Non-Slick Executive Presence

Kathryn Crawford Saxer Career Management

Read all of my Seattle Times columns. “I don’t have executive presence,” a beloved coaching client told me. “I’m not slick.” This client, with 20 years’ experience in his highly technical field, was preparing for a round of interviews for an internal promotion. If he lands it, he will join his company’s executive ranks. “Tell me about your leadership style,” I suggested. He paused. “I try to lead by example,” he said. “How do you know?” I asked. “Maybe this …

The Doll in the Window

Kathryn Crawford Saxer Career Management

Read all of my Seattle Times columns. The little girl was looking in the window of Mighty Mouse Toys, pulling on her mom’s hand, pointing at the beautiful dolls. She was maybe 7 years old. “We can go in there,” her father told her, his tone harsh and mean and loud. “But if you ask for anything, you’ll get spanked.” As I walked to my office across Pioneer Square, I could hear the parents arguing, the child crying. That man …

The $20,000 Ask

Kathryn Crawford Saxer Career Management

Read all of my Seattle Times columns. A beloved coaching client was looking to branch out to something new after 20 years in her field. And she wanted a shorter commute. “My commute’s an hour on a good day,” she told me. “Also, I’m going to need help with negotiating the offer,” she said. “I’m really nervous about that.” In due time, she was in final interviews with a couple of organizations in different industries. “Any updates?” I emailed her, …

The Mobius Strip

Kathryn Crawford Saxer Career Management

Read all of my Seattle Times columns. How do you plan for your next role when you love where you are? “I love my job,” a new client told me as she sat down in my office. “I’ve done incredibly well in my career so far.” I waited for the “but.” She described high impact, meaningful, creative work with great colleagues and just enough international travel. We agreed it was a dream job. She sounded and looked happy. I wasn’t …