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Considering a Career Change? You're Not Alone.

Considering a Career Change? You're Not Alone.

Certainly, job searches can be tough. But looking for a completely new kind of job, or trying to break into a new industry? That can be so anxiety provoking for people that they avoid ever even trying.

But with the right strategy, it is possible to make the transition. 

The Primary Trait of Successful Leaders? Take a Guess

The Primary Trait of Successful Leaders? Take a Guess

“What’s the number-one trait successful leaders share?”

I ask this question at the start of some of our leadership workshops - in companies as varied in size, industry, age, and stage as you could imagine.

The answers are always interesting. Beyond the surface-interpretation of “these traits are what makes a good leader,” the responses also speak to each person’s values and to the organization’s culture.

Pencil or Ink founder Ellie Hearne on the trait leaders should cultivate.

Networking Doesn't Have to Be Awkward

Networking Doesn't Have to Be Awkward

Many people treat networking as a transactional process in which they need to “sell” something: their services, product, brand, job qualifications. 

Yes, new relationships will often open doors to new jobs, clients, or sales. But if you’re only out to help yourself, others will quickly pick up on that, and your efforts will backfire.

Instead, approach networking in a thoughtful and considered way – as the relationship-building opportunity it is.

When Job Seekers Are the Culprits

When Job Seekers Are the Culprits

I recently wrote about “career ghosting,” the phenomenon in which recruiters abruptly stop responding to job seekers.

But job seekers aren’t just victims of ghosting; they’re guilty of it, too.

Avoid the Rabbit Holes; Work Smarter

Avoid the Rabbit Holes; Work Smarter

Despite our best intentions, we don’t always make the best use of our time.

Certainly we all want to get more done - so why does productivity often feel so elusive?

Find out what could be standing between you and your goals - and how you can work smarter.

The Workplace Challenge We've All Encountered

The Workplace Challenge We've All Encountered

It’s great that you graduated top of your class and can write code - but can you give a peer feedback about what they just said in your team meeting? Feedback that will make a lasting and positive difference?

For many leaders, that’s a hard “No.”

Pencil or Ink founder Ellie Hearne on how companies are setting leaders up to fail - what can be done about it.