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Career Development

Pull-ups and Hard Work: From Avoidance to Embracing

Julie Cohen, PCC | Posted 02.10.2016 | Business
Julie Cohen, PCC

As an executive coach, I often spend time with my clients supporting them to be more effective by focusing on and enhancing their strengths. This always made sense to me. It's more efficient to build upon your strengths than to commit to the heavy lifting of addressing weaknesses, particularly with no guarantee of success.

There Is No Reality, Only Perception With Your Career Brand

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 02.09.2016 | Women
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

As a career development and executive coach, I often work with people that brand products or services for an organization but have no real awareness of their unique professional brand and why it matters. It's time to take stock of your own brand and use it to achieve your career goals and tell your authentic professional story.

How to Support and Motivate an Emotional Employee

Heather Gray | Posted 02.02.2016 | Business
Heather Gray

It can be daunting when someone is suddenly crying in front of you, especially at the office, where crying isn't as typical or expected. The person in front of you may be just as surprised by their emotion and might just need a second or two to regroup.

Internship. Check. Job Offer. Check. Career That Is Fulfilling...?

Garrett Mintz | Posted 01.26.2016 | College
Garrett Mintz

In high school, it was very clear of what to do to get to college. You get good grades. In college, it was very clear of what to do to get a job offer. You get good grades, internships and leadership positions in extracurricular activities. But what about pursuing a career that is fulfilling?

WTF Is Organizational Culture?

Garrett Mintz | Posted 01.19.2016 | Business
Garrett Mintz

Organizational cultures are not universally good or universally bad for every person. Just because two organizations have the exact same activities (i.e. casual Fridays and philanthropic events) doesn't mean that those activities are received the same way at each company by the employees.

7 Ways Winter Break Can Help You Get a Job

Matthew Randall | Posted 12.22.2015 | College
Matthew Randall

While it may be tempting to spend winter break mastering the fine points of reality TV and enjoying a few moments of academia-free peace, break is a great time for college seniors to prepare for the job hunt they'll be embarking on in a few short weeks.

Career Success Through Intentional Networks

Marilyn Nagel | Posted 11.05.2015 | Business
Marilyn Nagel

I've spoken to literally thousands of women about intentional networking and always ask "How many of you have gotten a job, promotion, or large piece of business from a connection in your network?"

6 Guiding Principles to Get Ahead in Your Career

Kim Keating | Posted 11.05.2015 | Women
Kim Keating

When speaking to audiences -- especially at colleges and universities-- I am often asked: "How do I really get ahead?" Here are lessons I've learned and advice I've been given from others over the years.

Clean the Toilet

Peter Aceto | Posted 10.28.2015 | Business
Peter Aceto

My family and I are huge fans of the international phenomenon we know today as Cirque du Soleil. We are amazed and dazzled with each show and wonder how they can continue to innovate and surprise their audiences time and again.

Stop Trying to Follow Your Passion

Kali Hawlk | Posted 10.15.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Kali Hawlk

There won't always be a lightbulb moment. You may not identify the exact second something clicks into place for you, when the planets align or a particular experience sparks a specific train of thought that leads to deep understanding.

A Survival Guide to Dealing with Difficult Colleagues

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 10.07.2015 | Women
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

Professional behavior should be a given expectation among working adults but in reality, most of us have experienced unprofessional conduct in the workplace. You can choose your friends but you don't always have the luxury of choosing your colleagues.

Personal Disruption: What Is It and Why You Should Care

Whitney Johnson | Posted 10.01.2015 | Business
Whitney Johnson

If you are the one being disrupted, it no doubt feels that way, even as the rest of us are enjoying the spoils of reading or riding anytime, anywhere. One of the best ways to cope with, and even harness the forces of mass disruption, is to become the agent of your own disruption -- to disrupt yourself.

Three Key Ingredients to Giving Yourself Permission

Whitney Hess | Posted 09.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Whitney Hess

You can't give yourself permission just once and hope things will change. It's a process. And you can't do it alone. It's a pilgrimage. Let's go there together.

We're All in the Same Boat

Whitney Hess | Posted 09.28.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Whitney Hess

Most people would have stopped right there. The pressure would have been too much. Not for me. I let the pressure push me forward. I saw the open door and walked through it. I gave myself permission to try, and gave myself permission to fail.

Why It's Time to Shatter the Myth of Confidence

Kris Safarova | Posted 09.24.2015 | Business
Kris Safarova

Do you believe you need confidence to succeed? I certainly did for far too long. Let me start with a personal story that illustrates, what I call, the myth of confidence.

How to Resolve Organizational Conflicts as One Team

Fred Kofman | Posted 09.21.2015 | Business
Fred Kofman

A clean escalation doesn't guarantee the right decision, but it produces a more intelligent process that strengthens relationships and helps everybody feel appreciated as valuable contributors.

How to Collaborate Through Conflict (7.1)

Fred Kofman | Posted 09.14.2015 | Business
Fred Kofman

When I say that some of your conflicts are detrimental to task, relationship, and self, I mean that your approach to these difficult conversations is not robust enough for them.

Verbal Aikido: How to Respond to Reasonable AND Unreasonable Challenges (6.6)

Fred Kofman | Posted 09.14.2015 | Business
Fred Kofman

"What a stupid idea!" your colleague bursts out. "It will never work." How can you respond? Say, "You are wrong," and you escalate the conflict. Say, "I am wrong," and you betray yourself.

Coaching: Conscious Performance Improvement: A Mutual Learning Conversation (6.7)

Fred Kofman | Posted 09.14.2015 | Business
Fred Kofman

Giving negative feedback to a valuable team member is one of the conversations managers most dread.

How to Invite Inqiury (6.5)

Fred Kofman | Posted 09.12.2015 | Business
Fred Kofman

No matter how skillfully you express your view, if your counterpart disagrees he may oppose it immediately. This can start a conflict in which both of you harden your positions. At best, this will detract from mutual learning; at worst, it will produce a stalemate.

How to Express Your Truth With Honesty and Respect (6.4)

Fred Kofman | Posted 09.12.2015 | Business
Fred Kofman

The secret to effectiveness is being right, right? Wrong. The secret to effectiveness is being right together.

How to Inquire Productively (6.3)

Fred Kofman | Posted 09.12.2015 | Business
Fred Kofman

Productive inquiry is a way to learn about your colleague's reasoning. It helps him express what he's thinking, but more importantly, it allows him to share why he's thinking what he's thinking, and what he would like to do about it.

How to Really Listen in a Difficult Conversation (6.2)

Fred Kofman | Posted 09.12.2015 | Business
Fred Kofman

It is precisely when listening is most important, that you want to listen the least.

The New High School Essentials: LinkedIn, a Resumé, and a Digital Portfolio

Erica Swallow | Posted 09.11.2015 | Education
Erica Swallow

A digital presence is no longer a nice-to-have for high school students. Competition is high, and schools across the nation -- and world -- are preparing their scholars for a 21st Century workforce.

Leadership Lessons I Learned This Summer

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 07.31.2015 | Women
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

I turned my participation at the National Speakers Association convention into a hybrid getaway this summer. NSA was a transformative learning experience to help me grow my business and a wonderful way to enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavors of Washington, DC.