7 Steps to Take Before You Ask for the Raise

If you’re thinking of asking your boss for a raise, it’s important to have a plan. Step back and think this through. Spend time to qualify your value contributions and it will be easier to convince your boss that you’re ready for that financial reward. Here are 7 Steps to Take Before you Ask for The Raise: Be consistent. Most people will occasionally give work 100%. You get noticed when you consistently make the effort, show up and give your boss your full attention. Being consistent is a discipline requiring self awareness. We talk about that later in the post. Be proud of your company. Too many employees treat their job as something they do in between vacations. Take the time to learn the mission of the company and howread more

Are You Type A? 5 Signs You Are.

Type A is short for the driven person who is usually in a rush, often coming across as aggressive and short tempered. Type A's are ambitious, perfectionists, and in the process of getting the job done, do not think about how they come off to others. Results matter and people are secondary.  There can be a trail of hurt feelings and offended people behind every Type A. Type A's have a higher risk of heart disease and high blood pressure. They are better at achieving their goals, at least that is what they will tell you. However, this is not always the case. Being busy, rushing doesn't always translate into the desired outcomes you are seeking. (Just think about the last time you rushed through something.). There is a betterread more

Lead or Manage? 3 Mindset Shifts to Transition to Leader

To lead or manage is an important question. It is not an either or question; to get results, you need to understand the difference and develop skills in both. Starting out, those interested in leadership positions, begin their careers as managers. Management skills focus on making sure daily responsibilities are met, resources are utilized, and people are doing their jobs. As a manager, one organizes activities and people to achieve specified goals. Planning, organizing, resource management, facilitating, decision making are part of the management skills needed to achieve your goals. These are important skills but not enough to get results in today’s demanding world of rapid change and innovation. Distraction is the new normal, communication breaks down with digital intrusion, more teams are virtual, the workforce is multi-generational; and oneread more

How to Be Right Just About Every Time

Assumptions and bias are part of human nature. We are hard-wired to reject what doesn’t fit into our mental models, unless; we develop self-awareness and the ability to reflect. During my 20 year practice as an Executive Coach, I have met with scores of leaders and professionals who were stuck, compromising decisions and outcomes. I developed a model for resilient thinking to help leaders learn to question and clarify to stay open to potential. There are different types of bias that skews perspective and limits a leader’s ability to achieve. In this article I will present common blind spots leaders that short circuit their effectiveness. Get real and name your riskiest blind spot. I am not here to make friends. This statement mischaracterizes the relationships leaders need with their team.read more

3 Simple Steps To Getting More Done

Keeping it simple is difficult. Look around - is there clutter? Books or papers piled up? Do you have to search for your keys? Look at your shampoos - how many do you have? What about make-up, black pants, white shirts? Do you have a junk drawer, a junk room? Maybe your garage? Having stuff is great, the problem is this clutter gets in the way of showing up, at your best, every day. If you would like to increase your focus and get more done - simplify! Here are 3 tips. # 1. Organize. Have containers, file cabinets, folders on your computer, where you can put your stuff. # 2. Handle your papers, files, stuff - once. If you pick it up, use it, then put it in aread more

How to Be the Solution (Even When Someone Else is the Problem)

Josef loved his job but could barely tolerate his boss, who was either missing in action, or overcompensating and micromanaging. He came to me wanting to know how to handle his boss, so he could continue to work at the company he had grown to love. His stress level had increased and was on the verge of quitting. Let’s look at a few strategies that will help you (or someone you know) get through this situation successfully.  First, you are not alone!  Researchers have found between 50 and 70% of employees have quit their job because of problems with their boss.  Problem bosses can be bullies, micromanagers, or the opposite, refuse to handle problems with a “wait and see” approach. Meanwhile you stuck with the hassles and can’t get yourread more