C-Suite Professionals of the World, Ignite!

Aug 3rd, 2016 | By | Category: Career Growth

    By Kathy Graham, Founder, The HQ Companies The word “ignite” means to arouse, spark, instigate, excite, provoke, stimulate—to rally, to jump-start. Today’s CEOs, COOs, CFOs, CMOs, CHROs, CIOs, and GCs need to provide that spark to move their own careers forward. Why? Because three years ago, the World Trade Organization’s “Global Value Chains […]



Political Talk At Work

Jul 24th, 2016 | By | Category: Career Growth

In this season of politics, here’s a quiz that will help your career avoid the mine fields of incorrect responses to situations when discussions of politics arise at your workplace. Answer: True, False, or It Depends: You can express what your political views are about the candidates up for election this year because the First […]



Exponential Optionality™ Career Growth

Jul 21st, 2016 | By | Category: Career Growth

Your first investment(s) in your career usually provides you with technical employment skills—e.g., you earn a JD to become a lawyer; a BS in Accounting to become an accountant; a BA in Marketing to enter advertising, public relations, sales, market research, or product development; or an engineering degree to become an engineer. Your next investment(s) […]



Why Procrastinators Can Have a HAPPY NEW YEAR Today

Apr 6th, 2015 | By | Category: Career Growth

Your assumptions about procrastinators are probably all wrong. Yes, it’s true that there are some negative consequences to putting off actions until tomorrow instead of doing them today, but there’s also a number of clear advantages to being a procrastinator, which I’ll tell you about in a minute after defusing the biggest myth about procrastinators […]



Be Careful Who You Marry

Feb 18th, 2015 | By | Category: Career Growth

  What is a career strategist doing giving marriage advice? Unfortunately, who you marry is a key ingredient as to how well you are likely to meet your career expectations, especially if you’re a woman. Yes, this advice has been heard for a while, from your parents; from Dr. Neal Clark Warren, the founder of […]



Top 5 Strengths

Nov 21st, 2014 | By | Category: Career Growth

  “Success is achieved by developing our strengths, not by eliminating our weaknesses.” —Marilyn vos Savant, a very smart woman If you use your strengths every day, you are 6 times more likely to be engaged on the job than others in similar roles, which means that you’ll probably be noticed by your boss, thus […]



Being More Effective

Oct 9th, 2014 | By | Category: Career Growth

QUESTION: What does a Jesuit priest who is a school superintendent, a marketing entrepreneur who writes a weekly newspaper business column, and a New York networking maven have in common? ANSWER: They are all proponents of effective time management. The first two—the priest and the marketing entrepreneur—are big fans of personal productivity guru David Allen’s […]



Finding the Right Corporate Culture for You

Sep 18th, 2014 | By | Category: Career Growth

Are you finding the right corporate culture for you—you know, the one where you fit right in from day one, understanding exactly what is meant by what management and employees around you are saying? Then consider these points: Forget about what the company says its values are on its website. Professors Luigi Zingales from The […]



Top 3 Tips for Women Interested in Joining a Corporate Board

Sep 10th, 2014 | By | Category: Career Growth

1. First become a successful professional in a major corporation in a leadership role with full profit and loss responsibility for your area or company. In other words, be the person who is in charge of the strategy and individuals that generate the company’s revenue/growth with minimal expense/risk corporate-wide or in an important division. 2. Earn an […]



It’s Your Car—I’m a Guidance System

May 27th, 2014 | By | Category: Career Growth

A new client looked me right in my eyes and said, “I know who I am and I know who you are in this relationship. I’m the car and you’re my guidance system, I want to perform better to reach my goal and you’re the mechanism pointing out when I’m veering off course, when I […]




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