Career Caffeine—Why You Need a Sponsor More than a Mentor

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.

By |2020-10-16T09:30:37-05:00October 16th, 2020|Career, Influence, Just One Thing, Self-Development|2 Comments

Asking the “Six Whats” Will Help You Strengthen Workplace Problem Solving

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!

Uncover Your Professional Value Proposition to Improve Your Job and Career Success

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:

Reframing Your Relationship with Influence, Power, and Office Politics

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:

Giving Thanks for Our Veterans

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.

By |2019-11-11T06:56:57-06:00November 11th, 2019|Just One Thing|2 Comments
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