Accelerate Your Career Growth by Understanding How Promotions Happen

When you start to analyze how and why people get promoted in any large organization you can see that interesting patterns have developed.  The important part in understanding those patterns is making sure that you are using them as you develop your career plans. I imagine every organization is different to some degree, but there… Continue reading Accelerate Your Career Growth by Understanding How Promotions Happen

Stop Hoarding Your Work

A few days ago, I got an informational handout from a company that made me laugh. Basically, the bottom of the page featured the disclaimer: “Reproduction by any means is prohibited without permission. If you’d like to purchase copies of this handout please…” This was from a consulting company that makes all of its money… Continue reading Stop Hoarding Your Work

Realizing vs. Recognizing The People You Work With

People Looking Choosing at Colleagues Photo

Do you take the time to realize who you’re working or interacting with? In the business and Corporate culture there is lots of talk about taking the time to recognize and reward the people you work with and/or your employees. However, there’s hardly any talk about taking the time to realize who you’re working with.… Continue reading Realizing vs. Recognizing The People You Work With

Who’s Learning From You Right Now: Life Lessons from My Grandfather

They say the older you are, the wiser you get.  Luckily, I got to spend a good amount of time with my Grandfather when he was older and, after reflecting on what I learned during that time, it seems like he was incredibly wise. Some of these lessons were reinforced in the summers I spent… Continue reading Who’s Learning From You Right Now: Life Lessons from My Grandfather

Dealing With Random Senior Leader Requests

Have you ever received a request or task from someone higher up the leadership chain that, at first glance, seems to make absolutely no sense to you? Have no fear, everyone above you is much smarter than you and you should just shut up and get it done. OK, hopefully you’re reading on to know… Continue reading Dealing With Random Senior Leader Requests

Improving the Annual Performance Review with Linkedin

As part of many companies’ annual performance review process, employees are asked to submit the names of people they have worked with so their bosses can ask for feedback. Cross-pollinating that with the Linkedin recommendation section may be an interesting way to add value or participation to the overall experience. How would using a recommendation-like… Continue reading Improving the Annual Performance Review with Linkedin

Use Your Out of Office Message to Change Your Life

When you open your email inbox after a vacation do you ever take the time to analyze what happened? Usually, over a short period of time people generally get the point and stop emailing you frivolously. Could receiving less unnecessary email benefit you? If you want more time in your day and a more valuable inbox,… Continue reading Use Your Out of Office Message to Change Your Life