Don't let the title of this article mislead you; I love mentors. I've been on the receiving end of several great individuals' wisdom and support during my career. However, it's the sponsors in my different organizations that advocated for me and opened doors to opportunities that challenged me to stretch, grow, and succeed in real-time.
It’s an understatement to suggest this is a time for creative problem-solving in our organizations. Yet, too often, we react to symptoms or throw solutions at poorly defined problems. The failure to get to the root cause and underlying assumptions behind something that seems to be a problem results in half-measures and new, resultant problems. Here's a technique to stop the madness!
In this crisis environment, there are only two behaviors that will save your organization: curiosity and listening.
Whether you’re looking for a job, asking for a promotion, or focused on reinventing your career, you need to be able to articulate and showcase your Professional Value Proposition (PVP). The same goes for situations where you are asking for more, including angling for a promotion or seeking a raise. It turns out, uncovering and articulating your PVP is a challenging exercise. Here are ideas to help:
Note from Art: I’m drawing from my inventory of over 2,000 articles to share ideas that help during this challenging period. The article below is one of my favorites on our need to hit the pause button once in a while. And, I miss my referenced routine of recharging once per week at the local library. Soon…I hope. Be safe!
We like routines, and those have been put on hold—some likely forever. A new normal will emerge, and much of it won’t feel like the old normal. That's disorienting and can leave many of us swirling. Here are six ideas to help you reset and stop the swirl:
The opportunity to work with a coach in support of your development can be a game-changer for you in your career. Or not. The outcome, in large part, is up to you. Here are seven tips to help you get the most out of your coaching arrangement:
It turns out, ignoring or avoiding the political environment in your workplace is naïve and career limiting. Instead, you need to rethink and reframe your relationship with office politics and focus on building clean-power. Here are seven ideas to help:
For each of us to truly accelerate learning, we have to fight the inertia of the routines that dominate our lives. Learning demands effort, much like exercise. It’s time to renew your membership to your mental gym.
We in the United States are the beneficiaries of a long line of remarkable individuals who in times of peril risked or sacrificed their lives to defend our country, and who in times of peace work in harm's way to keep us safe. While "thank you" is the minimum we can offer, there are many ways as citizens to acknowledge how grateful we are for their service.