How to Fully Activate Your Network – Advice for the Sluggish Job Search

Are you struggling to gain traction with your job search? Do you feel like you’ve reached out to all of your contacts and no one has any leads? You’ve probably started with the low-hanging fruit, people in your network with whom you stay in touch and are thus comfortable reaching out to when needs arise. When our closest contacts know of opportunities, that’s great.... Keep Reading »

What’s Broken – How to Understand Why You’re Unhappy at Work

“Somedays I want to move to Idaho and raise goats.” Of all the ways clients have explained how unhappy they are at work, that is by far my favorite. I use the story often, as a metaphor. We can get so unhappy at work that something as far-fetched as moving to a distant location and doing work that doesn’t require taxing our brain or our social skills sounds like a... Keep Reading »

Passion vs. Purpose

I’ve been giving a lot of thought these days to these loaded words: passion and purpose. For some, the words invoke inspiring imagery and motivation — a sense of connecting their work to a higher good. For others, the words cause frustration, possibly anger as they see passion and purpose as nothing more than pipe dream ideals that aren’t practical, and worse, are a... Keep Reading »

The Art of the Thank You Note

People often ask for etiquette guidance on how to handle the thank you note process. What should notes convey? When should they be sent? What format should be used? I dispense this advice frequently. Read on with my hopes that it will help you stand out in the crowded interview landscape. First, a note about great leadership skills. In my talk, Be Bold, Not Bossy, I... Keep Reading »

Deadlines, Not Resolutions

It’s that time of year again. The magical turning of the calendar, which yields a new start. I know I’m in good company, cleaning up my diet, getting back to exercising more, and looking at the start of a year as a fresh slate, an opportunity to set new patterns, achieve new goals. But resolutions don’t cut it for me. Resolutions are dreams that fade away when the... Keep Reading »