Creating the Career You Want – Tip #52

Creating the Career You Want – Tip #52

When you think back on an experience, do your thoughts turn to what went well or do you more easily focus on what went wrong? When you get feedback, do you hear the comments on where you were particularly effective or does your attention go immediately to your...
Creating the Career You Want – Tip #51

Creating the Career You Want – Tip #51

I’ve met too many people who believe that all they have to do to succeed is work hard. It would be nice if that were true, but I’ve watched these same people experience disappointment when they are overlooked for opportunities or passed up for a promotion. The...
Creating the Career You Want – Tip #50

Creating the Career You Want – Tip #50

During our series on creating the career you want, we have focused our attention on you. We’ve talked about things that you can do to build your portfolio of skills, promote your personal brand, and make your endeavors visible. While these are key components to...
Creating the Career You Want – Tip #49

Creating the Career You Want – Tip #49

If a tree falls in a forest and no one hears it, does it make a sound? Along the same lines: If you have a fantastic personal brand and no one knows about it, is it still impactful? Unlike the first, much-debated question, I believe there is a clear answer to the...
Creating the Career You Want – Tip #48

Creating the Career You Want – Tip #48

Along every career path there are dips – challenges, difficult people, roadblocks, dead-ends, and disappointments. It’s not fun, it’s hard, and it happens. If you can avoid the dips – great! But if you can’t avoid the dips, then what counts is how you...
Creating the Career You Want – Tip #47

Creating the Career You Want – Tip #47

Are you ready to get creative? I’m not talking about pulling out your paints and brushes – I’m talking about imagining and creating new things – markets, products, strategies, processes. Creativity can be big and disruptive, and it can be small and...
Creating the Career You Want – Tip #46

Creating the Career You Want – Tip #46

If you’ve ever taken a walk on a beach and looked behind you, the impressions of your feet clearly mark the trail of where you have been. It may be a straight path, or it may be filled with twists and turns as you moved to miss an incoming wave or gravitated toward an...
Creating the Career You Want – Tip #45

Creating the Career You Want – Tip #45

Do you think of yourself as a mentor? Are you regularly counseling and giving advice to others, pushing them to believe in themselves and do more than they might otherwise do? No matter what level you are in your career, you can be a mentor to someone else. Although...
Creating the Career You Want – Tip #44

Creating the Career You Want – Tip #44

In any career, there are moments when you want something of importance – it may be a salary increase, a change in title, a flexible work arrangement, or something else – and you may hesitate to ask for it. You may begin to negotiate against yourself...