For many of us, speaking in public is our No. 1 fear.

Fear of speaking in public stems from many things such as uncertainty about what to say, the perception that you might embarrass yourself, or even self-consciousness about how you will sound. These feelings stem from one thing: lack of self-confidence.

Find out how can you gain more confidence as a speaker. (read more…)

Early in my career, I embarked on a soul-searching exercise to help me define who I wanted to be, what I was willing to pin my reputation on and what skills I needed to develop to be true to my vision and succeed.

While earning my master’s degree in organizational leadership, I began to understand the value of servant leadership — a belief that the manager is really the servant of the employee, there to help the employee accomplish their job. That focus lead me to define how I work and interact with my team, the larger Toshiba organization and our communities.

Because business is rarely black and white, but rather gradations of gray, business subtleties can tax leaders as they face today’s challenges, some with ethical, moral and social implications. To address these challenges, leaders must have a clear idea of their values, their performance objectives and the skills they need to embody to be successful. (read more…)

Job-seekers and hiring-decision makers agree that job hunting and recruiting are disagreeable, inefficient, stressful, frustrating and time-consuming but necessary for both parties. Most candidates are eager to avoid active job searching, and if they make the effort to network purposefully, it’s possible to do so.

Having a productive network that provides job leads is the key to lifetime “career insurance,” a constant flow of opportunities and continuous access to inside information about unadvertised or hidden jobs. Many thriving businesses never formally advertise; they grow through word of mouth, i.e., networking.

Personal referrals are the best way to source a new role. The process of initiating new connections selectively and strengthening existing relationships not only will source a candidate’s next role, but their investment in networking purposefully will create a pipeline of future leads. Having (the right) contacts, cultivating these relationships and continually expanding connections provides visibility, accessibility and credibility, thereby increasing chances for being recruited regardless of current employment status. (read more…)

JHoma_Epicor_453_flatBeing the captain of Team USA’s women’s soccer team is similar to my role as co-captain of the Rampone family. I try to do the same in both positions and each have their share of challenges and rewards.

I’ve learned that to lead, I am also required to juggle, observe, listen and plan.My tips aren’t rocket science and I didn’t wake up one morning with all of the answers. Rather, I pay attention and make the most out of unique circumstances that come my way.

I don’t often impart advice, but these four tips have served me well:

Lead by example

Leadership is rooted in having integrity and following the golden rule of treating others fairly and with honesty. If my teammates see me lose it over a missed play or my daughters watch me eat bad food and sit around all day, those images resonate and pave the way for bad habits to form. I lead by example — I eat healthy and exercise so I have energy and immune strength. I occasionally make mistakes like everyone else, but as a team leader, I attempt to use those errors and show my teammates/children how you can create an opportunity by learning from the experience. (read more…)

To increase your chances of getting a promotion, wise career coaches often advise you to dress like you have the job you want, not the one you have.

Why is dress so important? Well, the clothes still don’t make the wo/man, but often they do help you feel like you’re ready for that big step. And it’s that feeling — of confidence and readiness — that communicates most powerfully about your ability in the moments after the person across the meeting table notices your new outfit.

What’s with that “feeling”? Isn’t that a bit squishy?

People know “boardroom presence” when they see it, but how can you develop it if you’ve never been in the boardroom hot seat? It seems like a chicken-and-egg problem, doesn’t it?

The good news is that the kind of executive presence that works in the boardroom also works in your day-to-day job, so you can develop it anywhere and any time. (read more…)