Category Archives: Enhance Your Career

Enhance your career by learning how to demonstrate commitment to your company’s core strategies, enact proven methods to reach your goals faster and unleash your leadership potential. Read on to learn more tips on leadership development from Joel Garfinkle to enhance your career for a more satisfying work life.

5 Steps to Enhance Your Career

It’s been said that your house or 401K is the biggest investment you’ll make in your lifetime. That’s not true. Your career, by far, offers the potential for greater rewards monetarily, as well as in personal fulfillment. Here are 5 steps to enhance your career success.

Think strategically It’s essential that you assess your organization’s resources, goals and plans for the future and align your leadership strategies accordingly. A leader with true executive presence can assess his or her company’s business model and growth strategy, as well as the capabilities of its people and processes, and use this information to out-think the competition. Communicate from a financial framework The higher you advance, the more bottom-line, financial responsibilities you’ll assume. It’s imperative you know how to communicate accomplishments in terms of specific, measurable results. This will clearly demonstrate your value and enhance your credibility. Effective financial communication will help you … Continue reading 5 Steps to Enhance Your Career

The Time to Start Networking is When You Already Have a Job

How important is networking to finding a new job? According to the U.S. Department of Labor, only five percent of people find jobs through the open market, usually through help wanted ads, internet job boards and so on. Another 24 percent find jobs by contacting companies directly while 23 percent are successful thanks to employment agencies, headhunters and college career-services offices. The remaining 48 percent — almost one of every two job-seekers — find employment through referrals from others.

That’s why networking should be your number one job-search strategy. This article about career planning provides you with key networking tips you can utilize while you are currently working.

But, even if you have a job that you love, I encourage you to develop your personal networks and networking skills. In today’s troubling economy, no one’s job is totally secure. If you should suddenly find yourself unemployed, having … Continue reading The Time to Start Networking is When You Already Have a Job

7 Steps to Career Success

Do you truly love your job? Is it as fulfilling as it could be?

If you were able to say a resounding YES in response to both questions, congratulations! You have achieved true career success.

If your answer to one or both questions wasn’t all that positive, I hope you realize that job fulfillment is possible. In fact, it might be closer than you realize.

These seven tips offer a good place to start in achieving the career success you’ve always wanted. Used separately, each can give your career a boost, but if you want to really accelerate your forward momentum, address all seven tips.

Come up with a system that allows you to focus on a different tip each week for seven weeks (or each month for seven months if that’s what your schedule allows). At the end of that period, you should see some amazing improvements in … Continue reading 7 Steps to Career Success

Leadership Lessons from Geese

As leaders, we can learn a lot from the goose. Geese are intriguing creatures and while considered pests in certain situations, they also have an incredibly strong sense of family and group loyalty. Probably one of the most phenomenal geese facts is that their desire to return to their birth place every year is so strong that they will often fly up to 3,000 miles to get there.

As you consider these fascinating facts, think about how you could apply these lessons to incorporate a bit of goose behavior into developing leadership skills to create your own style.

Fact 1: As each goose flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the birds that follow. By flying in V formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.

Lesson: People who share a common direction and sense of community can … Continue reading Leadership Lessons from Geese

Ways to Reach Your Goals Faster

There are many pathways to success, happiness, and fulfillment, and the right path may be different for each person. There are, however, ways to reach your goals faster that will boost your chances of getting where we most want to go.

Here are four suggestions that can make your journey less rocky and help you deal with any obstacles you encounter. Read on, and you’ll learn about using preparation, fear, intuition, and acceptance as tools to reach your goals faster.

Tempered action with right preparation. Do your homework and be prepared. It won’t ensure smooth sailing in every circumstance, but you will face fewer challenges when you move forward from a place of preparation. And, when you take the necessary time to prepare before taking action, you will more often make the right decisions so that you can overcome the obstacles in your way. Lean into your fearsContinue reading Ways to Reach Your Goals Faster

Interview with Executive Coach Marshall Goldsmith

Recently I had the honor to speak with and interview a living legend in the coaching profession.

His name is Marshall Goldsmith, one of the most successful executive coaches in the country. In fact, the American Management Association recently named Dr. Goldsmith as one of the 50 great thinkers and leaders who have influenced the field of management over the past 80 years.

An author of 23 books on leadership, coaching and executive development, Marshall has worked with more than 80 major CEOs and their management teams.

Joel Garfinkle: How do you develop yourself and continue to grow?

Marshall Goldsmith: I do three things — teaching, coaching and writing. Teaching is what I enjoy the most. However, coaching is where I learn the most. My whole job of coaching is learning. I work with incredibly brilliant people who are trying hard to get better and this helps me see … Continue reading Interview with Executive Coach Marshall Goldsmith

How to Ask for a Pay Raise

My client Jillian called last week, sounding frustrated. She announced that she was about to start looking for a job and wanted my advice about networking.

“I thought you liked your job,” I said.

“Oh, I love my job,” she replied. “I just don’t feel like I’m paid what I’m worth. I could make a lot more working someplace else.”

Do you have that same feeling? So does 65% of the working population, according to survey conducted recently by Salary.com. Out of 14,000 workers surveyed, more than 9,000 said they were going to look for a new job in the next three months. The main reason was because they felt they were underpaid.

So I asked Jillian, “Have you thought about asking your boss for a raise?” There was an uncomfortable silence.

“How do I do that?” she finally volunteered. “And what if she says, ‘no’?”

We … Continue reading How to Ask for a Pay Raise

Executive leadership development program

You’re looking for a leadership development program and are prepared to part with your hard earned money for it. In exchange, you want viable skills that will immediately produce results.

As you examine the different choices you have for an executive leadership development program, keep these six key ingredients in mind. It may be that you will need a combination of scholastic and company specific training to master all of these key requirements.

Maintain a competitive advantage in a fast changing world.Training and developing employees demands a constant inflow of fresh ideas. The last thing you need in a leadership program is outdated ideas. There are some essential and evergreen ways of thinking and managing and there are fads and flash-in-the-pan theories that are promoted, then discarded when they fail. Make sure your program offers time-tested and fundamental strategies. And that they show you how to incorporate these … Continue reading Executive leadership development program