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 »

Entrepreneur vs. Freelancer

Recently, I had coffee with a potential client. She said she wasn’t “thriving” in her work. “Maybe,” she said, “it’s simply time to find a job.” Like many of us, she had creatively figured out a way to have flexibility in her life, to attend to the scheduling needs of family but, through her own business, also bring in money and stay connected to her career... Keep Reading »

Nurturing the Multi-Hyphenate Career Strategy

This post is courtesy of guest blogger: Laura Zukosky. The catchphrase “Jack-of-all-trades” has been used for years to describe a stellar employee who wears many hats. Typically, this type of employee can accomplish more in one day than most can in an entire week. When it is time to transition to a different career, many of these skills and talents get muddled in... Keep Reading »