Articles by Kate Rodriguez


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How to email higher-ups in style

The Executive’s Guidelines for Emailing Senior Managers

In the constant swirl of messages that we read, write and respond to every day, we often overlook the importance of email style vis-à-vis the recipient. Take the example of emailing senior managers. Addressing a higher-up in another company, or even the boss in your own organization, demands more formality than you might use with co-workers. It’s also important to avoid anything that may cast a negative light on you as an employee.

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The Big Reveal

The “Tell Me About Yourself” Interview Question

It happens to nearly everyone during the first part of a job interview: the prompt, ‘So, tell me about yourself.’ Interviewers have a clear strategy when they throw this line in the water. They want to know if you have a concise, articulate comeback – a short elevator speech that outlines your career accomplishments and tells them why their organization needs you and not another candidate on the short list.

choose your inner circle
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Solid Advice Matters

Leaders, Choose Your Inner Circle Wisely

It gets lonely at the top. Leaders of all stripes tend to rely on just a small group of people for advice when making decisions. Yet all too often, this team is full of head-nodders who do not provide honest input. How do you choose your inner circle the smart way?

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Building Better Bosses

Unusual Leadership Training Programs: Horses and VR Games

Most executive development programs take place in a training room. They involve lectures, role play, small group breakouts and case studies. But what happens when we disrupt the setting, and make learning physical and emotional instead of intellectual? We looked at a few unusual leadership training programs and learned how they provide unique insights into…

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Focus on Goals

Got Career Grit?

The concept of “grit” is getting a lot of attention. While it is nothing new, grit – defined as perseverance and passion for achieving long-term goals — is being studied closely now. Why? Because experts think it is one of the best predictors of success.

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The Human Advantage

Improve Soft Skills to Defend Your Job against Robots

It will not happen overnight, but in the next few decades, artificial intelligence tools are likely to take over a lot of the tasks you do at work. That does not have to mean unemployment, though. Communication and creative skills are fast becoming game-changers for professionals who want to succeed and lead. Improve soft skills…