Category Archives: キャリア / Career

Summer Slump

I am sure many of you have heard the term “summer slump.” In sports, the term is related to athletes not performing up to expectations. For youngsters, it describes kids that do nothing all day or are unmotivated to take on new activities. In businesses, it describes a period where productivity takes a dive. A lot of research has been done that shows periods in August where productivity declines as much as 40% in many professions. There are countless theories as to why this happens. For me, the reasons why are a distraction. Yes, they are interesting to discuss or debate, but whatever the reason, the fact is productivity does suffer. No matter your profession, I have listed a few ideas to ensure you do not have a summer slump yourself. Continue reading Summer Slump

Optimism is Hard

You never see books in the library or in the book store on “Negative Thinking” or “Pessimism.” The reason being is that as humans, these come easily. What is truly hard is to have unfaltering optimism and positive thinking. There are many multimillionaire authors that focus primarily on optimism and positive thinking. I do not pretend to have any unique advice or that I am more qualified than these leading experts, but I would like to give some ideas from my perspective. Continue reading Optimism is Hard


I have been thinking recently if I am a Dinosaur. Have I not adapted to the times of the “new” ways of doing things? Are the professional rules and expectations I learned in my 20s and 30s still applicable? After much thought and consideration, I have concluded that without a doubt, the professional rules, etiquette and requirements are the same. Yes, new tools and technology makes us all more efficient, effective and accessible, but the unwritten business rules matter. It is up to younger professionals to learn them to ensure they are able to get the career opportunity and or career advancement they desire.
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Want a Job or Career?

If you ask most people if they want a good job or a long term rewarding career, most will answer yes! However, too many people leave this up to fate. Why? Is it because they do not know how to do so, are too “polite,” or are they happy to let someone else control their destiny? If you want a job or a rewarding career, here are some tips to getting it! Continue reading Want a Job or Career?


Ah, the freedom to work independently! It is an incredible feeling to have the opportunity to work in a career and company where you have the freedom to set your own schedule, decide the tasks you will work on for the day and week and take lunch when you want and with whom. For most of us, this freedom is one of the major “selling points” of the career we have chosen. Companies that allow this freedom trust their employees to complete job activities and to deliver the required results. Continue reading Freedom

What Does It Take?

What does it take to be successful in this role? I am always asked this by candidates interviewing with me. It is the same question no matter if a candidate is interviewing for a sales, finance, human resource, marketing or administrative position. My answer is always the same and has two parts. Continue reading What Does It Take?