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Donna Schilder

Professional Certified Coach

Leadership, Career, & Business Coach

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Donna Schilder

California Companies Can No Longer Require Previous Salary & Benefits Information from Job Applicants

AB 168, Salary History Inquiries, is a relatively new California State Law that you should know about if you are applying for a new job or if you are hiring.   AB 168 – Salary History Inquiries AB 168 prohibits private and public sector employers from asking applicants about their prior salary, compensation, and benefits. Employers are also prohibited from relying on an applicant’s salary history as a factor in determining whether to offer employment or the amount of salary to offer. However, in determining pay, employers may consider prior salary information the applicant voluntarily discloses. AB 168 also requires employers to provide an applicant the pay scale for a position upon an applicant’s request. This will be an advantage to job applicants who may have been offered a salary that is lower than what the job they are applying for is worth in the current job market, due to their previous salary history.  It also eliminates a question that job applicants have long found perilous and nerve-wracking.  No one wants to be paid less than they are worth in the job market or less than what the job they are doing is worth to the company. This new law may seem like a detriment for companies, but we believe that paying employees what they are worth and what the job they are doing is worth, in the long run, will be an advantage to employers because they will be more likely to retain their employees.  Employee turnover is a very costly business.  

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8 Tips for Creating Structure for Your Strategic Thinking

The Executives I work with often struggle with taking the time to do the Strategic Thinking they need to do. I usually suggest that they calendar the time on a regular basis so they make sure it happens.

Having a Strategic Thinking appointment seems to help many Executives ensure they take the time to look at the big picture.

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10 Tips For Writing a Well-Branded Executive Bio

Understand the purpose or goal of your bio. Understand your audience and what they are looking for. Use positive feedback people have given you as quotes. Having someone else say you’re effective or visionary let’s you remain humble and lends credibility to the statements.

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5 Power Steps For Facilitating Bad Meeting Behaviors

For many reasons, leaders allow disruptive behaviors to continue in meetings: they have gotten complacent, they don’t want to cause conflict, they don’t know how to intervene in the behaviors. Don’t let disruptive behaviors negatively impact the productivity of your organization or department. Instead, utilize the 5 Power Steps to Facilitating Bad Meeting Behaviors.

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17 Interventions to Reduce Anxiety When It Occurs

We all respond to stress and anxiety differently so, there’s no “one size fits all” solution to managing stress. But if you feel like the stress in your life is out of control, here are some things that might help.

1. Perform belly breathing
2. Perform chest slap

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13 Steps to Reduce Overall Stress

By Donna Schilder, MCC, Leadership, Career, & Business Coach 1. Stay hydrated 2. Get plenty of rest 3. Walk every day 4. Rest for 10 minutes after work 5. Go outside 6. Listen to happy music 7. Get a massage once a month 8. Meditate 9. Use singing bowls 10. Create a perfect living space where are all my needs and desires are fulfilled 11. Keep a clean desk 12. Pear down priorities 13. Spend time relaxing

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5 Power Tips for Reducing Public Speaking Stress

Here are 5 ways to reduce stress when speaking in public:

1. Understand that the butterflies are excitement, not fear
2. Imagine a white light surrounds and protects you
3. Visualize applause, doing well, and what the positive outcome is: People love the presentation, people use the information to improve their lives or work

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Your Accountant Would Probably Tell You That Career Coaching Is Deductible

Hiring a Job Search Coach can:

1. Speed up your Job Search process by months, sometimes years.
2. Help you access jobs you would never have uncovered
3. Help you negotiate the best perks and pay possible so that you are more successful professionally and monetarily
4. Help you gain skills that you will use for a lifetime

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New Leader Questions to Uncover the Deeper Problem

I recently received a request from another Coach for questions a new leader could use to find out what the problems are in their department. So here is the list I shared with her of questions to help new leaders uncover the deeper problems behind productivity issues.

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Encouraging the Heart for Leaders

encouraging the heart

I believe that one of the most important jobs of a leader is to encourage their team members. Encouragement goes a long way in keeping team members motivated and is a powerful intangible reward that all leaders have at their disposal.

Some leaders think that high functioning people do not need encouragement. This is wrong thinking. Everyone needs encouragement and recognition.

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