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Career decision tools (part 3): let go

This is part 3 of a 3-part series on career decision tools. Read part 1 here and part 2 here. Stories are my wheelhouse. My coaching clients come to me to make sense of their story, or to figure out their next plot point. My professional / personal branding clients come to me to harness …

Career decision tools (part 2): feel

This is part 2 of a 3-part series on career decision tools. Stay tuned for part 3. The analysis tools we reviewed in part 1 (it’s over here) are a great first step when considering big career decisions. Decisions like: Do I leave this job? Do I take that job? Do I share my aspirations …

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Career decision tools (part 1): analyze

This is part 1 of a 3-part series on career decision tools. Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3. Predicting the future is difficult impossible, which can make big decisions daunting. The ones like: Do I leave this job? Do I take that job? Do I share my aspirations with my manager? Do I grow …

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Putting humans before hierarchy at work

Before we get into generalizing, let’s just acknowledge that workplace cultures are as special and different as snowflakes. But there is one thing that permeates, especially as organizations grow beyond two or three people. Hierarchy. Which mostly makes sense. There comes a time when someone needs to direct traffic; hold the final decision; be ultimately …

Your Empowered Workspace

I googled “why space matters” to find a meaningful quote to open this post and all the results were about outer space. Which might say more about my search history than anything else. But today, we’re discussing your empowered workspace, not colonizing Mars. Here on earth, our space has an important role to play. Used …

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The superpower you’re downplaying

I’m talking about feelings and here’s why: many of my clients come to coaching focused on tactics. But so often they’re missing the fact that what’s brought them in, what’s held them back, and what’s driving them forward is – in large part – their feelings. (Thoughts too, but we’ll save that for another day) …

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 …