How to get the experience you need for the job you want.

Experience can be a dreaded word when you’re doing a job search — especially when you are looking at employment listings for the job you want, and noting that you don’t have the required number of years for doing that kind of work. It’s not easy. All you want is a toehold, a way in,Continue reading “How to get the experience you need for the job you want.”

Leaders spend (a lot of) time hiring people with potential.

My daily social feeds are chock-full of moans and laments about a lack of leadership or the gotchas while hiring people for jobs. Both can change everything. Here’s what I have to say about it. Leaders spend a lot of time on hiring. Don’t fly through the hiring process. Hiring decisions deserve time. I knowContinue reading “Leaders spend (a lot of) time hiring people with potential.”

Resilience and the Right Path

You can’t use the internet in a given day without reading the word “resilience.” Tweets and LinkedIn posts regularly remind us that we should seek to develop it, claiming resilience is the key to a happy and productive career. Not only that, modern life demands it! A year ago, I wrote a blog post called,Continue reading “Resilience and the Right Path”

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?”

What about you and the leaders you meet?

The fact is, when you have a job, you are going to run into bad leaders. Why? Because leadership is difficult. Even for those with natural leadership ability, it is not easy. As the saying goes, “People quit their bosses, not their jobs.” In earlier posts, I wrote about two extremes of leadership: the goodContinue reading “What about you and the leaders you meet?”

Do you know a good leader when you see one?

My earlier post identified leadership as the good, the bad, and you. I wrote about six behaviors typical of bad leaders. While the opposite of my six observations of the bad are a place to start, there will be no getting off easy for me. Here are my top six qualities of good leaders. YouContinue reading “Do you know a good leader when you see one?”

Leadership: The good, the bad, and you.

For simplicity’s sake, we can boil leadership down to: the good, the bad, and you. This is the first of three posts to cover all three. When the topic of leadership comes up, most people think first about “bad bosses” — they skip right over the good, to the bad. So here goes, I’ll useContinue reading “Leadership: The good, the bad, and you.”

Your First Job: What you want out of it.

When you’re searching for your first job, you don’t usually concentrate on much beyond the starting salary and general aspects of the work you’ll do everyday. Once you land that first gig, you’ll breathe a sigh of relief and start managing any jitters about the first day. For most people, it takes hindsight to understandContinue reading “Your First Job: What you want out of it.”

Passion (for the work) leads to incredible websites.

Many, many times, it’s a love fest between the consulting team and the campus teams that engage us. True passion for the educational mission combined with demonstrated passion for the website work we’re doing together are essential for incredible results. Why? Because large campus-wide initiatives are overwhelming and complex and mired in consensus decision making.Continue reading “Passion (for the work) leads to incredible websites.”

You know people don’t come out of a box that way, right?

Mentor is a real person, not a buzzword. Coach is a slam-dunk metaphor for manager. Managing people means you are responsible for helping them along. You know people don’t come out of a box as exceptional performers, don’t you? Yes, I know that individual (and team) performance is influenced by the knowledge, skills and abilitiesContinue reading “You know people don’t come out of a box that way, right?”