How many times a day do you catch yourself saying “sorry?” Whether you’re prefacing a question, responding to feedback, or apologizing for an action, you probably say it (or write it in email) more times than you think. Most of the time, you probably don’t even mean it. When you want to write “sorry,” say something more assertive instead.Read More
If you’re intending on resigning from your job, you should have a plan in place for that initial conversation with your boss. Prepare your key talking points and practice your delivery with confidence in advance. However, not all bosses take the news very well. You should also be prepared to handle an emotional or harsh reaction. In some very extreme cases, I’ve seen some bosses totally reject a resignation. If you really think your boss could go nuclear, here’s how to handle that situation.Read More
Resigning from your job should be a straightforward conversation to have with your boss. However, whether you’ve worked at this organization for seven months or seven years, it’s never easy to say you’ve accepted a better offer elsewhere. It’s uncomfortable and tough. Most bosses usually understand, but there are some who don’t handle the news very well and some who totally reject it. Hopefully, you’ve been working with your boss long enough to predict how they’ll react. If you anticipate a potentially negative response or a full-on freak out, you should be prepared to deflect some pretty harsh comments.Read More
So, you’re ready to resign from your current job. You’ve found a better opportunity elsewhere and accepted it. You are so ready. Now all you have to do is put in your notice and tie up loose ends. You’ll want to find a time to give your boss the news and have your talking points prepared. This can sometimes be a nerve-wracking experience, so I always advise my clients to have a plan. Before you find a time to discuss your resignation, you should already be preparing what to say and how you want to communicate it. Be sure to reflect on the following areas so you can answer questions, have clear talking points, and plan for the days following your notice.Read More
In my career coaching practice, I work with people from all different industries, from all walks of life. Interestingly, everyone seems to tell the same types of stories when it comes to stress. I’ve found that there are five key scenarios driving stress as being the chief complaint about someone’s work experience. These scenarios include a constantly multi-tasking culture, drowning in responsibility, being set up to burn out in a high stress field, being in a toxic work environment, and having a terrible boss.Read More
Congrats, you’re going for the job interview! Now that you’ve made the connection, it’s important to dress right to make the best impression. I’m sure you’re wondering how do you dress for a job interview these days? An interview ensemble should be clean, professional, and put-together, and also communicate confidence, a good work ethic, and even a little bit of personality. However, there are many with so many differences in industries, companies, and individual roles; it can be challenging to advise a client on what to wear.Read More
Over the course of your career, the pursuit of reaching your full career potential never ends. Meaningful careers are a labor of love, and the work to better oneself and keep moving forward should always be present. A career full of promotions and accolades often requires balancing your strengths with challenges that force yourself outside your comfort zone. However, when you feel like progressing (e.g. moving up or accomplishing significant feats) is not realistic, it’s likely because your career lacks this balance, and you may be headed toward a career plateau.Read More
So why is employee engagement important? Poor employee engagement can take a toll on your business, and ultimately, your career. Whether you’ve noticed (or want to prevent) an increase in turnover or negative changes in workplace behavior/attitudes, it might be time to reflect on your management style. You want to ensure the individuals who work for you are active contributors for the best possible outcomes.Read More
I love the idea of picking just one word to define your intention for the year.
For me, this year, that word is ‘unsubscribe.’
Ask yourself: What concepts, narratives, or cultural norms do you inadvertently support, simply through your failure to outwardly reject them?
Office gossip? Unhealthy organizational politics? Diet culture? The illusion of crafting the perfect life on social media?Read More
You finally get to come up for air and take a few days off for the holidays. Sure, you’ll probably still need to check your email four times per day, but the intensity of a standard workday has subsided. There’s room for quiet in your mind and your heart.
When all the noise fades away, what are you left with? When you’re sitting around the table with your extended family, passing the dinner rolls and catching up, how to you respond to the inevitable, “how’s that job of yours?” Are you tensing up just thinking about it?Read More