Moving Forward After a Layoff

This week, we have asked a dear client, friend, and colleague to share her experience and her strategies for finding her way back to herself after a layoff. We know that life offers us many opportunities to find ways back to ourselves and she has much to teach: Moving Forward After a Layoff by Heather Stewart For the past 5 years, I worked for an incredible little company that makes creative products for creative people. I first joined the company…

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The Power of Career Coaching

At a local professional meeting, we ran into a man we’ve known for some time who reported that he’d recently had his first appointment with Jill Banks, our Director of Career Services. He said that he had been thinking about calling for a while, but just wasn’t sure he was a good candidate for career coaching. (With career coaching being a relatively new field, many people don’t really understand what it’s about.) Our friend started to share his experience and…

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Another Way to Think About Your Passion

Last week, Jill Banks, our Director of Career Services, wrote asking you to think about your passion and success. We heard from quite a number of you in response to that post. There were a lot of comments about the challenges of articulating your passion in a way that can guide your efforts and your decisions. One CEO wrote that he quickly identified his passions and he used the phrase, “these are what get me out of bed in the…

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Your Passion and Success Matter to Us

We want to start this week’s post by thanking our incredible Monday Morning Business Coach community. Your questions and comments continue to fuel our thinking and shape what we think about each week. In the past couple of months, quite a number of you have written to ask why we are sending out, free, these powerful tips to claiming your power and stepping into your leadership. So this week we wanted to take a moment to tell you how much…

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“How can I be this old and not know what I want to be when I grow up?”

Many of our clients hit a point in their work life when they question their choice of career. This happens for a number of perfectly sensible reasons but it can leave them feeling foolish and asking, “How can I be this old and not know what I want to do when I grow up?” We remind them that the question, when asked of a child, was meant to be answered with a simple and static answer: “I want to be…

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Career Leadership: How Do You Like to Get Paid?

Over the past few weeks we’ve been writing about pursuing work that you love, showing up effectively, and assessing what makes you unhappy in your work life. In this fourth and final post about creating a rich and satisfying work life, we want to get you thinking about how you get paid. Often when we ask this question, our coaching clients look at us like we’re a bit crazy. “What do you mean?” they ask, “Do you mean how often?…

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Career Leadership: Understanding What You Feel

Last week we talked about the importance of your Career Leadership  to creating a life of meaning and satisfaction. This week, our Director of Career Services, Jill Banks, has developed a post to help you to understand and address some of your feelings about your work.   Understanding What You Feel by Jill Banks The statistics are stunning – a recent Gallup poll reported that 70% of Americans range from feeling “blah” to totally hating their jobs. As coaches, a…

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Career Leadership

The past two weeks we have been talking about Jim Carrey’s commencement speech at Maharishi University of Management. During that speech, he made two statements that spoke to us and clearly to many of you (based on your notes to us):   You can fail at what you don’t want to do so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.   AND   The effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there…

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Are You Waiting Too Long?

Are you waiting too long to take the steps that will shape your future and bring more satisfaction to your career life?  As a career coach, when people come in for the first time I often hear the phrase, “I have been thinking of this for months – even years.”  I recognize that decisions that involve our career, leadership or personal goals need time to take shape, be considered and analyzed before being acted upon.  However, in my experience, I…

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Before you say “I Do”

Joining an organization is a lot like a marriage – it’s a commitment that will span the good times and bad, there will be days when you are delighted to stay and days when you think about leaving, and you may have the opportunity to create a connection that is rich and meaningful over time. And, as in a marriage, many of us join an organization because the good feelings we had about the hiring manager and we can be…

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