How to Ask Someone to be Your Mentor – Dos and Donts

I am republishing this article with new content as my learning on how to ask someone to be your¬†mentor has evolved. ūüôā ¬†Hope you will find it useful. We all need formal and informal mentors to help us grow and learn. ¬†¬†Young professionals have more of a need for formal mentors. ¬† Seasoned professionals needs…  ...  read more

How to Write a Good Self Evaluation – Follow 5 Tips

It’s self-evaluation time. ¬†Are you ready to put your best foot forward? This is your chance to put the best representation of your work on permanent record and build your brand. Many people are too humble or too general in their self evaluation. ¬†Don’t fall in that trap. ¬†Being too humble will work against you….  ...  read more

How to Get Promoted as a Generalist in a Company Full of Specialists

Are you a “Generalist” or “Specialist” at your company? ¬†¬†Both exists in most companies and serve distinct purposes. ¬†According to Merriam-Webster dictionary Generalist is defined as “a person who knows something about a lot of subjects.” – ¬†a Partner in a consulting firm is ¬†a generalist as he or she would¬†sell work, build relationships, and…  ...  read more

Farewell Letter to Coworkers – A Great Example

It’s never easy to say farewell to a company and a team. ¬† However, this will happen many times in your career, as most of us have at least 7 different jobs until we retire.¬†¬†While many farewell letters to coworkers are fairly standard and boring, it may serve you to take some time to craft…  ...  read more

Career Advancement – How Louis Quadrupled His Income

Mastering soft skills is critical to your career advancement. ¬† Louis Johnston, one of our executive authors, agrees. ¬†He shared in this interview how mastering certain soft skills helped him¬†skyrocket his career and¬†quadruple his compensation. Louis¬†started as an Online Marketing Associate, 10 years ago. ¬†He has since been promoted to Manager, Director, Senior Director, and…  ...  read more

How to be Successful at Work – 3 Questions Answered

The most frequently asked question I receive from readers is some version of how to be successful at work or in my career. ¬† Below is the latest question I received in this category. ¬† Ying, a Chinese immigrant working in the US¬†used the Ask Me Anything tool inside the Soft Skills Gym to send…  ...  read more

How to Get a Promotion – Top 5 Questions Answered

Even since I launched the first group coaching call on Insider Tips to Getting Promoted, I am pleased to received¬†many great questions by email related to how to get a promotion at work. ¬† Here are the top 5 most common questions and my perspective. ¬†Overall, you will see a theme. ¬†Besides being a good…  ...  read more