Always be preparing for your Performance Review

You know that time of the year when you are responsible for coming up a with a list of everything you have done this past year to exceed expectations in your role and contribute to the success of the company? Instead of staring a blank piece of paper for hours on end, track it throughoutContinue reading “Always be preparing for your Performance Review”

Your Elevator Pitch should be about the Value you Bring

“I’m new to town and looking for opportunities.”  Eek!  That opening line is bound to shut some new connections down before they even get to know you.  “I have 20 years of experience designing viewbooks for private schools and want to grow my network in the private school community.” This elevator pitch is a strongerContinue reading “Your Elevator Pitch should be about the Value you Bring”

Adding Value Every Day

If you would ever thank one of my favorite Creative Directors for his contributions, he would always reply, “Just adding value.” And it was true. Every big idea or quick insight was adding incredible value to the project and our clients. He certainly taught me the concept of adding value at every opportunity. That quipContinue reading “Adding Value Every Day”

How to Transition from Doing to Managing

The toughest transition I see with new leaders is to move from doing to managing. All those things you were celebrated and rewarded for in your last role aren’t part of this new role. You need to master some new skills to be successful in this role. Here are three tips to help with thisContinue reading “How to Transition from Doing to Managing”

Five People You Need in Your Network

There are five types of people you should have in your network.  These are people who will teach, connect, and support you.  Take a look at your current network and see if you have at least three people of each type in your network.  If not, be intentional to round out your network. Also, rememberContinue reading “Five People You Need in Your Network”

How much Freedom (or FU) Money do you have Saved?

Here you are, wanting to take a risk… …start a business …switch from full-time to freelance/gig employment …travel without employment …go back to school …prioritize family over work …or take a new career path. The best thing you can do for yourself today is to start saving up that Freedom Money. A pot of moneyContinue reading “How much Freedom (or FU) Money do you have Saved?”

Leadership Isn’t a Title; It’s a Responsibility

Management is a title.  There’s a list of tasks that go along with a manager role.  But not all managers are leaders.  And there are some leaders that aren’t managers.  Leadership is not a title; it’s a responsibility.  You can lead people, processes, or projects.  Even if you don’t have the title, stretch your leadershipContinue reading “Leadership Isn’t a Title; It’s a Responsibility”

Three Career Lessons From My Mom

In celebration of Mother’s Day, I have to tell you my mom is awesome.  As much as she’s helped me personally; I owe my professional success to her.  Here are the top three lessons my mom taught me.  1 – Always be hustling.  My mom always had a full-time job and a few side hustles. Continue reading “Three Career Lessons From My Mom”

Improved Communications Skills should be a Goal that lasts your entire Career

One of my current clients has a goal to improve her communication skills. I hear this goal from almost every one of my clients in every stage of their career. It demonstrates self-awareness that even professionals at the top of their game want to be better communicators. Being a better communicator can be broken downContinue reading “Improved Communications Skills should be a Goal that lasts your entire Career”