Posts Tagged ‘communication skills’

The Interviewer is Interviewed

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

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With the digital version of our book, “Leadership in Wonderland” available on Amazon and with the paperback version recently being listed on Amazon and on our website, www.leadershipinwonderland.com, the tables were turned on us.  For once, Susan, who usually does interviewing on behalf of her clients, became the focal point of an interview herself, when the members of the AESC, the Association of Executive Search Consultants, Global Marketing and Communications department,  became curious about the book.   How did the book come about? What’s so important about embracing change?  Can leadership groups benefit from reading and discussing this together?  All this would be answered in a question and answer.  That Q&A was published in the AESC’s Bluesteps blog on January 5, 2017.  You can read it at:  https://www.bluesteps.com/blog/leadership-wonderland  or on our blog at www.leadershipinwonderland.com

Get Your Forms

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

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You don’t want to write in your book?  You can’t write on a kindle or ebook?  Not a problem.  You can go to the website: www.leadershipinwonderland.com and download and print the fillable forms.  While there, you can read the blog posts written before publishing, learn about the authors, discover the “Leadership…” related workshops, and watch the video interview.

Wait, are you perhaps lost?  Please allow me to backtrack.  SGES founder, Susan Goldberg, and a colleague,  Rebecca Lacy of Pinnacle Management Group, self-published a refreshingly fun view of becoming a better leader, titled “Leadership in Wonderland”.  The kindle version  is available and was recently updated.  The hard copy will be available in mid to late November 2016.  The book fills today’s need of a written work on leadership that is welcoming, accessible to all, and offers no prescription of what to think; instead the reader would be entertained by the short book and invited to participate and respond to the questions within the workbook so they can see how they personally process information, judge and act.  In our social times, this naturally leads to meaningful conversations with others, to gather their feedback, about topics included in the book, such as: building relationships with potential allies, navigating conflict, understanding others agendas, inspiring communication between different departments, etc.

The book grew out of an executive search consultant and a training coach’s experiences with senior executives who were never taught how to lead others and didn’t know what they didn’t know.  There was no one around to impart wisdom to the new leaders, therefore they were stuck.  A book that would help them get unstuck and that didn’t produce fear or anxiety because it was disguised as a storybook and seen to be fun and unorthodox, was just the thing they could use.

You can read all about it on the new website, www.leadershipinwonderland.com which just launched, and you can read the first chapter there as well.  You want the whole thing?  You can purchase it at Amazon http://amzn.to/2eK24vV

We also welcome you to reach the two authors at leadershipinwonderland@gmail.com

Grab some tea or coffee and sit with Alice and her book.  Alice Liddell, of Alice in Wonderland fame, is looking forward to having adventures with you.

Living a Childhood Dream

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

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Have you ever had a dream as a child that you wanted to fulfill so much that it stayed with you as you got older? Perhaps you wanted to produce a film, act on Broadway, curate an art exhibit?  Or maybe you wanted to be responsible for saving a life, setting an athletic world record, or creating something that enhances a number of people’s lives?  They’re all wonderful.

I’m Susan Goldberg .  I’ve always wanted to be an author.  I even had a pen name chosen.  Years passed,  my life became more practical.  I had two careers, the current one kept me very busy and fulfilled and I felt good about all the companies and individuals I have helped  in my business, but I wasn’t an author.  Time went by.  I wondered if I would ever see a glimpse of that dream become a reality.  It only had to be one book.

July 18, 2016 the kindle version of my book was released (the paperback will launch in early Fall).  And, what made it even better is that I had a co-author, Rebecca Lacy, who helped make it happen.  In fact, because she rekindled that spark and challenged me that we could do this, that we did.  We worked together seamlessly, with one voice, and with much joy.

“Leadership in Wonderland”,  available on Amazon Kindle is a work of fiction with a workbook attached.  The book was written for young professionals, first time entrepreneurs, creatives and other non-traditional leaders to discover or reinforce your leadership strengths and be alerted to the things you were never taught but it was assumed you knew .   It involves self-evaluation, problem solving and coming to terms with preconceived notions and biases you may not be aware that you hold.  But the book is also for the dreamer who lives in all of us.   Perhaps not a coincidence that the main character in “Leadership in Wonderland”, Alice, drawn from Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” was also a dreamer.  Hmmmm.

Got a dream?  It will never go away until you make it real.  Come on, take that first step.

First Interview Playbook

Monday, February 15th, 2016

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You’re interviewing for a job.  It’s not your first interview experience, but it’s your first interview experience working through an outside company, an executive search firm, to land the position.  You know the differences in search firms as you previously read: https://www.bluesteps.com/blog/retained-executive-search-vs-contingent but you are unsure of what will be expected from you during this process.  You want the job (or you think you do) and you want to “ace” the process and receive the offer.  Here’s what you should know to get to the offer stage and at the same time develop a great relationship with the search professional for future possibilities should this opportunity fall through: www.bluesteps.com/blog/executive-search-process/

Susan Goldberg of SGES/Susan Goldberg Executive Search, wrote a blog entry  on bluesteps.com for younger professional executives, but it is just as relevant for more seasoned talent who have never worked with or hired an outside hiring expert before, that explains the process along with some key points.  If you’ve been reluctant to ask questions because you assume you are supposed to know these things, this article is sure to be useful.  www.bluesteps.com/blog/executive-search-process/ Still have questions, feel free to email Susan at info@susangoldbergsearch.com or visit aesc.org.  Happy job searching!

SGES and AESC Tweetchats

Monday, October 27th, 2014

The AESC, Association of Executive Search Consultants, runs timely tweetchats (Twitter chats) on topics of interest for potential executive candidates, HR departments, and corporate clients (#ExecCareer). Susan participated in two:  One on Tuesday, August 26th on “Executive Level Business Development/Sales Careers” and on Tuesday, October 21st on “working with an executive search firm as a source or potential candidate”.  Fun and challenging to keep the discussion within the twitter letter limits and also for the technology to work at the same speed for everyone involved. It’s exciting  to have interactive communication and answer immediate questions as they arise.  SGES is always willing to try something new. What topics would you like to see covered by SGES in a tweetchat?

The Perfect Hire? Is it a Real Person or Not?

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Is the typical way we find,  interview and hire the best person for a job obsolete because of social media?  Susan wrote a thoughtful response to an article in July/August’s issue of Scientific American Mind, “The Perfect Hire” which questioned the accuracy of current vetting practices in favor of using social media analysis instead .  The response was published as a blog in the Ageis newsletter compiled and circulated by L. Burke Files: http://www.aegisjournal.com/the-perfect-hire/   The original article, written by a psycologist and professor and his student, played down the importance of finding a candidate who is interested in a job, the role that interviewing and reference checking play in hiring, and the person to person interactions in hiring.  To find out what it was celebrating instead and Susan’s reaction to their findings, read Susan’s response.  http://www.aegisjournal.com/the-perfect-hire/  An article in Sunday, August 11th’s New York Times, “I Flirt and Tweet. Follow me at #Socialbot.” written by Ian Urbina, adds further fuel to Susan’s post. It includes this quote “More than half of Web Traffic is from nonhumans”.   Touche!

SGES Seminars at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

Susan Goldberg presented two seminars this week at Pace University’s business school in downtown Manhattan.  Sponsored by the Career Services department with the help of Dr. Barry Miller, Ms. Maxine Sugarman and Ms. Genevieve Chorhummel, Susan addressed two different audiences on Monday and Wednesday evenings.  Monday’s audience was comprised of Lubin MBA alumni while Wednesday’s seminar instructed current students attending the undergraduate and graduate programs.  The alumni program content included information on how to work successfully with recruiters.  The student program focused on  interviewing skills including how to respond to particularly difficult questions and situations.  Audience participation was a key ingredient for both seminars so that the programs could be beneficial for the individual attendees.  The programs were well attended.  Individual attendees praised the helpfulness of the seminars.  A comment from one of the alumni attendees follows:

“Thanks for an informative and well done presentation last night.    Despite 20+ years in human resources, I picked up so many new ideas. The seminar was so helpful and I think the people sitting around me got a lot out of them, too.”  Barbara D

Relating Innovative Ideas to Appearance (or is style important?) referenced in article

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

It’s common sense that if you want to be known for communicating original ideas and keeping “on top of” current issues and trends, your image should reflect that.  Your words will not create the degree of  impact you intended if your appearance doesn’t fit with the strength, innovativeness, and relevance of  your ideas.   Appearance is important.  According to psychologists, you have less than 30 seconds to make a good first impression, with 55% of it being based on appearance alone.  Susan addresses this in her article, ” The Stylist, A Fairy Godmother to Your Inner Cinderella” by Susan Goldberg published in “Woman Around Town” this week.  Making an attractive appearance never hurts but it may communicate more than just plain “nice-looking”.  According to some experts, who take neuromarketing seriously, a person should update their appearance every few years to reflect an image that is rooted in the immediate times and not grounded in the past.  Susan worked with a style consultant to update her closetful of clothes  while keeping true to her personality and taste.  She shares the personal story of her experience in http://www.womanaroundtown.com/sections/shopping-around/the-stylist-a-fairy-godmother-for-your-inner-cinderella .   Working with the stylist proved to be more intense than expected,  however the article is written in a light informal style for the women’s lifestyle newsletter that is distributed in the New York City and Washington DC metro areas.

SGES Co-hosting Networking Event and Career Coaching Workshop, “Trying It on For Size” on June 16, 2010 in NYC

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

SGES is organizing a networking event and workshop for professional women who are considering making a career or job change.  The event will be held on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 from 5:00 PM until 8:30PM, at the luxurious Carlisle Collection showroom, 16 East 52nd Street, 16th Floor. June 16 Trying it on for Size.  The evening will consist of networking and hors d’oeuvres, a half hour devoted to “Attracting Success with a Fresh Approach to Your Business Style” presentation by Leena Gurevich of The Carlisle Collection, an hour devoted to classes focused on “Discovering and Repositioning Your Skills for a New Market” presented by Susan Goldberg of SGES, and an hour devoted to “Communicating Your Value to Others; The Art of Pitching Yourself Clearly, Concisely and With Confidence” presented by Jackie Kellso of Pointmaker Communications. There will be breaks in between the sessions.  Each attendee will receive feedback and pointers.  The cost for the evening’s event is $45 per person.  Attendance is limited to ensure a manageable class size.  RSVP by June 9, please email coaching@susangoldbergsearch.com.