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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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Look Before You Leap – Considerations Before Quitting

Look Before You Leap – Considerations Before Quitting

If the events of the past couple of years have inspired you to reevaluate your priorities and what you want out of life, you’re not alone! The pandemic has caused many people to think more deeply than ever before about work, values, purpose, and a deeper search for meaning outside one’s 9 to 5 existence. I believe this is part of what’s making more people consider quitting their jobs.

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Lessons from Unlikely Leaders

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 …

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Top Three Soft Skills That Employers Are Looking For

Top Three Soft Skills That Employers Are Looking For

Hard skills are often scrutinized on resumes. This makes good sense. Sometimes, however, soft skills are (mistakenly) treated as trivial personality traits that are “nice to have.” People who fail to understand the importance of their soft skills – and who don’t adequately develop those skills – often find themselves struggling in their careers.

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Your Place … Will This Be the New Office Space for Good?

Your Place … Will This Be the New Office Space for Good?

Every organization has an office culture or workplace culture, whether it is intentional or not. Often, it’s not great … even when nobody is complaining. Dr. Helen recently spoke with an associate who is reluctant to return to a physical workplace. This associate described four aspects of her office culture, including the fact that it often manifests as sitting alone in a cubicle while being constantly monitored, and an occasional sheet cake in the board room.

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Six Leadership Lessons from Ted Lasso

Six Leadership Lessons from Ted Lasso

Many of my executive coaching clients have referenced the show. In particular, they’ve made note of Jason Sudekis’ portrayal of a kind and caring leader who emphasizes relationship building, leads with empathy, and empowers others to be the best version of themselves, on and off the field. In this blog, I highlight six leadership lessons that we can learn from watching Ted Lasso on Apple+.

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Dr. Helen’s Top 5 Blog Posts of 2021

Dr. Helen’s Top 5 Blog Posts of 2021

It’s the time of year for “best of” lists and articles as we recount memorable moments and events of the past year, and it’s no different for me. May I present my top 5 most-read blog posts from 2021! If you’re new to this space, this is also a good way to catch up on what you’ve missed. This blog covers career development, leadership, workplace culture, equity, diversity, and inclusion – and it’s well-indexed so it’s easy to search.

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Signs of Burnout

Signs of Burnout

As acknowledged in Part One of this two-part series on burnout, we all have certain levels of stress in our work and careers. But if that stress is continuous and it’s stretching us too thin, then it can predispose us to develop burnout. Burnout is one of those things that doesn’t just go away. Someone dealing with burnout is a bit like an old rechargeable battery that gets depleted quickly and cannot hold a charge for very long.

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