Not long ago I shared some ideas about how we can ask for feedback at work. This has raised the question from many of you about the flipside of the situation: what are best practices around providing feedback to others? Whether it’s positive or constructive feedback you want to deliver, read on for some tips on how to do so with impact.Read More
Looking for a career mentor? Ask yourself these five questions first.
You hear a lot about the importance of finding a mentor to help you develop professionally and advance in your career, but finding a mentor and figuring out how to keep the relationship going is a whole different ballgame. While it’s best to seek a mentor from your current network of connections rather than asking someone you don’t already know, determining who that should be requires some thought.Read More
We all have it – that nagging voice of self-doubt that speaks up when we try to make bold moves. It might say things to us like…
- “You’re going to make a fool of yourself.”
- “You’re not qualified enough to do that.”
- “Why bother applying? There are so many other stronger candidates.”
It can be difficult to recognize when this voice of self-doubt, which I refer to as the inner critic, is speaking up or when we are being realistic in our thinking. In order to so, first it’s helpful to understand the motivation of our inner critic.Read More
Consider the following scenarios:
- When you fail at something, do you find yourself saying, “I’m no good at that” or “This is a learning opportunity”?
- When you see someone else succeed, do you find yourself feeling threatened, or inspired?
- When you have to put in a lot of hard work to accomplish something, do you think of it as a waste of time and effort, or a path toward mastery?
The way you approach these situations can give you an insight into two different mindsets: fixed and growth.Read More
Though they’re considered a routine task by most employees and managers, annual reviews can often be viewed with anxiety. As a new professional, I remember feeling nervous at my first couple of annual reviews. I wondered, should I give myself the best rating so that my supervisor will think highly of my work? Or should I rate myself lower so as not to appear arrogant?
Although I felt confident in my work and the things I had accomplished during the year, I was also confused by the review process. I came to learn that my biggest mistake was not taking time to reflect on the positive or prepare questions to ask my supervisor. Now, having given an annual review as a manager, I see the value and purpose in these tasks.
By taking the following steps to truly evaluate your own strengths, weaknesses, and a vision for your future, you can ensure that you’re going into the process as your most confident and authentic self.Read More
Knowing your WHY, the reason you do what you do, is one of the best ways to live intentionally, inspire others, and build resilience – all of which are critical if we want to succeed in today’s world of work.Read More
Starting a new job can be tough—you’re still figuring out not only your responsibilities, but also how to navigate office politics and best communicate with your colleagues. According to the Future Workplace “Multiple Generations @ Work” survey, 91 percent of millennials plan to stay in a job for less than three years. Tally that up and you could potentially hold 15 to 20 different positions over the course of your working adult life. Changing jobs and transitioning to new working environments will most likely be in your future, so read on for tips to help you stay on track during this process.Read More
What can you do when you may not have that official leadership role you feel like you need in order to make the kind of waves you’d like? A lot, actually. While you may not hold the title of “leader,” you bring a certain energy and influence to any organization you enter. And that’s what leadership is really all about.Read More
What do you do if you really need to stick it out in a job you don’t love? Practice job crafting, a concept researched by Dr. Amy Wrzesniewski, Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Yale School of Management. Wrzesniewski has spent years researching how people make meaning of their work and the experience of work as a job, career, or calling.Read More
I’ve shared a few of my favorite podcasts here on the blog in the past, and the list keeps on coming. Here’s a round up of my current favorites specifically meant to inspire you in your career and professional development.Read More
We’ve all been there before: bored at work, drudging through the daily grind as we live for the weekend. How can we go from this monotonous day-to-day to a more lively, engaging situation? By utilizing our strengths.Read More
One of the best ways to learn and improve on the job is through obtaining feedback from others. If you’re not getting the routine feedback you’d like, the best solution is to simply ask. To help you get the feedback you want, I’ve rounded up 5 tips to help you along the way.Read More
It’s really easy to look at people’s LinkedIn profiles or websites and think they’ve got it all figured out, or think that they got to where they are without any bumps along the way. But when you talk to them, you learn that’s not really the whole story.Read More
We’re a month into the new year, which is the opportune time to revisit those new year’s resolutions and intentions you set just a few weeks ago. Rather than add more soon-to-be ignored resolutions to your plate, let’s talk proactive action steps you can take this year to boost your career instead.Read More
Making a career transition, applying for a new job, attending a networking event, interviewing, speaking up in meetings, asking for a raise…all these various tasks (and many others) involved in progressing your career forward require you to be vulnerable. And when we’re vulnerable, we open ourselves up to failure. The fear of failure alone makes many of us avoid dreaming big, taking action, or making a change at all. How do we face the fear, take a risk, and get back up when things don’t work out the way we hoped?Read More