Archive for September 2013

Women and Leaning In

Sep 28th, 2013 | By | Category: Career Growth

The majority of the women I talked to after I read Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In: Women, Work, and The Will to Lead had strong negative opinions about the book, but hadn’t actually read it.  Their opinions were formed upon what others had said.  Rather than add to the cacophony, instead I urge every woman […]

The Protean Career: Another Choice vs. Opting Out or Leaning In

Sep 26th, 2013 | By | Category: Career Growth

The protean career is an equally valid explanation of the phenomenon that Sheryl Sandberg noted in her book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, namely, that women from the first MBA generations in large numbers chose to opt out of climbing the corporate career ladder, which has resulted in some significant long-term […]

Know Your Numbers

Sep 24th, 2013 | By | Category: Financial Smarts

Want to play an online game that was driving my family nuts? Go to  Regifting Robin promises to tell you what gift you chose for participating in their numbers game, even though you do not say or type anything—you just keep the number you picked to play in their game in your mind. My […]

Office Politics & Humor

Sep 21st, 2013 | By | Category: Career Growth

This joke is from my aunt: “I was visiting my daughter last night when I asked if I could borrow a newspaper. ‘This is the 21st century,” she said.  “We don’t waste money on newspapers.  Here, use my IPad.’  I can tell you this: that fly never knew what hit him.” Using humor effectively is […]

Who’s Counting?

Sep 19th, 2013 | By | Category: Corporate Growth, Featured

My partner and I, being avid wordsmiths, subscribe to Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day.  “Per contra” was a recent Word of the Day.  This term is of Italian origin and means “by the opposite side (of the ledger).”  Included with “per contra” was a brief description of a true Italian Renaissance man, Luca Pacioli (1445-1517), […]

Healthcare Reform Impacts: Musical Chairs & Hot Potatoes

Sep 17th, 2013 | By | Category: Corporate Growth, Featured

This October 1st starts open enrollment for health care insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Its impact is huge on jobs, individual health/productivity, and corporate profits/losses. Because ACA unties the binds to any specific insurance company and because few—especially individuals—truly understand the choices they’ll be making in the beginning, it will be musical chairs […]

Extrovert or Introvert: Who Makes the Best Leaders?

Sep 14th, 2013 | By | Category: Career Growth

If you’re an individual who is the smart hard-working quiet one in the office who doesn’t get promoted, while your outgoing colleague or boss who’s always schmoozing with everyone of influence despite not having produced much of merit is gaining all the raises, the New York Times bestseller Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a […]

Adjacency Growth for Careers & Companies

Sep 12th, 2013 | By | Category: Corporate Growth, Featured

A clear trend line has emerged from the Great Recession survivors:  to grow their companies and their careers, businesses and professionals have been using adjacency moves in a disciplined and targeted manner.  My own company did it:  I took a retained search business where I was frequently being requested by: Candidates who didn’t fit my […]

The Naked Truth

Sep 10th, 2013 | By | Category: Career Growth

“…two naked people (no hidden recording devices) with their hands over their mouths (no lip reading) whispering to each other in a huge meadow (they have to be so quiet and the meadow has to be so large that no recording devices can pick up their voices) on a cloudy day (no satellite pickup)”—this situation […]

Stop That Trash Self-Talk

Sep 7th, 2013 | By | Category: Career Growth

One of the biggest career-crippling behaviors is your voice.  No, not your speaking voice, but rather, that negative naysayer voice in your head that tells you: “You’re too old to be doing that.” “You’re too unattractive to do that.” “You can’t speak in front of an audience.” “You aren’t important, so why should you speak […]

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