Making Change

The Essence of Personal Effectiveness: My Chat with Fred Kofman

I have made a million mistakes in my life. It’s just one failure after another….If I ever wrote an autobiography, it would be called Extraordinary Failures. – Fred Kofman As part of the interview series I host for The Career Space, this week I sat down for a fireside chat with philosopher Fred Kofman. In short, the conversation was a wake-up call for my listeners and me. I found myself inexorably drawn in to a personal investigation of how I show up in the world and how to transform the trajectory of my life using simple, profound…

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The All-New Blah to Bliss Program is Here!

Registration is Now Open! Ever feel like your career is just happening to you? Would you love to have a fulfilling career that allows you to share your unique talents and puts YOU in charge of your destiny? Take your Career from Blah to Bliss is for you, if… You know that you’re meant for something more, but have no idea what it is or how to get there. You ever feel like your career is running you, instead of you being in charge of it You’re motivated because your fear of change is less than your fear of staying the same. Most of…

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A Wish For The New Year: Honoring Myself

I am going to get a bit personal today, to take a chance to express my internal longings for the double-purpose of saying out loud what I long for and also helping you connect with what you personally crave for your life, too. Here goes. I feel like a brilliant diamond that is covered up, not quite visible or glowing the way it has the potential to be. Mired down in the muck of feeling scared and limited in my skin, I find I’m not sure how to be who I really am. How to be myself…

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Tess Vigeland: Rollercoaster or Merry-go-Round?

Rollercoaster or Merry-go-Round? My Chat With Tess Vigeland

I’d rather be on a rollercoaster than a merry-go-round. ~ Tess Vigeland My recent interview with Tess Vigeland is full of stories about the last three years of her life since leaving her dream job, voluntarily, without a plan for what was next. The quote about the rollercoaster followed a discussion about the inevitable ups and downs of any huge transition like a career change. She talked about being ecstatic some days and others when she could barely get out of bed thinking she had made the biggest mistake of her life. But, even with all the highs and…

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Leap: Leaving a Job with No Plan B

Join me for the next installment in my Chat with Mer series with Tess Vigeland, Author, veteran journalist & former host of public radio’s Marketplace: Thurs. 10/29, 12pm PT/3pmET What if not having a plan is key to having what you truly want? Tess has been on an incredible journey. A few years ago, she had achieved significant fame and success anchoring national public radio’s Marketplace Money. At the pinnacle of her career, she left her dream job to leap into the great unknown. For the first time in her life, she did not have a plan for…

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You Can Do It

“If you had a chance to share a message with the world, and could guarantee everyone would hear and understand you, what would you say?” That was the question posed to me. What would my answer be? As I sat in the audience at the Conversation Among Masters coaching conference, I heard an immediate answer come to me: You can do it. Natalie Alexia was the woman who posed the question Natalie is a young English woman who had unwittingly started a global movement through her beautiful photography of all sorts of folks displaying their message written…

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Fear: The #1 Barrier To Career Change

Do you have unfulfilled dreams? If yes, please join me for my interview with career consultant Louise Goeckel on: Fear: The #1 Barrier To Career Change Wednesday, 9/16 @ 11:30 am PT / 2:30 pm ET Reserve your spot for this no-cost event here. To fulfill unrealized dreams you need to make some changes. The biggest challenge we face when making changes is fear, and it’s cousin, resistance. This interview is an insider’s look at how to bust through fears so that you can achieve your ideal life and career. Louise will share some of her most successful approaches for helping professionals get…

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Transform Your Life by Managing Email

I had the privilege, recently, to interview Dr. Christine Carter—definitely one of the highlights of my professional career so far. Catch the interview replay here. A major highlight during our conversation was how Dr. Carter checks her email. She only checks email four or five times per day—that is it. I have to admit, when she said that, inside I said to myself, “Yeah right, that’s impossible.” In this 24×7 world, it seems like a tall order to not be plugged in on an ongoing basis. Later, though, I started to notice that a handful of people…

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Casual Fridays: Taking Care of Physical Health

One of the best things about working for myself is being able to make all the rules. Running a business is challenging, but there are some definite perks. Like casual Fridays. As I write this, I am sitting in my lovely office in a t-shirt, yoga pants, and sneakers. This is only the second or third time I have done this. I typically dress up every day for the office and for my clients, thinking it’s important that I look the part. I feel more official and good about myself when I’m wearing my professional clothes. Plus,…

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Listen for the Bat Phone

If you’ve ever seen an old Batman TV episode, you’ll remember the special red phone, and when it rang Batman always answered. It was always Commissioner Gordon calling, and it meant that the superhero, and his trusty sidekick Robin, were needed to avert certain disaster for the citizens of Gotham. I find myself using this metaphor with coaching clients, asking: I wonder, what is your personal Bat Phone? What do I mean by that? What I mean is: what is the thing that, when it happens, means that you need to wake up and pay attention to…

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