Winning at the Values and Lifestyle Game

Here we go with the 4th installment of Jeff’s Wisdom: Do you dislike your career or do you dislike the place you’re doing it at? For me, it was only the latter. And maybe that’s true for others. Sometimes its hard to separate the two. Even if I someday get tired of my position, I [...]

Are Interview Question Books Outdated?

Here we go with round 3 of Jeff’s job-change insights: Interview question books are outdated. In my opinion, it’s far more important to think about the THOUGHT PROCESS the way you work daily, not so much memorizing 100 potential interview questions. What are your motivations? Why did you complete that project the way you did? [...]

Do You Stay In Touch?

Ready for some more real-world feedback from Jeff? Here’s round 2: I was able to get an informational interview with the hiring manager months before the job posted. It was a low-pressure way to find out more about the position and company. After that, I made it a point to stay in touch with her. [...]

Yes, It’s True. It’s All About Who You Know…

Could you use a little real-world feedback  from someone who’s succeeded at making the leap to a job he loves? Meet Jeff.  A while back, he attended my series of career classes at Portland Community College. Just before the holidays, I sent him an email –  checking in to see how things were going. Here’s [...]

Are You Too Chicken to Be Resolute?

Why do New Year’s Resolutions get such a bad rap? Everywhere I look it seems I see someone putting the kibosh on setting resolutions. If they’re a bad idea, why did they get started in the first place? Here’s what I think: There’s absolutely nothing wrong with setting resolutions. Personally, I love the whole idea [...]

Apathy: The Antidote to Procrastination

I hear an awful lot of people talk about how they would be more successful if they didn’t procrastinate. That’s undoubtedly true. I often get asked how to overcome procrastination.  Pretty tricky, actually. But I think I’ve finally come up with the perfect antidote to procrastination:  apathy. Let’s face it – if you don’t care [...]

Top 10 “Musts” for Preparing to Make the Leap to Perfect Work

Yes, it’s true. I consider myself to be some who was able to “escape professional misery!” I had professional jobs that paid really well, but I wasn’t happy. Before I was able to make the leap to work I love, there were a few things I had to figure out. And so will you… 1) [...]

When the Moon Hits Your Eye…

[youtube=] Go ahead!  Just for fun – push the play button above and listen to Dean while you read… Moonlighting is hardly a novel concept. But most people think of it as a way to bring in a little extra money to get out of debt or save for something special. Have you ever considered [...]

Take Dilbert's Word For It!

Here is “Dilbert” creator Scott Adams’s take on the importance of knowing what you’re good at…


Have you seen the movie “Up in the Air” with George Clooney? It touched me on a very deep level since it’s all about a man who fires people for a living. Listen here for a quick two minute story – inspired by a scene in the movie – about earning respect through the work [...]