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Brooke Lockhart

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The Top Reasons Your Decisions Fail You

Posted by Brooke Lockhart on November 13, 2012

In any business career there will be lots of decisions: good, bad and ugly. Kathy Caprino, writing for Forbes, asserts that good decisions have noticeable traits in common. And the reverse is also true.

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Keys to an Effective Apology

Posted by Brooke Lockhart on November 9, 2012

I’ve seen careers stalled and sometimes ended by someone’s inability to make a clean apology. Here is some great advice about apologies from Connie Dieken, writing for The Huffington Post.  “An effective apology can influence others, mitigate damage and maybe even bolster your credibility in the long run,” she writes.

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How to Speak for your Work

Posted by Brooke Lockhart on November 6, 2012

Lot of us grew up believing that if you just do good work, the work will speak for itself. That’s one of those beliefs that is true only if your supervisors are paying attention. When there is a lot going on, management probably won’t notice good work unless you speak for it. The further up you go in any organization, the work stops speaking for itself. You have to speak for the work.  So, what’s an effective approach to speaking for the work?, asks executive coach and author Scott Eblin.  He offers five road-tested steps that most senior execs appreciate:

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6 Infallible Ways to Earn Respect

Posted by Brooke Lockhart on November 4, 2012

The Top Qualities Employers Value in Their Employees

Posted by Brooke Lockhart on June 27, 2012

Surviving a Job You Detest

Posted by Brooke Lockhart on April 19, 2012

This is a practical article about survival.  It’s about what to do if you are in a job you actively dislike — perhaps hate — but for whatever reason, you can’t quit and walk away.  There are bills to pay and no new job beckoning.  So you’re stuck.

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Don't Let Your Job Search Depress You

Posted by Brooke Lockhart on April 15, 2012

Looking for a new job is not much fun and is seldom easy.  But attitude matters a lot, and it’s important to keep your spirits up.  Priscilla Claman, writing for the Harvard Business Review, says it’s important to manage your feelings. “Becoming negative, cynical, or depressed will work against you. When you get angry with yourself, it shows, she says. “Don't believe you can easily fake energy and enthusiasm. Most interviewers will pick up your real feelings.”

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Develop Leadership Skills by Volunteering

Posted by Brooke Lockhart on April 2, 2012

You might learn a great deal in school, but it’s doubtful you’ll actually develop as a leader by reading a book or taking a course. The military maintains that leadership development comes through experience, and Alice Korngold, writing for Fastcompany.com, tends to agree. “People grow and become leaders by making a commitment to a cause, and having personal responsibility and accountability.”

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Dealing with conflict in the workplace

Posted by Brooke Lockhart on March 21, 2012

You may love your new job, but there are inevitable conflicts — with co-workers, with supervisors, with customers — that can affect how you feel during the workdays.  You have the power to resolve these conflicts.  A book by Vivian Scott, “Conflict Resolution at Work,” part of the” Dummies” series, offers some very smart tips.

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Why you didn’t get the job

Posted by Brooke Lockhart on March 10, 2012

Interviewing for a new job is an exercise in humiliation and uncertainty.  Whether you’re interviewing for a job at a new company or just changing roles at your present employer, the process is difficult.

You do everything you can to look your best, act your best and be the best you can be. You meet with several people who act like they’d love to have you as a co-worker.  At the end of the process, you’re super excited to get that offer. Then the call comes:


You hear the "reason" you didn’t get the job (e.g., "You were a perfect fit but we had a hard choice between two great candidates." "You’re overqualified for the job.")

Do you want to know real reason you didn’t get it?  Here are some possibilities, from an article by Mike Figliuolo of thought Leaders LLC:

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