I recently took a training on advanced networking and one of the things I talked about as my desired outcome was more techniques on forming stronger relationships faster. The training was with Performance of a Lifetime, a program which involved a lot of improvisational work as the primary method to work on those networking techniques. [Read more…]
All kinds of articles exist about the benefits of smiling, both socially and personally. And it all makes sense, yet you’re still probably not going to find me randomly smiling without cause. I think we can all acknowledge that a scowl is different from a straight face, unless you just happen to have a severe case of RBF, but that description is usually reserved for women (yay male privilege?!).
Here’s another fun fact. Despite all of the written words out there on why you should smile more, this is what I get when I type “you should smile more” into the Googles.
Yes, a travel bag. I know it may sound a little crazy, but here’s the thing. Part of living the consulting lifestyle means there is some travel, for many that travel may be up to 80%. Some people love business travel and some people want to keep their business travel to a minimum. Regardless of which side of the business travel dichotomy you fall into, there is always a shared struggle about the luggage used. [Read more…]
As many of you know, I recently attended the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) Conference in Detroit. During the two-day job fair, I came across a lot of hungry young professionals trying to figure out this whole career thing. While there, I realized I’ve discussed the importance of showing up to conferences and job fairs and my own experience in turning a job fair into a management consulting job offer, but never really talked about what to do once you’re *at* the job fair. I’m going to change that now and share the 5 keys to job fair success. These have held true since I was in the recruiting process several years ago, and they are just as true today. [Read more…]
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you read the phrase “everybody eats”? Does it conjure up images of Thanksgiving day here in the United States?
Or maybe more of a Nathan’s hot dog eating contest (shout out to Joey Chestnut)?
Well this post isn’t about overindulgence but instead it’s about how to work most effectively with a team, especially one under constant pressure to produce results. [Read more…]
It’s scary isn’t it?
But at the same time it feels pretty good.
You know what I’m talking about – putting up that out of office and going off the grid.
It’s interesting, it seems the more you move up the ranks, the more scary this is, until you’re the big boss. Read: partner in consulting speak. I think the campus hires often may not have enough responsibility to be concerned. Or the prioritization of career over vacation may be heavily skewed toward the latter.
If I had to visualize it, I think it would look something like this:
You might be thinking this is about to be another post about millennial entitlement or something like that but it’s not. It’s something entirely different. Instead, I want to talk about why it’s important to take that time off and why the new generation gets it right.
I’m sitting on a plane right now thinking about how I want to get this (vacation) right this time and more importantly why I NEED to, and so do you.
What if I told you I had the answer to one the oldest career advice questions?
And that the answer shouldn’t be that surprising but it’s one you need to hear anyway?
Or that my answer applies to practically any industry, at least any job that requires you to interact with your customers or co-workers in person.
Even in 2018, that still covers… just about everyone.
So the question I’m talking about: what’s the best way to accelerate your career? [Read more…]
When looking for a coach, it helps to seek out someone who will tell you the things that are going to be hard to hear. If you’re the coach, you should strive to be that person. The struggle is how to deliver hard-to-hear information without making the person on the other side feel like trash. Even in situations where someone is making the most basic mistakes (in your opinion), you need to keep your cool. [Read more…]
What do you do when confronted with news that something you worked on missed the mark?
Do you try to immediately explain what you did before fully hearing the information being presented?
Do you discount the input as a difference in working styles or personal preference?
Do you listen and look for opportunities where you may expand on your repertoire?
Before we get into these, I want to share one of my favorite quotes: When you know better, you do better. I’m telling you that because it’s natural for people to fall into one of the first two categories.
After all, you worked hard to get where you are, right? You honed your mental agility with hours upon hours of education, and that should be respected. I totally get it.
As well intentioned as that action might be, it’s probably not going to work out the way you think it is. Let’s think this through for a moment. [Read more…]