Michael Sterling
Simple Steps to Making Career Strides in 2018

  The start of a new year always reminds me of the saying, “Wherever you go, there you are.” We all talk about a fresh start for the new year. In reality, we carry our baggage with us. What has really changed? Nothing, unless we choose to make changes.   If your goal is to […]


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
How to Tackle the Career Control Conundrum

  Career control is a conundrum.  Is your career in the hands of your manager(s), co-workers or family? Sure – to a degree. Without the proper support from those around you, it can be tough to build career momentum. However, professional success is truly yours to own. You’re in the driver’s seat. No one is […]


Michael Sterling
Amazingly Simple Steps to Turn Happiness into Success

  Happiness and success are often viewed as the same thing. They’re not. One doesn’t equal the other. However, I believe that happiness leads to success. It’s the fuel our brains need to drive us towards our goals.   Funneling happiness into your career has been proven, by decades of research, to directly impact professional […]


Michael Sterling
The Unexpected Reason You Need a Vacation!

  It’s summer. As a kid, it was the time of year I loved most. Summer meant days filled with fun rather than school work. Today summer still holds a special place, even if work now blends seamlessly with summer.   When I think back on counting the days to summer break, I realize what […]


Michael Sterling
Risks of Resigning: The Retaliation Strike

  Here’s the scenario: You have resigned from your job to move to a great new opportunity and are firm on your decision. All good, right? Maybe not. There are proven risks of resigning. Keep your guard up for a possible retaliation strike.   Why? Because unless you know how to diffuse your current employer’s […]


Michael Sterling
Character Counts – How to Leave a Job Gracefully

  Imagine a co-worker who trashes his cubicle, plays practical jokes on his replacement and slinks off with the copier on his last day of work. Is this a person you’d recommend to a prospective employer?  Or expect your firm to rehire? Or expect team members to want to work with again? Probably not.   […]


Michael Sterling
Exit Strategy: How to Resign the Right Way

  If you’re in Public Accounting, you may be caught up in the flurry of the post busy season job search. In my last article,13 Hidden Ways to Fail an Interview, I outlined the most common ways candidates bomb an interview without knowing it. Now, let’s say that, instead of an interview being a flop, […]


Michael Sterling
Your Career Depends on These – 11 Qualities for Success

11 Aspects of Executive Presence   So let’s say you’ve just been passed over for promotion to a leadership position. You hear you almost got the job but the other guy got it because of “his strong executive presence.”   You think you know what they’re talking about but all the same, you don’t feel […]


Michael Sterling
7 Free Websites to Boost Your Success

  If you’re waiting for success to find you – you’re doing it wrong.  Success doesn’t just happen. Continuous learning, growing and trial and error is what enables us to be more successful.   The good news is learning can be fun and FREE! I’ve found seven worthy websites where you can go to grow […]

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