Reinvesting in the basics

Something has always stuck with me from a class I took in undergrad on managing your career. The professor, a man on the brink of retirement who related most things back to golf metaphors, said this: Mastering the basics is not optional. You can have the best ideas in the room, but if you can’t …

Unconventional job search advice you need to hear

Like all of nature, we are in never-ending cycles of growth, blooming, fullness, fading and dying. So many people in job search are coming off a DE-struction experience in their working lives. It could be job loss, mistreatment, disenchantment, simply having outgrown an environment or team, or a million other reasons. No one gets through …

When the paradigm explodes

Many people are having a moment of reckoning right now. In the uncomfortably bright light of pandemic life, we see more clearly – what has and has not been working at work. About a year ago I wrote a series called “what is work” and the third installment was about how your work is changing …

Showing up for crisis (an empowering message)

I think we can safely agree that this Covid-19 situation has caught our attention. I’m sitting in Ontario, Canada, watching closely as our political leaders show up for this crisis, and I’ve seen a few themes that I want to highlight for all leaders in all workplaces. These leadership themes are: demonstrate respect; make room …

How to start fresh in your current job

When you start fresh you get to re-define yourself. But actually moving to a new role and a new company, takes work, timing and risk. Here are 15 things you can do right now to create a fresh start where you are. Prioritize Good Energy (choose your people), Learn with Intention, and play the long game.

Manufacturing resilience (AKA start loving failure)

Lately I’ve been listening to development psychologists talk about raising kids (I consider it professional and personal research). I heard Dr. Polly Young-Eisendrath on the subject of self-esteem, and the reality that sometimes the most “privileged” kids – ones with the most material abundance, the best educations, and the most protected upbringing – end up …

6 things to know before making a career pivot

If you have thought about making a career move that breaks the mold, this one’s for you. Having spoken with hundreds of people who crave meaningful change in their careers, here’s one thing I’ve learned: many are confused, and most are terrified. What follows are six things to know before making a career pivot. I …

Essential skills for changing jobs

You’ve seen the statistics: over the course of our careers, we move around (jobs and companies) way more than we used to. Most of us were not taught the skills needed to change jobs successfully, so we often learn them out of necessity, in real time, during a job change. When it comes to what’s …