| Employment Notebook - Managing in a Male-Dominated Industry
by Anna Runyan and Cady Chesney - Mar, 2014
Management comes with its own learning curve and challenges, but when you manage in a male-dominated industry, it’s a whole new ball game. Host Cady Chesney is joined by leadership coach and founder of the Classy Career Girl blog, Anna Runyan, as they dig deep into the challenges that a manager may face while managing a male-dominated team, and discover tips and suggestions for how to be an effective manager. Employment Not...
| Moving Up the Ladder - Being Assertive, Not Aggressive
by Lynn Taylor and Tim Muma - Mar, 2014
It's been a key component to workplace success for a while, but it remains a difficult concept to to get a hold of as an employee. We're talking about the way you can be assertive, while not being aggessive. Lynn Taylor, a frequently-quoted workplace expert and CEO of Lynn Taylor Consulting, uses her experience to breakdown the keys to striking this balance. She explains to Tim Muma the negative side of aggressivenes and the b...
| Volunteering At - National Multiple Sclerosis Society
by Jocelyn Cheng and Tim Muma - Mar, 2014
Multiple sclerosis (MS), an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the rest of the body. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society exists to make sure MS doesn't stop people from moving. Jocelyn D. Cheng is the Senior Manager of Volunteer Development at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society-Greater Illinois Chapter, and...
| Job Search Guide - Getting Your Foot in the Door
by Cheryl Simpson and Cady Chesney - Mar, 2014
Don’t let the door slam on your foot at your dream organization. There are several ways to successfully get your foot and the door and start on the path of getting a job at your dream organization. Learn how to do more than just apply for open positions with host Cady Chesney and executive career and job search coach, Cheryl Lynch Simpson. From informational interviews to building connections in the company, before you know it...
Ten Ways to Build Resilience for Mindful Leaders
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Apr, 2014
Mindful leaders are self-aware and are masters at adapting to change. In the last few years, I have observed that many of my executive coaching clients have become more receptive to establishing a positive habit of daily meditative practice to stay focused, energized and optimistic in a volatile and uncertain world. Once we establish a trusting relationship, introducing a meditative practice in our coaching meetings is gre...
6 Thoughts to Remember as Your Brand Blossoms
by Valerie Sokolosky - Apr, 2014
It’s hard to believe, but May is almost here…and summer isn’t too far behind. I remember the rhyme from my school days: “April showers bring May flowers.” While my part of the world wasn’t too rainy this past month, we’re beginning to see Mother Nature’s colorful spring bouquet everywhere we look. It’s also exciting to see the pace of business picking up in many areas that have been in hibernation through the winter. So now...
Personal Brand Audit
by Stacey Lane - Apr, 2014
As a career coach, I get a ringside seat to great brands and so-so brands. But so do you - take your experience as a consumer and think about your favorite brands. What's their emotional appeal? Are they quirky? Are they innovative? Are they reliable? The brands that come to my mind: Southwest Airlines is Quirky, Apple is innovative and Maytag is reliable. Now think about your current or past co-workers. Who...
The 401(k) is Old Hat: Work Perks for the New Generation
by Jessica Powell - Apr, 2014
How do successful companies attract the best and brightest young talent? It's a question that small businesses and Fortune 500 corporations alike have struggled with in the efforts to replenish their operations with new workers. The millennial generation faces many struggles to find work, including a greater difficulty in finding health insurance than any other age bracket, but that hasn't changed the fact that a job alone won...
Baby Boomers’ Retiring Effect on the US Economy
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Mar, 2014
Succession planning is critical in preparing for the transition of Baby Boomers to retirement. Perhaps you’ve noticed the term ‘brain drain’ more and more in the popular media. This term is being used to describe the anticipated loss of skilled talent from our workforce as members of the baby boom generation begin to retire. The younger Gen X and Gen Y (New Millennials) are growing impatient to ascend to leadership respons...
Everyone Wants to Be the Boss
by Rowe Leathers - Mar, 2014
As a career coach I am often asked to review resumes targeted for management positions, and it becomes my unfortunate duty to advise them that they have not listed any previous management experience or leadership roles that would qualify them. The question that always comes back to me is, “So, how do I get qualified?” To identify previous experience in leadership, begin by examining your career. OK, so you’ve never had t...
Are Your Work Habits Slowing You Down?
by Dale Kurow, M.S. - Mar, 2014
Nobody’s perfect and we all come chock full of our own personal bad habits. But what if your undesirable habits are piling up and creating a case against your work success? If you think you might be committing some office faux pas and are interested in making some small steps to improvement, ask yourself if any of the following bad habits ring true for you: Exaggerating the Truth You may feel you need to “prove...
Job Performance: How Do You Measure Up?
by Georgia Adamson - Mar, 2014
It’s easy–sometimes all too easy–to get caught up in the day-to-day activities of your work-life and not take a good look at how you’re really doing overall. This approach bears an uncomfortably strong resemblance to a racehorse with blinkers on. If you’ve fallen into that trap, now is the time to free yourself from it. Job Performance and Blinkers Just to give a little background, blinkers have at least a couple of pu...
Is it time to strengthen your professional brand?
by Beverly Jones - Feb, 2014
What’s your brand at work? And why does it matter? There’s you, the essential person you are. Obviously related, but not quite the same, is you — the professional who shows up on the job and makes a contribution. And then there’s your professional brand. Originally a “brand” referred to a word or symbol indicating the owner or producer of a product. Ranchers used hot irons to brand cattle. And bac...
Five Things To Include In Your Career Development Toolkit
by Patricia Erickson - Feb, 2014
In order to excel in life and with your career, it is of utmost importance you have a career development plan to follow. A career development toolkit is an excellent resource which will help guide you through some of the steps in the career management process so you can effectively reach your goals. To help with the process, here are five things to include in your career development toolkit. 1. Know what you want The nu...
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