Management roles are not for everyone

Being higher up the ladder doesn't mean being happier

When I talk to people about careers, it seems that many continue to think success means progressing higher and higher on that proverbial career ladder. So, I would like to ask you, what’s wrong with being happy at other levels of an organization? After all, management is not for everyone.

To be sure, middle and senior management usually means increased prestige and a larger paycheque, but it also means increased responsibility. In many cases, it also means longer hours, no overtime and more stress. I agree that being in higher management increases one’s profile but I also can assure you that the higher you climb, the farther it is to fall in case of a major career failure.

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Are you ready for the job of CEO?

Are you ready for the job of Chief Executive Officer? Have you really thought about what it is like and what it takes to be prepared? Have you tried and failed several times to reach your CEO goal and are wondering where he stumbling block is? In reviewing your career history, the first thing to do is to understand the differences between being a senior leader and being the CEO and where you stand from an experience perspective.

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Identifying the Leaders Among Us

Every workplace has go-to people who aren’t managers; managers need to nurture them

Recently, I had lunch with a business acquaintance who is the epitome of a hidden leader. Over a 20-year time frame and with a grade 12 education, she rose from the shop floor to being a corporate president. When I first met her, I was teaching facilitation skills to a group of front-line employees. I took note of her ability to learn quickly, her enthusiasm, the respect others showed toward her, and her eagerness to adapt to change.

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A Message to the Post-Secondary Class of 2016

A class that we should all embrace!

With April coming to a close, so do Exams and in some cases Post Secondary programs – a new group of graduates are about to enter the workforce! So, if I were asked to present a Valedictory Address to the Post Secondary Class of 2016, this is the message I would leave: Keep reading – it’s relevant to us all, no matter what stage of your career, you are at.

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To Hire the Right Executive, Hunt for Character

As an executive search professional, one of the key high profile concerns in the current US Presidential election is the issue of personal character. While I lament the unfortunate focus on distributing disparaging remarks about each candidates’ character, I have to admit that character is indeed an essential component of a successful leader. What do I mean by character? 

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Listen up!

Effective communication starts with hearing what someone means when they speak

There’s an assumption in our society that everyone is born to listen effectively. After all, that’s what our ears are for. Yet, we know there’s a great deal of miscommunication and disrupted relationships at home and at work simply because people don’t listen well.

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The CEO Challenge

Being the boss brings unique role, responsibilities

With the continuing flood of baby boomer retirements, many individuals find themselves being promoted to CEO. It doesn’t matter if the individual is a long-term employee or new to an organization, they’ll find being a CEO is a lot different than being a senior manager. 

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