Do you know Agent Stan Conch? More importantly, can you manage working with him? He is in every part of our work life and personal life. We ALL know and work with Agent Stan Conch. He is wildly unpredictable, can be furiously stormy and always seems to show up at the least opportune times. How does one prepare to deal with his/her Agent Stan Conch? The strong, the … [Read more...]
Where have all the leaders gone?
Flip-flip, flip-flip, flip-flip, flip-flip…the sound of the revolving doors at Kaufmann’s Department Store more than 30 years ago in downtown Pittsburgh. If you grew up in the suburbs, you knew that the best place to meet your friends for a day of shopping was under the clock at Kaufmann’s. The memories of shopping in retail stores is marked with exceptional service, quality … [Read more...]
Presentation skills are more than “talk”
Courageous leaders have an organic skill that shines above all else…Presentation Skills. The ability to engage others through presentation skills exercised daily through one-on-one conversations, group interactions and conference calls is more than just “talk”. To present effortlessly increases credibility, confidence and commands attention. A skilled leader with … [Read more...]
Top 5 must haves this season…on Linkedin
You wouldn’t think of going on a job interview in mix matched attire and tattered shoes as this would be a poor reflection of your personal brand right? So why present your personal brand on linkedin with anything less than the best representation of YOU? The top 5 picks that I recommend you have in your Linkedin wardrobe include: 1 - Complete your profile 100% and be … [Read more...]
If you were Brick and Mortar, would you Shop (Hire) YOU?
Ask yourself honestly, if you were going to shop for a stellar, top-notch player for your team, would you shop you? A simple yes or no will suffice. If you answered yes, fantastic! Read on and see if your answer is still yes at the close of today’s read. For my retail fans, I am dedicating today’s blog to you! This includes corporate Product Managers, Buyers, Operations, … [Read more...]
Excessive Interviewing – What Has Happened to Courting Top Talent? Should Companies Pay for Excessive Interviews?
More than ever, I am hearing top talent from various positions and industries express their discontent with lengthy interviews processes, poor recruiting etiquette and indecisive decision-making on behalf of companies. While we are still experiencing an employers market, the employer needs to regain focus and treat candidates with dignity and respect. Until that happens, … [Read more...]
Bullying Leadership…to Sign or NOT to Sign
Performance management and documenting performance issues are a mainstay for any size business or company. In my experience, the majority of leaders effectively use the process correctly, constructively educating team members by engaging in two-way dialogue and course correcting actions, behaviors or allegations according to policy, procedure or company core … [Read more...]
Top 5 Reasons to Embrace a Job Loss
With unemployment wavering at 9%, layoffs are likely to continue throughout 2010. Bleak, dismal and discouraging are words the half empty use to describe the current state of the economy, while the half full see this as a new challenge to overcome or a welcome opportunity to make a long awaited change. Having polled a number of experienced professionals in recent … [Read more...]
What are you worth? The cost of branding you.
“The cost of doing business” speaks for itself. You have to put money out to make money; feed the investment so that it grows becoming lucrative and prosperous. A fundamental basic that business leaders process regularly, right? Absolutely! Why then do many business professionals treat themselves and their own career marketing tools with substandard expectations? As a … [Read more...]
Work for a Jerk?
At one point or another, we have all worked for a jerk. Trending analysis, client feedback and underground communication clearly indicate that mismanaged employees and boundary violations are on the rise. Managing through tough times and poor leaders is often time more difficult than the work itself. Poor leadership can range from an immediate supervisor to poor HR … [Read more...]