Posted on September 17, 2012 by janine

Lots of Questions…Looking for Answers…Let’s Talk!

Seems we’re at a stalemate: businesses have jobs they say they can’t fill because candidates don’t have the right skills and yet we have millions of candidates in the job market…some certainly with the “right” skills. How do we match them up?

What will break this stalemate? How do we (as a country, a community, as individuals) match the people who...

Posted on September 10, 2012 by janine

     Use your brain when it comes to how you learn!

     One of the biggest hurdles for most people who consider coaching is the cost, for two reasons: first, it's pretty unusual for any of us to pay for our own development, especially after college. Employers are expected to pay, and some (although fewer than in the past) do. A second reason for that hurdle is that people don't really know or understand why coaching is a better investment--providing a better return--than training or almost any other kind of "learning."

Posted on August 15, 2012 by janine

Compelling Questions to Ask During An Interview

Congratulations! You’ve landed an interview at an organization where you’d really like to Work You’ve made it through the typical portion of the meeting where the interviewer asks questions about your work experience, accomplishments and goals.  And then the interviewer hands you the mic, so to speak.  He or She wants to know what questions you   have about the organization or the position itself.  This is now your opportunity to differentiate yourself from every other candidate...

Posted on August 8, 2012 by janine

Suggestions for staying motivated especially during a long-term search

So you’re in the job market.  For whatever reason – downsizing, layoff, or your own pursuit of greener pastures – you are searching for an opportunity that is  aligned with your career direction.  You have determined your value and you’re ready to provide the results a potential employer desires.   ...

Posted on July 31, 2012 by janine

Overheard during an early morning Sunday run on the local track:

 “So how have you been?”


 “Is that a good, “OMG!” Or a bad, “OMG!”?

 “My stress level has been out of sight! I was offered…”

As much as I dislike running and sweating and generally hurting afterwards, I love being with friends and talking through challenges,  questions, and stuff that makes my life less-than-...

Posted on July 24, 2012 by janine

While facilitating a Building Leadership Capacity seminar last week, we talked about “practice areas”—those actions or language we want to implement in order to more likely move toward our goals…the change(s) we want to see.  “Choose” to implement is more accurate—because our steps in any direction is always a choice. The more we focus and repeat our choices, the more likely the changes we desire actually happen.

Commitments seem easy when we’re away from the environment that drove us to the learning event in the first place: we’re with friends, we’ve shared war...

Posted on July 18, 2012 by janine

Next Steps to Grow Your Own Greener Grass

Last week I posted a check list to help job seekers determine if the grass is greener in a new job, or if you are better off staying put.  Consider these next steps now that you know if you...

Posted on July 10, 2012 by janine

greenergrassThinking of making a career move? Studies show more than half of today’s employees are not happy with their career development or advancement.  Even if you’ve been fortunate to have made it through downsizings and restructurings, you may still think there are opportunities out there with employers who will treat you better, recognize your value and...

Posted on April 12, 2012 by janine

Employees have a different Attitude than Partners. So before reading any further: which are you?

Roberto Verzo, flickr.Employees’ Attitude about work is all about “my job.” When employees do their job, their work is done. Their job is whatever they are assigned or whatever is in the job description. “It’s not my job” is a favorite phrase of employees who feel disgruntled or overworked or just...

Posted on February 15, 2012 by janine

Do you know the phrase “Cowgirl Up”? It’s like “Put on your big girl panties and deal with it” or “Suck it up and move on!” It means to step up your game, take the bull by the horns, tackle something head-on, and stop whining about it. It’s about taking initiative and making your own way, rather than waiting or expecting someone else to do it for you.

If you’re among the more than half of employees (December 2011 survey) who are...