Your Talents- What are you good at?

The first step in finding your light is to know yourself.  The three pieces of knowing yourself involve discovering your talents, passions and values. We’ll start first with identifying your talents.    There are many ways to define and identify talents, but for the purpose of career exploration and development, I think they best way to identify your talents is to define them in the way that employers do.   After all, the whole point of knowing yourself is so that you can be able to find a career that you enjoy doing so that your light can shine. KSAOs- Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

Stuck in the Middle

4 TIPS FOR C LEVEL EXECUTIVES TO EMPOWER THE MIDDLE MANAGER I often think that being a “middle manager” may be the worst place to be in the organizational hierarchy.    I often have middle managers in my leadership classes who complain that they feel stuck in the role of go-betweener.  They feel as though the purpose they serve is to act as a buffer between employees and upper management without the authority to make key decisions that they feel are best for their people and the company. I recently saw this happening to a middle manager that told me, “I

The New Career Series: Your Light

As a child, I remember singing “This Little Light of Mine” in Vacation Bible School.  My favorite part was when we got to sing, “Hide it under a bushel, NO! I’m gonna let it shine!”  I think I, in part, loved this section of the song because we got to yell the word, “NO!”  when yelling was hardly ever allowed in church or at any other place for that matter.               Now as a career and leadership coach, I find that I love this part of the song because shouting a resounding “NO!” to hiding your “light” under a

Flexibility to Reduce Workplace Stressors

I attended a seminar last week discussing ways to improve productivity and communication in the workplace. One thing that stood out to me in the presentation was the emphasis the presenter placed on eliminating stressors so that people could be innovative and creative. He placed a value on innovation and creativity as the only differentiating factors in creating a sustainable advantage. What if standard or traditional work arrangements are creating workplace stressors and reducing innovation and creativity? This leads me to consider a tie to a book I mentioned last week,  The Elephant and the Flea  and its emphasis on

New Addition to Thursday- Career Development Series

I will be starting a weekly blog post on Thursdays (in addition to our leadership focused blog post on Mondays) that focuses on Career Development.  Although this will be useful information for people of all ages, it should particularly be helpful for students.  Hope you enjoy this new series! Here’s what we’ll cover: Part 1: Your Horizon A.  Know Yourself:  Explore your talents, passions and values to make wise career decisions. -Talents as employers see them- KSAOs (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics) -Passions through your Holland Code -Values- know your ideal workstyle and lifestyle B.     Understand the Market -Are you useful?

2 Tips if you have Bored Employees

Last week,  I talked about how boredom at work is one of the worst employment states and offered suggestions for how employees can improve bored working conditions.  I want to focus now on leaders who have bored workers. If you have people who are bored on the job, I believe there are two primary reasons and two primary tips for curing the boredom. 1. They are bored because you don’t need them, or you don’t need them full-time.  Long gone are the days where every single position on the face of the planet needed to be a 40 hour a

Bored as a Gourd? Not an ideal employment state

I’ve been struck the last couple of weeks with the reiteration of one of the things that is extremely detrimental to both employers and employees: boredom at work. I’ve recently been working with an adult client wanting to make a career change.  She is an extremely talented individual, and In talking with her about her current employment  she says she is just a “warm body”.  One of the main reasons she wants a change is because she’s bored as a gourd at work!   She works for a government contractor (the waste of taxpayer money as she sits there bored

Leadership How-To: Combine Communication with Teamwork

To continue our periodic posts on Leadership How-Tos as a suggestion from participants in my last Leadership I class, I’d like to suggest an activity that combines two of the class topics: 1. Teamwork 2.  Communication In the class, everyone takes a Communication Style Assessment .  You can click the link and order a paper copy like the one taken in the class for $14.00 each or click here to see all the other products that go along with the assessment.  You can order the online version for $16.00 or even order $2.00 blinking pins for each of the four different styles.

Marketing Yourself Must Go Beyond the Traditional Resume

Considering a career change or actively looking for a job?  Just brushing up your resume isn’t going to get you where you want to be, most likely.  Even if you are not on an active job hunt, creating a personal brand for yourself that highlights your strengths and expertise can help you get to where you want to be.  In addition, using a variety of mediums or avenues to market yourself is important.   In the days of googling everyone and everything, you need to have a web presence. I have one client who TOTALLY gets this.  While we spent