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  The way you live in time -- in yesterday, today and tomorrow -- helps shape your career
by Beverly Jones - Sep, 2015
I felt refreshed at the end of a phone call with a client I'll call "Mark." It wasn't just because Mark, like many of my clients, is smart and likeable. What made the conversation energizing was listening to a person whose orientation to the continuum of time is so nicely balanced. Mark is comfortable with his past and has fond memories of growing up within a big family. Of course, he has experienced career bumps over the...
  You Can Become More at Ease With Criticism of Your Work
by Beverly Jones - Sep, 2015
You Can Become More at Ease With Criticism of Your Work During my first coaching session with "Jodie," a talented scientist, she expressed frustration about not getting the challenging assignments she thought she deserved. She theorized that she might be a victim of gender discrimination. Or perhaps she wasn't respected because her Ph.D. was from a university some regarded as second tier. I heard a different story when,...
  How to Bounce Back, and Even Forge Ahead, After a Poor Decision
by Beverly Jones - Aug, 2015
"Tony" was the CEO of a large medical technology company, and "Sarah" led one of the company's research and development units. Sarah had teams exploring a variety of tools for delivering more effective patient care. Personally, she was particularly interested in devices addressing cardiac disease because she had friends and family members with heart problems. Sarah sent Tony a detailed proposal for an innovative device wit...
  Enjoying Regular Downtime Makes You More Productive
by Beverly Jones - Aug, 2015
One of my first coaching clients, who I'll call "Jake," was a workaholic lawyer. Jake was ambitious and said he hoped a short series of coaching sessions would help him spot ways to make his thriving law practice even stronger. Because Jake wanted to become more efficient, we spoke at length about how he managed his time. His work style was to put in long hours on billable projects, and avoid "wasting time" on law firm ma...
  When Making the Right Choice Means Ignoring a Boss's Orders
by Beverly Jones - Jul, 2015
Guide dogs undergo intense obedience training to prepare them to lead visually impaired people around obstacles. But what happens when a blind woman doesn't hear the approach of a quiet electric vehicle and directs her dog to step off the curb? At that moment, the dog must make a life and death decision: does he block the woman from going forward, even if it means disobeying a command? "Intelligent Disobedience" is the ter...
  Being active in communities can help your career to thrive
by Beverly Jones - Jun, 2015
When I meet new clients, it's sometimes easy to spot the ones who're enjoying resilient careers. Whether they are solopreneurs creating their own thing, or professionals making their way through large organizations, people with thriving work lives tend to share some of the same characteristics, like a positive attitude and an ability to listen. As I chat further with clients, one factor I try to gauge is whether they consc...
  How and when to say "I'm sorry"
by Beverly Jones - Jun, 2015
Resilient professionals know when to say “I’m sorry” and when it’s time to stop The way you routinely speak at work may say more about you than you realize. Some words are particularly powerful and should be handled with care. One of those big impact words is “sorry.” It’s typically defined to include emotions like regret, sadness and penitence, but in practice it can have many shades of meaning. And when we say the phr...
  Smiling can make your day and boost your career
by Beverly Jones - Apr, 2015
In his popular 1936 book, How to Win Friends & Influence People, Dale Carnegie offered advice for becoming popular, persuasive and successful. Among the book's well-known techniques is Principle 2 of his "Six Ways to Make People Like You." That rule is brief: "Smile." Carnegie quoted this Chinese proverb: "a man without a smiling face must not open a shop." Your smile, he said, "is a messenger of your goodwill," and a simpl...
  To launch a new job, you need a good plan
by Beverly Jones - Mar, 2015
Are you looking forward to your first day in a different job? Or maybe you're preparing to welcome a new colleague? My worst first day was 30 years ago, but I still remember it vividly. I was a few years out of law school and shifting to a new firm in the nation's capital. The title on my business card read "partner," instead of "associate," in deference to the clients I was able to bring along with me. Well in advance...
  Your best work adventures may begin when you stop worrying about status
by Beverly Jones - Mar, 2015
It's normal to want respect from our colleagues. In his classic theory of human motivation, psychologist Abraham Maslow identified the need for esteem as a basic driver of human behavior. And leaders understand how important it can be for team members to feel accepted and valued by the group. At work, the desire to look like a winner can keep us hustling when we secretly want to just throw in the towel. And praise and appr...
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