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Instant or Long-term Gratification

Are you a “strike while the iron is hot” or a “good things come to those who wait” type of person? Washington University in St. Louis conducted a study, the first of its kind, that focused on brain responses after a person made a decision and was waiting for his/her reward. While waiting for the ... Read More
 

The Fear of Freedom

“To find yourself, think for yourself.” – Socrates I recently wrapped up coaching a client on the development of her personal intention, ambition, and value proposition statements and a plan to make structural changes to her business. She has traveled the world, won multiple statewide awards, speaks a second language fluently, has a beautiful family, ... Read More
 

Driving Personal Change

I’ve been very fortunate to deliver a presentation entitled “Organizations Don’t Change, People Do” at multiple conferences nationwide in the last six months. Its content is focused on different structural changes occurring in society, interactive discussions about who is responsible for change, identifying where someone stands emotionally in the three phases of change, correlating the ... Read More
 

The Past Becomes The Future

As 2013 comes to a close, I’d like to end the year by asking you to reflect on the last 400 years of human development. As you begin to formulate your goals for 2014, I think it relevant to see where we’ve been and how what was will become what is. Below is a brief ... Read More
 

Your Personal Advisory Board

Jim Rohn once said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Whether we like to admit it or not, we are greatly influenced by those closest to us. They can affect multiple aspects of our lives, but most importantly how we think. Because thoughts have the ability to ... Read More
 

Make Quantum Leaps, Not Incremental Change

In my previous two blog posts about The Top 10 Factors Impacting Your Career Search (read one here and two here), I reviewed the political, economic, sociocultural and technology (P.E.S.T.) trends that will materially affect your ability to find a job that allows you to be your true self. The ten factors have significantly altered ... Read More
 

Career Search Imperatives and Constraints

People in career transition, or those seeking career change, often struggle with a variety of issues related to making the transition. You have probably seen those around you fall into one of the following six categories. You may also fall into one of them yourself. I think I know the process I want to do ... Read More
 

When the Writing’s on the Wall

“He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.” – Harold Wilson I’ve talked to a couple of people recently about the change process and why they struggle with it so much. One said, “I wish someone could have warned me about the financial collapse ... Read More
 

Delivering Exceptional Public Presentations

How many times have you, or someone you know, talked about not wanting to speak in public? Giving presentations in public can be a scary thing. In fact, it’s commonly referred to as glossophobia, the fear of public speaking. People experience anxiety prior to delivering their content, will attempt to avoid the event altogether, or ... Read More
 

The Glorification Nation

While spending time at a friend’s house yesterday, I couldn’t help but to hear the cheers coming from the television in the living room. A few people were huddled watching the NCAA basketball tournament and after watching the end of one game and the beginning of another, I couldn’t help but wonder, how many Americans ... Read More
 

The Unhappy Employee – Creating Engagement

A recent global study by Accenture suggests that while many people are unhappy in their current jobs, the majority plan to stay in their current roles. More than half (57% of women and 59% of men) indicated they were unhappy, yet 69% indicated they were not planning to leave. Why? They cited flexible work arrangements ... Read More
 

The Job Seeker’s 30-Second Commercial

There are many places that a strong 30-second commercial, or elevator pitch, will help you land a job. A version of it could be included in a cover letter, certainly at networking events, when cold calling organizations, and when attending career fairs. A great 30-second commercial is typically delivered right after an introduction and is ... Read More
 

Supporting the Roller Coaster Boss

I can’t tell you how often I talk to acquaintances that have leaders who are inconsistent in the delivery of their message and their actions. I’m sure you are thinking of a few right now. How did they make you feel? Confused. Underappreciated. Upset. Frustrated. All of the above, plus many more? Probably. You can ... Read More
 

How to Write Cover Letters

You may say, “I’ve heard recruiters are so busy that they don’t have time to read cover letters.” For the initial screening of candidates, this statement may hold true. The true value of a cover letter becomes apparent when you have made it to the top of the candidate pile and the recruiter is doing ... Read More
 

Top 10 Things Older Workers Can Do To Land Jobs

“Aging is not “lost youth” but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” – Betty Friedan I have been very blessed to work with tremendous mentors over the last decade. Each has been over the age of 50 and each has shared a nugget of wisdom, opened my eyes to something new, and pushed me ... Read More
 

Thoughts on an Extraordinary Life

I am a “learner” by nature. Regardless of where I am, I believe that there is some nugget of wisdom that I am meant to pick up and parlay into future use. Of course, I then feel an obligation to share that morsel with others, hence my chosen line of work. Life is amazing because ... Read More
 

Plan the Work, Work the Plan

When my father was a boy, he, his three sisters, and his parents would take road trips. Often, the headlights were pointed west as they traveled to explore states on the left side of the Mississippi. I think back to stories he shared with my sister and I about how adept my grandfather was at ... Read More