Organizational acumen is nothing more or less than understanding how things work in your organization. The better you understand the structure, systems, processes and people in the organization, the more effective you will be at getting things done. Find out how you can improve your organizational acumen.
Networking is an essential skill to enrich your career. No matter what stage of your career you are in, you should be building and maintaining a network. This article includes tips to establish a network, deepen your connection with new contacts and maintain a healthy network.
Communication is the key to success in ……. just about everything. But if you’re looking to have a successful career, it’s a foundational skill that you need to master. This blog series will take a look at three aspects of communication.
When you are emotionally charged and passionate about your work, it’s easy to cross the border from passionate to pushy. When you’re passionate, you are enthusiastic, eager, fervid, emotional, and heartfelt. When you’re pushy, you are overbearing, domineering, aggressive, and forceful. How can enthusiasm deteriorate into aggression?
Wherever there is conflict, there is liable to be escalating stress. As a project manager, your actions and reactions in the face of conflict will set an example for the team. Every conflict is unique, but basically is about managing opposing forces and disagreement. You’ll see that resolving conflict calls on many areas of learning we have covered so far. This blog focuses on bringing it all together.
On December 26, 2004, my husband, my 8 and 11-year old children and I were on the beach in Patong when the massive tsunami hit the coast of Thailand. We were incredibly lucky. Although we were caught by the waves as we were running off the beach, we were carried across the road into an empty lot.
Many years ago, I was part of a team of marketers in Europe. Our team was made up of people from many countries in Europe and this American. It was almost all women, with one, very quiet, very discreet man. Marketing was undergoing (yet another) transformation and job descriptions had been changed.
Complex work environments give rise to a broad range of handicapping emotions: frustration, overwhelm, worry, blame to name a few. These emotions can trigger a stress reaction which activates adrenalin and cortisol, causing a physical reaction which can then impact our behavior.
It’s hard to go it on your own. Before you decide to go into business for yourself, explore the options for breaking in to your new career by gaining experience working for someone else. Don’t let anyone who is out there freelancing tell you it’s a piece of cake to find contracts and work in the “gig economy”.
Now I know, more or less, what I want to do. Let’s say I have a direction. I’m going to focus on coaching and training – leveraging my passion for organizational and people development. How and where do I begin? And by the way, I’m going to need to earn some money while I am figuring all this out. How am I going to do that?
The work environment around us is changing at a break neck pace. Technology alters the way we work day in and day out, like sand shifting under our feet. Information is being shared across multiple platforms and devices in varying formats.
Now that I was decided to change, I needed to figure out that elusive question: “what do I want to be” (when I grow up!). And for any recent college grads out there, believe me, it’s no easier at 40 or 50 than it is at 20. There are some differences though.