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Author: Kara Dennison and Jack Dennison

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Are you ready to take your career to the next level? We're here to help! Join us every week as we give you practical tips to empower yourself in your career journey.   Hosts Jack and Kara Dennison, SPHR, have a combined expertise in human resources, executive career coaching, and entrepreneurship. They will provide you with the tools and insights you need to advance in your career. With over 1,700 professionals under their belts and $12 million in salary increases negotiated, they're eager to share their wealth of knowledge with you.
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In this week’s episode, hosts Jack and Kara dive into the crucial topic of creating great leaders in the corporate world. They discuss the importance of empowerment, emphasizing the need for leaders to trust their teams and provide autonomy in decision-making. They also share insights into the pitfalls of promoting high performers into leadership roles without proper training, leading to detrimental outcomes for both individuals and organizations. They also discuss the significance of alignin...
Picture yourself effortlessly managing multiple tasks in a complex organization—it's exactly what our latest episode is all about. We're here to equip you with the essential strategies needed to handle the challenges of a matrix structure with ease. Join us as we explore how to effectively communicate with different bosses and strike a balance between project work and your daily responsibilities. We'll dive deep into the significance of clear communication and how it can benefit you, helping ...
Learn how to boost your influence at work, regardless of your job title. Join us at the Career Advancement Academy as we share practical strategies for leading effectively from any position. Whether you're a new supervisor or an experienced middle manager, our insights will enhance your leadership skills, fostering innovation, productivity, and efficiency in your team. Discover the impact of involving employees in goal setting, building trust through feedback and transparent communication, an...
Join us in today’s episode and learn how to advance your career by mastering the skill of managing up, a strategy expertly unpacked in our latest episode with insights from Harvard Business Review. Learn how a harmonious relationship with your boss can lead to more than just meeting deadlines—it can propel your career forward and help you achieve your growth and career objectives. Discover the importance of proactive communication and how regular one-on-one meetings can be the cornerstone of ...
Feeling drained and distant from the job you once loved? Join us in today’s episode as we unravel the burnout cycle, delving into personal tales and lessons illuminating professional exhaustion's shadowy corners. In our candid discussions, we dissect burnout's symptoms and root causes, from the emotional toll of misaligned careers to the scars of unaddressed traumas. This episode isn't just a casual chat; it's a roadmap for recognizing your life's red flags and strategies for reigniting your ...
Ever wondered how continuous learning could be your ticket to career advancement and fulfillment? In our latest podcast episode, we dive into the essential world of upskilling. You'll discover how investing in your own growth aligns with the desires of a staggering 94% of employees eager for development opportunities. We'll also tackle the concerns of CEOs about their teams' skill sets and bridge the gap between what professionals crave and what leaders provide. Discover how connecting with l...
Are you ready to reignite your passion for your career? Let us guide you through a transformative journey of self-discovery and professional rejuvenation. In this episode, we share personal insights and practical exercises to help you tap into your unique strengths. Learn the art of self-assessment and honest reflection, and witness how leaning into your innate abilities can convert an ordinary workday into an extraordinary one. This episode isn't just about finding what you're good at; it's ...
Do you feel like your career flame is flickering out? We've got the spark to reignite your passion! Join us in this transformative episode; with a blend of humor and heart, we tackle the sobering findings from a Gallup poll, revealing a crisis of disengagement in the workplace. But it's not all doom and gloom—we're here to help you spot the warning signs your job may no longer be the right fit. From the detrimental effects of feeling underappreciated to the telltale symptoms of burnout, we're...
Ever feel like you're racing from one career achievement to the next without taking a breath? That's about to change. In this episode, we unpack the monumental value of pausing to celebrate your professional victories. Revel in the stories and strategies for creating your own Kudos Folder, your personal arsenal of accolades that's more than just a confidence booster—it's the ace up your sleeve for performance reviews and seizing new opportunities.Episode highlights:(3:26) What is the Kudos Fo...
In this episode, we delve into the strategic use of LinkedIn to optimize your profile for maximum visibility. We'll walk you through creating a LinkedIn headline that captivates, strategically placing keywords to pop up in the right searches, and leveraging the platform's AI to ensure your profile aligns perfectly with recruiter needs. We discuss the importance of networking over direct applications and shed light on the power of LinkedIn as a comprehensive professional networking platform. R...
Unlock the secrets to a flourishing professional life with your hosts, Jack and Kara Dennison, as we share our expert toolkit for savvy networking and career advancement. Imagine establishing authentic connections that not only open doors but also add a new dimension to your career trajectory. In this episode, we dive into the intricacies of creating a personal and professional value proposition that makes you a magnet for opportunities. We share our step-by-step guide on how to construct a r...
Discover the untapped potential of personal branding as we reveal the transformative power it holds in steering your career trajectory. In this episode, we go through our personal evolutions from personal trainers to career coaches and learn how a distinctive professional identity is not just a nice-to-have but a must-have in today's competitive landscape. We dive deeper into the art of genuine communication, providing practical tips to craft your narrative and offering a framework that guide...
Have you ever wondered why some resumes open doors while others seem to vanish into the void? Prepare to unlock the secrets to career elevation as we delve into authentic personal branding and resume strategy nuances. In this episode, we kick off the new year by discussing the importance of authenticity in advancing your career. We emphasize the need to authentically showcase your unique value proposition (UVP) in your resume, LinkedIn profile, and overall personal branding. We also talk abou...
Are you tired of juggling your professional and personal life like a circus act that's one dropped ball away from chaos? In this episode, we introduce you to the concept of work-life harmony—where the quest for a rigid 50-50 split becomes a tale of the past. We dive into why “perfect balance” is just a myth and share how a flexible blend of career and home life can actually nurture your ambitions and relationships rather than pit them against each other. We'll guide you through the mindset ch...
In this episode, we explore the impact of New Year's resolutions on career development. We discuss two types of resolutions: approach-oriented goals that focus on growth and empowerment and avoidance-oriented goals that address obstacles and roadblocks. We also share insights on the effectiveness of combining both types for a balanced approach. We delve into the concept of one-word resolutions, where individuals choose a word that resonates with their career or life aspirations. We wanted to ...
Have you ever felt like your career goals are leading nowhere? It might be because you're missing a crucial part of the equation. It's time to discover the power of tying your goals to what you truly crave in life. In today’s episode, you'll learn how to set clear, challenging objectives. We're going to expose common roadblocks that could be setting you back. We've even got an exercise developed by the founder of Mindvalley to help figure out your goals by exploring your desires for experienc...
Feeling stressed about your upcoming performance review? You're not alone. In today’s episode, we share how performance reviews can be a golden opportunity for career advancement and personal growth. We're here to shift your perspective and help you confidently navigate this process. Remember, this isn't just about you receiving feedback; it's also about giving it. Learn how to wield this two-way conversation to improve your department and company. And don't worry; we'll also tackle how to ha...
Have you ever felt that stinging sensation of rejection, especially from a job you were rooting for? You're not alone, and we're here to tell you - it's not you, it's them! In this episode, we emphasize the need to detach worth from outputs and instead focus on continuous learning and growth. We discussed the reality of job rejection and turned it on its head. We present an alternative perspective: rejection as redirection to something better suited for you. Forget about the end game; it's th...
Imagine living a life of fulfillment that effortlessly propels your career, all thanks to an untapped power called gratitude. A power that enhances your emotional intelligence, transforms your brain's neural pathways, and sets you up for success. In this episode, we go beyond the simple 'thank you,' showing you how seeing change as a challenge, not a threat, can be a game-changer. And it's not just our opinion; the American Psychological Association backs us up. We share effective strategies ...
Imagine harnessing the transformative power of your mind to manifest your dreams and aspirations. This is exactly what we accomplished when we embarked on our entrepreneurial journey, using a vision board as our compass through the complex labyrinth of business start-ups. In today’s episode, we dive into our personal stories and discover the profound influence visualization had on our careers, saving us time, sparking productivity, and propelling us to significant milestones. We also talked a...
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