As human beings, we love feelings of security. I think this harkens back to the womb. Job benefits like health insurance make us feel secure. I’m all for health insurance. The problem is we often stay in jobs we don’t like because of the benefits. Continue reading
Should I Work For Myself?
Entrepreneurship can provide levels of freedom, opportunity and financial reward that companies typically don’t offer. Starting your own business also takes high levels of energy, accountability, responsibility, drive, commitment, determination, patience, courage and resilience. Continue reading
Sweating And Smartphones
I used to have great conversations in the locker room at my health club. That stopped happening when everyone started carrying their smartphones. I realized I missed those conversations and decided to do something about it. A few months ago, I intentionally left my phone in my locker, put my business cards in a little plastic bag just in case, and went into the sauna armed with nothing more than a towel and my cards. Continue reading
Love The Work, Hate The Pay?
Sometimes we enjoy our work but it’s not paying the bills. This leads to frustration and the desire to quit doing that work. Quitting your job is a reactive response that provides short-termrelief but doesn’t solve the deeper problem. More likely, the solution lies in doing our work differently. Continue reading
Do Career Assessments Help?
Clients yearn for a fast, direct path to their next career. They hope that career assessments will be their one-step, one-stop solution. Having worked with a large range of assessments over the years, I sure wish assessments accomplished more. The best assessments I’ve seen are useful in identifying work strengths and weaknesses. Continue reading
The Joys of Volunteering
When Elena got laid off from his job as a computer programmer, she thought a dog could provide companionship and help she get through she job transition. Unfortunately, Elena’s landlord didn’t like that idea. Continue reading
Make That Tangerine Suede
The busier people get, the more purposeful they are in every aspect of their life. I used to be fine calling my web host and working with whoever answered the call for tech support. Not anymore. Continue reading
You might think that, as a former admissions director for three prestigious East Coast graduate schools, I would steer people back to school. Not so. My experience has taught me that school is expensive, takes time and energy, and just doesn’t pay off. There are smarter strategies for job and career success. Continue reading
Finding Your Natural Strengths After a Layoff
Do you want to use your layoff to find another job, or find the work you’re meant to be doing in the world? Some people grab the next job to have an income base while they figure out their heart’s desire for work. What you choose depends on your long and short term goals. Continue reading
Heal Now, Hunt Tomorrow
Most folks’ knee jerk reaction to a job layoff is to grab the classifieds. I understand, I’ve been there. Take a deep breath. You may think you’ve been handed something awful. In fact, you’ve just been handed a rite of passage. Continue reading