August 20, 20160

How do you react when a co-work disagrees with you? How do you address a negotiation that requires you to meet specific goals? How do you approach a customer who appears to be upset or angry? These are just a few examples of the scenarios you might face as you interact with others each day. Communication is part of every job and every relationship. The process of communication is complex yet occurs in a split second or the very moment a person decides to send a message – whether verbally or in writing. We all have natural, human reactions to circumstances and other people. But do those reactions always produce the best response? The answer is that our gut reactions or initial replies and responses do not always address situations or other persons in the most...

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July 20, 20160

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?  – Vincent Van Gogh

Consider the last time you looked back at your life or your career. Did you ever question the choices you made or had to make? Did you ever wish that outcomes experienced had been better or different? 

Hopefully you are able to look at the past and consider it to be old news or something that is beyond your ability to control now. However, many people cannot let go of the past – even knowing that it cannot be undone or changed. As a career coach and educator, I have had heard many negative statements made about past decisions during self-reflection exercises and many of these comments can be summarized as follows.

If I only had the courage to:

  • Take a Stand
  • ...
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Career Checkpoints
May 15, 20160

One of the most common suggestions given for anyone who needs or wants to accomplish something in their career is to set goals. The typical recommendation is to set short-term and long-term goals, with the purpose of setting specific deadlines. With goal setting people usually start out strong and with good intentions to reach for completion of those goals. Some will follow what they have mapped out while others may fail to even reach the short-term objective – and then the goals are abandoned. While goal setting can be effective there is another process that ensures more interactivity and involvement in the career development process. It is a strategy that uses checkpoints as the primary indicators of progress. This method encourages the development of a career plan that engages you...

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Digital Footprint
April 10, 20160

The time when job seekers relied solely on the newspaper for job ads has passed and now jobs are often found through online sources such as job boards. The obvious benefit is the ability to find jobs on any given day or time of the week, along with information about potential employers. What job seekers must always keep in mind is that potential employers can also learn about them with a quick search using any search engine.

What can be found is a digital footprint and that is what needs to be monitored on a regular basis. It is possible to sabotage your career potential if you don't monitor your online presence and control how you interact with and participate in social networking websites. While this applies to many people in careers where their online presence is closely...

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Power of Potential
March 09, 20160

Have you discovered the potential you have now, whether it is in your life or your career? Everyone has potential, perhaps more than they realize now or will ever come to fully know in their life because of fear and self-doubt. Your ability to tap into your potential will determine how many successes you have throughout your life, which is especially important for your career. You have the potential to learn, which many people do not realize even though they learn from life experiences every day. Everyone have a potential for personal and professional self-development because of an ability to learn, as long as you are willing to purposefully seek out new knowledge and skills, and develop a supportive mindset.

The awareness of your own potential is important for the...

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Stay the Course
February 15, 20160

Any time you think about your current job or career, and you question the decisions you've made that caused you to arrive at this particular point, it may be easy to let self-doubt and negativity take over your thoughts. If this pattern of thinking is allowed to continue for any length of time you will likely find that it can cause you to lose sight of the control you have over your career, regardless of the present circumstances that may seem to be beyond your immediate power to change for the better. A mindset like that can easily become a self-defeating attitude, which will lead to further frustration and stall your developmental plans.

There is a common phrase that would be helpful to keep in mind as you reflect on your career and it is known as "stay the course" – and this...

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Do You Give 110%
January 24, 20160

Everyone goes through a natural cycle with their career. The start of a new job is a time when enthusiasm, energy, and professional fulfillment is at its peak. Over time the level of enthusiasm and the feeling of satisfaction may fluctuate as the reality of the job becomes clear, which can influence a person’s performance in a positive or negative manner depending upon the circumstances experienced. The most common factors that can have an impact on how a person performs on the job may include actual work conditions or perceptions about a manager, supervisor, or the company overall. It becomes challenging then not to allow performance to become conditional as employers expect peak performance from employees.

There is a common workplace expression about putting in 110%...

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Is Job Stress Getting You Down?
January 05, 20160

There are many circumstances on the job that can have an adverse impact on performance, from poor working conditions to numerous responsibilities and an over-extended schedule. But there is one condition that can arise as a result of not responding well to circumstances, which can have a negative effect on a person's well-being, and that is the condition known as stress. While it may seem that there is not much more to be said about this topic, given how extensively the subject of stress management has been written about, there is another perspective to consider and that is viewing it as an internalized process as a means of learning how to address it.

By the time a person acknowledges that they are feeling the effects of stress, they have likely reached an emotionally critical...

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