Are you managing your career?

Remember how you felt at the start, when you were looking for your first job? All you wanted was a toehold, a way in, a chance. But it felt like everyone else had control of your future. I got my first job out of college because I could type. And yes, I was taken abackContinue reading “Are you managing your career?”

8 Job Hunting Mistakes Made by Recent College Grads (Part 2)

Wait, what were we talking about? Oh, yeah, job hunting mistakes. We started this conversation with the first four in part one. Notice I’m skirting around the typical—bad grammar in your cover letter or not sending a thank you note—that stuff is table stakes. Read on for my final four. 1: Failing to coach professionalContinue reading “8 Job Hunting Mistakes Made by Recent College Grads (Part 2)”

8 Job Hunting Mistakes Made by Recent College Grads (Part 1)

Who doesn’t remember their post-college-graduation job search? It’s a milestone and a time filled with anxiety. It’s the time when you most need professional advice, and the time when you are the least likely to ask for help. It was 33 years ago for me and I’m on my fourth career—in HR, IT, communications andContinue reading “8 Job Hunting Mistakes Made by Recent College Grads (Part 1)”

Picking a Partner: Tips for finding the right consultant.

Earlier today, I spent an hour with the fine folks who attended my webinar, “Who’s Zoomin’ Who? Making it work with external partners.” The hashtag we used — #HEpartners — might let you partially recreate the fun we had. The RFP and the RFQ Naturally, the RFP and the RFQ made it into my slideContinue reading “Picking a Partner: Tips for finding the right consultant.”

I’m hosting a webinar about working with external partners.

Later this month, I’ll be hosting an mStoner webinar called, “Who’s Zoomin’ Who? Making it work with external partners.” The webinar is free but registration is required. More details follow: Date:  Wednesday, August 14, 2013 Time:  2:00PM Eastern Summary: What’s the secret for getting the most from an external partner? How do you know whenContinue reading “I’m hosting a webinar about working with external partners.”

Today’s a day for “mushiness” on all my social platforms.

Unless you are a Facebook friend, you might not get the reference in my title. I posted something mushy about the amazing man I married there. Here, I turn to website launches as the next victim for my emotion today. This morning, The American University of Paris relaunched their website. I led the mStoner teamContinue reading “Today’s a day for “mushiness” on all my social platforms.”

In the category of not as easy as it looks: Being Boss.

Spoiler Alert: I’m not mincing words on this one. Steel yourself for stronger bolder language than usual from me and enjoy the post. Today is National Boss’s Day. Despite its Hallmark holiday status since 1979, I wouldn’t say that National Boss’s Day is part of popular culture. Instead, complaining about a boss, movies about hating your boss,Continue reading “In the category of not as easy as it looks: Being Boss.”

Ready, set, launch! Do you have a plan?

Who doesn’t agree that ending a project brings a good feeling? A launch (and a launch party!) usually mark the end of a lot of hard work and a return to “normal” work hours. Actually, I don’t think we celebrate enough at the launch point. We should call more attention to the success we achievedContinue reading “Ready, set, launch! Do you have a plan?”

It’s a match! We both believe in exceptional customer service.

Customer service has always been a priority for me. Maybe the many days of customer orientation training I attended as a 16-year-old summer employee at Busch Gardens left a forever impression on me. Years later, I realize that customer service has been a core value for me in all of the units or departments IContinue reading “It’s a match! We both believe in exceptional customer service.”

On a scale of 1 – 10, how are we doing? Seriously.

The first time I officially supervised another person was 26 years ago. (It’s true I’m the oldest of five children and hours of “babysitting” my siblings was a fine training ground for management.) Yep, I’ve had plenty of time to develop my own philosophy about performance management. And, I’ve experimented extensively with how to offerContinue reading “On a scale of 1 – 10, how are we doing? Seriously.”