Executive Coaching and Mentoring

In a coaching session this past week, I used a tactic that sometimes gets good results. [Sometimes. Whether it did this time remains to be seen.] My client is a very smart, very talented, very successful guy who is in a leadership role in an industry that’s failing, in a company that’s panicked. From the […]

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Who benefits from career coaching? Employees and job seekers who are lost, confused, frustrated, and stuck; who’ve been downsized, merged and acquired; who have questions, want answers, and need direction. Are you a likely candidate? Here are some descriptors that might help you decide. “I’m lost. Where am I supposed to go with my career? […]

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If you were getting ready to selling your home, and to buy one, instead of leaving a job and looking for a job, I bet you’d do whatever you could that was affordable and within reason to be successful. If you were buying a home, you’d do the same. You’d begin by doing a full house inspection, […]

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According to formal and informal workplace surveys employees are staying where they are, not because of loyalty to their bosses or love of their work. They’re staying because they’re concerned if they initiate a search: 1.  They’ll be found out and dismissed, before they are able to find work. An aggressive and talented field of […]

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“Joyce, I read your column in the Sunday News & Record every week. I would like you to touch on the subject of employers who do not inform potential employees of the outcome of interviews. With high unemployment rates, I can understand that they cannot possibly respond to everyone who sends them a resume. However, […]

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Cal, the employee, is in the middle of an approach-avoidance mess. He has a job that he needs and doesn’t want. He doesn’t know what he’s doing and he’s lost while he’s doing it. He forces a smile while he’s scared; he wants to leave and has to stay. As confused as he appears, he’s […]

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“So, Michele, it must be nice to be paid to tell people what to do,” says the friend I ran into at the grocery store. I noted the raised eyebrows and head shake, and sensed that he was…amused at my livelihood. “Well, the sad news is that I don’t get to boss anyone – not […]

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“I’m not a touchy-feelie manager, never been, not gonna be. I want to get the job done and move on to the next one. If people don’t like it they’ll have to get over it.” In the old days you got away with that kind of thinking. If you got the job done, on time, […]

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Photo by iChaz The trend toward 360 degree performance appraisals can be more of a jolt  than the faint of heart can handle. Back in the old days, which can be as recent as a few minutes ago, high ranking employees could stay in their jobs,  earn substantial bucks, and be as good or as […]

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Companies have more turnover than they’d like and are working hard to slow down outbound traffic. Many are discovering the potential of Mentor Programs and want to know how to get started. If you’re one of them and would like some basic information, read on. Mentor Programs serve the needs of three primary constituencies: companies, […]

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