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
Ironclad Ways to Polish Your Professional Mojo

  Have you checked your mojo lately? Vocabulary.com defines Mojo as something that makes you popular, persuasive and successful. However, it’s not a permanent thing. Our mojo can go missing – or simply be a little tired or tarnished. So, it’s good to check it regularly and, if necessary, polish your professional mojo.   8 Ways […]


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
Are You a Modern-Day Macbeth? 6 Questions to Assess Your Ambition

  Most of us read Macbeth in high school. Macbeth’s ambition and corruption of power led to his tragic end. Macbeth, while fictional, serves as a cautionary lesson in human nature. Yet, we find real-life Macbeths among us. Are you a modern-day Macbeth? You may want to assess your ambition level.   Healthy vs. Unhealthy […]


Michael Sterling
Brace for Impact – 7 Signs Your Career is Crashing

  Remember the feeling you had when you graduated college? At that moment, you’re on Cloud 9 ready to soar. It’s a rush – the euphoria of “there’s no stopping me now.” No where to go but up, right? That is, until there isn’t. Is it that you’ve simply hit a head-wind or have the engines […]

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