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Looking For A Career Test To Help You Plan Your Future?

Assessments (otherwise known as “career tests”) are certainly great ways to unearth your interests and help identify your skills, strengths and career-related orientations, but unfortunately they are often misused. There are typically two reasons for this: Either an assessment is interpreted by an untrained professional who’s not certified in the application; or the recipient depends […]

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Avoid Promoting Lies and Burying Truths

One of my organizational clients recently faced a big crisis. Over the years, board members and key decision makers allowed a few executives to unfortunately get away with some bad behaviors. In essence they were guilty of burying lies and truths. Because they had done so once or twice, they developed the habit and this […]

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Do You Have A Promotion Proposal Ready To Roll?

So your boss called you into her office for your annual review. You talked a little about performance improvement, poked around your strengths a bit and got the well-deserved accolades that you needed to get you back on to doing what you do best. What just happened? You forgot to discuss your promotion proposal and […]

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Are You Mentor Material?

A mentoring relationship is imperative for successful career development. It is the foundation for professional insight, opens doors for novice professional and creates both unique, and mutually beneficial, collaborative opportunities. The mentor/mentee relationship is also a personal relationship built on trust. If either party should breach the unspoken code of mentoring ethics, careers could be […]

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Establishing Focus in an Interview

Establishing directive focus is an important competency to demonstrate in an interview. Those familiar with the StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment, (Gallup Organization) know this important leadership quality comes into play under the strength of connectedness. People who are firmly grounded in connectedness have a knack for understanding how things relate. Individuals with strong strategic leadership skills […]

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A Philadelphia Story – Leveraging Your Brand For Career Success

The comparison struck me. “What do you think?” I asked my client. “I love it.” Her enthusiastic reply was quickly followed with details reinforcing her evident flattery at being compared to Katherine Hepburn. “I love donning crisp wool trousers, a silk blouse and pearls and wielding my Monte Blanc pen. It’s who I am.” My […]

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Do You Have the “Crazy Gene”? Channel It Toward Career Success

“Crazy” may be the latest and greatest when comes to leveraging career success beyond the norm. If you’re a skilled and savvy leader set on revitalizing a division, organization or brand, or maybe a creative marketing guru with blooming with ideas then perhaps you’re genetically predisposed to success. “Crazy,” of course, conjures up many definitions, […]

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“Shhh, I’m Looking for a New Job” – 8 Tips for Discreet Networking

When it comes to finding a new position, there are distinct advantages to being gainfully employed. For one, your skills are in demand, being utilized and you have a proven track record. But when it’s time to change careers, how do you network for a new position without clueing everyone in? Here are a few […]

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