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Help Create a Caring Workplace and Economy!

May 7, 2019

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As a psychotherapist and career counselor starting out in the mid-80’s, my biggest surprise has been how many people come in my office and complain not about their work, but about their dysfunctional workplace. They’ve talked and still talk about a lack of vision and organization among managers resulting in chaos and confusion, distrust among […]

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Myth of Job Security Explodes During Government Shutdown!

February 11, 2019

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The recent government shutdown of 35 days leaves no doubt government jobs don’t hold the security they once did. The 800,000 workers affected suddenly found “a stable job” now high risk. (Julie Bosman New York Times January 27, 2019) Given the intensity of this wake up call, people will continue to reevaluate the government as […]

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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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Both/And Thinking in Career Change

October 16, 2018

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“I’d love to start my own business, but I can’t because I don’t have any capital.” “I’d love to change careers, but I can’t because it would take too long to get the necessary skills.” Have you ever noticed how considering the plusses and minuses of a big career change can sap the motivation to […]

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Making Sense of Passion & Purpose in Career: My Story

September 18, 2018

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 “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”   Mary Oliver Mary Oliver’s question calls us to wake up and live intentionally, connected to the natural world.  Arriving at this “plan for your one life” and living it to the fullest is paramount. Some would call that our inner sense […]

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Why I Love My Laundry Routine: The Marvels of Creating Structure, Part 1

September 4, 2018

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My clients often acknowledge a need for more structure but struggle to set it up.  They’re overwhelmed with the decisions that need to be made to keep a career exploration or job search process alive and feel they’re not making progress.  Priorities are hard to see. There’s a sense that time is slipping away and […]

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The Career Timeline

August 7, 2018

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A tool for teasing out your lifelong themes While I was talking to a class of counseling students about my focus on career counseling, one student asked, “You said that your desire is to help heal the world; doesn’t your corporate background lead you to guide career counseling clients into corporate America where they wouldn’t help […]

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Job Spotlight: Career Counselor

April 17, 2018

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Do you have an absolute love of humanity and the sometimes messy work of career and personal development? Do you worry about people conducting fruitless job searches?  Does it keep you up at night? Would you rather teach people how to fish than give them a fish? These are a few of the requirements needed […]

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Thinking in Opposites for Social Innovation

March 20, 2018

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Photo used with permission Thinking in opposites for social innovation was the theme of this years’ Elevating Impact Summit 2018 presented by Impact Entrepreneurs, an initiative of Portland State University’s School of Business.  Now an annual event, the conference highlights new approaches to solving social, environmental and economic issues  across sectors.  The 2018 Summit challenged […]

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Is it worth the risk?

December 12, 2017

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I’ve had a few conversations with clients this week about taking risks. They were about interpersonal risks (making a cold call) and logistical risks (moving states for a new job). For some, networking felt like a risk.  For others, it was risky to stay in one job for many years.  While everyone views risk differently, […]

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