On-the-Job Success: Influence vs. Authority

Can you exert a positive influence over your work environment and career prospects even if you don’t hold a senior management or executive position? Does holding such a position give you both authority and influence? Good questions! First of all, what’s the difference between the two terms or concepts? “Authority is a social, political and business […]

Career Success: “Fair” Compensation – And Can You Get It?

Financial compensation (salary/wages) might not be the only measurement you use to determine whether you’re in a good place in terms of career success, but it’s often one of the top factors you look at. If you’re out of work and looking or considering a move from your current job for some reason, you’re probably […]

Conflict That Spills Over into Your Workplace

Is conflict a problem in your workplace? Maybe not all the time but much of it? If so, I’ll bet that situation has intensified since the onset of this year’s extremely acrimonious presidential election campaign. I’ve written about conflict in the work environment before, but this year things seem to have escalated. [No, this is […]

Career Success–NOT An Overnight Event

If you have your sights set on achieving career success–or perhaps more career success than you’ve achieved so far–remember this: It’s NOT an overnight event. It almost certainly won’t pop up right in front of you without any effort (or very little effort) on your part. As movie great Cecil B. DeMille once said: “The […]

Career Progress–What Lies Ahead for You?

Does the path to your next job or career destination look vague–disconcertingly unclear or perhaps even intimidating? If so, you’re probably not alone. Although that might not make you feel better, it can be encouraging to realize you aren’t the only one who has faced uncertainty about how to move forward, when to take the […]

Critical Knowledge Holders: Are You One?

Every now and then, we hear about the large number of employed people who are on the verge of retiring and the risk to their employers of having irreplaceable knowledge walk out the door with them. Yet it seems to me that not enough companies are taking positive steps to meet this challenge before it […]

Not Everyone Needs to be an Executive

The employment trend for years has been to encourage (urge?) everyone to go for a college degree focused on a non-trades career. In fact, skilled trades stopped being even considered as a career path by many people, and those individuals who did choose such a goal have often been looked-down-on. However, that view could need […]

Career Advancement–More than Just Doing Your Job

Even if you do you current job well–say, you’ve run the sales department for two years and attained the stated goals consistently–that won’t necessarily put you in line to move up in the ranks at your company. Doesn’t seem fair, does it? You work hard, produce good results and make your boss happy, but no […]