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Every 2-3 years throughout the first 13 years of my career, I switched jobs.  I had a distinct pattern: the first six months of my new job I was really happy and excited that I had finally found a role I liked. Then, the familiar doubts and disheartening realizations would rear their ugly heads.  I felt stifled, I…

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When something goes “wrong” in an organization, at home, while driving, etc., the first response tends to be, “whose fault is it?” There’s a fundamental error to this instinctual first response.  Once we move to finding fault and point the finger, we focus on uncovering what’s wrong with our antagonist.  We lash out at them, ponder how…

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Actualize success, relieve stress with daily meditation

The term “meditation” has become a popular word in the English vernacular lately.  Previously reserved for monks and free-spirited hippies, it’s become more and more a part of our mainstream culture as we’re seeing everyday people embrace the practice and tout the benefits.  So, what’s the big fuss, anyway? What does it mean to meditate?  Webster has two…

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Choose the right company size for your career

When pondering the next right career move, a common question that comes up is, “what sized company would suit me best?”  I’ve worked for Fortune 50 companies, mid-sized companies, and a small start-up with less than 30 people.   So, if like Goldilocks, you’re wondering which one is “just right” for you, read on to learn about nuances…

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When quitting my job is the right career choice

At some point in your career, you’ll reach a point when you’re at the end of a rapidly fraying rope.  And all you want to do is tell everyone off.  And you may have visions of quitting and walking out in a blaze of glory. First off, you likely have every right to feel the way you…

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How to prepare for your performance review

Performance review season is upon us.  Managers are in the midst of collecting collective feedback to help you learn how you are being perceived in the organization.  For many, this time of year is filled with dread, uncertainty, and perhaps, hope.  Many people walk out of this experience with a promotion or a raise.  And some walk out with…

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Want to quit your job but think you can't?

In one my last roles before becoming a coach, I had been working for a massively growing start-up (the marketing organization grew from 8 people to 40 in two years).  I was working 50-60 hours a week, traveling 50% of the time and, luckily, worked from home the rest of the time.  I was the…

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feeling stuck in a rut at work

If you’ve been feeling unhappy in your job for awhile, chances are you might feel stuck in a rut. This is absolutely normal and completely understandable.  It’s hard to commit so many of your waking hours to a job that no longer fuels your fire. Longer term, your answer is likely that you need to make a change…

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