Layoff Trauma and the Grief Cycle

A few weeks ago, I joined up with Teegan Bartos of Jolt Your Career for a LinkedIn Live conversation about layoff trauma. As I support clients who have been impacted by layoffs, it’s clear that many are in a grief cycle. And to make matters worse, they often aren’t aware and thus aren’t equipped with tools to process what they’re experiencing. I witness them locked... Keep Reading »

Transforming My Office: From Cluttered Chaos to Serene Sanctuary

This post is courtesy of guest blogger, Lida Bunting. At the beginning of this year I decided that I wanted to refresh my office space. I was giving myself 2 years to do it, but, once the idea got into my head, I couldn’t shake it. The idea of decluttering my office had me overwhelmed, so I called a professional organizer to help out, Rosetta Metz of Lettuce... Keep Reading »

Boundaries, Energy Vampires and Hungry Ghosts

I was all in, trying to identify a workable solution for a friend who was, quite literally, fighting for her life. I’ll call her Tracy. Over a few weeks last spring, I had quickly become Tracy’s “person,” providing hours of emotional support and jumping in with logistical help to manage the complexities of her life following a complicated medical diagnosis (where... Keep Reading »

I’m Shouting, You Hear Whispers: 5 Keys to Assertive Communication

Too often we believe we’re being assertive and direct, yet the person we’re addressing doesn’t seem to be getting the message. We feel as if we’re shouting, yet they appear to hear only whispers. We drop hints and think we’re being obvious with our needs, but the message isn’t landing. Most importantly, they’re not taking the action we need them to take.   When... Keep Reading »

Playing to Our Strengths: How the CliftonStrengths Assessment Can Help Your Career

Several decades ago, Dr. Don Clifton, considered the father of positive psychology, posed the question: “What will happen when we think about what is right with people rather than fixating on what is wrong with them?” From this question, he developed the 177-question survey now known as the CliftonStrengths Assessment (formerly Gallup StrengthsFinder). It’s still a... Keep Reading »