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Don’t Get Trapped Into Free Consulting!

By John Hadley | Aug 6, 2022

I was pleased to be asked to share my insights for this article on how to avoid the “Free Consulting” trap in interviews.   One of the problems here is that the candidate perceives the interviewer as having all the power in the relationship.  That can lead to feeling you must do exactly what they […]

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It’s National Typewriter Day!

By John Hadley | Jun 23, 2022

It’s National Typewriter Day – are YOU using outmoded methods for your career search?   Years ago, most people approached a search by checking the want ads, and mailing out resumes to lots of identified openings.  While it wasn’t actually the most effective method, it worked often enough that people continued to do it.   […]

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Dig Deep for Interview Success

By John Hadley | Jun 22, 2022

I came across this quote about how to have a really effective meeting:   “Dig until you uncover information you didn’t even know you didn’t know.”   This is exactly what I coach job seekers on in interviewing.   After someone has had an interview, I often ask “What are their challenges?”  The typical answer […]

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(Influential Leadership) Avoid The Blame Game

By John Hadley | Jun 21, 2022

It’s tempting to cast blame when things go wrong.   This will not serve you well as leader.  See this advice from the exceptional consultant, Alan Weiss:   Find cause and not blame. We become preoccupied in business and life with finding a scapegoat, a villain, a conspirator.   Most problems simply occur through errors […]

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(Influential Leadership) Are Leadership Skills Still Important?

By John Hadley | Jun 14, 2022

A Right Management survey at the end of 2010 of over 2,000 human resource executives, hiring managers and recruiters across 17 countries had the surprising (to me) result that only slightly more than half of Asia-Pacific based respondents rated leadership skill and potential as the number one factor in hiring. Those in North America and […]

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(Influential Leadership) Are You A Transformative Leader?

By John Hadley | Jun 7, 2022

Here’s a quote from Bonnie Hatcock of Humana, HR Executive magazine’s 2007 HR Executive of the Year:   “As we mature as leaders, I think we all realize that it’s no longer about the answers. It’s about the questions – asking those well-placed, well-timed questions that help other people discover solutions.”   In other words, […]

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(Influential Leadership) The Trust Test

By John Hadley | Jun 1, 2022

  Do You Pass The Trust Test?   The global communications firm Ketchum has polled thousands of consumers across 12 countries several times over the past decade, and in the latest study just 24% believe leaders overall are providing effective leadership.  Clearly there’s a lot of room for improvement!   What do those respondents consider […]

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(Influential Leadership) The Executive Summary

By John Hadley | May 23, 2022

Photo by Bruce Mars on Unsplash  Use The Executive Summary Approach   Do you want to be more effective presenting technical information to non-technical executives?   The first key to an influential presentation is to meet the audience where they are and then to speak their language.   Your audience is not intimately familiar with […]

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(Influential Leadership) Push The Envelope

By John Hadley | May 10, 2022

Every once in a while, we need to step back and reflect on ways to raise our standards, step out of our comfort zones, take a chance – push the envelope.  So ponder this question:   “How can I push the envelope this week?”   Photo by Sigmund on Unsplash   This is a question […]

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