Nearly every company in the world is being shaped by new waves of technology, communication, and interaction with customers. Digital forces in particular are a huge concern for every one of the companies we work with at General Assembly. Leaders know they need to boost their digital readiness. But there remains the question of how to actually transform their organization, and what that can mean for their customers, employees, and shareholders.
During my 30-year career, I led Procter & Gamble’s Baby, Beauty, and Asia businesses, culminating with running P&G e-business — everything from helping to architect the digital transformation, to the incorporation of virtual tools, to develop breakthrough products and supply systems to digital marketing and eCommerce. I’ve harnessed my insights from three decades in the field to help companies answer that question of “How?” One clear way to make it happen is by improving leadership skills and creating digital leaders.
In my work as a creative career coach since 2008, I’ve seen this over and over again.
I’ve seen my clients think they’re in the wrong profession, only to realize it was where they were — not what they were doing — that was broken.
I’ve worked with my clients on clarifying and prioritizing their non-negotiable work qualities, and the type of work they were doing was less important than where they got to do it, and with who.
As long as they were working with insert-certain-type-of-people here on insert-bigger-mission-here, their own responsibilities mattered less and less.
At first, I was surprised at this finding. I was surprised hearing an affirmative response to the question, “Is where you work more important than what you do?” But then I kept hearing it. Again, and again, and again.
As a valuable team member, you are entitled to certain perks at your job. Unfortunately, guilt often prevents people from seeking the benefits they deserve. Whether it’s better pay or the freedom to take on more challenging projects, there’s no shame in asking your supervisor for things that will motivate you to work harder. Keep in mind that your relationship with your employer is give and take. If they allow you certain privileges, you’re more likely to perform better in the workplace. If you put in the work, you shouldn’t feel guilty asking for specific benefits because it’s a win-win situation for both parties. Continue reading →
For introverts, attending a networking event may be unappealing and nerve-wracking. While shyness doesn’t always go hand-in-hand with introversion, introverts tend to have at least one thing in common with shy people: Large groups and conversations just aren’t their cup of tea. See how to succeed and shine during networking events and interviews, even if your introverted self would prefer to sit them out entirely.
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Does the idea of answering questions on the fly, spending days in meetings, and having frequent work-related group outings make you uncomfortable? If so, you’re likely an introvert. At the office, many situations — conferences, drive-by questions, and after-work drinks — play to extroverts’ strengths. As Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talkingcomments, “Introverts feel most alive and energized when they’re in environments that are less stimulating–not less intellectually stimulating, but less going on.”
But despite this, it’s easy for introverts to flourish in the office, given their dedicated, focused approach to work, and their ability to listen closely to coworkers and bosses. Discover ten ways to thrive in the workplace as an introverted person.
Although bad news seems to be the order of the day, there is reason for optimism on many fronts–one of them being the future of employment in the U.S. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that a projected 20.5 million new jobs will have been added between 2010 and 2020, a 14.3% growth in employment. And if you’re technologically inclined (like us!), there’s even more reason to rejoice. Read on to find out which careers are most promising.Continue reading →
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With the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reporting the creation of a projected 20.5 million new jobs between 2010 and 2020, there’s never been a better time to brush up your skillset, dust off your resume, and find the perfect career. But the unique needs of technology-driven commerce dictate that certain skills will naturally have greater value than others. If you focus your effort on the areas that promise the greatest dividends, you’ll likely be rewarded with a handsome payout. Continue reading →
Lauren McGoodwin, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Career Contessa
Feeling unmotivated by your 9-to-5? Do you live for the weekends and in perpetual fear of Monday morning? Constantly wondering if you’d be better off doing something else? If you answered yes to (let’s face it) all of these questions, I’m officially diagnosing you with a case of the dreaded career rut.
Whether you’re seriously stuck or just battling a summer daze, it’s tough to power through 40+ hours a week when you’re not loving the day-to-day; which is why I’ve created a step-by-step plan to help you get unstuck and move forward with your career.
“When did being busy become a measure of success?” asks Michael Bungay Stanier. As the author of “Do More Great Work” (2010 Workman) and founder of Box of Crayons in Toronto, he wants to stop the busywork and start the work that matters.
Many years ago, I had a side gig as a professional resume writer. I wrote thousands of resumes for people in every field, at all levels: from recent college graduates to blue-collar workers to retirees to entrepreneurs to CEOs of enormous companies. But there was one kind of client that I enjoyed working with the most: the career changer, someone who is actively switching professions or has had experience in many fields.
Career changers consistently had the most interesting professional paths—which made for the most interesting resume writing experience. They were driven, passionate, and inquisitive. They could often quickly identify their most transferrable skills, and articulate exactly how they proposed to use those skills in new ways.
In my experience (and the experience of my clients): companies benefit when they actively try to hire career changers—-here’s why: