Promotion, a raise and new opportunities if you master this one skill.

Be Promotable, Get a Higer Salary and Be in Demand

There is one single function you can perform to insure your promotability, increase your compensation and endear yourself to the Board of Directors. Skeptical? Don’t be. Continue reading

Executive Coaching for Technology Executives

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Is this you? Your role as executive comes with an array of challenges you have not yet faced or previously faced, but not well. You could use confidential support for problem solving. Or you confess you don’t have the road map to be the leader you want to become. You need someone other than your colleagues as a sounding board. Perhaps it is time to change employers and you realize the skills for job search have changed and you are not certain you have the magic to open the right doors. You appreciate most of the advice offered is geared for people much younger in their career. 

Welcome to your online executive coaching resource. You will find answers to many questions on leadership, solutions to significant problems and discussions of trends and topics only executives face.

You are invited to comment, submit questions and participate in discussions. Need more support? Contact me to see if executive coaching is a match for your needs. We can create a personal program to get you where you want to be. Contact me: rita@ritaashley.com.

Ready to change jobs and find the challenge daunting, even mystifying? Finding moving from Director to VP difficult? 97% of my clients have reached their career goal within six months when they follow my coaching advice for job search. Contact me to discuss your particular challenges to see if coaching makes sense at this point in your career. 

When is a leader an example of leadership?

What is a leader to you?

Leadership is defined variously with words like power, influence, vision and, it is claimed, cannot be taught. Oddly, most lists describing leaders and leadership begin with integrity. Which causes me to dismiss those lists. Continue reading

Don’t let your career get derailed by the Double-bozo effect

 double bozo Is your boss a jerk?

Your boss is a jerk, right? He takes credit for your work, interrupts you when you speak, doesn’t include you on important meetings, frustrates any attempt to improve process and doesn’t keep his promises. You can’t do your best work and you go home each night feeling diminished. Solution? Quit your job. Continue reading

Five reasons why accepting a counter offer can kill your career


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How long before the ‘win’ euphoria is replaced with stark reality? Nothing has changed.

Nick Corcodilos, a headhunter and job search maven I respect, tells readers using a new job offer to generate a counter offer puts the employer between a rock and a hard place. He goes on to list several reasons counter offers may result in career setbacks and starts from the beginning. The employer knows this is not a good time to lose you. Maybe in a month or two when they can prepare for the loss. Read the article for his guidance.

For years, I advised clients to refrain from accepting, even considering, a counter offer. These ransom demands may result in more money, but since that is rarely the reason you wanted to leave, it is not the solution. It is rather like offering a starving man a glass of water. The point Nick makes, which I have never considered, is that when they offer you more money, the funds typically come from the same budget where raises live. When it is time for a raise, often employees who accept counter offers come up with nothing. Net/net? No gain in compensation. Continue reading