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Six Ways to Focus Your Career in 2012

January 2, 2012

New Year, fresh start! For those of you who have career advancement on your mind, the Globe and Mail published an article called Six Ways to Focus Your Career in 2012″ — offering tips on how to take action to advance your career. 

I was invited to contribute one of the tips. I recommended leaders (of all ranks) learn coaching skills. I do a lot of work in this arena — teaching leaders a variety of coaching skills — via workshops, webinars, and directly coaching leaders. No longer can a leader get by just on technical/functional smarts. They need to inspire, grow, invest and develop their people to bring the team and organization to excellence. Unfortunately for too many, the rise to leadership came without any guidance on how to coach/lead others. If you have your eyes on a bigger game this year, make sure you add ‘coaching skills’ to your learning agenda this year. And of course, check out the other very worthy tips from others in the Globe and Mail article!

Warning: shameless promotion coming up! You can read what people have said about my workshops, presentations and coaching  in this area in my “Workshop Testimonial” page  and “One-on-one leadership coaching testimonials

To a TGIM work+life in 2012!

Eileen

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“Help – My Boss is a Bully and Wants me Fired!”

October 28, 2011

Ouch! Yikes…a bully boss…a toxic boss… a bad boss! How unfortunate if you’ve got one of those in your career path. I suspect, many of us can relate and have had at least one story in our career paths when we had to deal with a ‘difficult’ boss. Well, I received a request for help recently via a letter to Globe and Mail’s Careers “Ask a Career Coach” feature (I am one of the Globe’s Career Coach’s for their Career site). The reader is in a contract position and is wondering what to do to salvage his future career prospects knowing his boss most likely won’t be a good reference. As well, he felt she had sabotaged much of his opportunity to prove his worth in that contract.

 

I hope you don’t have to deal with this kind of situation but if you do, rest assured. One bad experience does not have to derail your career. Have a read of some advice I offered in this particular situation. And let’s hope that bad bosses become the exception and not the rule!

P.S You can check out some of the other questions (and advice offered) from myself and my colleagues at the “Ask a Career Coach” page. And feel free to send me your questions too – I can respond to them here at TGIMworklife or possibly on the Globe and Mail site

To a TGIMworklife!

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Step out of Judger Mindset to Give Effective Feedback

February 13, 2011

Further to my earlier posts on giving feedback, the Globe and Mail invited me to write up a Mentor Minute on this topic. Have a look if you’d like:  http://t.co/FTZy25D 

And see earlier post on my Webinar on this topic – if you missed the Webinar, you can still catch it via recording. See this page (workshops and webinars) for links to the Feedback webinar and a few others.

To feedback that fuels — and a TGIM work-life!

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Giving feedback that fuels success.

September 12, 2010

Giving feedback is a critical part of a leader’s job. I’ve written quite a bit about the importance of positive feedback and acknowledgement (see a few links below). But what about those times when you have to give some critical feedback? Perhaps an employee is falling short on their performance or their attitudes and behaviour aren’t up to par? How do you deal with those situations? Do you see feedback as a necessary evil and something to get over with quickly? Or do you see this as an opportunity to invest in your people and strengthen both the performance and maybe even engagement.

Canadian HR Reporter invited me to contribute an article for these scenarios. It’s just been published and I’m delighted to share it with you: Giving feedback that fuels success

I’d love to hear your feedback and any additional tips and experience you may have had. In the meantime, I am getting ready to deliver a workshop to a group of leaders at an organization related to this very topic this week. I will be focusing on “Performance Development” and teaching coaching skills that can be very helpful in the continuum of leadership development and particularly the leader’s role in developing people. We will be focusing on both actualizing conversations as well as those seemingly more difficult situations.  More about that in future posts.

Other articles I’ve written that you may be interested in:

 Ramp Up the People Side of Your Leadership

Bring Thanks in a Thankless Environment

That Time of the Year – Performance Reviews

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In the News: Ramp up the ‘People’ part of your Leadership

August 22, 2010

I was invited by the Globe and Mail Careers to respond to another Mentor Minute question from a reader. They published the column in Friday’s paper ( I wrote it a while ago).

The Scenario: The readers asks…

“I’ve just completed my first year in a leadership role and had a disappointing performance review. My boss acknowledged that I have good skills in advancing projects but he said he wasn’t seeing enough effective leadership. He wants to see me ramp up the “people” side of the job. I’m at a loss. What is he looking for?”

My Response: The Mentor Minute columns don’t get posted online but I did scan a copy and you can read my response here!

It seems performance development is becoming quite a theme in my coaching business of late. I have been invited to contribute an article to Canadian HR Reporter on ‘giving feedback’ (I will post it as soon as it’s published). As well, I am doing some work for a College in Ontario – developing and facilitating a training module for leaders at the college on performance development. Specifically, I will be teaching a myriad of coaching skills that are increasingly becoming recognized as a valuable leadership competency and fundamental to the performance development cycle.

Check in again for more updates on this area.  In the meantime, here’s another Globe and Mail Mentor Minute article I contributed related to Performance Reviews.

Here’s to a TGIM Work-Life for you and your team!

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Eileen

John Wooden (RIP), masterful leadership coach on and off court

June 8, 2010

Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do the best of which you are capable.” John Wooden

(Malcolm Emmens/US Presswire)

These are the words of the late John Wooden who passed away on June 4th. Wooden was revered as a coach who built UCLA’s basketball program into one of America’s dynasties. He was known for his coaching mastery and success by stressing life values not just on the court but in life.  Integrity should’ve been his middle name.  His work, inspiring lessons and philosophies  in leadership development is revered and modeled by many (including yours truly!)

“Caoch Wooden’s legacy transcends athletics, what he did was produce leaders,” said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block in a statement released by the school.

RIP John Wooden!

P.S articles everywhere – here’s one that I caught that is worth reading.

Have You Started Your Un-Retirement Plan Yet?

November 10, 2009

UPDATE NOTE (November 10/09): I posted this entry in May and am reposting it with an update. I am excited to announce a second blog with a new suite of offerings from Big Cheese Coaching (and yours truly) called  UNretiredLife. For boomers who will defy old notions of retirement — UNretiredLife will help them plan for and create their own version of retirement. I will continue to post at TGIMworklife on related topics and likely share posts. After all, TGIM work-life is for all stages of life — including retirement, isn’t it?  Stay tuned for lots more news on this front!

ORIGINAL POST FOLLOWS…

Early retirement due to job loss? Later retirement due to pension changes? No retirement due to nest egg meltdowns in this economy?!

Ahhh. Retirement planning isn’t what it used to be. As a coach who specializes in helping people define/create/actualize meaningful work and meaningful life – I am paying close attention to all this.  I am also plugged into this “conversation” because I have a long-standing (7 yrs) working relationship with an organization that promotes financial planning and standards in the profession. But I am also looking at this from more than a financial perspective. I am looking from the perspective of TGIM work-life. What will ‘thank goodness it’s Monday’ look like to boomers who are heading towards what used to be ‘retirement phase’ – but now looks nothing like traditional ‘retirement’ of past generations. This is more like an un-retirement kind of retirement. And it calls for a whole different kind of conversation!   

Some people will work longer either because they have to (financially) or they choose to (work gives them meaning).  Some will opt out earlier (package anyone?). Some will retire at the traditional retirement age. But one thing is for sure. Boomers will not be heading out to the pastures of traditional retirement the way previous generations did. Boomers (or Zoomers as defined by Moses Znaimer as “boomers with zip”) are redefining the stage of life where we might shift from traditional full time work to a life in which we create a whole new mix of work and life. Proportions and details will be up to the individual but the key is to create a work-life that meets our needs — from financial, social, spiritual, etc.

This conversation is about more than financial planning (although it should include it). It’s starts with life (and work) planning.

  • What will meaningful work look like to you? Part time/full-time? Same work or a whole new direction?
  • What will give you meaning in your life if you are working less? What passions, interests, goals will you pursue?
  • What social engagements will keep you connected?
  • Who will be your ‘communities’?

Just a few questions that will be part of conversation.

I’m ready for that conversation. For myself (I’m a young boomer) – and with others who want some help to clarify and explore the questions.

You will be hearing much more from me on this. And for those ready to start the conversation – get in touch!  Let’s talk about how you will engage in planning for your un-retirement future.

To a TGIM work-life now and in your un-retirement future!

Eileen

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On June 12th Get a Taste of Coaching for the Price of a Coffee

June 9, 2009

If you live in the GTA and could use a little boost, then head on down to one of four Starbuck locations where the International Coach Federation GTA Chapter is hosting “Coaching Conversations for Power and Possibility“.

A few of my peers in the coaching community got together and asked: “What do coaches have that can help people cope with the impact of the current economy?”  Well, coaches are trained to help people shift perspectives from downward, spiraling conversations to those that are more empowering and uplifting – leading to more purposeful action.

So more than 70 professionally trained coaches are donating their time on June 12th at 5 Starbuck locations. For the price of a cup of coffee you can get a taste of an empowering coaching conversation. And proceeds go to the United Way so not only will you be helping yourself, you’ll be helping others in need too. Now how could you go wrong with that?!

Check it out! Read more here.

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Are You Addicted to the Yes Habit?

June 2, 2009

Revisiting a topic I’ve previously written about in this blog…albeit still important. Are you Addicted to the Yes Habit? Part of ‘assertiveness/EQ fluency’….. see my latest column in CICA’s online newsletter/Careervision.

If you like it or know others who may be interested – please share it. If you are on Twitter – please Retwitter it! And you can follow me on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/Chadnick 

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In the News: What Does a Coach Do? Listen My Profit Guide Interview…

June 1, 2009

Ian Portsmouth of Profit interviewed me for the Profit Growth Planner series. My topic was ‘hiring a coach’. It has just aired and you can listen to it here.

If you like it or know others who may be interested – please share it. If you are on Twitter – please Retwitter it! And you can follow me on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/Chadnick 

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