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Want to Ace that Interview? Make Time to Prepare!

February 15th, 2013

By: Karen Colligan

Ace your interviewYou’ve done a lot of work to make your resume focused and compelling. You’ve networked.  You’ve found what you consider to be the perfect position and you’ve landed an interview.  But you’re not done yet!  Repeat these three little words after me: Prepare, prepare, prepare!  Here’s how.

Learn everything you can about the organization. Review their website. Read their annual report. See whether anyone in your network has information about culture or challenges.  Understand their products or service offerings. Know their competitors and core com..... Read More...

Career, Career planning, Interviewing, Job search

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Oh the Places...Navigating Life with the Wisdom of Dr. Seuss

January 29th, 2013

By: Karen Colligan

Work-life balanceOne of the topics I frequently speak about is how to define and achieve the career (and life!) you want. The question I am most often asked afterward is, “What book would you recommend to help me get started?” I always say: “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
by Dr. Seuss.  “Isn’t that just for kids?” you say? No way! Not today. Nor any day.  It’s for peeps of all ages who are blazing their way.

Oh the Places is about the opportunities and obstacles that show up in our lifetime and how to navigate them.
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Career, Job search, Learning, Uncategorized, Work-life balance

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4 Tips for Communicating Effectively to Improve Your Results

December 17th, 2012

By: Karen Colligan

According to Harvard Business Review, 87% of business issues are due to the lack of interpersonal communication skills, andCommunicating Effectively not the lack of competencies.
So how do we fix our communication skills to ensure that we avoid issues, and are communicating for results?

It starts with adopting four fundamental communication principles:

1. Self-knowledge
2. Building rapport
3. Valuing diversity
4. Co-creating results

Self-knowledge. Think about the qualities you use most often and how they affect the way you communicate. For example, are you naturally competitive, with a tendency to take charge when there’s a gap? How does this come out in yo..... Read More...

Communication, Diversity, Learning, People, Uncategorized

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Life Out of Balance? Here are Some Tips to Fix It!

December 3rd, 2012

By: Karen Colligan

balance your lifeAs this year draws to a close, many of us will breathe a collective sigh of relief and whisper (or shout) “Thank goodness that’s over!”   Our thought being, of course, that next year will just naturally be better.  And in many ways it’s bound to be.  But here’s the thing.  If you really want YOUR life to be better it requires some planning.  It requires thinking about where in your life you were “out of balance” this year and making some specific goals that will help you get back into balance next year.

Let’s do an exercise. Close your eyes. No wait. Read this first. Then close your eyes. Imagine you are standing in the center of ..... Read More...

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leadership Masks

As leaders, we often get so caught up in our day-to-day responsibilities that we forget to think about how we come across to the people around us, and how their actions, communications and concerns may be driven by their perception of the persona we put forward. When was the last time you took a long gaze in the leadership looking glass? Are you showing up at work as your authentic self or is there a mask that gets in the way? In honor of Halloween, let’s look at some typical masks a leader might wear. Do you recognize yourself in any of them?

 

The Super Hero

You have confidence, boundless energy and can seemingly handle any problem that comes your way (“Bring it on, tall buildings!”) You are protec..... Read More...

Communication, Leadership, Management, People, Professional and team leadership, Teams

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How Would YOU Say It in Only Six Words?

October 15th, 2012

By: Karen Colligan

What are the chances you can convey your message in 6 words?
Impossible, you say…

A few years ago SMITH Magazine published Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure. The book, inspired by a six-word story said to be written by Ernest Hemingway (“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”) was a compilation of six-word memoirs submitted by SMITH readers. Since then, SMITH has come out with additional six-word books on a variety of life topics, including love, Dads and work.

So it’s gotten me thinking. What if we look a bit deeper into the work topic and talk, say, about your leadership style? Or how you communicate? Or your learning style? Or the value you bring to the organization. What would that six-word elevator pitch be? I’d love to hear it.

To give you some inspiration, here are a few e..... Read More...

Communication, Leadership, Learning, Management, Professional and team leadership

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