Organizations Articles

The Heart of Coaching: Using Transformational Coaching to Create a High-Performance Coaching Culture

Book Review by Bryan Lubic

Thomas Crane invites us to answer a challenging question: "What is impossible to do today (or is not done today) in your business that, if you could do it, would fundamentally change the way you do business?" The answer is Transformational Coaching, a coaching process with roots in mindfulness that has been grounded and tested in organizations by the author for more than 20 years and is clearly explained in this excellent resource.

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Mindfulness at Work: A Career Professional’s Perspective

By Roxanne Farkas

Email. New projects. Declining budgets. Looming deadlines and tough choices. How can we enjoy our lives at work and help others to experience the same kind of fulfillment? Join me for a “moment of Zen” as I share ways we can incorporate principles of mindfulness at work to help ourselves and our clients throughout our careers.

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Career Development Opportunities Can Be Found by Looking at Own Job

By Maggie McCormick

Ongoing career and professional development is critical for all workers today. Such development demonstrates initiative, flexibility and a commitment to one’s growth. Yet many workers aren’t sure how to continue growing in the job they currently hold. This article offers strategies for identifying development opportunities that are very close at hand - within one’s current job. [Eds. Note: This article originally appeared here in November 2010. It is being repeated in celebration of Career Convergence's All Conference issue. See NCDA NEWS for more details.]

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Discovery Interviews: A Strategy for Organizational and Individual Career Success

By Bryan Lubic

This article reviews an innovative alumni engagement effort that paired university professionals with student ambassadors to interview alumni in order to increase alumni engagement. The method, approach, and results can be adapted and applied to career development and job search.

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Helping Employees After Layoffs: Methods to Motivate Employees to Overcome Survivor’s Guilt

By Susanne Beier, Pam Gordon, and John Sienrukos

Employee layoffs are part of today’s dynamic business environment. They affect employees who are no longer working for the organization as well as those who are still employed. This article describes the unique experiences of layoff survivors, explains a method of motivating survivors and offers techniques to help layoff survivors move forward in their career.

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Business Model You: A One-Page Method for Reinventing Your Career

Book Review by Bryan Lubic

This innovative career development resource helps people to create a compelling and adaptable career vision by applying a unique business planning method and following a series of well-developed exercises to draw a “personal business model.” Highly recommended for anyone interested in visual models and/or applying business concepts to career planning.

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The Extraordinary Leader: How the Best Leaders Help Others Grow

Book Review by Bryan Lubic

This book provides an inspired, clear, and compelling case and framework for incorporating coaching conversations into the foundation for positive organizational change and employee development.

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Tracking Careers: How to Apply Project Management Tools to Promote Career Development

By Jennifer Bradley and Sharon De Mascia

Career management is a growing challenge for both employees and their employers. In this article, we discuss examples of how career professionals can adapt concepts and tools from the field of project management to promoting the career development of individuals, and supporting managers to become more effective in developing their employees.

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Future Jobs: Solving the Employment and Skills Crisis

Book Review by Pat Nellor Wickwire

Edward Gordon’s ultimate objective is to help everyone reconsider the choices we will need to make in order to successfully resolve the education-to-employment dilemma. As he writes in his book, “the time for action is today, before other skilled foreign competitors take away our future.” Career development specialists are well-positioned to understand, advocate for, and implement the changes Dr. Gordon describes to prepare and develop the workforce of the future.

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Career Moves: Be Strategic About Your Future

Book Review By Bryan Lubic

This book effectively integrates sound career management principles and workplace trends with a professional competency model to provide an outstanding resource for training and development professionals to manage their careers.

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PART 2--The Landscape of the 21st Century Workplace: Emerging Trends You Need To Know as a Career Development Professional

By Caitlin Williams

Based on research in workplace and workforce trends, this series presents the eight emerging trends that career development specialists working inside organizations need to know. This article presents trends 5 through 8, describes each trend and provides questions, insights and ideas to help you in your work.

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The Landscape of the 21st Century Workplace: Emerging Trends You Need To Know as a Career Development Professional

By Caitlin Williams

Based on research in workplace and workforce trends, this series presents the eight emerging trends that career development specialists working inside organizations need to know. This article presents trends 1 through 4, describes each trend and provides questions, insights and ideas to help you in your work.

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Do Personnel Relocations Promote The Career Development Of Employees? Lessons From The Career Management System Of A Japanese Company

By Masumi Nagae and Yoshiji Ishikawa

After an employee relocation, how do work values change and what support structures are necessary for successful transition? How does their relocation experience affect their career development? We address these questions based on our research on employee satisfaction and work values in Japanese companies.

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Making Your Move Into Corporate Career Development

By Paula Kosin

An ad for an Employee Career Consultant in a leading corporation drew over 300 applicants two years ago. Expertise in career counseling with an adult population is only one of the competencies that this job demands. If corporate career development is an area you might be interested in moving into, what can you do to be the best prepared and qualified candidate? In honor of NCDA's 100th anniversary, Career Convergence is publishing articles of historical significance. This month, our web magazine is reprinting articles from our debut issue in 2003.

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Building a Successful Career Development Program: Three Key Considerations

By Carrie Tuning and Carolyn Kurowski

This case study presents three key lessons learned while developing and implementing MyCareer@VA, the premier, organization-wide career development program for the Department of Veterans Affairs. With incredible benefits for both employees and organizations, we outline the three key steps any organization can take to create an impactful career development program.

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Welcome to The Boardroom: Supporting Job Search Success Together

By Bryan Lubic

Job search clubs, ministries, and support groups are commonly sought out by current job seekers. Have you ever thought of how these organizations are formed and operated? Did it occur to you that currently employed workers looking for career development opportunities or preparing for future transitions may benefit from participating in such organizations? In this article, you will learn how one person has simply and effectively started, maintained, and grown a successful job search support group from an informal meeting to a stable and growing organization.

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Career Worlds Converging: Connecting the Worlds of Work and Education

By Bryan Lubic

How can the many different participants in career development--businesses, employers, job seekers, students, counselors, and others-- work together for more effective delivery and better career development outcomes? In this article, you will learn how the career worlds of organizations and schools are coming together to implement and fulfill the visions of our profession, uniting the worlds of work and education.

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Welcome New Organizations Associate Editor

Bryan Lubic is now the Associate Editor of the Organizations Department of Career Convergence. He invites new submissions in the areas of business/industry, outplacement, career management, recruiting/staffing, and human resources.

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Business Behaving Well: Social Responsibility

By Ron Elsdon

Why does business social responsibility matter to communities, to organizations and to our clients? What is our role as career counselors in addressing this topic? This article comments on such questions and the importance of addressing social justice and social responsibility.

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Treating Job Applicants Well Isn’t Just Good Manners, It’s Good Business

By Alice Diamond

As career development professionals, we can help job candidates and organizations better understand the hiring and promotion process from the standpoint of both the applicant and the HR department. In doing so, we can make the process more positive for everyone involved.

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Five Best Practices for Cross-Cultural Mentoring in Organizations

By Rhonda L. Norman

The article highlights the significance of responding to a diverse workforce with an evidence-based career development intervention, mentoring. Mentoring tasks in organizations happen from two different but equally important perspectives, career-related and psychosocial. Traditionally, mentoring has been based upon a monocultural European male perspective, but the author highlights a need to contextualize cross-cultural mentoring from a multiculturally inclusive perspective.

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Resumes to Pursue Promotions

By Georgia Adamson

If your clients are considering a move up in their organization, it is important to guide them in ways that can best position them for advancement. This month’s article helps the employees you serve to do just that.

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Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go

Book Review By Susan Britton Whitcomb

The book emphasizes the influence that managers can have in forwarding career development with their direct reports. The authors advocate a commitment to brief-but-frequent career conversations with employees. Packed with practical tips, powerful questions, and plenty of revelations from rank-and-file workers about what they really want from their managers, the book is sure to put the subjects of talent management and career development front-and-center in organizations across the continent.

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Maximize Employee Engagement and Retention by Aligning Individual and Organizational Career Journeys

By Kathy Harris

Through the author's 35+ years of working in the career industry, she has identified a need for both individuals and organizations to keep grounded and moving forward by setting compelling career journeys for themselves. Here she describes her programs to equip both of them to set their journeys and utilize the tools, skills and knowledge needed to align the two paths. The end outcomes are naturally occurring high levels of engagement, productivity, retention and innovation.

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A Strength-Based Approach to Career Development Using Appreciative Inquiry

Book Review by Shawn Utecht

This book is for counselors who are looking for a practical resource to help clients use their strengths to navigate a career development path. Donald Schutt, the author of the book, offers a detailed explanation of how the organizational Appreciative Inquiry approach is easily transferable to the field of career development.

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Avoid the Shell-Shock of Job Loss

By Louise Kursmark

Losing one’s job is never easy. Yet, career practitioners can help employees (and themselves) minimize the “shell shock” of getting laid off by following these suggestions.

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Thinking Like an Employer: The 5 Steps to Getting a Job or a Promotion Inside an Organization

By Elisabeth Sanders-Park

Landing a promotion or finding a job can feel daunting and unfamiliar to the employees and job seekers we serve. Career professionals can share a 5-step framework to help clients organize their actions, as well as provide perspective to clients on how employers and hiring managers are thinking

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Enhancing Your Interviewing Skills: Using the Employment Interview Triangle

By C. Darren Brooks

Employment interviewing is an activity designed to help employers select individuals with the necessary skills, capabilities, and intangible characteristics to meet the needs of a particular position. This article provides a conceptual overview of the use of a simple interviewing model called the Employment Interview Triangle. The interviewing approach described provides a framework for how to conduct a purposeful and productive interview for both novice and expert interviewers. This model can also be valuable to career practitioners who can share with their clients this “insider’s” perspective on the interviewing process.

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Navigate Your Career: Taking Responsibility for Your Own Job Satisfaction

By B. Lynn Ware

It is now a common belief that if you feel that you are not learning anything new or your career is at a standstill, you are likely to get that proverbial itch to leave your current work and look for greener pastures. This article offers an important message and timely suggestions to share with clients to help them prepare for a productive career conversation with their manager – before deciding to move on.

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Linking Personal Stories to Employee Engagement

By George Dutch

As career practitioners, we can help our individual clients and the organizations we work with to leverage the power of “story” by helping employees tell their personal story in ways that demonstrate their skill sets and unique contributions. Here’s one employee’s story. Training managers, supervisors and HR professionals can learn to listen closely to the stories in interviews, performance reviews and career development conversations.

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New @ Work: Three Tips to Help Gen Ys Adapt

By Alicia Blain

Career practitioners are working with more Gen Ys in the workplace. To help them advance their careers, it is important for us to understand their unique perspective and help them negotiate today’s workplace. Here are some suggestions to help Gen Y workers become workplace savvy.

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Does Your Organization have a Role in Employees' Career Management?

By Jason Alba

Career management in today’s workplace means teaching employees how to think and act strategically – for the benefit of both the organization and the worker. Here are some critical new career management skills that you will want to share with your employees and clients.

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Beyond Mentoring: The Next Level is Collaborative Relationships

By Annabelle Reitman and Sylvia Benatti

A mentoring partnership is a two-way inclusive interaction, with an exchange of insights, knowledge, and expertise. This relationship provides learning benefits for both participants. This article describes the launching of this program with American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) Metro DC Chapter.

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Build Your Career by Delivering Value

By Mary Jeanne Vincent

How can we help our clients be indispensable? Sharing these keys with clients will bring value to the organization and enhance careers!

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Employee Ownership in Career Development: The Role of the Organization

By Steve Knight

Although individual workers inside organizations know that career development is mostly a “do-it-yourself” activity these days, smart companies understand the value of supporting employee career development for increased productivity, retention and employee satisfaction.

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10 Tips to Support Employers Embracing Diversity

By Roberta Neault

Career counselors are expected to be competent advocates for the career development and employment of diverse populations. This brief article highlights 10 strategies for supporting employers embracing diversity. Links are provided to several relevant websites for more information.

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Using Twitter Inside Organizations: Tips to Grow Your Career and Advance Your Organization with Today’s Hottest Social Media Tool

By Susan Whitcomb

Twitter originated as a way for employees inside a company to communicate with one another. Let’s explore how Twitter can be used inside organizations, whether to service coworkers/customers/students or to grow one’s own career.

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Resumes & LinkedIn Profiles: Powerful Positioning within an Organization

By Wendy S. Enelow

Career management is a lifelong process. The resume, LinkedIn profile and other career communications can be of value in that process, well beyond the job search.

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Personal Learning Plans: a Tool for Engaging and Retaining Talent

By Christy Ciezki & Nisha Kharé

Continuous learning has become vital in developing and retaining a skilled workforce. The challenge to organizations is supporting a diverse and evolving workforce in achieving learning and career development goals. ‘Personal Learning Plans' can be used as an organizational tool for the engagement and retention of workers.

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Benefits of the Personal Learning Plan

By Nisha Khare & Christy Ciezki

Addendum to their April 1, 2010 article.

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The Personal Branding Process

By Susan Chritton

There is a lot of buzz in the market these days about Personal Branding. For many it feels gimmicky or like a slick marketing trick to once again make you feel like you are missing something if you don't have your own personal brand. The savvy career development professional knows that personal branding is neither a gimmick nor a trick, it is a concept that has taken hold and is being used extensively in the business world.

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The Importance of Coaching New Leaders

By Lewis Lubin

One of the hallmarks of career success inside organizations is the ability of a new or recently promoted employee to successfully transition into a new or expanded leadership role. This article highlights findings and practices from Right Management, Inc. that help new leaders succeed through the support of "on-boarding" coaching.

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Your Year End Review

By Caitlin Williams

Before you toss away that 2009 calendar, consider taking the time to review your past year's work. As career development professionals, conducting a year-end review can help us reflect on what we've learned about ourselves and our own career development. Further, we can guide our clients who work in organizations through their own year-end review and use this information to help them design meaningful goals in the new year.

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Teach Employees to Promote Themselves Through Story

By Katharine Hansen

Individuals who want to propel their career within organizations would do well to consider becoming story collectors. Storytelling workers are far more confident, convincing, and persuasive than competitors who merely list accomplishments - or believe they have no accomplishments.

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Competency Assessments Provide as Many Gains for Individuals as Organizations

By Selena Rezvani

Competency assessment is a critically important, and yet often overlooked tool for career development practitioners who work with professionals employed inside organizations. This article examines the under-leveraged advantages of competency assessment for individuals and its use as an effective career management tool with benefits that can help individuals in their short- and long-term career development efforts.

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The Introverted Leader: Thriving in the extroverted business world

By Jennifer B. Kahnweiler

In today's extroverted business world, introverts can feel ignored, overlooked, and misunderstood. But career development practitioners can help by identifying introverts' characteristic behaviors, understanding their key career challenges and providing practical career advice on their most common hot buttons -- networking, managing and leading people, performing in meetings, and more.

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Organizational Coaching Across Generations: A Way to Integrate a Culture of Development

By Debora S. Humphreys

Internal coaches today have an opportunity to bring to life the National Career Development Association's mission to develop careers across a lifetime. The Aerospace Corporation (Aerospace), a federally funded research and development center headquartered in El Segundo, California, has invested in leadership development coaching, and recognizes that the mission of developing careers across a lifetime can be a bridge builder across four generations. Because of the need to transfer knowledge across all generations, a proactive approach to development is essential. Coaching can accelerate this process.

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Current Careers in Energy

By Helen Harkness

Experts share insights, opportunities and challenges for careers in this exploding industry. Employees and employers should take note, as we are just at the beginning of the learning curve.

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Career Development Inside Organizations During Tough Times

By Caitlin Williams

Career development inside organizations today is not an easy task. High motivation, strong initiative and organizational savvy are requirements for all workers who want to keep their careers moving forward. This article suggests some career development guidelines to discuss with your clients who are feeling the anxiety of today's unsettled workplace.

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The Career Development Plan - A Quick Guide for Managers and Supervisors

By Jose Adolfo Trueba

Career development practitioners who work in organizations are often asked to help managers and supervisors find ways to encourage the ongoing professional development of employees they supervise. Here are some suggestions from a career professional, charged with helping supervisors and their workers to develop ongoing career development strategies. His idea of using a Career Development Plan may offer you a strategy for coaching the managers and supervisors you serve within your organization.

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Helping Our Clients Develop Their Careers During Times of Change

By Carolyn Wilson

As career development professionals, we support others in developing their careers in a complex and changing workforce. This article offers practical tips for coaching and developing employees during times of change.

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Successful Performance in a Complex World

By Lori Bartels

Given that the work world is becoming increasingly complex for workers, it is imperative that career development professionals identify the skills that will enable workers to be successful in this ever-changing environment. This article presents examples of key abilities correlated with high performance in organizations.

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Welcome New Organizations Associate Editor

Dr. Caitlin Williams is now the Associate Editor of the Organizations Department of Career Convergence. She invites new submissions in the areas of business/industry, outplacement, career management, recruiting/staffing, and human resources.

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Relationships: The Critical Enhancement to Systems Thinking in Organizations

By Maureen Nelson

In June, Part I looked at the consequences of not taking a systems approach to corporate career development programs. Now we'll see the advantages of the systems view and also a few ways to mix in the social structures that are the untapped power of organizations.

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Systems Thinking in Organizational Career Development Programs

By Maureen Nelson

Why aren't organizational career development programs working? In the first part of this two-part article, we explore the application of a systems approach; in part 2, we'll look at ways to leverage relationships. Understanding the integration of these two critical factors can help career consultants who work with organizations deliver more effective services and stronger results.

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Globalization and International Work and Study: A Threat or an Opportunity?

By Dale Furbish, Nancy Arthur, Suzie Bisson

Appreciating international transition from a holistic perspective enables individuals to prepare more appropriately for the numerous challenges and opportunities of such journeys. Career counseling that integrates a wide range of considerations is very helpful throughout the transitioning process.

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Contributors Wanted!

Career development professionals working in business/industry, outplacement, career management, recruiting/staffing, or human resources are encouraged to submit articles for consideration.

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Getting Back on Track: How to Stop Sabotaging Yourself

By Pamela Thorne

Career Convergence has a gift for career counselors working in organizations: a free article for you to use in your corporate employee bulletin or newsletter. Help your employees who might be stuck in a career rut by sharing this sound advice. (Please include the citation found at the end when reprinting this article).

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Win-Win-Win Mentoring: Five Steps Towards Exemplary Mentorships

By Christine D. Hegstad

Mentoring enhances morale, boosts productivity, and offers rich opportunities for career development at minimal cost. Done poorly, however, mentoring can prove detrimental to participants as well as an organization. Implementing these five steps will help to ensure mentors, proteges, and organizations all benefit.

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Trends in HR: A Career Counselor's Perspective

By Maureen Nelson

How do you see HR? Gatekeepers or important network contacts? When career counselors and HR professionals develop mutual respect, a cross-pollination can occur that benefits both groups. Maureen Nelson discusses two trends in the HR world that career counselors should be aware of.

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Call for Articles

David Harden, Organizations Associate Editor

Tell us about your experience in business/industry, outplacement, career management, recruiting/staffing, and/or human resources.

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An Organization That Keeps 'Em Comin' Back

by Piper C. Reason and Barbara L. Warren

Career coaches are subject to the same job-retention factors as everyone else. In this article, two professional career coaches explore the reason that employees within their small, nonprofit program not only stick around longer than the average employee, but return after leaving.

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Career Negotiations: Power Tools to Use

by Joni Daniels

Plug in your power tools before engaging in a job remodeling. When you manage career negotiations well, you and your organization will be pleased with the results.

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Bullying in the Workplace

by Sherry Rossiter

A recent study suggests that 20% of all employees, at all levels, become targets for bullying behavior in the workplace each year. Dr. Sherry Rossiter reviews the types of workplace bullying that occur and suggests strategies for coaching our career clients who are, or who have been, its victims.

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Making the Leap from Counselor to Selection Specialist

by Kent Noel

Making the transition from counselor to evaluator is not always an easy one. However, a career in selection can be quite rewarding if a counselor can get past initial reservations and misconceptions. The following may help demystify the process and shed selection in a more positive light.

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Human Resources From the Inside Out

Book review by Sally Gelardin

No other profession is so closely related to career advising as Human Resources: Figuratively speaking, we mirror image one another. Dr. Sally Gelardin reviews a new book that can be a field guide to the mysteries of the HR profession for the beginning career counselor, and even for the veteran.

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Using Motivational Interviewing in Career Counseling

by Geri Miller

Motivational Interviewing (MI), a strategy developed in a very different context, also has a place within the framework of career counseling. Specific, practical suggestions on how to apply Motivational Interviewing approaches are provided.

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Re-Thinking What We Say About a Former Boss

by Alan Rider

One of the persistent and vexing challenges during a traditional behavioral interview is the boss question. Many career clients have had unhappy experiences with problem employers, and want to be able to answer the inevitable boss question truthfully, but at the same time also effectively. Can it be done?

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Turning Clients' Bad Luck Into Good

Book review by Barry Davis

Career development professionals frequently find themselves sitting across the desk from "unlucky" people who have just lost their jobs, or are facing career crisis. Barry Davis reviews a book that provides insight and interventions that can be helpful in coaching and motivating client turn-arounds, from bad luck to career success.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Management

Reviewed by Kathy Kaysen Murzyn

In this book the reviewer found a pleasant, refreshing look at the intersection between guiding a family, being a leader, and managing people in the workplace. Her experience, both as a manager and as a parent, made her curious about the relationship between parenting children and coaching in organizations.

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Forget Your Troubles, C'mon Get Happy!

by Barry Davis

Happiness is often a lost commodity when someone is in the throes of job loss or career change. Martin Seligman's work titled "Learned Optimism" provides practical advice for improving our results in career development by understanding how to be more positive, even when we don't feel like it!

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Unsuccessful Managers - Typing and Coaching

by Kent Noel

Many individuals want to make the leap to management, but not all will succeed. Those who fail tend to fall back on stylistic preferences that worked well for them in past roles. These individuals often find themselves being referred for coaching; and during the course of consultation, patterns frequently emerge. Awareness is often the important first step in moving from unsuccessful to successful.

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Managing Client Expectations

by Sunitha Narayanan

Webster's defines "disappointment" as an expectation that goes unfulfilled, a situation to which career advisors are far from immune. Sunitha Narayanan has consulted with many hard-to-place job seekers going through relocation and cultural shift. She shares three brief case studies involving client disappointment, and what she learned through them.

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Making Mentoring an Organizational Value: A Look at the FDIC�s Mentoring Program

by Barbara Suddarth

This article about a formal, workplace mentoring program is the first of two rendered by members of the NCDA Mentoring Program committee. The second, to be published later this year, will focus specifically on NCDA's Mentoring Program, now one year old. For further information about NCDA's Mentoring Program, go to www.ncda.org and link to the Mentoring Program under Membership.

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Knowledge Nomads and the Nervously Employed

Book Review by Sally Gelardin

Lifework success, according to Feller and Whichard, is "how we live, and who we've helped, not what we have." The authors inspire career professionals to guide their clients to make successful work and life choices that contribute to the world's well-being. To achieve this result, they advocate lifelong learning, meaningful work, and purposeful living amidst a rapidly changing work climate. Read on to find out how to help clients achieve this result.

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Reaching for Our Deep Gladness

by Ron Elsdon

A challenging and important question to ask of ourselves and our organizations is "What do we mean by success?" Is success defined more by extrinsic monetary factors, or by intrinsic factors such as value, purpose and social contribution that constitute our deep gladness? This article explores these questions from personal and organizational perspectives, and draws out implications for career counselors.

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A Layoff Sparks Dreams

by Michael Levy

Florida-based Career Coach Michael Levy relates a recent experience he had while leading a transformational seminar for a group of insurance professionals. Putting the participants back in touch with long-forgotten interests and dreams turned a sad experience into a source of creative possibilities.

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Identifying Entrepreneurs Through Assessment

by Kent Noel

For any individual hoping to determine if he or she is cut out to be an entrepreneur, formalized upfront assessment can be extremely useful. Career consultant Kent Noel notes that multiple data point assessment can shed considerable light on characteristics common among entrepreneurs: Personality fit, drive, problem solving, and motivation.

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Do You Have What It Takes? Marathon Interviewing Tips

by Michael S. Levy

A job interview and a 26-mile marathon both require stamina, endurance, excellent mental and physical shape, and the clear headed thinking required to survive the stress. Creatively comparing the two, Michael Levy notes similarities in preparation and practice, which are essential both to a marathon runner reaching the finish line and to coming out a winner with effective interviewing.

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Letting Go of the Corporate Agenda; "Finding Yourself" in Small Business

by Robert E. Reuter

Our clients frequently decide well into their careers to leave the security of their corporate homes to pursue independent businesses. Major challenges and adjustments accompany this decision that are not always obvious or understood until experienced. Career development consultant Bob Reuter shares some learnings from his own experience to help smooth the way for clients who come for help in making this transition.

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Mastering the Employer's One-Minute Screen Test

by Steve Stromp

Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto first suggested the well-known 80/20 rule in 1906: That 80% of an organization's productive output is generated with just 20% of its time, talent, and resources. Career coach Steve Stromp observes that in business settings the rule is equally valid during job interviews.

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Distance Counseling Methods & Tele-counseling Approach for Employee Development

by Alice Rush

This article includes the following information:
-Why Distance Career Counseling can be useful in corporate career counseling and employee development.
-Methods, typical duration and overview of distance counseling process.
-Assessment tools utilized and follow up strategies.
-Unique perspective designed to inspire and encourage counselors to expand their experience in this emerging area of counseling.

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Career Counseling is a Valuable Benefit for Employees

by Linda Ginac

Preserving employee commitment to company goals despite organizational instability is paramount. Organizational changes may cause your employees to experience career challenges that could affect their success at the company. Career counseling is a resource that employers can rely on when work performance, career transition or cultural fit becomes an issue.

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Sales Selection, Assessment, and the Career Counselor

By Kent Noel

This article discusses the advantages of using formalized assessment in the selection of qualified salespeople. Because it touches on cost and quality issues, career counselors could present this sound rationale to their corporate clientele.

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Using DISC for Career Development in Organizations

by Louella Jackson

This article briefly explores Dr. William Moulton Marston's theory of behavior and describes how one organization used the DiSC Personal Profile Software System as a foundation to develop and refocus a geographically dispersed team.

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360° Feedback: A Powerful Resource for Professional and Career Development

by Claudette Nowell-Philipp

Organizational 360° Feedback initiatives help employees understand the impact of their workplace behaviors. They also serve as powerful resources for career planning and for creating a strategy to maximize career opportunity.

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360° Feedback: Questions Regarding Strengths and Development

by Claudette Nowell-Philipp

The following are helpful questions that enable the employee to understand his or her 360° feedback and use it to maximize career opportunity.

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Facilitating a Strategic Career Learning Community through a Corporate University at a Water Company

by Diane D. Rentfrow

Today, corporate leaders look to career practitioners as strategic learning partners in their organizations. Employers want employees to learn and develop because the bank of knowledge is precision to their organizations. Constant change in the workplace makes career planning more difficult; well-defined competencies can provide guidance in career planning. Career practitioners can have an active voice in the business environment by creating and facilitating learning communities to address current issues relating to family, education and work.

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Organizational Talent Management - Why Now?

by Peggy Simonsen

Talent management involves strategies and practices to align employees' expectations with business needs of the organization. Good talent management is a benefit for both employees and organizations. There are compelling reasons organizations need to pay attention to talent, and compelling reasons for people to work for organizations that do.

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Using DiSC for Career Development in Organizations

by LouElla Jackson

Many people derail or almost derail their careers based on what others may perceive as behaviors inappropriate for the role. This article describes how some organizations use assessments based on William Moulton Marston's DISC theory to help employees, managers and executives better understand themselves and others with whom each may work.

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Sample Job Description for a Corporate Career Consultant

by Paula Kosin

Though individual positions will vary, here is a sample composite job description,
which outlines the range of responsibilities for a Corporate Career
Consultant.

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