So You Don’t Trust Your Boss

So You Don’t Trust Your Boss

Few things zap your motivation than having a bad relationship with your boss. Trust me, I know from experience, people don’t leave jobs, they leave bosses.  I have an executive coaching client. Let’s call her Mary. She doesn’t trust her boss, John. She feels John...

Start Your Career in IT: A Progressive Strategy

Start Your Career in IT: A Progressive Strategy

Part 4: A Progressive Career in IT The most fitting way to bring this series to a close is ironically the discussion of patience. I would like to thank all those who have been patient for the past four months as you read and followed this series of articles. The...

Career Advancement Strategy: Write and Talk—A Lot

Career Advancement Strategy: Write and Talk—A Lot

By Dr. Oliver Hedgepeth, Program Director, Government Contracts and Acquisition at American Public University After working for the U.S. government for four years right out of college, I landed a new job with the Department of Defense (DOD). I was a GS-12 and on my...

Military Strong: 239 Years and Counting

Military Strong: 239 Years and Counting

It’s a well-known fact that “freedom is not free,” but do we give sufficient thanks for the very freedom that permits us to live peacefully where we choose, with our families, and without fear? How many of us think about the expense of our freedom, and how many simply...

Dog Brain = Minimal Think

Dog Brain = Minimal Think

“Dog Brain,” or as it was originally presented to me, “Lizard Brain” is acting with minimal thinking.  I switch the name lizard brain to dog brain not as an insult or infringement to the instructor who uses it in his class, but rather to help clarify and solidify the...

Challenges Confronting a Public Sector CIO

Challenges Confronting a Public Sector CIO

In “Team of Teams:  New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World,” General Stanley McChrystal explores the challenges he experienced while commanding the Joint Special Operations Task Force in Iraq.  I won’t provide too much detail, as I don’t want to call “spoiler...

The Importance of Leading with Questions

The Importance of Leading with Questions

One key attribute that makes leaders successful is having a point of view. You are being paid to be a great thinker and make decisions. However, many make the faulty assumption that they have to come up with all the answers on their own and end up doing more talking...

Manage by Modeling and Not by Announcements

Manage by Modeling and Not by Announcements

I recently had a discovery call with a new client. I asked my contacts, directors in a medium-sized service business, about the issues they were facing and what outcomes they’d love from the proposed culture initiative. We learned that changes in their market now...

6 Signs You Are About to Be Fired

6 Signs You Are About to Be Fired

Everyone dreads the boot that come flying out of nowhere. I’m not just talking about a flying shoe in the air. I’m talking about termination, pink slips, bye-bye letters, or whatever you want to call it. I hardly believe that anyone would be “pleased” when and if (God...

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