Don’t disappear into the job

Don’t Disappear Into The Job

The job won’t bury you; you can do that all by yourself. When I coach senior execs, I often find two different career groups. The first have recently gotten a new position, internally or externally. The second are looking for their next job (outside the company), and have not actively done so in years. This first group necessarily burrows away…

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How some companies interview badly; 5 suggestions to raise the bar

I once had a corporate client with bad interviewing habits. It wasn’t just one person; the slowness to hire seemed to be part of their culture, a rather sclerotic interviewing process. The visible damage was often good candidates, initially interested in joining but lost interest after a few months, and later spoke disparagingly about them, reputational bruising which was unnecessary,…

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Win the Boss Over–5 Points

I recently had coffee with a friend, reminiscing about his previous company and one of the co-CEO's there who has since moved on.    "Smart guy," my friend said, "although we never got along very well."    "Why?"    "You were either with him or against him, not a lot of grey. I wasn't part of his inner circle."    "I got that already,…

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The authentic voice when interviewing

The authentic voice. Companies want to hear it from candidates when interviewing, and candidates always need to think about finding their cadence in an interview. But what does an "authentic voice" really mean within in a corporate setting, whether interviewing or maneuvering through the organisation? Authenticity often radiates from comfort–borne by repetition; confidence in knowing what you do well; and…

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The Mechanics of Manners; 10 points

More than simply being polite, better to describe manners as the "instruction booklet" for humans. In today's topsy-turvy world of social media, manners matter even MORE than in the past. Friction is caused by two objects moving into each other, and manners lubricate the friction. None of us are born with good manners; we all have to be told how…

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