The Reciprocity of Empathy will improve your Professional Development

“Perception is Reality;” I was frustrated the first time I heard this quote. My manager was sitting down to talk to me about some negative feedback about my teamwork and attitude. It didn’t feel good because that negative feedback came from people that didn’t understand my intention. I have a strong work ethic, and IContinue reading “The Reciprocity of Empathy will improve your Professional Development”

Prioritize Your Purpose; Not Your Tasks

Since 2009, 24% of professionals spent some time working from home according to the US Department of Labor; thanks to our connectivity through smartphones and an increase in flexible work schedules.  This connectivity also has burnout on the rise. Sometimes your job can seem like a loop of mundane tasks.  To reduce the chance ofContinue reading “Prioritize Your Purpose; Not Your Tasks”

Align your Actions with your Leadership Aspirations

Who is that leader you emulate? What does your leadership style look like when you are at your best? Which adjectives would you use to express the leader you want to be? How would you want others to describe your leadership? Think big: Sheryl Sandberg, MLK Jr., Bill & Melinda Gates, your parents, a mentor,Continue reading “Align your Actions with your Leadership Aspirations”

Thank you Adam Grant, You Explained Why I Wander the Aisles of Target So Often

Last year, I took on a new freelance project and was out to lunch with my new colleagues.  Because this group travels quite a bit for work, we were discussing how/where we do our best work.  Both of my colleagues described a quiet room with few distractions where they could put their head down andContinue reading “Thank you Adam Grant, You Explained Why I Wander the Aisles of Target So Often”

How to Evaluate Your Work in the Gig Economy

The Gig Economy: it’s sexy, liberating, and scary. So how do you know if you’re doing it right? I recently went through this three-step exercise with a client to create a clear understanding of how she is currently spending her time and effort and shift to spending if more effectively. 1 – Establish Clear CareerContinue reading “How to Evaluate Your Work in the Gig Economy”

It’s Not You; It’s Me Resignation Letter

A resignation letter is meant to achieve two objectives: 1 – Provide HR with the details they need to complete their paperwork.  Namely, identify your last day. 2 – A thank you letter to the company that you are resigning from. As you prepare to leave your current company, take some time to reflect onContinue reading “It’s Not You; It’s Me Resignation Letter”

The S.T.A.R. Method is Everywhere – Especially in Interviews

The hot new approach in business is to share stories via the S.T.A.R. method.  Whether you are applying for a job or up for your annual review, the S.T.A.R. method can help you shine like a star (I really couldn’t help myself there). The S.T.A.R. method focuses on: Situation Task Action Result Situation.  Think bigContinue reading “The S.T.A.R. Method is Everywhere – Especially in Interviews”

For Those Who Are Approaching A Different Commencement: Retirement

In May, I talked about recent college graduates commencing and taking on their first job post-college. There is also another group commencing; those commencing to retirement. Congratulations to those approaching retirement! How do you want to spend the last year or months of your career? How can you contribute the most value? Here are someContinue reading “For Those Who Are Approaching A Different Commencement: Retirement”