By k | February 20, 2015 - 6:00 am - Posted in Corporate Games

I confess to
having taken mental health days
while I was in corporate.
I’d call in sick
when I wasn’t truly sick,
taking a day off
to think about things
and to recuperate.

I sincerely believe
that going to work angry
will do more harm
to a career
than taking a day off.

BUT you should stay home
and stay away from social media.

“In a new CareerBuilder poll*,
31% of bosses confessed to
checking up on absentees
-some asking for a doc’s note,
others calling them at home.
Twenty-four percent said
they’d gone on Facebook or Twitter
and found ’sick’ employees sounding
-and looking-
just fine.
And 15% admitted to
driving by a no-shows house.
(We hope you don’t work
for one of those.)

If bosses did bust AWOL-ers?
Half chewed them out,
while 22% fired them.”

Stay off social media
during sick days
(legit or not)

And, if your boss is checking up
on you,
consider it a sign that
you’re not doing your job
while you ARE at work.

* Jan/Feb 2015
Men’s Fitness

By k | January 9, 2015 - 6:00 am - Posted in Corporate Games

According to a recent study
by Leadership IQ*,
employees who spend
a minimum of six hours a week
with their bosses
are more inspired, engaged
and motivated
than employees who spend
less time with their bosses.
These doesn’t have to be
working hours.
It could be lunches, golf,
other non-work activities.

This applies to other relationships also.
One of my buddies landed
a major sales deal with a customer
because he spent more time
than the competition with them.
Their products were similar.
Their relationships weren’t.

Invest time
in your important relationships.

*December Southwest magazine

By k | December 31, 2014 - 6:00 am - Posted in Corporate Games

I’ve had some idiotic bosses,
bosses who snagged their jobs
by being related to the owner,
sucking up to the right people
or other iffy means.

But I didn’t badmouth them
(at work)
because, hey, I was the idiot
working for the idiot.

As Annie McKee,
coauthor of Primal Leadership,

“You need to be respectful.
If you badmouth your manager,
it’s going to reflect badly on you.
People notice and
worry you’ll talk about them
the same way.”

Don’t badmouth your boss.

By k | November 2, 2014 - 6:00 am - Posted in Corporate Games

I started my business career
in auditing.
One of the things we looked for
was employees who didn’t take vacation.
These folks were automatically
looked at with suspicion.
Because employees who steal from companies
don’t want anyone doing their jobs
while they’re on vacation.

I ALWAYS used my allotted vacation time.
I sometimes used it
to go to a convention
my company wouldn’t give me approval for
I’d always look at competitive products
in the area I was vacationing.

Bob Corliss,
CEO of Robert Talbott, Inc.,

“Worried about appearances?
The company approved your time off.
Just remind your boss who will cover for you;
the boss is now happy.
So go, relax,
and then come back re-energized.”

Use your vacation time.

By k | September 22, 2014 - 6:00 am - Posted in Corporate Games

As yet another executive
is busted
for lying on his resume

about having a college degree,
business builders should ask themselves
“Is being college educated
a must-have
for their employees?”

In some fields,
the answer is absolutely

I’m a designated accountant.
My four years of post high school education
focused on accounting rules
and situations.
I then studied even more
to secure my designation.
I’m required,
by my professional membership,
to keep current,
and when I was practicing,
I relied heavily on this training,
a training almost impossible to replicate
without formal education.

I would prefer to hire
an accountant
with a degree/designation.

Clearly, it makes no sense
to prefer to hire
a communications expert
with a college degree.
The senior executive at Wal-mart
was doing a great job
without a degree
(which is why he was being promoted).

Are you valuing a college degree
more than talent, hard work or experience?

By k | March 21, 2014 - 6:00 am - Posted in Corporate Games

The colors we wear
and surround ourselves with
They influence moods
and change behaviors.

Which color not to wear?

“According to a CareerBuilder study
of more than 2,000 HR professionals
and hiring managers,
orange is the worst colour
to wear to a job interview
and is the hue most likely
to be associated with someone
who is unprofessional.
About a quarter of respondents (23%)
recommended wearing blue,
followed by black (15%)”*

Avoid wearing orange.

*March CPA Magazine

By k | March 9, 2014 - 6:00 am - Posted in Corporate Games

I’m an introvert,
someone who is drained
by being with other people.

This doesn’t mean I’m quiet.
I’ve learned long ago
that quiet people are often overlooked.

This also doesn’t mean
I don’t have an executive presence.

As Nick Marsh,
managing director of
Harvey Nash Executive Search Asia Pacific,

“Many introverted people feel
they’re at a disadvantage,
but you can have strong executive presence
and be the introverted type.
Executive presence doesn’t mean
you have to be the most extroverted person
in a room.
Quite often, it’s the exact opposite.
Executive presence is being
the person in the room
that people gravitate toward,
and when that person makes a remark,
everyone else is quiet,
since they value their thoughts
and respect them.”

Stop using being an introvert
as an excuse.
You can be as successful
as any extrovert.

By k | November 17, 2013 - 6:00 am - Posted in Corporate Games

My figure skating coach
once told me
that the sign
of a great figure skater
was she made skating
look easy.

The truly great
do this.
They make very difficult tasks
look easy.

In the November/December
The Costco Connection,
Astronaut Chris Hadfield

“On paper,
my career trajectory looks preordained:
engineer, fighter pilot,
test pilot, astronaut.
Typical path for someone
in this line of work,
straight as a ruler.
But that’s not how it really was.
There were hairpin curves
and dead ends
all the way along.
I wasn’t destined
to be an astronaut.
I had to turn myself into one.”

Just because something looks easy
doesn’t mean it IS easy.
Even the truly great
have to work.

By k | November 7, 2013 - 6:00 am - Posted in Corporate Games

William Arruda

““Busy” is the most common reason
people give me
for not doing anything
to build their brand
so they can advance their career.
They make time for emails
and meetings and teleconferences,
but they don’t capture
the true benefits of all those activities.
Working in their career
is getting in the way of
working on their career.
Sound familiar?

Well, here’s
the one personal branding habit
you can’t be too busy for.

Document your wins.
What’s the easiest way to do that?
Keep a job journal.”

When I was working in corporate,
I documented EVERYTHING
I thought might help me in the future
- my wins,
mistakes by others (my dirt file),
secret relationships
(the boss went to school
with my co-worker),
the brand of chocolate
the CEO’s executive assistant preferred.
The more detailed my notes were,
the more powerful the information was.

And information IS power,
especially when so few of my competition
documented anything.
My documentation saved my job,
snagged me promotions,
helped me sell my projects
into the management team.

Take the time every day
to document.

By k | September 21, 2013 - 6:00 am - Posted in Corporate Games

A loved one works for a company
where supposedly employees are graded
on a bell curve.
Within the group,
evaluations are split from 1 (best) to 5 (worst)
based upon this distribution.
These evaluations drive bonuses.

My loved one was told
that because he was new to the group
and he was with a strong team,
he’d be ranked a 4.
Based upon results, he thought this was bullshit
so he asked
how many people fell into each rank.

The manager said he didn’t have this information.

In other words, it WAS bullshit.
And now my loved one doesn’t trust his manager.

Similar things have happened to me
in the past.
A manager will make a statement
and when I push for more information,
he doesn’t have any facts to back it up.

Expect to back up your statements.
An intelligent employee will ask.