The Self-Centered vs. Well-Centered Career

  I once took a career assessment that advised me to consider orienting my career choice around my lifestyle. What?  I was flabbergasted. I thought this was incredibly shallow. For me, it seemed to mean that how I wanted to live my life was more important than the contribution I wanted to make. It felt [...]

The Death of Meaningful Work

I woke up in a slight panic at 3 am this morning. The questions running through my head were, “Has this down economy scared everyone so much that they’re abandoning their dream of doing meaningful work? Are we witnessing the slow death of meaningful work?” I know that seems alarmist (as do most thoughts at [...]

You can’t win a new game playing by the old rules

Time and time again, as I’m teaching classes, I hear the frustration and desperation of countless talented people who simply can’t find a job playing by the old rules of job searching.  Wallpapering the town with dozens of resumes seems to yield few, if any, actual job interviews. It’s not that the work isn’t out [...]

Your Gift

The world needs your gift – go out and give it! That’s been my mantra for “my people” for quite a while now. What does it really mean? Your “gift” is what you do to create the change you wish to see in the world. Which begs the question… Do you know the change you [...]

Who Do You Spend the Most Time With?

Motivational speaker Jim Rohn asserts that we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with. Over the course of a 40-year career, you will spend approximately 100,000 hours working. An argument could be made that the people you work with are the very folks who are building your character. Do [...]

How Does Work-Life Balance Work?

Lots of folks aspire to “Work-Life Balance.” But do we really know what it is? Don’t miss hearing the wise perspectives of Nigel Marsh, the author of the fabulously titled books: “Fat, Forty and Fired” and “Overworked and Underlaid.” “How to Make Work-Life Balance Work” The big bonus is that he’s funny, too. *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Today’s [...]

Sitting on a Goldmine

Do you realize that you are sitting on a goldmine? You are talented. You are passionate. You have a way with people. No one else sees the world the same way you do. You are a unique blend of experiences, training and influences. You have great, original ideas. You have a gift to give the [...]

Putting Your Personal Signature on Your Work

Your work. How much does it reflect who you are? Do you see your inimitable signature stamped on everything you complete? Do you share your personal style and flare with the world? It might not be as hard as it seems. Maybe you hand over that receipt with a smile and a wink. Maybe you [...]

The “Little Fun” List

Just for the heck of it, I started making a list of the little things that I find fun about my current life and lifestyle. I was fascinated to see that once I got on a roll, it got easier and easier to think of things until I ended up with well over a hundred… [...]

How Much Vacation is Enough?

In the U.S., we’re all accustomed to working 40 hours per week, 50 weeks of the year. But is this the way it has to be? In his best-selling book, “The 4-Hour Work Week,” author Timothy Ferris challenges us to think about what life would be like if we only worked 4 hours per week [...]