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Making Space in Difficult Times

March 6, 2018

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  When there have been troubling situations at work (a Performance Improvement Plan, harassment, layoffs), it can be hard to find a neutral place from which to make decisions. Should you quit? Should you stick it out? Often there is a pull to take action to get the pain of the situation to stop.   While […]

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Navigating Performance Improvement Plans with Confidence

February 20, 2018

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Amy didn’t see it coming – first a warning in the fall from her boss about communication issues, then this winter, a full-fledged Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) was pushed across the table to her. While the plan offered specifics for improvement, it also carried the threat that, “Failure to meet or exceed these expectations may […]

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Going to the Hardware Store for Milk

July 11, 2017

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One day many years ago, I was complaining about my work to a wise friend of mine.   I wanted the corporation I worked for to care more about people than profits.  “Why won’t they step up?”, I pondered in self-righteous irritation.   She replied with a very wise and simple comment – “It sounds like you are […]

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Surviving and Thriving When the Work World Overstimulates You – Part II

May 2, 2017

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“Sydney” works as a telephonic advice nurse, providing medical advice to a large group of employees that work for a nationwide company. Although she enjoys helping those she advises in becoming healthier, she finds working in a cubical office with other advice nurses to be overstimulating. It is difficult for her to concentrate when she […]

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Your Honeymoon Activities as a New Manager

March 7, 2017

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While much attention has been given to helping new employees fit in and do well (onboarding programs, new employee orientation, etc) there is also advice for the unique challenge of new managers. If you are entering into an organization as a manager, you will be gifted with a “honeymoon.” This is the initial period during […]

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The Fable of Mostofus: The Blind Shepherd Gets New Work

November 29, 2016

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Once upon a time, there was a blind shepherd, Mostofus, that had mastered knowledge of his flock and his pastures even without benefit of sight. He was so successful that he actually became bored. It was time to move out of the mountains of Oldwork and find greener pastures. So, he decided to sell his […]

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Know Your Career Phase

October 18, 2016

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“Wisdom consists in knowing one’s place in any given cycle, and what kinds of action (or restraint of action) are appropriate for that phase.” – Richard Heinberg  The natural world gives us good cues about cycles.  The change of seasons, tides and phases of the moon are among the reliable processes that our ancestors were […]

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Criminal and Career Recidivism

September 9, 2016

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Are you a career recidivist? Do you sometimes feel like you’ve returned to searching for work too many times? More times than is necessary? You may be right and the solution doesn’t lie in better networking or reworking your resume for the 34th time. It has to do with your professional identity…..or lack of it. […]

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Body Language Tips for Better Work Communication

August 24, 2016

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While at work, job hunting, or interviewing for a position, you probably give a lot of thought to what you say and wear. These are important to think about and prepare for. However, what may be even more important is what you are communicating non-verbally through your body language. In fact, a widely-cited study found […]

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What’s Missing? Find Your Link to Career Satisfaction

August 18, 2015

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Would you like to have a job that fits? We spend so much time there. How can you afford to waste it on non-fulfilling experiences, let alone those that dull or even damage your sense of self and what’s possible in life? Human beings want to feel effective, useful to others in some way; it’s […]

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