Mark Gonska

Mark Gonska is Executive Vice President and leads the Outplacement Practice for Dise & Company. He helps employers avoid the second most costly mistake they can ever make: retaining employees they should release. Also known as America’s Career Coach, Mark has assisted over 8,000 people moving forward in their careers.
Find me on:

Recent Posts

How to get fired – work hard at the wrong things.

Work hard and smart, be nice to others, be the first person in the office and the last person to unplug the coffee pot… pitch in and help out with urgent projects, especially when it’s “not your job.” Look good, smell good and update your wardrobe. Maintain eye contact, listen twice as much as you talk and genuinely care about others. Call them by name. Don’t gossip or shop online. Get plenty of rest, limit your carbs and consider kale.

Tagged With: Corporate Outplacement

Want some Litigation with your Layoff? I bet you don't.

Anyone can sue anyone for anything.

Use a lawnmower for a hedge trimmer – there’s a lawsuit for that. Climb over a barbwire fence into the lions’ exhibit and get mauled – there’s a lawsuit for that. A burglar sprains his back while stealing valuables from your home – yes, there’s a lawsuit.

Tagged With: Corporate Outplacement, Expert Knowledge

Are You “Over-qualified”? Or Are You Just Too Old?

Often, “over-qualified” is code for something else.

“You’ve got very impressive credentials, and your experience is wide-ranging, but…” the hiring manager says: “We really think you’re overqualified.”

If you hear the words “over-qualified”, your job is to figure out what that something else is…, and overcome it just like you would any other objection.

Tagged With: Executive Coaching

Remove This One Obstacle And Watch Yourself Grow

What’s the #1 thing holding you back? Could it be your leadership style?

Any time I get the chance to sit down with an executive, I ask: “What’s the biggest obstacle to taking your business to the next level?”

Typically I’ll get a variety of very serious responses: “We’re not in alignment”. “We’re not hiring the right kinds of people.” “Turnover is really high.”

And invariably, I respond: “Wow…, that sounds like a leadership issue.”  Because if you really take time to think about it, at every level, problems can be traced back to leadership, or rather, the lack of leadership.

Tagged With: Executive Coaching

It’s an employer’s market. Or is it?

If you don’t know who you’re looking for, you’ll easily find him (or her)

The unemployment rate rose from 6.5 to 6.7 percent for the Month of November, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics—the economy shed 533,000 jobs in one short month. That’s up 2% from the same time last year.

Tagged With: Expert Knowledge

How to Fireproof Your Career in These Tough Economic Times

Become your company’s MVE – most valuable employee

With the grim unemployment news splashed across the headlines, it is understandable that you may be concerned about losing your job.

Tagged With: Insider, Industry News, Executive Coaching

Just say "NO” to Mr./Ms. kNOw-it-All

Combat the negative person in your workplace

Tagged With: Executive Search

The Top 10 Job Search Mistakes (And How You Can Avoid Them)

Finding a job in a recession is not easy.  Even in good times, a successful job search requires time, patience, and creativity.  These days, hiring managers and executives are choosier than ever and looking for reasons to screen people out, i.e., they are looking for reasons not to hire you.  However, if you’re able to avoid the most common job search mistakes, you can still land your perfect job, even in this tough market. 

Tagged With: Executive Search

10 Signs It’s Time To Fire “Toxic Tom,” Your Problem Employee

Have you ever put off firing an employee?

Tagged With: Insider, Executive Coaching

The 7 Deadly Sins of Firing an Employee (And How To Avoid Them)

You can fire anyone at any time for any reason or no reason… that’s what employment at-will is all about, right?

Tagged With: Insider, Corporate Outplacement

Subscribe to Email Updates

Hiring the Wrong Employee

Popular Posts

executive search firm