Career Advice Blog

The Art of Constructive Conflict

In the workplace, conflict is to be expected—and that’s not necessarily a bad thing, though most of us think of it that way. From past experience, we’ve been trained to see conflict as destructive; it tears people apart and creates all kinds of negative outcomes. Handled poorly, conflict can...

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The Vanishing Executive Assistant? My Response

Last weekend, the Wall Street Journal published an interesting (though highly controversial) article titled, “The Vanishing Executive Assistant.”   And WOW, did it cause an uproar in the admin community! I’m pretty sure that was the author’s intent so, well done…? This is my response to that...

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5 Ways to Improve Your Self-Awareness

I am a firm believer that all growth starts with understanding yourself. Before you can grow as a person or as a professional, you have to first know who you are and why you do what you do. This skill is commonly referred to as “self-awareness,” and it’s an important element of emotional...

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How to Make Smart Career Decisions

Career decisions shouldn’t be taken lightly. Whether you’re considering a promotion, a new job or an entirely new career, it can be hard to know what the “right” choice is. One bad decision can create a series of negative consequences (both personal and professional) and repairing the damage done...

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How to Set Meaningful Career Goals

Goals are supposed to be motivating and inspiring. However, too many professionals set career goals that lack meaning. Consequently, they fail to create a sense of commitment or excitement. A meaningless goal is nothing more than a waste of attention and resources. The solution is to engage in...

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How to Use Downtime at Work Productively

As we head into the dreary winter months, I am reminded of the seasonality of business. In most organizations, there is a natural ebb and flow that occurs. Things get predictably busy at certain times of the year, just as things get predictably slow at other times. For my business, the month of...

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Powerful Prioritization Principles

In today’s busy workplace, there’s always too much to do and not enough time. Deciding what must be done first (and what can strategically be delayed) is a difficult, often complex problem that each individual must solve. Mastering the skill of prioritization is one of the most essential parts of...

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Strategic Career Management Fundamentals

Join us for this month’s free webinar on the topic of “Strategic Career Management Fundamentals.” Successful careers don’t just happen; they are the result of an intentional, strategic process. It’s about more than just setting goals—it also involves actively managing your behavior, engaging in...

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How to Get Others to Value Your Work

During my monthly webinars, I often hear a handful of the same questions. A common one goes something like this: “The people I work with think my job is inferior. They look down on me (and my role). How do I get others to value my work more?” This question hits particularly close to home for...

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How to Become a More Valuable Employee

These days, people talk a lot about adding value in the workplace. Specifically, everyone wants to know how to become a more valuable employee. After all, when you add more value at work, you should (in theory) receive more value as well. It’s only natural; contributing at greater levels should...

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