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Personal Branding: Making the Right First Impression

Making the right first impression is critical to every professional, especially for those new to an organization. When you’re new, everyone wants to understand your plans and your approach to achieving them. Your direct reports have an even keener interest in you—they will strive to understand how your goals will impact them. More importantly, your…

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What Managing Without Guidance Costs Us

Hiring, training and attrition can cost us a lot but managing without guidance costs us as well – much more than we might think: First, it can cost us our jobs. We may think because we’ve acquired a certain level of experience and education that we’re somewhat insulated from cutbacks or outsourcing but that’s not…

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Stretch Development in this Employment Era

Using Stretch Development to Adapt and Thrive Recruiting practices and talent management continue their evolution accelerated by several factors including competition, technology and globalization. Professionals need to understand expectations and adapt in order to survive and thrive in these new times. Adapting also often involves learning and development. Effective growth more often than not involves…

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Do you have a values-driven career?

Our Values Motivate Our Decisions Perhaps your work environment and current role are in alignment with your values. Our professional lives become a significant part of the impact we make and what we are remembered for. Do you have a values-driven career? Many of us go through various exercises throughout our careers to discover what…

Q & A with Ron Thomas, a Chief Human Resource & Administrative Officer

I am very pleased to have recently had the privilege of interviewing Ron Thomas, a Chief Human Resource & Administrative Officer currently based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  We asked him to share his insight and recommendations for human resource practitioners. Q:  Would you speak to your experience as a professional and describe how you stay…

Professional Development Plans and Your Career

Managing Your Career with Professional Development Plans   Professional development plans can be quite useful in managing your career.  They can help align your efforts and resources with your goals.  Professional development plans do not need to be complicated or take considerable amounts of your time.  Making them useful involves your willingness to be adaptable…

Adapt Your Style for Improved Communication

Improved Communication   Improved communication can be the determining factor between success and failure.  Given the hectic pace at which we communicate and the tools we use, it’s no wonder busy professionals must make an effort take stay current with communication trends and balance them with professional expectations.  Your environment, culture, demographic, and a host…

The Executive Job Search and Your Brand Identity

Executive Job Search   High profile executives are realizing the value of personal branding to their executive job search.  The ways in which you express yourself and how you communicate impact your success in making emotional connections with others.  You send messages to others with the choices you make including everything from what you wear,…

Goal Setting for Executive Leadership

Executive Leadership Can Use Goal Setting for Organizational Results and  Career Progression    While many very successful executives never formally put their goals in writing they do decide what their goals are and determine how they’ll go about achieving them. Goal setting for executive leadership may be common practice in many organizations.  For those in…