Michael Sterling
Office Etiquette: Responding vs. Reacting

Life throws curve balls. What do you do? Respond or react? Responding vs. reacting can make or break a career.   On the surface responding and reacting may appear to be one and the same. They’re not.   Responding vs. Reacting   Reacting is: knee-jerk; without thought to the situation and is often aggressive. Responding […]


Michael Sterling
A Real-Life Treasure Map – for the Pirate in Us All!

  A few days ago, it was International “Talk Like a Pirate Day.”  Ok, it’s a little silly, but every year the day gets media attention and hordes of people join in with a hearty “Aargh, Matey!” This year, it got me thinking that we’re all pirates in a sense. We’re each plotting a course […]


Michael Sterling
Share What You Know with Who You Know (Here’s Why)

  Only you know what you know. That knowledge is a result of hard work, experience and even some hard life lessons. Knowledge is often held tightly – out of fear of giving someone else the upper hand. However, it’s important to share what you know with who you know.   Sharing your thoughts and […]


Michael Sterling
Initiative Starts with ‘I’

As the saying goes, “There’s no ‘I’ in Team.” However, there is an ‘I’ in Initiative. If you’re wishing and waiting for professional success to be handed to you – remember Initiative starts with ‘I’.   As a career coach and recruiter, I speak with many job seekers who tell me “My boss hasn’t given […]


Michael Sterling
Chasing the Carrot is Killing Your Career

  Professional success is not a hop, skip and a jump. It’s a steady climb. If you’re hopping here and there – from one job to the next – you’re doing it wrong.  You may not realize it, but chasing the carrot is killing your career.   Job hopping is a trend, especially among younger […]


Michael Sterling
Are You Lonely at Work? (And What That Means)

Are you surrounded by co-workers and yet somehow feel alone? Loneliness isn’t a condition of being alone – it’s a mental state. If you feel lonely at work it’s likely due to a disconnect in your workplace.   Many employers worry that employees who work remotely will feel isolated. The fact is, it’s just as […]


Michael Sterling
Office Outcast? 7 Reasons You’re Not Likable.

  You may be the smartest person in the room, but your likeability has a huge impact on your value in the workplace. If you’re the office outcast, your chances for success are diminished. Career ladders are climbed by those who have experience and knowledge as well as a high likeability factor.   Many believe […]


Michael Sterling
One Surefire Sign of a High-Performer

  When you think about highly successful people, what comes to mind? Their intelligence, experience and leadership skills are likely on the list. There’s another surefire sign of a high-performer which research has shown is a key quality of achievers – the ability to control emotions.   Staying cool, calm and collected under intense pressure […]


Michael Sterling
(Interior) Design Your Way to Success

  These days, everyone works on the fly. We wheel and deal on our laptops, phones and tablets in cars, trains, planes – even from home in bed. I found myself hunkered-down with my laptop, propped up by pillows the other evening with a sore neck and back. It was at that moment I realized […]


Michael Sterling
Does Your Luck Suck?

  How much of your success is based on luck? It’s really a matter of perspective. Does your luck suck? If you believe in bad luck, you’ll have a greater chance of finding it. I tend to agree with Abraham Lincoln who said, “The harder I work, the luckier I get.”   If you believe […]

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