The Risky Business of Layoffs… Lawsuits, Tarnished Brands & Less than Engaged Employees

During difficult economic times, companies often have to do whatever they can to reduce and control costs, which typically includes reducing their workforce. Even in good economic conditions, reductions in the workforce remain a cost cutting strategy that many organizations utilize. Despite being perceived as a “normal course of business” in any economy, leaders take actions, often in haste, that …

Optimizing Organizational Performance Through Executive Coaching

Historically, Executive Coaching was provided only to the most senior executives (hence the name) and was considered to be a highly confidential matter. With the current emphasis on talent management, coaching, as it is more broadly known, has become one of the primary tools that organizations use to optimize organizational performance. Broadly defined, Executive Coaching is a process that facilitates …

Do You Care Enough To Call?

FEBRUARY 25, 2014 | BY KEVIN OSBORNE, CAREER PARTNERS INTERNATIONAL – SEATTLE This article appeared on Human Resource Executive Online. Most companies have core values that revolve around quality and employee satisfaction, but I’ve seen over the years how many miss an important opportunity to reflect those values in their approach to outplacement. Organizations I work with offer professional-career-transition services …

Who Needs a Coach?

JANUARY 15, 2014 | BY KATHY BOGER, CAREER PARTNERS INTERNATIONAL – PHILADELPHIA Remember your first experiences with baseball, such as joining the local team, or the first time you sat before a piano? What was the key to success? You probably answered, a great coach. Your coach’s job was to teach you the basics of playing, and after that, to …

Tell Me About Yourself…

DECEMBER 17, 2013 | BY BRIAN CLAPP, CAREER PARTNERS INTERNATIONAL – PHILADELPHIA Many interviewers will open the interview with the open ended prompt “Tell me about yourself…” Interviewees often find this question to be particularly difficult to answer but with preparation it offers an opportunity to highlight your skills and focus the interview on your strengths. Responding with a tight, …

5 Simple Strategies for Career Success

SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 | BY BRIAN CLAPP, CAREER PARTNERS INTERNATIONAL – PHILADELPHIA Just as the ancient Roman philosopher Seneca defined luck as “what happens when preparation meets opportunity,” the same is true for achieving career success. There are an infinite number of ways to define career success. It’s always personal, it’s usually multifaceted, and it often evolves over time. Some …

Leading Organizational Change

SEPTEMBER 5, 2013 | BY BRIAN CLAPP, CAREER PARTNERS INTERNATIONAL – PHILADELPHIA Embarking on an organizational culture change effort is a lot like running a marathon. Both can seem daunting, but both are doable. They do not demand extraordinary skill but they do require persistence and determined effort over time. To achieve success, you must have the courage to start, …

Self-Centered Leadership – Become a Better Leader by Putting Yourself First

AUGUST 14, 2013 | BY BRIAN CLAPP, CAREER PARTNERS INTERNATIONAL – PHILADELPHIA Effective leaders are like orchestra conductors: just as the conductor is tasked with optimizing and harmonizing the efforts of each musician to create something greater and more powerful than discrete individual performances, leaders are expected to do the same. The primary responsibility of both leaders and conductors is …

How to Select an Executive Coach

AUGUST 14, 2013 | BY BETSY ALEXANDER – CAREER PARTNERS INTERNATIONAL – PHILADELPHIA One-on-one coaching helps leaders set clearer goals, take action toward the realization of their vision, make better decisions, and expand the use of their natural strengths. Effective coaching entails a collaborative process of equipping leaders with the tools, knowledge and opportunities they need to self-manage, develop change …