pacific West, it’s another mostly ho-hum event in which people learn, […]

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