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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Women and the Politics of Promotion

March 23, 2015

Research indicates that ambitious women are in a double bind—if they’re too aggressive, then they’re seen as threatening; if they’re too accommodating, they’re not seen as senior leadership material. Even though this bind is easing as more women assume top leadership roles, it’s still evident in many organizations, particularly those that are traditionally led by […]

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An Introvert’s Plan for Working a Room

May 13, 2013

Introvert + Global Company Meeting + Unfamiliar Peers = Increased Stress This is a “people equation” recently faced by my coaching client Pete. He was preparing to attend a company-wide, week-long symposium attended by colleagues from throughout the world. Adding to the stress was the fact that Pete’s department had recently reorganized. On the plus […]

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Influence – Your Secret Weapon for Career Success

April 8, 2013

I get a lot of emails that read like this: I was wondering if you have any advice for me. . . At work, I feel like I have more to offer, but my skills are under-used.  In some ways, it seems like I’m “invisible”.  You know, I have these really great ideas, but no one seems […]

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Leadership Development Carnival Hosted by Jesse Lyn Stoner

March 5, 2013

This month’s Leadership Development Carnival is hosted by Jesse Lyn Stoner of Seapoint Center. Jesse recently celebrated her blog’s second anniversary with this great list of leadership quotes derived from her blog posts. Over the past few months, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Jesse better. One of the things I most appreciate […]

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6 Ways to Take the Dread Out of Writing Self-Appraisals

December 28, 2011

If your company conducts its performance appraisals on an annual calendar basis then the past month has likely had you knee-deep in the process. There’s an equally likely chance you are supposed to do a self-appraisal for your performance view as well. As a leader, do you dread this task because you’re so consumed with […]

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Planting Seeds, Growing Your Network

October 6, 2011

As a novice vegetable gardener, I often see parallels between gardening and networking. Below are some of the more common questions I get asked about networking, along with my answers, some of which use the gardening theme.     Q: How important a role do you think social networking sites (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.) play in […]

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The Mutuality Measuring Stick for Networking

August 12, 2011

Should you network with someone you don’t like? This question was put to me recently. My response was emphatic: “No, of course not!” Here’s why I say this with such conviction. My definition of networking is: The purpose of networking is to connect people who have a mutual interest in developing a professional relationship or assisting one […]

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What Tomatoes and Radishes Have in Common with Networking

August 10, 2011

My vegetable garden has taught me something about building business relationships: different types of vegetables, like business connections, require different types of care and yield different results. Consider two veggies* in my garden: radishes and tomatoes. Radishes are super-easy to grow. They sprout in a mere 2 – 3 days, are very hardy and are […]

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Nourish Your Network

March 16, 2011

Do these four things and watch your professional network flourish   Last week I facilitated a conference break-out session on networking with a group of nutrition educators and health professionals. The conference was billed as “celebrating food, health and collaboration” so I titled my presentation “Nourish Your Network”. It was a fantastic audience. They were eager […]

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