how to prepare for a graduate school interview

Learning tips early on how to prepare for a graduate school interview will give you an advantage.  Applying to graduate school is a stressful and busy process. From choosing the programs you’re interested in to polishing your resume, securing references, and writing essays, there’s just a great deal to keep track of. But in the whole

teach soft skills to teenagers

Should we teach soft skills to middle school and high school students?  If so, how should we do it?  These are questions that have gained more interest in recent years.    A grad student just reached out to me on this topic with the following questions.  I am sharing my response in case you have kids or Read More →

dealing with stress

If you are feeling stressed at work, I may have good news.  Some stress is good for you!  According to research done by Elizabeth Kirby from UC Berkeley, we are actually not optimal or happy unless we have a moderate amount of stress in our life. Too little stress leads to boredom and even depression Too much

inspirational pop songs

Do you ever notice that kids can learn pop songs overnight?   Luckily my kids are gravitating toward the inspirational ones rather than the racy ones.  They have been singing 3 songs on the top of their lungs for the last few months.  Coincidentally, these 3 songs are exactly what I needed to hear. Work has been


We had an amazing first Group Coaching Call this past Tuesday.  The topic was Insider Tips to Getting Promoted.   I prepared the following materials and had a very interactive discussion with everyone for an hour. 3 Most Common Mistakes people make that jeopardizes their promotion – based on an article I drafted but haven’t published

leadership traits

When we think of a strong leader, someone that we admire, respect, and enjoy working with, a list of common character traits comes to mind. We might describe these people as patient, supportive, empowering, credible, or fearless — all important leadership traits that inspires teams to loyalty and high performance.    Do you want to become

soft skills for managers

Managers with stronger skills in multiple areas have greater chances of becoming successful. As a manager, you need both hard skills (e.g. business or project management) and soft skills (e.g. leadership skills) to be effective.  I would argue soft skills are more important than hard skills as you get more senior in your career.  If you

improve teamwork

Good teamwork calls for creating conditions that encourage everyone in the team to share their ideas, feel empowered, and perform in a collaborative and coordinated manner. As a team leader, you are responsible to develop people’s strengths, build good relationships with people, and set meaningful team goals to facilitate it. If you are a team

5 tips to run a successful meeting

Meetings are an essential part of every organization.  Yet, at least 50% of meetings today are ineffective.  This cartoon on the left may seem silly but is not far from the truth in describing bad meetings.  It is essential to your success to learn how to run a successful meeting.  Effective meeting management skills will

develop soft skills

In today’s competitive environment, it is imperative for employees to gain a competitive edge in order to achieve long-term growth and success. If you have the right technical knowledge and skills with reasonable achievements, you may have good chances of landing your dream job. However, you can further increase your chances of getting noticed by Read More →

how to network with senior executives

I consider myself to be fairly competent at networking.  Even so, I still got intimidated when I thought about how to network with senior executives at my company.   I probably experienced some of the same self-doubt you have gone through: Why would they want to build a relationship with me?  I don’t work with them day to day