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Setting Expectations Starts With You: The First Thing to Let Go of To Be A Great Manager

management development Nov 05, 2021

Setting Expectations Starts With You: The First Thing to Let Go of To Be A Great Manager

Remember life before you were a manager?

How many times did you leave the office thinking, “If they only did things my way, we wouldn’t have half the problems we do”? Or “when I’m in charge, things are going to be different.”

Do you feel the same way now that you are a manager or have a larger scope of responsibility?

I would bet that you don’t. And if you do, you...

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The Secret to Creating the Brand Called You

The Secret to Creating the Brand Known as "You."

Unless you've been living under a rock, you're familiar with the importance of branding.

Amazon. Google. Starbucks. Peloton.

When you read that list, you know what businesses I'm talking about. You know what each of these companies does, who they attract, and why. They are single words that speak volumes. 

We live in an age where brands are ever-present, ubiquitous. 

But here's what you may not have considered: You are a brand too.

In...

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Emerging Leaders – Ideas to Map Your Career

The decisions you make as an emerging leader can impact your career trajectory. I say that not to scare you, but to emphasize how important it is that you make these choices carefully and with thought to the future. As your work to the next level as a leader, here are three of the best actions and ideas for mapping your future.

Find a Mentor

“Part of finding a mentor means learning how to appropriately follow up, add value to your mentor's life and career, and be proactive in your own...

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Work/Life Balance: What time is it when you are you reading this article?

balance productivity Oct 04, 2019

We’ve been told we can have it all, but is that even possible? Can we excel in a career without sacrificing our personal lives and relationships? I think it is possible to achieve work/life balance, but you have to manage your expectations. There are seasons in your life when you can push forward in your career and other times when you need to focus on your personal life or family demands. Learning how to achieve this elusive balance is a journey. These articles offer a few suggestions...

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How To Survive A Bad Boss

If you’re lucky, you’ve got a great boss who challenges you, encourages you, and helps you work to your potential. Less fortunate employees will find themselves stuck with a leader who is an inflexible micro-manager. Here are a few tips to help you navigate the treacherous waters of a less than ideal workplace and what to do after you leave it. 

Managing Your Bad Boss

“The better versed you are in ‘emotional intelligence’ and how to get along with others,...

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New Ways To Think About Money When Making Decisions

financial literacy Jun 20, 2019

Leaving money out of decision making is a luxury afforded only to the extremely wealthy. The rest of us must count up the dollars and cents when it’s time to negotiate a salary, make a big purchase, or even choose a career path. I do want to encourage you to see your choices more holistically, rather than letting money dictate your decisions. As an Accredited Financial Counselor AFC® teaching money skills to college students and early alumni, I helped provide information and...

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The Role Of The Manager

management development Apr 24, 2019

Many young professionals that I talk to and coach are both excited and a little bit nervous about transitioning from employee to manager. After a promotion, you may find yourself managing former co-workers and dealing with entirely new office politics. When you wade into these uncharted waters, you’ll need emotional intelligence, perseverance, and a mentor or colleague who can act as a sounding board. 

First: Get the Job

“Don't sit at your desk and wait for someone to hand...

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The Role Of The Employee

You might think it’s enough to go to work, do your job, and then go home. But if you want to be successful, to grow within your industry, and climb the corporate ladder, you need to rethink your role as an employee. Employees are not mere cogs in the corporate machine, but rather a integral part of shaping both the culture of an organization, as well as the goods and services it provides. As you begin to navigate your first professional position, here are a few articles to help you...

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How do you know if you are ready for an executive coach?

executive coaching Dec 19, 2018

Not every manager needs an executive coach. In fact, if you’re a brand new leader, you may want to first consider a mentor relationship with a senior individual within your own organization. Have some experience that you want to build upon? Here are two great reasons to seek out an executive coach and one reason to skip it.

An executive coach can help you reflect and refocus if you feel like you’re plateauing in your current role. Harvard Business School “To change...

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Negotiating Without Conflict

Uncategorized Oct 04, 2018

Despite how it’s described by some, negotiation does not have to be combative. At its core, negotiation is simply an exercise in compromise (or even collaboration). Negotiation is a tool that is useful for navigating much of corporate life- salary, benefits, relationships, disagreements. Any charged or potentially contentious situation or conversation can benefit from the strategies included in the links below.

Take a cue from hostage negotiators and listen more. “At the...

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