Performance Reviews

FOCUS ON: The Pros and Cons of 360 Degree Feedback When accurate, reflective and validating information is received from the organization, the employee’s personal and career development is enhanced. But a valid assessment of strengths and weaknesses is dependent upon the method of implementing the assessment. Read the good and bad side of this performance […]

E-Coaching

FOCUS ON: Effective Coaching/Counseling Can be Electronic Contextual cues and professional development can assist the counselor in functioning in non-traditional mediums, such as email, phone, e-chat, texting, or online video. The key is to use technology that is appropriate for each client, be comfortable and flexible with the platforms, and continually research and practice. Read […]

New Growth in Spring

 FOCUS ON: Adult Learners Are Different Practitioners who encourage clients to pursue professional development (or want to pursue it for themselves) need to understand the principles behind adult learning. This will help the adult keep the end goal in mind, while selecting a practical program that is self-directed. When adults get too pressed for time […]

Execute is One Key for the Executive

FOCUS ON: Climbing the Ladder Define, share and network are the keywords for those who want to move up. Volunteering and staying current are also valuable tasks. Reposition yourself with these strategies from an executive and career reinvention coach.  JOB SEARCHING: How Do You Want to be Perceived? How might you be considered for advanced […]

Staying Upbeat

  FOCUS ON: Positive Psychology Hope can vanish if there is no intentional effort to stay upbeat. Optimistic leaders operationalize tactics to keep others from being dragged down. Try sharing positive stories, focusing outward, doing something fun and taking time to create to make things better. Read more tactics and behavorial changes here.  FOR PRACTITIONERS: Vital […]

Write Right

FOCUS ON: Poor Grammar Detracts from Our Image No one can claim to be not guilty of misusing the English language at various times. Just remember that following rules we learned in grammar school serve as powerful predictors of how we are perceived. Keep a reference book on your desk, such as the high school […]

Mindfulness

FOCUS ON: Defining Mindfulness American Psychological Association (APA) authors Daphne M. Davis and Jeffrey A. Hayes, define mindfulness as “a moment-to-moment awareness of one’s experience without judgment”. Their lengthy compilation of benefits, based on research, include reduced rumination, stress-reduction, boosts to working memory, focus, less emotional activity, more cognitive flexibility, relationship satisfaction, and more. Read […]

Feedback

FOCUS ON: Is the Feedback Clear and Motivating? Giving transformational feedback and receiving difficult feedback takes time to learn. And leveraging feedback for the greatest benefit may be even harder. Use these tips from “Learning as Leadership” to ensure that you and your clients are moving forward.   FOR PRACTITIONERS: Overcoming the Yes-But Response Your […]

Negotiation

FOCUS ON: Salary Negotiation Is Not Basic Many people mistakenly believe that a salary negotiation is a straightforward, back-and-forth process. Helping clients broaden their definition of negotiation can be a crucial part of the career development process. Understanding that there are alternatives and focusing on collaboration with others are all useful techniques to consider when […]

Preparing to Change Career Fields

FOCUS ON: Getting Started Changing Careers The idea that 80% of people want to change jobs is pretty stunning. It is important to help clients understand the many issues that come along with changing a career. Doing so can help them make an informed decision towards a fulfilling future, instead of acting out of temporary […]