Five Ways To Manage Fear When You Stretch Outside Your Comfort Zone

I thought about writing about growth, since it’s spring, and growth is something that happens when you stretch outside your comfort zone. (I did write about growth for the 4/16 issue of the newsletter in case you missed that one!) But the flip side of the positive growth that comes when you stretch … [Read more...]

Six Productivity Habits That Give More Back Than They Take

When I’m busy or procrastinating on a big project that needs to get done, my good productivity habits fall by the wayside. I check email too often, rationalizing that I need to be accessible in a crisis mode (actually staying productive would be more helpful but my stressed out self has poorer … [Read more...]

10 Skills You Need For Management Success

Management success is different than on-the-job success. I spent most of last week coaching new managers at an emerging leaders program for the media industry. The level of talent was evident, and the participants had a rich set of skills and experience that made them so effective at their jobs that … [Read more...]

Four Ways To Achieve Both Professional And Personal Fulfillment

The other day I was catching up with a very accomplished technology executive who was at a loss in forming her next professional moves because everything she prioritized right now pointed to her personal fulfillment – getting back into shape, focusing on family, travel. It made sense in a way since … [Read more...]

Work Not Working For You? Increase Your Productivity By Asking For What You Need

In a recent Forbes post, I write for the manager’s benefit on how to motivate when morale is low. I mention three specific needs that individuals have –motivation, information, or skills training -- that can make a team more productive. Do you know what you need for maximum productivity? The answer … [Read more...]

Why I Work On Vacation and On Weekends and Feel More Balanced Because Of It

In a few days, I’m leaving for a two-week trip to the Philippines, and I plan to work on vacation. I’ll be with my spouse and oldest kid so it’s a family vacation, but January is one of my busiest months of the year, so it will be a working vacation. (Also, since I’m obsessing on international real … [Read more...]

Procrastinating On Career Actions You Should Take? Five Strategies For Getting Stuff Done

In my latest Forbes post, I wrote about six career actions you should take but probably don’t. Returning recruiter phone calls was one such action, and the post was actually inspired by a senior executive at a recent workshop who didn’t want to return recruiter calls. On the flip side, I had another … [Read more...]

10-Day Blog Challenge Day 9: Location Independence

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 9 which is about location independence -- i.e., having the ability to work remotely. Natalie has traveled to ~70 countries while building a multiple six-figure business, so she is an extreme version of location … [Read more...]

10-Day Blog Challenge Day 5: Setting Yourself Up For Success

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 5 which is about a 15-20 minute daily habit to prime yourself for success. For career success, whether it’s finding a new job, advancing in an existing career, or changing careers, daily progress is essential. You … [Read more...]

Time Management Strategies To Get Back On Track For Your Career Goals

In my recent post on A Seven-Point Mid-Year Review Checklist, ineffective time management is one possibility for why you might not be reaching your career goals. Time allocation is often a big culprit – are you spending time on your goal? With many job seekers, aspiring career changers or budding … [Read more...]

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