Professionalism

Turn Your Responsibilities into Accomplishments to Land that Dream Job

August 19, 2019

My friend Sandra (not her real name) called me up and asked me to review her resume. She was applying for a new job within her organization and hadn’t done the “interview thing” in nearly 10 years. Sandra’s resume showed an impressive series of increased responsibilities and job titles over her decade-long tenure with her […]

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How to Avoid Getting Sucked Into Needless Activity

April 15, 2019

There’s no shortage of important work to do – both at home and in your job. So, the last thing you want tossed your way is unnecessary work. Nobody likes needless activity, right? But this is easier said than done. I’m sure you can easily recall getting pulled into something that did not add value […]

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Adult Learning and Training Workshops – It’s Not an Oxymoron

April 3, 2019

Adults like to learn. No, really, it’s true. If you’re skeptical of this statement, it’s most likely because you’ve shown up to facilitate a training session and felt like you’ve walked into some sort of hostile takeover situation. There is a way to help turn things around: respect your learner’s adult-ness. By doing this, you […]

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Manners in the Workplace are a Competitive Advantage

October 24, 2016

In 2005, university professor and communications expert Dr. Beverly Langford published The Etiquette Edge: The Unspoken Rules to Business Success, to positive reviews. Fast-forward a decade, and Langford has once again stepped into the spotlight with a second edition of her book, The Etiquette Edge: Modern Manners for Business Success. In this age where manners […]

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Continuous Improvement for Self and Others – Aha Moments for a Pharmaceutical Leader

June 20, 2016

Leadership is a balance between managing the business and leading people. It’s this interplay between business and people that prompted Kevin Wurch to seek out an executive education program. Wurch, who is an Associative Director of Program Management for the digital medicine program at Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, is fortunate to work for an organization that espouses […]

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The Careers Network – Thousands of Executive Education Resources at Your Fingertips

March 22, 2016

Here’s a great resource I recently learned about: The Careers Network. The Careers Network has taken on the ambitious goal of cataloging all publicly offered executive development programs throughout the world. So far, they’ve amassed a list nearing 2,500. Natalie Baker, the site’s US editor-in-chief, told me that the site’s goal is to provide the […]

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Blueprints for Nine Essential Business Meetings

August 10, 2015

Let’s just put it right out there: pretty much everybody loves to hate business meetings. I’m on the record in support of meetings if they’re held for the right reasons and are run effectively. So, count me in the minority of people who think (some) meetings are OK. The problem is, we humans can muck […]

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Lead better meetings with these 16 questions

July 20, 2015

Does leading meetings frustrate you? Maybe you have someone in your meeting who has ideas— lots of them—who can’t seem to shut up. Or perhaps it’s the opposite issue: meeting participants are shutting down good discussion in the interest of “keeping things moving.” If either of the scenarios sounds familiar, then you will want to […]

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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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Monkey See Monkey Do: New Leaders Emulate Their Bosses

December 22, 2014

Nobody likes to be told what to do, but give them a positive example, and you might be surprised at the results. Consider this social experiment conducted by author Daniel Pink for his TV show Crowd Control , as reported on the blog Barking Up the Wrong Tree . Pink and his team painted two lanes on […]

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