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Transitioning from Employee to Manager Requires More Than a Better Suit

Today’s post is courtesy of HR expert extraordinaire, Roberta Chinsky Matuson They say it’s the suit that makes the man or the woman, but I believe it’s what’s inside that really matters. Now don’t get me wrong. You still have to dress the part if you want to be taken seriously. However, that’s just one dimension of leading with authority. Presenting yourself as a strong confident leader requires the belief that you really belong in the position that you’ve been awarded. Getting the position is one thing. Keeping it is quite another. Follow my top ten tips on managing up…

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Direction from a Diva

Professional poise and a dose of diva is a great blog post from colleague and friend, Caroline Dowd-Higgins available here. While you’re at it, take a look at Caroline’s new book, This Is Not the Career I Ordered, chock full of stories of successful career reinventions. A former opera singer, Caroline has transformed herself into a career coach, author, speaker and media host. This book is perfect for those of you wondering if 2012 is the year to take that leap of faith and reinvent yourself.

Destructive Delusions #4

4. Catastrophize: “When I get very frustrated, treated unfairly or rejected, I have to view things as awful, terrible, horrible and catastrophic.” Drama queens (and kings!) are expert at turning small incidents into big-time disasters. Do you make mole hills into mountains requiring lots of energy and effort? Do you get others into the mix, convincing them of the catastrophy? Check your thinking and if the words “awful, terrible, horrible and catastrophic” come up often, it’s time to regroup and keep things in perspective.

Interviewing for Fit

Most new professionals interviewing for jobs know enough to dress to impress. But will they continue to care about their appearance once they land the position and begin to represent your firm? Internet start-ups and creative enterprises generally don’t care how their new hires present themselves, but if it’s important to your organization that employees appear polished and professional, look for these clues during the interview: Is the candidate really well dressed, even if wearing a suit? If the clothing doesn’t fit properly, it may be because they’ve borrowed the ensemble or bought it so recently they didn’t have time for…

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Some Employees Simply Don’t Care

My last blog post was about a manager’s hesitation to introduce his talented but heavily pierced/tattooed employee to others in senior management. This must be a trend, because I recently got a call from a client who has an employee who, despite numerous discussions about her choice of dress, has decided to stick with her mode of self-expression (which happens to be what I call “club girl,” also known in some circles as “hootchie”). Her male manager no longer felt comfortable having the employee in front of clients. The young woman (let’s call her Jackie) was told she could not…

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Dwelling on Past Mistakes?

My pal Julie, an incredibly gifted and creative marketing exec, recently took a job she was certain would be fantastic, only to find three or four weeks into things that the new organization was rife with problems, infighting and chaos. Julie made a quick exit and is now looking for a new opportunity, but her confidence, she tells me, is shaken. “How did I make such a bad choice?” she asks herself constantly, and the follow up to that of course is, “Will I do it again?” Today’s Wall Street Journal article about the parallels between professional athletes who encounter…

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