Michael Sterling
Why Advice is Like Candy

  We’ve all been told to never take candy from a stranger. Advice should come with the same warning. We often look to, and accept advice from, the wrong people.   Career mentors are invaluable. They offer guidance, coaching and act as a safe sounding board. Having the right mentors throughout one’s career helps to […]


Michael Sterling
“SQUIRREL!” 9 HACKS TO DEFEAT DISTRACTIONS

  If you’ve ever seen the movie “Up” then you’re familiar with Dug the dog being distracted by a squirrel. There are lots of squirrels in life – especially at the office. In order to minimize those disruptions, I use a number of trusted methods to defeat distractions.   9 Hacks to Defeat Distractions   Alexa. […]


Michael Sterling
How Long is Too Long to Respond to a Job Offer?

  When I am asked how long is too long to respond to a job offer, my answer is short – 72 hours.   Three days is a reasonable time to request from a potential employer to consider a job offer and respond with a decision. This time frame provides adequate opportunity to gather your […]


Michael Sterling
Describe Yourself (9 Great Answers for Accountants)

Describe yourself in a few words. Can you? Most likely, a number of adjectives come to mind. Perhaps you’re a dog-loving, travel enthusiast and die-hard Packers fan. Great! Nice description. Except if you’re in a job interview.   If you consider winning the blue ribbon in the city-wide chili cook-off each year an integral part […]


Michael Sterling
DON’T LEAVE THE BUSINESS OUT OF BUSINESS CASUAL

  When you hear ‘business casual’ what comes to mind? Business casual has become a standard dress code in many offices. Yet, many professionals are really unclear on what the term means. And far too many people emphasize the casual and forget about the business.   Your appearance doesn’t determine your professional competency, but it […]


Michael Sterling
‘Drop the Mic’ Confidence – Winning at Work

  Have you noticed that confidence isn’t concrete? It’s fluid – it ebbs and flows. We all have our ups and downs. Some days you’ve got it, other days – not so much.   When it comes to our careers, we want to have more good than bad days. To do that, we need to […]


Michael Sterling
Fear Change? Here’s The Main Reason Why

  How many of you embrace change? Do you roll with the punches or cling to a routine? If you fear change, here’s the main reason why – a lack of confidence. Psychologists report that confidence is the number one personality trait of individuals who adeptly deal with change.   Confident people, with high self-esteem, […]


Michael Sterling
BOOM! Here’s How to Ace That Phone Interview

  Looking for a new job before the start of the New Year? Great! Chances are when you’re asked for an interview, it will be by phone. Initial phone screenings are becoming the norm for a first interview. They’re a time saver for both the employer and candidate. A chat by phone sounds simple, right? Not […]


Michael Sterling
How to Pull the Plug on Passive-Aggressive Behavior

  I once saw a definition of someone who is passive-aggressive as “annoying turd.” I laughed. Then, I realized that humor is one of the best ways to pull the plug on passive-aggressive  behavior.   We all know at least one passive-aggressive person. When we come across a passive-aggressive person in the workplace, dealing with […]


Michael Sterling
11 Quotes to Get Your Rear in Gear

  Last week, I shared some of my team’s recommended TED Talks for professional growth.   Today, I want to share some inspiration. Some motivation.   It’s tax extension season. IRS deadlines are looming. Accountants are pedal to the metal to complete client extensions. If you are searching for a boost – something to give […]

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