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Use Curiosity To Open Doors In Your Career

January 28, 2019

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“My favourite words are possibilities, opportunities and curiosity. I think if you are curious, you create opportunities, and then if you open the doors, you create possibilities.” – Mario Testino When we’re stuck in our work lives, it can feel like we don’t have any possibilities, any choices. This can show up as external roadblocks […]

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Four Things You Can Do When Your Job is Going Well

December 11, 2018

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The words "Four things you can do when your job is going well" and four icons: a pencil and paper, shaking hands, a mountain with a flag on it, and a book.

Even when your job is going well – you feel engaged, you can see opportunities for advancement, and you feel well compensated for your work – it’s important to perform what I call “ongoing career maintenance.” These are little things you can do to keep yourself primed and ready should you find yourself wanting a […]

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Let Go to Move Forward

May 29, 2018

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Most of us have been there – in a job we hate but can’t quit. All too often it is the catch 22 of not being able to leave a job until you have another one, yet not being able to muster the energy or confidence to take on a search. It can feel like […]

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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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