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Lessons from Unlikely Leaders

A while back, a client told me about a training program she had attended about “executive presence” and how its tone-deaf message badly missed the mark. The narrow-minded, toxic key message centred on the idea that there is a specific and correct way to be an executive or leader, and no room for alternative styles or approaches. My client was understandably disappointed by this message …

Top Nine Most-Read I/O Advisory Services Blog Posts

I’m excited to share this list of my top nine blog posts from the 200-plus that I’ve published over the years! If you’ve missed these, you can catch up by listening or reading the following blogs articles on a range of career, HR, and organizational culture topics.

Scapegoats and the Glass Cliff: When Careers Get Derailed

Scapegoating and the glass cliff may sound like something made up or exaggerated. In this article, I’ll break down what these terms mean, who they affect and why.

Less Lonely at the Top: the Rewards of Leadership & Executive Coaching

It’s lonely at the top. Modern leadership includes responsibility for staff in work environments that have grown much more complex – while also maintaining productivity and profitability. It’s no wonder that there’s growing acceptance for and use of executive and leadership coaching.

Overqualified and Underemployed – Big Ego or Real Problem?

A lot of us grew up being told that we were wonderful and can do anything that we set our minds on. Sometimes, this is true, and we have unlimited potential and abilities. This may leave us feeling overqualified for our jobs. If we feel overqualified, does it mean that we actually are?

It’s Impolite to Discuss Politics at Work – But What About Values?

We’re all entitled to our political and religious beliefs, and we’re entitled to keep those private. With that said, when it comes to values, our silence speaks volumes.

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Returning to IRL networking?

Returning to IRL networking?

Anyone who’s ever been to an in-person networking event knows that they can be, well, a little awkward. As we re-adjust to in-person interactions after such a long time, things may feel even more awkward than usual. Standing around with a bunch of strangers, trying to make small talk and exchange business cards – it can feel like a lot of pressure to make a good impression.

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How to Stand Out in an Interview: Part Two

How to Stand Out in an Interview: Part Two

In my last blog How to Stand Out in an Interview: Part One, I wrote about some of the ways to answer the interview question, “Why are you the best candidate for this job.” In Part Two I’ll explain how to really make your answer stand out. Hiring managers want to know why you’re the right person for their organization. Give them what they want!

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Changing Jobs? Avoid These Interview Red Flags

Changing Jobs? Avoid These Interview Red Flags

With the Turnover Tsunami or the Great Resignation creating an employee-driven job market, employers in all sectors are facing a challenge in identifying and attracting qualified new candidates. Despite the challenge, it doesn’t mean employers want to lower their standards. Just because candidates may be harder to find, it doesn’t mean you’re the only viable candidate. In this blog, Dr. Helen identifies some red flags that job candidates should avoid displaying – even in a tight labour market.

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When Values Collide at Work

When Values Collide at Work

I’m sure you’ve noticed there is no shortage of social media conflict; heated exchanges between strangers, friends, and yes even family have surged when it comes to the “right” way of handling the ongoing public health crisis. As more people return to in-person and/or hybrid work, will some of these incompatible values make it harder to co-exist at work?

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