Are you choosing to be visible in your career?

One of my clients recently talked about his need to ‘raise his visibility’ at work. He’s hard-working, has a measure of success in his field, and appears to be well-liked by his team. And yet, he seems to be practically invisible to his supervisor and his supervisor’s boss. I asked him what he makes of that? (Long pause). And he told me that until now, he was “comfortable” being invisible. He didn’t draw attention to himself, did his work, and Continue Reading

Being a Leader When You’re Not in Charge

How many of you aspire to lead - even if you're not in charge? Some of my clients who are working for that next promotion, or being assigned that next big project will ask me "what can I do so that I can move into a position of leaderhip?" There ARE certain behaviors that you can practice so you can be seen as a leader even if you're not the boss. In Karl Albrecht's book, Social Intelligence, he talks about two types of authority - formal Continue Reading

What’s your Social Intelligence?

Have you ever considered your social intelligence? Most of us know about IQ, or intelligence quotient, and some of us are aware of EQ, or emotional intelligence. But what about your social intelligence? I am reading Karl Albrecht's book,  Social Intelligence, The New Science of Success, and am finding it fascinating. He defines SI as '.. the ability to get along well with others and to get them to cooperate with you.' How does that play into your Continue Reading

Focus Your Message in Interviews and Presentations

From The Three Little Pigs to omne trium perfectum (Latin for “everything is perfect in sets of three”), use of the number three to convey information has long been imbedded in our culture. Time is divided into three parts; a beginning, a middle, and an end. And even famed entrepreneur Steve Jobs used the Rule of Three to bring power to his presentations. Why? Neurologists say our brains remember stories and ideas better if they’re Continue Reading

Coping with Change: Embracing the New Normal

Have you ever felt like your life has been suddenly thrown into a blender? You’re gliding along and everything is lining up just perfectly and then – wham! You’re hit with not just one, but a multitude of challenges all at once. That describes my summer. First, my 83-year-old mother-in-law was told she had to move. The property owner, a longtime family friend, had died awhile back and the family wanted to sell the house my mother-in-law rented Continue Reading