How to get a promotion
Are you considering a job search? Is your desire to leave your employer because you want a promotion and none is in the offering? Did you ask? Don’t leave your career to chance.
Promoting you is not a top priority for management. They like the status quo and if you are doing a good job, they want you to continue to do that job. OK, so during your review they discussed your future. But were there action items on either side? Are things happening at your intended pace? Continue reading 'A promotion is better than a job search'»
Get the most from meeting face time.
How many times have you found yourself doodling or wool gathering during an important meeting? Bet it is because the topic doesn’t include you or you wonder how things got so off course. The decision to gather busy people into a meeting is prompted by a perceived need that only face to face interaction will accomplish whatever is the need. Here’s how to make the best use of that time. Continue reading 'Six ways to optimize any meeting'»
Prepare for the future of IT for job security: Computer World published several articles on Big Data, jobs and CIO issues relating to same. I include them here because I suspect they are important for any CIO wrestling with hiring talented Big Data employees and defining those jobs. Continue reading 'Jobs in IT – The Big Data Dilemma for CIOs'»
Me: “What’s your goal for this new career move?”
20-Something: “I want to make as much money as I can as fast as I can.”
Me: “What are you willing to do to achieve that goal?”
20-Something: “What do you mean? I will work, get promoted and make a lot of money.”
Recent Executive Coaching clients have been challenged with how to motivate and manage the 20-Somethings, or the “Entitlement Generation” as they are sarcastically named. The Execs tried all the traditional career development techniques, created incentives and offered a lot of recognition – with no affect. Demands for more money and promotions continued and the complaints and low morale had a deleterious affect on the rest of the team, the timeline and the Exec’s confidence as a team builder. Continue reading 'What’s wrong with 20-Somethings? Get the most from the ‘ME’ generation'»
High employee retention as an indicator of strong leadership. Managing unwanted attrition.
When an executive comes to me with an employee problem I always ask how did this happen? How did it get to this point? The answer is often, “They didn’t tell me there was an issue.”
If blind sighted with employee issues, a close look at the management style and outcomes is in order. Is it possible there does not exist an environment or opportunity for employees to discuss issues? The problem [and the resolution] rests with the executive, not the employee. Continue reading 'Get employees from “I quit” to “I want to work here”?'»