How to Evaluate Whether You Made an Effective Career Decision

Lead Change Blog

Tom made a major career decision 3 months ago: he decided to leave his position as chief information officer at a large manufacturing firm to become an entrepreneur and start a company to provide software that helps manufacturers improve the quality of their manufacturing process. He made his choice after talking to his friend Dave, who left his chief technology officer position in a high-profile manufacturing company to become an entrepreneur six months ago.

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Careers You Can Get Started in Fast

Strategy Driven

Everybody wants to have a successful career, but that’s easier said than done. Not only do you have to spend years mastering your craft and working hard to succeed in any career, but most careers also require years of school and thousands or tens of thousands of dollars.


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How To Start Your Own Business Online?

Strategy Driven

It all boils down to having an exclusive office building or just a strong internet connection and a computer system. In this article we will see a brief overview of what all constitutes to get your business. Up and running and ready to raid the internet world.

How To Start Next Now

Joseph Lalonde

Bob co-founded Faithlife Corporation (formerly Logos Bible Software) at 19 years old. In just 24 years, he’s landed on’s Top-25 CEOs list, won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, and led the company to a Top-10 Best Employer on The life and career advice he doles out in Start Next Now is the sage wisdom he shares with employees, interns, and his own college-age children. Here’s what he has to say on how to Start Next Now.

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How To Write a Professional Development Plan

Strategy Driven

Whether it’s individual or collective, improving your skills can help you maintain your position or to ascend. But how can you improve in the most effective way possible? First, you have to create a systematic development plan that helps you focus on every aspect of your job.

How to Beat Mid-Career Malaise

Harvard Business

” These questions are especially agonizing for mid-career professionals who may be searching for fulfillment while juggling demands at home and intense financial pressures to earn. How should you address a mid-career crisis? What actions can you take to improve your professional satisfaction? How can you combat the dullness and tedium of your workaday life? And how can you tell if it’s time to make a drastic change?

How to Improve Your Human Resources Department: 5 Key Steps to Success

Strategy Driven

The HR department is responsible for all aspects of your workforce, whether it be the hiring process or providing opportunities to develop for existing staff members. If your staff members don’t possess the necessary skills to do the job, this will impact overall productivity levels. If they are unhappy, they will be less inclined to work hard and may seek alternative employment. To ensure these problems are limited, you need to maximize your company’s HR.

5 Project Management Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Strategy Driven

It doesn’t have to be this way. But if you’re new to project management, it can be easy to mess up. Keep reading for 6 project management mistakes and how to avoid them. What do you want to have done? Failing to Manage Project Scope.

How to Lead an Online Business

Coaching Tip

As a young entrepreneur just starting out , you may have a great product you wish to retail, or a service you wish to provide. Online businesses tend to fall into one of two categories, selling products or services to the general public, or providing technical assistance to other online businesses. To this end, unless you are very web-savvy, contracting the services of a good website builder is the first thing required. Managing a Successful Career.

How to Compete Like the World’s Most Innovative Leaders

Skip Prichard

A great idea may not be enough to build a great business. That’s why I enjoyed talking with Jeff Dyer who, along with Nathan Furr and Curtis Lefrandt, wrote a new book, Innovation Capital: How to Compete and Win Like the World’s Innovative Leaders. You have a book that teaches creativity, one that teaches how to test and validate those ideas, and now this one which is unique. I love how you use Tesla and Edison to drive this point home. to 6 p.m.,

How To Write Effective Performance Appraisals

Eric Jacobson

Today''s guest post is by: Peggy Pedwano Solutions Specialist at Halogen Software As performance appraisal time draws near, managers are all too likely to be dreading the exercise. According to a report by the Wharton School, although 91% of companies worldwide have a performance review process, only 35 to 40% do it well, often because managers lack the training to write effective performance appraisals.

How To Disrupt the Tech World

Mills Scofield

Three years ago, Whitney Johnson asked me how I felt as the only female partner in my VC firm. From how I was raised through my education and my career at Bell Labs and AT&T, I never felt any gender bias. In June 2013, Vivek Wadhwa and Farai Chideya invited women to crowd-create a book on women innovators by sharing their own stories. ALS) I am privileged to see changes first-hand. What is your image of an inventor or innovator? A man alone in a lab?

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Guy Kawasaki: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

After having earned an undergraduate degree at Stanford, Kawasaki embarked on a career in business (counting diamonds for a fine-jewelry manufacturer called Nova Stylings) while at work on an MBA degree at UCLA. (He Kawasaki later went to work for an educational software company called EduWare Services. [.].

How to Make Your Management Process More Agile

Strategy Driven

In contrast to startups, which often experiment until they gain their footing in the market, established businesses are notoriously slow to change. In order to adapt to a climate charged by automation, market shifts, and globalization, companies need to evolve to meet changing priorities and conditions. That’s how you maintain your competitive edge. Competition to find and recruit new talent. Adjust strategies to meet goals.

5 Tips On How To Treat New Employees.

Rich Gee Group

home about rich our team news our fans services executive coach business coach speaking inspire media knowledge books affiliates contact Rich Gee Group 203.500.2421 5 Tips On How To Treat New Employees. It’s important as they’re new boss to make this transition period in their life bump- and trouble-free. Any inclination or occurrence to upset the apple-cart might make them flee quickly. So it is in your best interest to keep them happy.

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How To Get Better? Focus on ‘Touch Time’


In a factory, more capacity to produce does not yield results if “touch-time” is low. In lean methodology, it is also referred to as “processing time”. As a professional, you have required skills and knowledge that increases your capacity to deliver. But that is of no use if your “professional touch-time” is less i.e. time when your unique abilities and talents are at work to produce meaningful results. You start spotting opportunities to improve.

How to Manage Managers

Harvard Business

When you’re managing managers, your responsibilities are two-fold: you need to make sure they’re producing good work (as with any employee) and that they’re effectively supporting their teams. You might know how to do the former, but how do you do the latter? Do you need to provide training? And how do you serve as a good role model? Here’s how you can fill in the gap and help your direct reports be great managers.

How to Become a Wealth Manager: Skills & Duties for Portfolio Management

HR Digest

Wealth management is an investment advisory service offered by a group or an individual to clients. To become a wealth manager, you need to have the ability to build a portfolio of assets of a client encompassing varied financial disciplines such as legal, estate planning, tax management, retirement planning etc., The wealth manager gives holistic advice on all financial planning of an individual with capital to invest in the long term and short term.

The Future of Our Partnership With Machines

Skip Prichard

How long until the human race declines? And how many jobs will go away? One new book that thoughtfully approaches these topics of how we will work symbiotically with machines and how we can all evolve to benefit together is HUMAN/MACHINE: The Future Of Our Partnership with Machines. Machines and robots are ultimately tools designed to serve mankind. Cars will soon be able to drive themselves. We’ll have to wait and see how things shake out.

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How to Apply for a Job You’re Overqualified For

Harvard Business

You may be switching industries , or trying to get into a particular company. You may be relocating to a new city, or looking to maximize flexibility in your personal life. “Hiring managers are not always eager to bring on someone who is overqualified.” “The manager might think you’re not going to stay, so it is a waste of time and effort. ” Here are some tips to help you get them on your side. Principles to Remember.

How to Make a Great First Impression

Harvard Business

The saying “You only have one chance to make a first impression” holds true in many situations, from job interviews to sales calls. How can you make sure that you start off on the right foot in any of these scenarios? And what’s the best way to follow up? First impressions matter so much because they happen fast, and they are stubborn , says Whitney Johnson , the author of Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work.

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How to Manage a Toxic Employee

Harvard Business

There’s that one person on your team — the bad apple who has nothing positive to say, riles up other team members, and makes work life miserable. If you can’t fire him, how do you respond to his behavior? How do you mitigate the damage he inflicts? “I call them toxic because not only do they cause harm but they also spread their behavior to others,” she explains. Here’s what to do instead.

Balance your Workload on High-Visible Projects

Career Advancement

“I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.” Gabrielle had been working to take on the types of responsibilities needed to move up the ladder for a promotion. She was striving to increase her visibility by taking on high-profile projects. Trying to balance everything, she felt terrified of failing and leaving her boss with the impression that she just wasn’t leadership material. How can you make more time in your schedule?

How to React to Biased Comments at Work

Harvard Business

Do I have a right to be?” Bias’s sometimes slippery nature also makes it difficult to eradicate in the workplace. How do you legislate status assumptions, eye contact, and silent perceptions? Clearly, organizational cultures need to change. But in the meantime, what’s an individual to do who suffers daily from subtle inequities? The soil is the organization that isn’t as unbiased as it wants to be.

Time Management Strategies & Prioritizing

Career Advancement

“It’s not enough to be busy; so are the ants. Miguel had an enormous list of tasks on his to-do list. He’d been working to increase his responsibilities to prove he could handle a leadership role, but now he was having a hard time keeping up with it all. He found himself coming in early and working through lunch in an effort to make it look like he had it all together. He simply didn’t seem to have the bandwidth for it all. What was he to do?

How to Manage a Team of All-Stars

Harvard Business

When Bain & Company asked senior executives from 308 large companies how they form teams for their most important initiatives, most told us they assemble teams based on whoever is available. Only a small minority indicated that they consistently create all-star teams , comprised of their very best talent, to tackle their company’s highest-priority issues. But we may not fully recognize just how much better they are. It’s remarkable to watch.

How to Explain a Career That Looks Stalled

Harvard Business Review

People hold on to jobs too long for all kinds of reasons. Sometimes it’s loyalty to co-workers at a company you’ve outgrown, or maybe you spent a long time thinking you were just about to get promoted… but never got the call. During the downturn, many people decided to stay in whatever job they had, figuring that any job was better than no job. When asked about your learning, your challenges, and your career plan, your answer cannot be a variant on “I played it safe.”.

How to Deal with a Chronically Indecisive Boss

Harvard Business

Managers who can’t seem to pick a course of action — or who constantly change their minds – can be maddening. You’re left spinning your wheels, or abruptly switching directions, and your team’s credibility across the organization is likely to suffer. So how can you help a wishy-washy boss make decisions? If your manager isn’t willing to steer, is it OK for you to take the driver’s seat? Try to have empathy.

How to Tell Your Boss You Have Too Much Work

Harvard Business

So how do you tell your boss you simply have too much to do? No one wants to come across as lazy, uncommitted, or not a team player. How can you protect your image as a hard worker while saying uncle? No matter how busy you are , it can feel exceedingly difficult to talk to your boss about your heavy workload. The reason is twofold, according to Julie Morgenstern, productivity expert and author of Never Check E-Mail in the Morning.

How to Manage a Needy Employee

Harvard Business

But sometimes certain employees seem to need more than their fair share of your time. Maybe they repeatedly ask you to review their work, look for constant feedback, or regularly show up at your desk to chat. How do you balance being a responsive manager with the need to get your own work done? And how should you manage your frustration? It’s your job to figure out how to address the root cause. Talk to your employee.

10 Pointers to Build Comfort Within The Team


Home Go to Guest Posts Disclaimer 10 Pointers to Build Comfort Within The Team It pains to see teams where people work on a common goal but don’t get along well with each other. We work in teams and knowing how to get along well with others is extremely crucial. So how do you get along well with others and establish required comfort? Reiterate Objectives: They need to be communicated often to stay focused as a team.

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Experience and Expertise – A Few Thoughts


Home Go to Guest Posts Disclaimer Experience and Expertise – A Few Thoughts When a kid learns how to play music, he develops “ability” to play music. He is able to play the music according to notes. He can play the songs exactly as the notes tell him to play. Then a few more years of practice and he develops ability to play new songs without notes. The notes that he has been playing for all these years come naturally to him now.

Training Middle Managers On People Management Basics


Home Go to Guest Posts Disclaimer Training Middle Managers On People Management Basics Here is a simple idea: Whenever you have a new manager (project manager/departmental leader) joining in your organization, put him/her through a simple training program on how to manage people. Most managers fail because they don’t know how people are managed. To complement this effort, give them the URL’s of some of the best leadership blogs out there.

How to Know If Joining a Startup Is Right for You

Harvard Business

You’re thinking about making a career change (or perhaps getting your first real job out of grad school), and you’re looking at different types of organizations. How can you evaluate whether that’s the right work culture for you? There was a time when taking a job at a startup was viewed as risky, even foolish, because you didn’t know how long the company was going to be around. Here are some tips on how to do that.

How to Partner with Outside Innovators in Health Care

Harvard Business

To accelerate innovation in healthcare technology we need to give creative people who don’t have traditional health science backgrounds more opportunities to participate. Take, for example, Gavriel Iddan, a guided missile designer for the Israeli military who invented a revolutionary way to visualize the gastrointestinal system. Traditionally, doctors have used a camera on the end of a long, flexible rod – an endoscope – to see inside the gut.

How to Navigate a Turf War at Work

Harvard Business

You’re working on a cross-functional initiative that’s critical to your company. How do you determine who has authority? How do you navigate the situation with your boss, your counterpart, and others in the group? And even if you can come to an agreement, how do you make sure it lasts? But you don’t need to start, or continue, the battle. To navigate the situation thoughtfully, follow these principles. Principles to Remember.

How to Work with Someone Who’s Always Stressed Out

Harvard Business

We all know people who seem to be constantly stressed out — who claim to be buried in work, overloaded with projects, and without a minute to spare. Colleagues like that can be difficult to work with, but you probably don’t have a choice. How do you deal with coworkers who can’t handle stress? Or try other tactics to help them calm down and focus? And how can you protect yourself from their toxic emotions? How are things going?’”

How to Reduce Primary Care Doctors’ Workloads While Improving Care

Harvard Business

Increasingly, in-person accountant visits have been replaced by phone or web meetings and do-it-yourself software like TurboTax. There is still a need for accountants and face-to-face meetings, but typically accountants now require such visits for only the more complicated cases that can’t be managed with software or a call. Health care has proved resistant to a similar transition, although everyone would benefit. Barriers to Transformation.

When We Understand Our Work and We are Given the Ability to Improve It – We Will

Deming Institute

Jim Benson’s presentation at our 2015 International Deming Research Seminar explored how to manage the workload better to improve results. We want to help people become happy so that they will build better products. Companies that understand this important idea have a big advantage over those that retain a theory x management system that they believe is needed to control people. We don’t have to be told to, we just do it.

How to Get People to Collaborate When You Don’t Control Their Salary

Harvard Business

Most of us assume that if we want to change people’s behavior, we need to change their incentives. For example, after I published research and advice on collaboration in professional service firms , I heard from a surprising number of people who wrote to ask questions like, “Maybe it’ll work in a partnership, like a law or consulting firm, but what about in my company, where employees aren’t owners and can’t change the rules?”

How to Improve Your Finance Skills (Even If You Hate Numbers)

Harvard Business

How can you boost your financial acumen? How do you decide which concepts are most important to understand to your work and your understanding of the business? And who’s in the best position to offer advice? After all, if you’re trying to sell a product or strategy, you need to be able to demonstrate that it is both practical and high margin. “They need to see why it’s a good idea.”

Talent Wins

Coaching Tip

Written for all leaders across organizations, TALENT WINS by Ram Charan, Dominic Barton and Dennis Carey, provides a much-needed framework for transforming how companies acquire, manage and deploy talent for today's agile, digital analytical, technologically driven strategic environment. In TALENT WINS , the authors combine their distinct perspectives to provide a seven-part plan for leaders with insight into how to: Forge the tools of transformation.

Life is Luck — Here’s How to Plan a Career Around It

Harvard Business Review

Chance plays a much greater role in our careers than we might wish or even realize. Most of us can live with the upside of this observation: we tend to claim credit for good luck anyway. But the downside — the thought of our careers as the playthings of fate — is almost unbearable. If you imagine a game of “career roulette,” you end up a starving artist 99 times for every time you end up a rockstar. One went to Stanford; the other, Harvard.