A Promotion is a Good Thing, Right?

In the past few months, I’ve spoken to several people who have either been offered promotions or have promotions looming in their future. If you were offered a promotion, I’m sure your immediate response would be: “Wonderful!” After all, a promotion is an acknowledgment of outstanding achievement. Not everyone gets promoted and you’ve... Keep Reading »

What do People See When They Look at You?

Back in the day when I was a young contract programmer—as we were called in those days—I worked with a wonderful older guy named Tom who, luckily for me, became my mentor. I had a habit of coming in early in the morning with a cup of coffee and the morning paper. I would relish the time reading the paper and savoring my coffee. Tom approached me one morning as I was... Keep Reading »

… but I have a job

We’ve all heard those stories about a land a long, long time ago before the Internet and globalization. In this long ago place, people graduated from college and were almost guaranteed lifetime employment, a gold watch and nice pension.  The only person you had to impress was your boss, who made sure you got your annual increases. As I talk to people about... Keep Reading »

Before You Start That New Job…

Congrats! You’ve landed that job you wanted, and it’s only a matter of days before you start. You’re convinced that they love you and your problems are solved.   But wait! Landing the job is only the beginning. You have new colleagues to meet, a new boss to figure out, maybe even a boss’ boss. You want to make sure you make a good impression.... Keep Reading »