New Year’s Resolutions in Reverse

2020 is finally (and thankfully!) in our rear view and we have a whole new squeaky-clean year ahead of us once again.  Who would have thought, as we sat down a year ago to put our new year’s plans on paper, that we would have had the year we did?  Not in our wildest dreams.  However, it’s a testament to the human condition to how resilient we all have been, how people were able to pivot, adjust and adapt and make it through one of the worst years ever.  Some better than others of course but here we are, ready to push on to 2021 with a vengeance.

At this time of year, we usually sit down to put goals on paper, striving for even better results.  But some are probably thinking, with all this uncertainty still, what’s the point of setting goals when we really don’t know how things will go this year? Last year’s plans sure didn’t amount to much. Read more

Networking in the time of Covid

Some people love to network, others do not.  And especially now in the time of Covid, in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, people are worried that it might not be ‘appropriate’ to network, especially if you are looking for a job, or want to pivot your career.  But if you think about it, the worst thing you can do if you have not talked to someone for a long time and now need a favor, is to reach out in the guise of asking how they are doing, and then ask for something for yourself, instead.  People will see right through you.  So for that reason alone, it is critical to network on an ongoing basis, no matter what is going on in your life, and how hard you think it might be.

Most people equate ‘networking’ to sticking a name tag on your jacket and bravely entering a room of strangers. And while we can’t do that anymore anyway (silver lining!) networking is really more about building meaningful relationships, about serving people and earning their trust and respect. Because humans are social beings, and I think we’ve discovered now more than ever, that we need to feel deeply connected to others to thrive. We want to be seen & heard by others, so essentially ‘connecting’ is vital for our overall wellbeing.  And connections start with communication which is what networking is all about. Read more

10 Point Job Search Checklist

Well here we are 4 months into the pandemic and unfortunately no end in sight! While it has been a tough time for all, my heart especially goes out to those who have lost their jobs during this difficult time. So I’ve created a quick checklist for those of you who may be struggling, wondering why you haven’t found anything yet, or just want to be sure you are on the right track.  This checklist can also be used for those who may want to take the opportunity to pivot to something new.  After all, I think it’s been made pretty obvious lately that life is too short to waste doing something you don’t love! Read more

4 Ways to Jumpstart your Job Search

A few months ago, the economy was going strong and there were tons of job openings. You may have been contemplating a job or career change or were perfectly happy with what you were doing. And then everything changed in the blink of an eye. Who could have predicted the scenario we now find ourselves in worldwide, or the fact that millions of people have suddenly lost their jobs? It is a tough time for everyone having to deal with this pandemic and my heart especially goes out to those who now don’t have a job as well.

But always in crisis there is opportunity and while hard to think of it that way, now could be a time to take a fresh look at your job and career prospects, short and long term. Consider taking a consistent combination of focused actions every day to do this. Think of it as a journey and you’re taking incremental steps each and every day to get to your destination. There will be hurdles and roadblocks, but you will overcome them.

Whether you need a new job just like you had before, or wish to change or pivot to something different, here are 4 steps you can implement now to get going on that journey: Read more

5 Ways leadership can adapt & change in these turbulent times

These are tough, unprecedented times for everyone. And the more we watch the news, the worse it seems to get – it’s wearing us all down already. I have to admit that I am having a hard time focusing on any task, and I am a focuser! I find myself getting distracted a lot, going from one thing to another, which is unlike me. So I know everyone is feeling some kind of stress, uncertainty and yes, a lot of fear.

I am trying to figure out what I can do to help. And since we are now stuck at home, I have some extra time to watch webinars, read and curate information. To that end, I saw a great presentation recently by Carlene Li who wrote the book ‘The Disrupted Mindset’, and I wanted to net down some of the really useful things she said. Read more

4 Tips to negotiate better pay or what you want in the workplace (or life!)

In 2013 when Sheryl Sandberg wrote her book Lean In, she talked about how ‘sluggish’ the progress was in regards to women’s compensation in the workplace. She reminded us that “in 1970, American women were paid 59 cents for every dollar their male counterparts made.” By 2010, 40 long years later, that had grown to only 77 cents. 8 years later, in a most recent Lean In study in 2018, that’s rocketed up by 3 cents to where women in the US are now making 80 cents for every dollar that a man makes in a similar role. And while white women in America are making 20% less than men, Black women are making 39% less and Latinas 47% less. Some countries in the world are a little better than the US but overall worldwide, women are paid 23% less than men in similar roles.

It’s hard to believe that when this conversation started all those many years ago, more hasn’t been done to close this gap. But perhaps in the 3rd decade of 21st century with awareness at an all-time high (see Fortune’s article in October 2019 on the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team), the time is finally ripe for some real changes. Read more

Startup: You – How to approach your career like an entrepreneur

Are you looking for your first job, want a better job in a new company or more from the one you have now? The world of work and careers has changed and will continue to change over the coming years. Fortune had a good article awhile ago that is still relevant now – a unique way of looking at your career plan and growth. It’s by Erika Fry and looks at “wherever you are on the corporate ladder, whatever you do for a living, if you want to jumpstart your career (or just keep up) you’ve got to think like you’re launching a business from the ground up”. Just like, perhaps, an entrepreneur might do in Silicon Valley. She quotes LinkedIn co-founders Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha in their book The Start-up of You, “all humans are entrepreneurs”. She says that “to accelerate your career in today’s economy, you’ve got to embrace that spirit and apply the Silicon Valley formula – adapt to the future and invest in yourself- no matter how comfortable in your job you might be.” Especially because being comfortable could change tomorrow.

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The New Year is coming – is it time for New Year’s resolutions or just plain goal setting?

At the beginning of every new year I would ask my sales team what New Year’s resolutions they had set. I had one team member who hated the idea and always balked at the exercise we went through. I thought he was just being difficult but it turns out he was right, New Year’s resolutions just never seem to work. Fitness clubs are full in January with people’s best intentions of losing weight and getting fit. By Feb every year, the gyms are empty again, much to the chagrin of their owners.

Why do most New Year’s resolutions fail? Because most people are not treating this for what it really is – a true goal setting exercise. You can set goals any time of the year of course but there is something about Jan 1st with a whole new, squeaky clean 12 months laid out in front of you, ripe with potential – and now a whole new decade too. It’s a great time to relook at this year just finished, see what worked and what didn’t, and plan for the year ahead. Read more

What can you do about the ‘Broken Rung”? Helping women to have parity with men with their upward mobility.

The Lean In Org has just recently released it’s 2019 Women in the Workplace report and some of the results are surprising. It seems that women have a new obstacle to hamper their upward mobility. We have heard for decades about the ‘glass ceiling’ that women face when trying to climb to upper levels of management. Progress has been made with women in senior leadership levels in recent years, though women, especially women of color, are still underrepresented at every leadership level in an organization. However, surprisingly, research has found that the biggest obstacle for women’s progression is not the glass ceiling but the first step up to manager, called the “broken rung.” This broken rung results in more women getting stuck at the entry level and fewer women becoming managers, therefore reducing the pool to draw on for future promotions. As a result, there are significantly fewer women to advance to higher levels and they will never catch up. And women of color are even more likely to be held back by this scenario. Read more

5 steps to jumpstart your career

Are you where you want to be at this point in your job and your career? Are you happy with your progress so far and do you have a plan to move forward to your ultimate goal? If not, read on.

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