Has a Teammate Thrown You Under the Bus? ©

Okay, A coaching client of mine started a recent December session with "A so called teammate has thrown me under the bus! GRRRR!! Let's talk about an attack plan." What was my advice? Don't attack,strategize. After you take a walk to clear your thoughts, schedule some time for the two of you to chat. If you really want to move on from being thrown under the bus, there are two painful truths you’ll face. For starters, you’re bound to have a really uncomfortable conversation with your co-worker. And more importantly, you need to remember that even the nicest tone could make that person feel like you’re attacking them. Unless that person knows to expect a tough conversation in advance reach out to them and ask if they have a few minutes to chat later that day about the earlier meeting (or wherever it was that the issue took place—be it in person or over email). The next week, she was still fuming...
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Tell Them About Yourself ©

If someone asked, “tell me about yourself,” have you tried this for impact? Three of my last career coaching clients used this and they relayed this helped them a great deal to be successful. “Well, I’m currently an account executive at Smith, where I handle our top-performing client. Before that, I worked at an agency where I was on three different major national healthcare brands serving Corps A, B and C. While I really enjoyed the work, I’d love the chance to go more deeply with one specific healthcare company, which is why I’m excited about this opportunity with Metro Health USA. (Because … your passion is _____________, the challenges you saw are, the actions you took or results you think are needed like X,Y, or Z). They had remember to focus on the experiences and skills most relevant to the hiring manager in this particular position and this company. We worked hard on this before the biggest interview. Ultimately, relax a...
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Really Ready for an Interview?

Check off these critical tasks: Did you shadow the company's social media? Seriously! Companies post news they're proud of. So knowing about a blog post or a company retreat will give you talking points to drive the conversation. And seeing pictures of the office and the employees will not only give you a sense of the dress code (vital information for picking out your outfit), but also the general office climate and vibe. Did you study company and sector products? You don't have to arrive armed with a six-step plan for how to scale a new project (cyber IT protection) or a product (Google’s new phone), but talking intelligently about the company is key. Come prepared with reasons why you like it, as well as a few suggestions for how you can help to improve. Have you research your interviewers? You typically receive an interview schedule with the names of the people you'll be meeting ahead of time. (If not, don't be afraid to ask for...
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