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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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How to Establish Your Credibility in a New Field

Ideally, you have some talent and competence in your new area that you can use to sell yourself. Testimonials, favourable reviews, and awards can help you to demonstrate that you’re good at what you now do (or want to do). If you plan to work for yourself in your new field, you may need to offer your services at a discounted rate for a little while so that you can get some people to try your service and then vouch for you. Similarly, if you take a job in the new area, you may need to start at a more junior level to get your foot in the door.

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Should I Complete a PhD?

She’s been teaching abroad for 3 – 4 years and really loves the academic lifestyle. She knows that she’d enjoy teaching in North America but she also knows that in North America, she’d need to have a PhD and plenty of publications in order to have a reasonable chance at obtaining an academic position. She admits that she’s less enthusiastic about doing academic research. This means that even if she could complete the academic research that would be required to complete her doctorate, she might not be able to sustain that effort and motivation to generate multiple publications that would help her land her dream job. Then, even if she could do what was required to land the job, it might be even harder to keep up with the ongoing demands of having enough publications that would help her get tenured while also continuing to teach full time.

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I’m Graduating Soon, How Can I Apply for Jobs that Require 2 Yrs Experience?

This is a great question since it probably applies to many students who are in their final 5 – 6 months on campus. For all those students out there who have worked part time while taking classes, you may soon be perceived as “lucky.” You’ll be seen as lucky because over the past 3 or 4 years, you’ve probably worked enough hours during the summers and othRecent-Grad-for-Hireer breaks from school, and during the regular term that you probably have sufficient experience. No doubt it’s been tough to work during most of your “free time”, but you’ve probably reduced the amount of student loans that you needed, and now your resume may have more depth than it would have if you hadn’t kept working. For everyone else who only worked during the summers, you should have about one year of work experience if you add up all of your summers. That’s not a bad place to start either.

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Something Isn’t Right at Work … Is it the Venue or the Vocation?

A good starting point is to identify what exactly is contributing to your sense of unhappiness or dissatisfaction at work. Are you experiencing too much friction and conflict with your co-workers and or boss? Do you believe that there’s no real chance for a meaningful promotion? Bored by tasks and responsibilities that fall below your abilities? Underpaid? These types of complaints don’t really reflect your actual career choice or vocation. If these are the types of things that are bothering you at work – over the longer term (i.e., months and months) – then it’s probably worth considering a change in venue … in other words, you might be better off working somewhere else.

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Should I Start a Part-Time Consulting Job?

She has recently learnt that the company where she works is being reorganized and as a result, she’ll soon have fewer responsibilities. This is where the part-time consulting comes in. Since she’s been thinking about starting something on the side, I told her that now is probably a great time to start. I suggested that she review the policies of her current employer to make sure that doing consulting work on the side will not create a real or perceived conflict of interest. I also suggested that she confirm that her contract does not prevent her from doing consulting work outside of her normal work hours.

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Employment After an Extended Absence From the Workforce

Once your friends, family, neighbours, and other contacts who you may know through your gym, church, hobbies, etc. have been advised that you’re looking for work, another thing to consider is volunteering. You might consider volunteering for strategic experience – that is volunteering in roles that will help you build your resume while also building your network. Another option is volunteering for personal reasons whereby you work on something you’re passionate about and good at. When you are contributing to something that you have a genuine interest in, you’ll be motivated and engaged. When you’re excited about what you’re doing, you’re more likely to give your best effort. Ideally, this will mean that you’ll be seen while performing well and you may gain the attention of people in positions of influence.

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Unusual CV and Foreign Experience

As someone who has helped hiring managers and HR professionals with their recruitment, I have noticed that sometimes the people who are responsible for the initial screening do not always appreciate the subtleties or details in a CV (for those who have never seen one, a CV is a longer, more detailed version of a resume; the CV normally includes publications, conference presentations, patents, etc.).

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