Why two heads are always better than one

We’re all familiar with the wise proverb, “Two heads are better than one”—but how often do you follow this advice? If you’re anything like me, or should I say the old me, the answer is (I mean was): not enough. When you’re rushing to get something done—or let’s admit it, maybe you’re just too stubborn… Read More

You’re doing it wrong: How to lead millennials the right way

Last week, I had a telling conversation with a millennial who recently quit his job. When I asked the young man why he left his employer, his response was, “My boss.” After probing a bit more, I discovered he didn’t feel connected to his supervisor or his work. At one point in our conversation, he… Read More

How to use negative feedback to be a better leader

A few weeks ago, I gave constructive feedback to a colleague.  Although those types of conversations are never easy, the discussion went well. Looking back on our meeting, I attribute its success to my detailed pre-planning. At the close of our meeting, I was feeling good about our time together, but then something unexpected happened:… Read More

4 proven ways to impress recruiters with your resume

Ensuring a recruiter has a stress-free time reviewing your resume will increase the chances of you being called in for an interview. As a hiring manager who’s looked at thousands of resumes, this is what I and the industry look for from potential new hires. Write a powerful summary statement HR professionals and recruiters only… Read More

The 1 networking mistake you should never make again

A few months ago, an acquaintance reached out to me for career and personal branding advice. Thrilled to help, I offered to call this person right away (free of charge of course) and I spent close to an hour sharing advice, suggesting various resources and offering to introduce her to one of the most valuable… Read More

How to become an even better public speaker

Between my management, training and teaching responsibilities, I regularly speak to large audiences. While I can’t claim to be a world-renowned professional speaker, I can assert I am an engaging speaker who has come a long way over the years. I attribute my success to building my self-confidence, taking risks and regularly self-evaluating my presentations.… Read More

My 4 favorite career advice articles I wrote in 2015

It’s hard to believe we’ll be celebrating the New Year in a few weeks. As I reflect on 2015, I can proudly say I accomplished a lot; both personally and professionally. I transitioned to a new career in human resources, started teaching as an adjunct professor and got more involved working with a nonprofit in… Read More

The perfect trick to help you cope with making tough decisions at work

In all of my management roles, I have been “the bad guy” more often than not. I’ve said “no” more times than I can count and I have made hundreds of unpopular choices. I’ve also been responsible for initiating and supporting dozens of corrective action conversations and terminations. In short, I’m not people’s favorite person… Read More

How to keep your resume current and why you need it to succeed

Have you ever felt stressed out because your resume wasn’t up-to-date? It turns out you’re part of the majority of job seekers in this feeling. A 2015 CareerBuilder Candidate Behavior Study revealed that 61 percent of people keep their resume current at all times. I was both shocked and disappointed to learn that that leaves… Read More

4 salary negotiation mistakes to avoid

With annual review season here, chances are you will be negotiating a pay raise. Your negotiating approach will have a significant impact on your end result so be sure to avoid these common mistakes. Bringing your personal life into it Whether you’re expecting a child, buying a house or having financial troubles, it doesn’t qualify… Read More