Career Repositioning

Using your professional values and voice to reposition yourself for a career change or advancement.

Revisit the “career stories” you tell yourself. Are they holding you back?

Positioning yourself for opportunity is all about storytelling. But before you get wrapped up in how you tell your story to others, revisit the “career stories” you tell yourself. Make sure you evaluate the narratives you’ve developed about your interests and goals, your work history, your failures and capabilities, and determine whether those serve you …

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negotiation

High-EQ negotiation

Historically, people approach negotiation with some level of negativity: fear, uncertainty, disadvantage, aggression. The “new order” of negotiation uses a more sophisticated, emotionally intelligent approach: empathy. It might seem strange at first, but if you think about the conditions that make a negotiation favorable all the way around, there is some level of trust among …

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position for change

How to position for change: “Who are you,” exactly?

Today, we are going to tackle a bit of an evergreen question that professionals often struggle with, and that is how to talk about yourself. Whether it’s advancement into management or positioning yourself for another job or industry change, the way to talk about yourself in an effective and meaningful way is to ask yourself …

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information sources

Addressing confirmation bias: what information sources do you need?

One of the most challenging biases to overcome is confirmation bias. To address this, you can look to information sources that might seem unrelated at first, but can provide valid underlying concepts that might challenge your assumptions. You can also talk to outsiders in order to test that your information will hold up under scrutiny. …

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navigate change

Navigating change: how to be visible and protect yourself

UPDATE: Check out this week’s Facebook Live on this topic, which does a deep dive with some practical steps not included in this blog post:    The foundation of navigating change in your organization’s leadership is managing up. You must align your work and results with the priority initiatives of your (new) leadership. While you should …

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strengths and weaknesses

Strengths and weaknesses: Using one as a gateway to address the other

Strengths and weaknesses. Areas of command vs. areas of improvement. Stuff you’re good at on one hand, and stuff you’re bad at on the other hand. People often present these characteristics at opposite ends of a spectrum or as absolutes. You might get similar feedback at work year after year, and even with nominal improvements, …

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Business case method: a simplified model for interviewing

Many interview processes these days involve on-the-spot business case analysis. Companies do this to assess a candidate’s thought process, and whether the candidate follows any particular methodology in their analysis. There are many methodologies out there, and I’ve created a simplified model for my clients specifically to employ during the interview process if they have …

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