What would “successful” career change look like for you? Think it means throwing away everything familiar and starting all over in a whole new area? Not necessarily! That could be one path to getting there, but there are other paths, too. My clients are often relieved to hear this because a huge overhaul feels too overwhelming given the complexity of their lives. And a much smaller tweak may be all that’s needed for them to

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Top 10 Reasons to Make a Job or Career Change: How do you know when it’s time to go? When the StarTribune interviewed me for the article below, the first question was: how do people decide when it’s time to make a switch? I answered: reasons vary, but many of my clients share one thing in common – They were unhappy with their work (or lack, thereof) for a long time before they contacted me. Here

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Thought you might be interested in this Fast Company article that quoted me. The article was about how to plan for getting a promotion. Here’s a link to the article: Fast Company: Your five-month guide to getting a promotion And here’s a pdf in case the article link is no longer live: PDF of Fast Company article If you have your own questions on how to get what you want professionally – whether it’s a

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Passion is a loaded word when it comes to career. There’s a myth that if we just harness our passions, our careers will take off. I don’t buy it! Passions don’t automatically turn into careers, and Passion is just too slippery. What if we don’t know what our passion is? The truth is: most of us don’t – myself included! I have several things I like, but what’s the magical point on the continuum when an interest becomes a

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It’s back-to-school time. If you think this is going to be a blog about the joys and wonders of starting a new school year, think again! I never liked school, and even though I’m now a full–fledged adult, and I’ve raised a child who is now an adult, I still find myself experiencing minor waves of anxiety this time of year. What does this have to do with coaching? Our past school lives have unexpected connections

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The recent Target cuts have called attention to how challenging layoffs can be. Whether laid off from Target or another job, anyone who has experienced this knows the unique type of loss and upheaval it creates. First of all, I want to express my concern to people who have been laid off – and to those whose lives are being impacted by it. I am sorry. I know this can be painful and feel out

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When you see something so inspirational, as in the story about Barbara Beskind who landed her dream job in Silicon Valley at age 89, it can set off lots of little sparklers for you. After watching and reading her story, here are three of mine: 1. Decade birthdays often spur activity. Many clients come to me when they are approaching a birthday that ends in a “0”. In the past month, I’ve talked to clients

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I’m sitting at a very messy desk, trying to get this blog post written. I feel like I “should” clear off my desk because everyone knows you can think better when there’s no clutter around. I also know that if it were easy to clean off the desk, I would have done it already. So do I really want to take the time to do that and put off writing the blog? Honestly? I don’t

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