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Networking On The Job

September 20, 2015

You had a positive mid-year performance review with your manager. You have also been in a fair number of career conversations with him (or so you thought) and you clearly let him know (or so you thought) that although you really love your job and enjoy working on his team, you are ready and able to take on greater responsibility and would like to explore some other avenues for adding value to the organization. He said all the right things and made all the right noises when you were talking,...

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After the Interview: Thank-you Notes

September 7, 2015

The custom of sending a thank-you note following an interview continues to be the subject of some debate. A candidate recently mentioned that his friend told him sending a thank-you note after a second round of interviews would make him seem desperate. I disagree. Sending such a note is a good move and can help you remain top of mind during an extended interviewing process.

When I interview a candidate, regardless of the position or the level, I expect that we both are serious about...

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More Female Leaders

August 29, 2015

Organizations which constantly talk about placing more women in leadership roles remind me of people who talk about losing weight but never actually change their eating or exercise behaviors. I do not in any way underestimate the difficulties associated with these behavior changes, but at some point – and that point is long overdue - organizations and individuals must stop talking about making changes and actually start making them.

For at least 40 years the carrot of achieving significant...

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What I Did On My Summer Vacation

July 17, 2015

Summer: one of the most evocative words in the English language. And one with many faces. The summers of my childhood make me smile and recall activities of another time and place - both literally and figuratively. No school, no regimentation and no homework. Being outside, swimming and making elaborate sand castles on the beach, riding my bicycle and taking road trips to my grandparents' house way out in the country. Picking berries and having picnics and drinking homemade lemonade.


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Thriving In a Merger

July 10, 2015

There is a natural inclination for us all to focus on our own individual situation in the face of a significant change in business models or processes. If you have ever heard the phrase “the most important word in merger is me” you know this to be true. Yes, we should be concerned about our own careers and positions when we learn of an impending merger – there is no doubt that there will be changes that will affect every employee in both firms, regardless of which one is the big dog and...

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