Why Collaboration Doesn’t Always Pay Off for Women

January 21, 2016

Nearly a decade ago, management consultancy McKinsey published a highly regarded white paper revealing that women outperformed men in five of nine key leadership behaviors. Three of those behaviors—people development, inspiration and participative decision making—have ties to collaboration. This research, among others, has formed the underpinnings of a narrative that gives a competitive career advantage […]

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Want to Land that Job? Pay Attention to the “Big 4” of Hiring

November 30, 2015

I’m a sponsored blog partner with Spherion (a staffing and recruiting organization) and am participating in the release of findings from Spherion’s Emerging Workforce® Study (“EWS.”)  All opinions are mine. Want to find a new job? You probably figure that prospective employers place a heavy emphasis on your current job to decide if they want […]

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5 Things to Know When You Move into Senior Management

November 12, 2015

Stepping into a senior leadership role has its own set of unique challenges. The scope of your job gets bigger. You have to answer to more people. It’s easy to become distanced from the front-line workforce. I interviewed several business people and asked, “What did you learn when you were promoted to upper management?” Some […]

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4 Ways to Get More Out of Meetings with Your Manager

May 11, 2015

Are you getting the most out of your 1:1 meetings with your boss? According to a recent study, about 73 percent of employees meet with their team leader at least once a month. That’s not a lot of face time, so be sure you make the most of this important interaction with the following tips: […]

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A New Definition of Leadership for the Next Generation of Leaders

April 27, 2015

The definition of leadership is changing. Societal expectations of the workplace, fed by economic and demographic trends, are morphing the leadership job description. From emerging organizational structures like Holacracy, to changing expectations of the Millennial generation, your kid’s boss isn’t going to resemble the one you reported to the first day of your job. A […]

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16 Stories to Energize Your Leadership

April 21, 2015

Feeling burned out as a leader? It’s a common feeling: work life is hectic and leaders feel especially “squeezed.”  This constant pressure can suck every last bit of energy from you and the people you lead, with unfortunate results. As Chris Edmonds, author of The Culture Engine, writes in the foreword of the recently released […]

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Boost Your Career with These Resources for Attracting High-Level Sponsors

April 16, 2015

  If you’re looking to advance in your career, securing a sponsor—an influential senior-level leader in your organization—is a smart move. Women, in particular, benefit from having a sponsor because according to this report from advocacy group Catalyst, women are often perceived negatively when they use assertive career-building approaches. “There is no ‘silver bullet’ for […]

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Don’t Let Those “Best of” Lists Create Employer Envy

April 2, 2015

Have you ever worked for a company that was listed as “best of?” You know, “Best of XYZ Industry” or “Top 100 Companies to Work for” and so on. No? Well then you might have wondered: just how cool is it to work at one of those companies? Yet another “best of” list came out […]

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Are You Listening to Yourself? A #soulsparks Story

March 27, 2015

It happened while I was cleaning up the dinner dishes. While I stood at my kitchen sink, scrubbing pans, the thought formed, completely unbidden: I want to be a writer. It was a June night; my family was outside enjoying one of the first warm days of our soon-to-be Michigan summer. And I was inside, […]

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3 Insights into Workplace Politics

March 26, 2015

Guest Post by Bonnie Marcus, author of  The Politics of Promotion. Politics is all about relationships, and it’s critical to build and nurture relationships with people who can positively impact your career. Be aware that politics rules and there are constant changes in the workplace dynamics that can trip you up if you aren’t aware […]

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