Facing the challenge of movement in a dynamic career

July 13th, 2015

Before becoming an executive and career coach, I worked as a recruiter for many years. I was recently contacted by someone I recruited 15 years ago to ask for my advice: she was seeking a new role and had been turned down for several positions, ostensibly because she had worked for ‘too many’ companies (seven in 15 years). She observed that I had a greater degree of career movement, and yet I was successful in being hired into good positions…so she asked what my secret


Optimizing inter-generational differences

August 3rd, 2013

Great post, Randy – well thought out and written!  From the Boomer-side, I couldn’t agree more with your first point about listening, and would like to add ‘learning’.  The challenge for most adults as they grow is that they have so much invested in the beliefs and opinions they have formed that it can be difficult for them to change (for more information on this, see also Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow). Speaking from personal experience, when I worked at Google five years ago


Introverts as Leaders – Clarification

July 13th, 2013

I will rarely criticize a blogpost on LinkedIn, but this one, while well-intentioned, is misguided and misinformed. I urge the author to rethink his position because it perpetuates stereotypes and generalizations about people based upon their preferences, which are not true and have no grounding in science or research. Over the course of my career I have worked with, for and coached hundreds of managers and executives, and much of my work is grounded in Myers-Briggs. Many of the most effective and admired managers with


On Completing Pre-Employment Assessments

March 23rd, 2011

This blog post in response to a LinkedIn poll for the following question:  Would you complete a 25-minute assessment to identify whether you fit a company’s culture when applying for a job? Having worked on all sides of assessments for over a dozen years – creating, using, writing and evaluating RFP/Qs for per-employment assessment tools, and completing them as a prospective candidate – I feel they can benefit both the prospective candidate and employer with certain caveats. In almost all circumstances cultural fit is almost



January 23rd, 2011

Welcome and thank you for taking the time to visit my blog.  In it, I will offer ongoing insights and best practices derived from my consulting practice and relevant information drawn from a variety of sources. The purpose of my practice is to serve others – individuals, groups and organizations – by helping them to perform better, be more effective and happier, and ultimately achieve success on their own terms by clarifying and attaining their goals.  This blog will serve as an additional resource by


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