Author Archive | Dan Erwin

Will Job Performance Guarantee Job Security?

In April last year, I wrote a blog focusing on how important it is to manage your boss.  One of my readers, recently asked an astute question out of that blog.  Here’s his query:  If you are talented and intelligent then there is no need to impress your boss as your job performance will automatically impress […]

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If Surprises Are the New Normal, Then Resilience Is the New Skill

In yesterday’s blog, Harvard’s Rosabeth Kanter summarizes her five lessons from 2010 worth repeating, beginning with the recognition that surprise and change are the new normal.  That being so, then resilience for individuals is the new skill.  Simply put, resilience is the ability to bounce back successfully when facing stressful or even traumatic experiences. Experience suggests […]

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A Not-So-Obvious Listening Skill: The Minimal Encourager

Half the time when I share this well-used skill listening skill with someone, the response (unsaid or not) is, “Yeah, that’s obvious.”  I usually smirk or roll my eyes when it’s said.  Amazing how that stops the conversational flow and gains attention. FYI:  Effective coaches mix being really supportive, most of the time, with being a tough egg, on occasion. As […]

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“The Social Network,” Zuckerberg, Brooks and Pfeffer

Everybody and his brother have written a review of The Social Network, Scott Rudin and Aaron Sorkin’s blockbuster movie.  I don’t intend to do that, except to say that you should see it.  Instead, after skimming through a dozen or more reviews, two are of exceptional value and should be thoroughly digested.  David Brooks takes a […]

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Nine Rules for Successful Personal Change

In one of her astute blogs, Rosabeth Kanter of Harvard Business School, writes about change and emphasizes the difficulties of what she labels the “miserable middle.” Put it this way, it isn’t change that does you in, it’s the transition from where you are to where you want to get to. My clients have spoken to […]

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Choose Your Relationships Carefully

Three years ago, Jan Fawcett (a fictitious name) graduated from college and started out as a marketing analyst at a major consumer products company.  A year into her job she began to feel cornered.  Her boss paid little attention to the less-experienced employees and spent most of his time with his cronies in other groups.  Frustrated by the lack […]

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Why Make Time for Relationships?

Businesspeople often make the mistake of first thinking about relationships when they have real need.  That might be when an offer is on the negotiating table, when you’re facing resistance from other people, teams or divisions over a project, or even when you need better career opportunities. Why is this a serious mistake?  When career, money, resources, […]

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What’s the Best Way to Build Personal Expertise?

Most of my clients understand that their work future and long-term employability is tied to the quality of their expertise.  As a result many continuously work to build that expertise.  Although gaining new opportunities, working in stretch settings and working with cross-disciplinary peers offer fine ways to develop your expertise, those situations don’t always come on […]

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