Mentoring Young Women

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Mentoring A friend was recently talking about mentoring young women in technology.  I thought this was a great idea.  Although it wasn’t something I could take on right now, it got me thinking, what would I say if I was to mentor young women?  What would be my advice to young women who are newly into their careers?  I thought … Read More

Why Do I Coach?

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Why do I coach? In early 2011, I was driving onto the Microsoft Redmond campus to attend a meeting with a client.  I was consulting at the time and had been for five years.   I knew it wasn’t my passion but I liked the flexibility, and my project, and hadn’t yet figured out what I truly wanted to do.  As … Read More

Lessons Learned As A Solopreneur

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Taking the leap to solopreneurship. I was speaking with someone recently who suggested that they’d like to make the leap one day and leave the corporate world.  They didn’t feel ready yet but suggested that maybe I could share my solopreneur “lessons learned”.  I loved this conversation.  I loved that they wanted to leave their job and make this leap … Read More

Three Steps To Create A Sense Of Accomplishment

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Yesterday I was feeling grumpy.  My energy had been scattered.  My head was spinning from one task or activity to another one.  I wasn’t feeling a sense of accomplishment.  My mood was sour and feeling that my day wasn’t productive was adding to the negative mood.  I had a lot to get done and was frustrated with myself. My significant … Read More

Win Three Months of Coaching!

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And the winner is... YOU

As many of us begin to ponder what we’re thankful for this holiday season, I know that I’m grateful to coach people.  I’m thankful for the opportunity to transition from my corporate career to coaching and helping others.  And in honor of that, I’m giving away a three month coaching package, “Leaving Your Comfort Zone”.  Here are the details – Want to … Read More

Is Your Work In Alignment With Your Values?

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Joe Biden

Last week Joe Biden was on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The interview was emotional and touching. Stephen asked him about his son Beau who died this year. He talked to him about his role as Vice President. I had never thought much about Joe Biden but after this interview, I saw a much different person…an emotional, loving, real … Read More

A Dozen Signs That It’s Time to Quit Your Job

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Are you miserable in your job? Here are a dozen signs that it’s time to quit and move on: Your job is all consuming. Do you eat, drink, and sleep work? Are you working morning ‘til night? Do you come home from work trips and collapse on the couch, never calling friends or making plans because you are totally and … Read More

Ready To Take Action

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Is there an area of your life where you’ve wanted forward movement but you find that things are just not progressing as you’d like?  Things seem to be dragging along with no clear idea of how to make it better?   Are you stuck in analysis paralysis?  Are you ready for change?  Are you ready to take your foot off the … Read More

Baby Steps to the Job of Your Dreams

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I’m currently in Las Vegas for a tradeshow.  It’s not a tradeshow of any interest to me but I have to be here.  When I’m not coaching, I manage tradeshow production.  I’ve done this work for so many years I’ve lost count.  I can do the job with my eyes closed.  It pays the bills.  However, I don’t love it.  I … Read More

Career Fairy

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We’d all like to believe that there’s a career fairy godmother out there guiding our careers.  We may have even had someone at one point in our career help us out a little, maybe give us some good advice, or let us try something new.  When it comes down to it though, most of us are on our own to … Read More