3 Reasons a Promotion May Not be a Good Idea

For many, the thought of a promotion with more pay and additional responsibilities sounds like a great idea.  I remember back in college I was thinking about working my way up the corporate ladder as an executive, receiving a healthy paycheck and perhaps someday run the organization.  My perspective has changed throughout the years.  While […]

5 Reasons Your Boss Loves You

Reasons Your Boss Loves You

Perhaps your boss loves you and appreciates all that you do and accomplish. Isn’t that what employees desire? They want to be valued. It’s not easy. You have to earn it and believe it or not, it’s not your technical skills, education or training that does it. Of course those skills are important. You have […]

6 Ideas to Effectively “Manage Up” in Your Organization

Manage Up

Have you ever had someone tell you that you need to learn to manage up to your boss?  What does that mean, anyway?  Are you supposed to actually manage your boss?  Perhaps hold them accountable to their own job?  There a lot of different definitions out there for managing up.  I’ve heard it described in […]

5 Tips to Plan and Lead an Effective Meeting

plan an effective meeting

Some days my work calendar seems out of control with meetings from early morning to late afternoon. Such is the life of a project manager because it’s my job to meet with people to plan and execute projects. Based on my experience, most people dread going to meetings. They commonly blame meetings for the reasons […]

Benefits and Drawbacks of Telecommuting from Home versus Working in a Traditional Office


The recent news about Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s decision to end telecommuting from home has caused some debate in the media.  Can companies remain productive when many employees are working from home, away from the office?  In one unofficial report, Mayer decided to pull the plug on telecommuting after looking at the VPN logs of […]

Stories of Living on Social Security and Why it’s Important to Invest for Retirement

Living on Social Security

Since you are reading this blog, I know I am preaching to the choir but, unfortunately, many people are living on Social Security checks and have nothing saved for retirement. In fact, according to the Social Security Administration, 23 percent of married couples and 46 percent of single people receive 90 percent or more of […]

Get the Most Out of LinkedIn for Your Career & Job Search

A lot of people might say that social media doesn’t play a big part in helping people find jobs.  I tend to disagree.  When I was laid off from my job over 5 years ago, I began using LinkedIn to help me reconnect with people in my professional network that I hadn’t spoken with in […]

Is It a Smart Move to Attend Your Company Christmas Party?

My wife and I got dressed up and attended my company’s Christmas party this past weekend.  The party has traditionally been a lot of fun and it was this year too.  You get dressed up, enjoy great food, drinks and a nice picture in front of the Christmas tree.  :) I know a lot of […]