James T. Kirk: Great Leader of Enterprise or Empty Vessel?

OK. Clearly the the title is a bad pun. Hope you and Trekkies everywhere can forgive me. But the point I want to make is a serious one. What makes a great leader? I started thinking about this when a friend asked me for some names of iconic leaders throughout history. Half-kidding, I offered the […]

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Do Men Have Stronger Interview Skills than Women?

What does it take to give a strong interview? Do men in general naturally present themselves (and maybe even think of themselves) in a way that makes them seem like the better candidate – especially for higher level jobs? And does that ability – whether the skills are innate or socialized – in some way […]

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Don’t Let a Whiner’s Club Attitude Screw Up Your Interview AND Career Chances!

I know I’m risking an angry response from some of my dear readers, but seriously…I’m worried about you. Being interviewed for a job is a lot like being on camera…we interviewers see almost every flaw, including things you can’t believe we see. One of the most important things that shines through during a job interview […]

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Job Search Question of the Day: Do You Let Rules Stop You?

Now I don’t mean to encourage out and out revolt among job seekers. Orderliness in systems and in job search can be very useful. BUT, that said, there may be times when stepping outside of the rules – or at least presumed rules – can be a smart move to get your career going in […]

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What I Learned About Jobs from My Cat

Lucie the Career Cat

I know a few of you will read this post and say “That’s not me!”  True enough…for some of you. The lucky ones. The one who’ve figured it all out already. But for the rest of you, there just might be something here to cat-ch your eye. (Sorry about that.) Because of my strong interest […]

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7 Ways You Can Put Emotional Intelligence to Work

I first heard the term emotional intelligence linked to work in a coaching class. The teacher assigned us Daniel Goleman’s book Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ. Quite honestly, I thought it sounded like so many other “I have the answer for you” type books – none of which ever seem to […]

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Do You Think of Yourself as a Failure?

I know someone I’ll call Theresa who to me is a real success – career and otherwise. She lives her life based on her own thoughtful and caring values. During her career, she’s worked on issues she cares deeply about and always gives of herself as fully as possible, especially when it comes to helping […]

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Does It Always Pay to Be Kind at Work?

Smiley

I was listening to an interview with author and doctor Sherwin Nuland on NPR, and one of the things he talked about was the value of kindness. I’d never heard the exact quote he used before, but it’s certainly a great reminder: Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle. (Source of […]

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When Is a Job More Than a Job?

Eagle Soars

I just found a wonderful quote on the equally wonderful blog MusEditions: “It’s so much easier to write a resume than to craft a spirit.” Anna Quindlen, A Short Guide to a Happy Life, 2000 I LOVE that thought. So many of us spend our days carefully planning and creating items to look good on […]

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What I Think of Suze Orman’s Work Advice

OK. First I gotta say I don’t always agree with Suze Orman. Yes…I know she is the Goddess of Financial Sanity and has helped many desperate people come back from the bottomless pit of perpetual debt. And yes…I know she is one sharp cookie. But that said, there are times when she just scares the […]

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