Making Change

4 Things to Consider Before Working with a Coach

So you want to change your life for the better, and you are considering working with a coach to help you achieve your goals. Good decision! Big decision. To get the most out of your time with a coach, please consider the following things: Past Results: What have other clients been able to achieve as a result of being coached by this person? A coach without references is a red flag. The bonds between a masterful coach and her clients are deep and lasting; past clients who are satisfied with the coaching experience typically write glowing reviews and…

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How to Conduct a Job Search While Still Employed

It’s a common conundrum: you want to look for a new job, but you don’t want to jeopardize your current job in the process. It can be tricky, but with the right plan of action, it’s possible. Here are five strategies to conduct a successful job search while employed: Get clear about what you want. The biggest problem I see that stalls a job search, especially one layered on top of a current, demanding job, is lack of clarity about what you are looking for. Typically, people want to leave their job because they are unhappy with…

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Letting Go of Career “Mistakes”

I must be on a cleaning kick. In my last blog post, I wrote about how cleaning the clutter out of my home office helped me feel reenergized and inspired. Today I want to talk about cleaning a different kind of clutter: mental clutter. Are you someone who dwells on mistakes? Do you have a hard time letting things go? Do you tell yourself things like: I should have followed up with that client sooner… I wish I hadn’t spent money on (fill in the blank)… If only I had gotten that promotion (or fill in the…

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Setting Real Goals

Many of us find goal setting to be a challenge. We have so many things we want to achieve, so many things we dream about, but we often don’t know how to plan for our success. We know it’s important to set goals, but, we don’t often do it. Or, we do it but miss a critical element: making them measurable and time-bound. Why? Because without these elements, we can’t measure progress—in other words, we don’t know when we’ve achieved what we want to achieve. Goals need to be quantifiable for us to be able to chart…

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Teleseminar with Pam Slim!

I am excited to announce an upcoming teleseminar with one of the most visionary thinkers about the way we work today. On February 27th at 12:15 Pacific, join me for a chat with award-winning author, leader, and speaker Pam Slim, where we will discuss the topic: Test Often and Fail Fast: The Art of Rapid Deployment to Quickstart Your Business. This is a rare opportunity to chat with Pam in a teleseminar where you can ask questions and listen to her words of wisdom that will inspire you to start or move your business forward with actionable,…

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The Mystery of the Princess Party

  “Mommy, for my birthday party, I want it to be princesses.”   Shocked, I held my breath for a moment.   I could not believe those words had come out of my toddler’s mouth.   “Okayyyyyy…” I mumbled. “Are you sure?”   “Yes.”   Some context: Our almost 4-year old daughter has never before shown any interest in princesses. We don’t watch Disney princess movies and she doesn’t even know the characters’ names.   …But I sure do:  Belle, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Jasmine, Snow White, etc….

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Swimming in Yes

The Seven Sacred Pools in Maui is a lovely place. The pools cascade in a series of waterfalls leading down to the ocean. Although I haven’t been there in several years, the image of the pools remains etched in my brain and heart. For me, when in a tropical climate there is nothing quite as refreshing as lowering yourself into a cool, emerald-hued pool of water next to a cascading waterfall. Surrounded by lush greenery and the distant roar of the ocean, the experience is a moment of pure bliss. Why am I telling you this? Because…

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