Entries by Beverly Jones

The puzzle of career women who hesitate

 Why are professional women still hitting a glass ceiling? Lately I keep finding myself in conversations about how a surprising number of women aren’t moving confidently into leadership within their careers. I’ve heard some worries from my executive coaching clients, but often the topic has come up at social or business events. For me it’s […]

Is it time to strengthen your professional brand?

 What’s your brand at work? And why does it matter?  There’s you, the essential person you are.   Obviously related, but not quite the same, is you — the professional who shows up on the job and makes a contribution.  And then there’s your professional brand. Originally a “brand” referred to a word or symbol indicating […]

Have goals? Measuring progress gets you there faster!

 Step 1: Set clear goals. Step 2: Choose metrics.  Do you have professional and other goals in mind for the year?  For the future? So what’s your plan?  It can be motivating to have a broad, enticing vision, but it can also be daunting.  Sometimes people put off their biggest objectives and most exciting projects […]

Your style is a career shaper within your control

  Personal style still matters & dress can boost success  Did somebody tell you that if you work hard and do a great job it won’t matter what you wear to work?  They were probably wrong.    The way you present yourself to other people has an impact on how they evaluate your accomplishments and […]

Bev’s Tips on Reciprocal Mentoring

Want powerful mentoring? Make it reciprocal. The classic concept of a “mentor” is someone who’s older and more experienced.  That idea of a wise, generous senior advisor leading us along a career path is wonderful and soothing, and makes us all want mentoring. But the image is so limited, and so dated.  Here’s what can […]

Bev’s Tips on Compliments

 To keep the compliments coming learn to accept them gracefully. I grew up believing the proper way to respond to a compliment was with modesty.  If somebody said, “What a pretty dress,” my response was something like, “Oh, this cheap old thing?” When I was a young lawyer, if I worked long hours on a […]

Bev’s Tips on How to bounce back when they say “no”

  Hit by professional rejection? Try these tips for handling it.   A highly qualified professional went after his dream job. “Paul” has a solid record of extraordinary career success and he was confident about being the winning candidate.  Then he felt devastated when he didn’t get the job.  Paul wrote me about the intensity […]

Bev’s Tips on Stiletto Networks

  Hey, women professionals: Want career synchronicity? Network with other women! “Synchronicity” is the term psychologist Karl Jung coined to describe those times when meaningful coincidences seem to bring you what you need. When synchronistic events pile up, Jung said, it’s as though you’re being supported by an unseen helper. I can roughly graph the […]

Bev’s Tips on Looking for needs, as you seek your next act

 Gen. Robert E. Lee, higher ed innovator,  inspires encore careers Has the tumultuous job market got you fretting about what to do next?  You’re not alone.  And among the folks wondering about their next career are millions of Baby Boomers.  Many don’t plan on early retirement, but they worry age discrimination or technological shifts might […]