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  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...
 
  Feeling workplace blues? Try 7 tips from Kerry Hannon for making work fun again
by Beverly Jones - Feb, 2015
Author Kerry Hannon has written two books and countless articles about following your heart to find the work you love. In the last few years Hannon has traveled across the country, interviewing folks who have reinvented their work lives and speaking frequently about how to navigate career transitions. Hannon says that many people love the dream of starting over with a different kind of career. But the truth is that often a...
 
  Stuck in lots of meetings? Make good use of that time.
by Beverly Jones - Feb, 2015
Sharon wanted the chance to lead a team. But Jenny, her mentor, warned that some senior colleagues felt she wasn't ready to be a manager. Sharon complained, "If I didn't have to waste so much time sitting in their useless meetings I could really show them what I can do." Jenny countered, "You can't get out of those meetings, so why not make better use of them? That's where people see you in action, so think of those se...
 
  Have a speech coming up? Want to sharpen your style?
by Beverly Jones - Jan, 2015
Finding more opportunities to make presentations can bring new energy to your career. Public speaking allows you to stand out, show what you know, and connect with a wider group of people. The more talks you give, the more you build your confidence and polish your style. And the prospect of presenting helps you identify what's important and work harder to know your stuff. I often encourage clients to raise their profiles b...
 
  Have a problem at work? Here are 6 times when listening can be part of the solution.
by Beverly Jones - Jan, 2015
Recently a reporter asked me to name the one piece of advice I most often give clients. Because coaching isn't supposed to be just about giving clients standard advice, I side-stepped that question. But since then I've been dreaming that if I could wave a magic wand to give all of you one enhanced career skill, that super skill would be listening. By "listening" I mean you not only shut your mouth long enough for the other...
 
  6 times listening may be the best strategy
by Beverly Jones - Jan, 2015
Have a problem at work? Listening may be a solution. Regardless of how you define your key workplace objectives, I’m willing to bet that better listening skills could help you achieve at least one of them. By “listening” I mean you not only keep your mouth shut long enough for the other person to talk, but you also shut down the voice in your head when it tries to tell you what to say next. You concentrate on the spea...
 
  8 times to get over your fear of looking like a suckup
by Beverly Jones - Dec, 2014
Fear looking like an apple polisher? It’s probably time to get over it. One of the greatest TV characters ever was Eddie Haskell, Wally Cleaver’s oily conniving friend, still to be seen on reruns of “Leave It To Beaver.” Eddie was an archetype who no decent person wants to resemble — a two-faced sycophant, always scheming and currying favor to promote his plans The fear of looking like a brown noser is so powerful amo...
 
  Build Your Team & Boost Productivity
by Beverly Jones - Nov, 2014
Celebrations can enhance your workplace culture and help team members become more productive. Sharing appreciation for success and good fortune can support the well-being of individuals, foster a sense of community and promote the health of your whole organization. Creating a celebration can be a wonderful way to acknowledge achievements and encourage people to do even better. Positive reinforcement is a powerful motivator...
 
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