Monthly Archives: February 2008

Vision

I just returned from a weeklong family vacation to Walt Disney World. On our last night there, we were lined up along Main Street in the Magic Kingdom just after dark waiting for the SpectroMagic parade to begin. The park was all lit up and quite beautiful. My son said “Mom, isn’t this place awesome!”? I agreed and said how …

Boost Your Career Confidence

After you have considered and described your ideal job, you may start to think “impossible!”, or “who do I think I am? I can’t possibly expect to get all that!” And while we must always interject a dose of reality into our dreaming, we tend to go on overkill and talk ourselves out of going for what we really want …

Get Clear

Being in the market for a job requires clarity and focus. Yet, many career changers find that the longer they are “in the market” the less clear they feel. Doubt sets in. You may begin to wonder if you can really get the job you want. You begin to lose confidence in your abilities and skills. Your job search efforts …

5 Massive Mistakes Keeping You Stuck

I’ve coached hundreds of talented, accomplished professionals who’ve reached a point in their career where they feel lost, off track or stuck. Sometime it’s a job they don’t enjoy and aren’t challenged by anymore. Sometimes it’s work that has taken over their lives. Occasionally they are in toxic work environments, draining them of their energy, clarity and confidence. And there’s …

What’s Your Reputation?

What do you want to be known for? Quite often, this is a difficult question for clients to answer. They have never thought about what they want to be known for, and ended up with a reputation for being someone they don’t really feel that great about. One client I worked with wanted to be known for being a strategic …

Death of the Career Path

I recently read an article at CIO.com asking “Are Career Paths the Best for Professional Advancement?” The article concluded career paths are no longer relevant. I’m not surprised. Back in the mid 1990’s, as an HR Manager, I noticed that the conventional career path was a dying breed. Lifetime employment was an artifact. Lateral moves became the new way to …

Take Back 10% of Your Workweek

I keep hearing about some pretty crazy workweeks. Clients coming to me looking for a way out of 60, 70, even 80 hour workweeks. That’s some serious insanity! You can’t possibly have an enjoyable life if you’re working 12-15 hour days. Heck, you can’t have a life at all, can you? This situation is not new. I remember watching colleagues …

The Power of Decision

There is nothing more powerful than a decision. A clear, unwavering decision about who you are, or what you’re going to do. Quite often we have goals, dreams or ambitions, but they are only desires. And desire alone is not powerful enough to cause the dream to become reality. You need to decide you’re going to have what you want. …

Shift into High Payoff Action

Here’s a quick way to shift your focus to high payoff actions and to break the habit of being busy, but not productive. We all have habits that we know are not serving us. Sometimes we buy into the story that changing those old habits is hard or will take a long time. The truth is, you can shift your …

Fear

Why do we resist fear so much? Yes, it’s uncomfortable. But so are many designer shoes and we wear them anyway! Yes, it can be scary. But so can driving on a freeway, and we do it anyway to get where we want to go. Often, fear keeps us trapped in our comfort zone. Or, in many cases, our “discomfort” …