Coaching Other Business Owners

It’s uncomfortable to offer what we perceive to be unflattering feedback.  Whether we do it out of genuine concern or because someone asks for our opinion, we must tread carefully, yet provide honest feedback, particularly to other business owners.  One way to set a more comfortable tone for your conversation is to start by making […]

Maintaining Your Peer Group from Previous Organizations or Affiliations

Peers with whom you’ve previously worked, attended school, or shared a common purpose can be valuable members of your network.  This is because your shared history provides a ready resource for sharing job intel, references and referrals, making your investment in the relationship a worthwhile one. Easier said than done, right?  Since you no longer […]

Leveraging Our Network: References

Reference Philosophy A reference is a testimonial of suitability to fill a specific organizational role.  When tapped to provide a reference for a colleague who is interviewing for a position, we’re being asked for an honest assessment—a particular challenge if that person wasn’t a top performer when we worked with them. We’d all like to […]

Leveraging Our Network: Introductions Etiquette

Making the effort to connect people whose relationship may be mutually beneficial is a habit of all great networkers.  The introductions you make add value for all players—you build your own value to your colleagues and connections, and simultaneously demonstrate positive regard for members of your network.   Making introductions is like corporate match-making.  When we […]