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How to negotiate the job offer

A Glassdoor study shows that nearly 60% of people don't negotiate their first job offer. That number is also not split evenly across genders. 68% of women did not negotiate while 52% of men did not negotiate.  It can be a weird and awkward time. You are...

More tips to ace the interview

A job interview is not a test of your knowledge, but your ability to use it at the right time. One of our most popular topics has been How to Ace the Interview (EP #113). There is not a user manual out there on how to do great in interviews. That's in large part...

How to manage your digital footprint

If you are reading this, you have a digital footprint. A digital footprint is the trail of data you leave behind as you venture across the internet and apps. Many companies, employers, clients, and acquaintances use this information to various degrees to get a glimpse...

How to build a great resume

Crafting a great resume is one of the most stressful and overwhelming parts of a job search.  Where do you start?  Is it too long? Is it too short? You don't even like to write!  Rest assured that it is easier than it looks when you take the time to get...

Team coordination

Individual commitment to a group effort - that's what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. -Vince Lombardi If you've ever been to an airshow, they can be equally jaw-dropping and unnerving at the same time. The teams...

Avoiding the application black hole

Applying for jobs is both easier and more complicated than it used to be. It's easier in the fact that you can search for jobs all over the world in whatever industry that you love. The complication comes from the different Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) out there...

Become a great long-distance leader

We have more long-distance leaders than ever before. Perhaps you were assigned this type of leadership or maybe you found yourself here unexpectedly because of COVID-19. Either way, here you are!  Your team deserves great leadership regardless of if they are...

Take the praise and gifts you receive

Many of us find it difficult to accept the praise, compliments, gifts, and service that is given to us by others. We can get embarrassed, timid or flat our deny those gifts. Some of our responses sound like this when someone offers us a gift or even a compliment: "I...

Bad leadership quotes

The further you go, the farther you can see. Happy April Fools day!  We are going to have fun with bad leadership quotes today. Don't be fooled by these commonly shared quotes.  “My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to make them better.”...

The Be Series: Be the Why

People rely on each other to make it through life and It often falls down to a close circle of friends and family. Some people aren't as fortunate to have a strong inner circle and as a result, they isolate themselves, their mental and physical health...

The Be Series: Be the Counterweight

A few months ago I was working on the set of Dynasty and as with any film set, there is a lot of downtime. A few of us were hanging out between shots and watched as giant industrial cranes worked on building projects across the road. One person commented on the...

The Be Series: Be the Bow

I thoroughly enjoyed archery when I was growing up. It was always exciting to pull the bowstring back, feel the strength manifest, and satisfaction that comes as the arrow left the bow and hit the target. It was also fun just to shoot some to see...

The Be Series: Be the Horse

Horses are known for their strength and poise and have been a symbol of power for humans for centuries. The domestication of wild horses was essential in the migration of early man to spread across the globe as it allowed them to carry supplies and move across large...

How to handle toxic people

No doubt you've come across at least one toxic person within your work environment, school or circle of friends. These people bring you down more than they lift you up. They can be verbally abusive, non-supportive and emotionally draining.   You may not be...

How to answer “Tell me about yourself.”

"Tell me about yourself." The statement seems simple and easy enough but it can be one of the most stressful conversation starters. Is the person just being polite or is there a deeper motive? It can be a landmine that we second guess our response to afterward. With...

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