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Sidelined at work? 5 Steps for Recovery

according to the gatekeepers℠… Being passed over at work can be miserable. You were the obvious choice, but that promotion, recognition, bonus or big important project went to someone else. Feeling anxious you might say to yourself – where is this going? It happens to the best of us. Successful leaders get passed over along with everyone else. I can’t […]

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How to Talk About the “Bad Stuff” in a Job Interview

According to the gatekeepers℠ Everyone knows that talking about career setbacks can blow a good job opportunity. But trying to avoid or gloss over setbacks may be even more damaging. Dave Hardie, a Managing Director at Herbert Mines Associates, the largest executive search firm focused on consumer/retail, has placed over 20 CEOs in the last […]

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Should You Go Over Your Boss’ Head?

according to the gatekeepers℠… Nobody really wants to have to go above their boss’ head. But sometimes it seems necessary. When it is clear cut, you have no choice. But where should that clear cut line reside? Earlier is my career, my boss, who was the CEO at the time, gave my assistant a single rose. He left it on her desk […]

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Find Out What You Need To Know About A Potential Employer

According to the gatekeepers℠ Once—and only once—I accepted the wrong job.  I remember entering the building on my first day of work – excited and nervous. I was pleased to see that I would share my first elevator ride with the Chairman of my new company. I had met him twice during the interview process. During […]

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Don’t Fail The Unspoken Interview Test

About to ramp up a job search in 2017? Be sure to read about what still matters, according to the gatekeepers℠     Have you ever been completely confident you would get a job—or at the very least, convinced you would be a finalist? The job specifications described you perfectly, but for some reason you weren’t asked back. What […]

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Is talking politics at work the new norm?

Find out what you need to know for your career… According to the gatekeepers℠ Can a difference in political opinions matter enough to derail an important business deal? A client of mine says yes. He relayed to me a conversation with his partner that happened the day after the US presidential election:   He said, “Good day to wear black. I’m […]

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Get the Pay Package You Deserve: 5 Critical Tips for Success

Requesting a better compensation package is fraught with risk. Before you make the ask, read this! Here’s how to get what you’re worth without changing companies, According to the gatekeepers℠   Requesting a better or higher compensation package is tricky and fraught with risk. The underlying (but unspoken) message when you request a raise is […]

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Interviewing in the Wild West: A Story

I had been waiting – and waiting – and waiting – outside of the CEO’s office at Overture Studios. When I first arrived for the interview, I was so excited I could barely contain myself. Thirty years old at the time, I had a shot at the Chief Human Resources Officer job and had been […]

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The Most Important Interview Question

“Why are you looking?” will be one of the first and most important interview/networking questions you will be asked when you decide to make a leadership job move. Stakeholders carefully scrutinize your answer to this question for multiple reasons: Interviewers and other stakeholders want to hear an authentic response and most know that responses to […]

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Should You Accept a “Bigger” Job?

Don joined a $120M company as President of an autonomous subsidiary. The subsidiary lacked energy and focus, and their market was saturated with competitors. Don did what he does best – he led his new team to define a strategy and plan for an adjacent market. Within 12 months, he had grown the business from […]

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