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Career Sequel - The Return to Work Podcast with Lee Koles Ph.D.
27 minutes | Aug 10, 2022
Finding Your Purpose (with Sari Kimbell)
In this episode you’ll learn about what it means to find your purpose and how this fits into your career trajectory. Best of all, meet Sari Kimbell - she’s a Coach, the Founder of Sari Kimbell Coaching and the Creator of Food Business Success® Sari understands what it’s like to chase after and find your purpose. She has an incredible career story that’s going to have you on the edge of your seat wondering, “what is this woman going to do next?” All the pieces of Sari’s various careers fell into place and now she has a business helping food entrepreneurs make their delicious dreams a reality.
33 minutes | Aug 2, 2022
When a Nonlinear Career Path is the Perfect One (with Enith Williams)
This episode is about a very twisty, curvy career path that ends in a dream job. It’s the story of my guest, Enith Williams, with chapters that include moving back and forth between Jamaica and NYC. Working in both the nonprofit sector and on Wall Street. Enith threw a career break into the mix, and finally, a leap from the banking industry to the world of reparative justice. Enith used her financial industry expertise to found the Reparations Finance Lab. The RFL is dedicated to researching innovative solutions to racial disparities that stem from an era of enslavement and continue to this day. It works with financial institutions and city authorities to develop programs to address the needs of communities of color.
11 minutes | Jul 27, 2022
When You Feel Guilty About Quitting Your Job
There’s nothing like guilt to zap the thrill that should accompany your next career move. After searching and strategizing, you landed a job that will take you to the next level of your career. You’re elated! …for a while. Then the guilt begins to seeps in, clouding your once-excited mind with questions: Is my career move selfish? Will my manager be angry? Will my coworkers feel blindsided? How will my company get by without me? This episode reveals 4 ways to work through that guilt so you can be happy and enjoy the anticipation of beginning your next job. By the end of this podcast, your guilt should be drained away. Everyone should be able to celebrate when beginning a new career journey.
21 minutes | Jul 19, 2022
Owning Your Talents & Becoming an Entrepreneur (with Norma Mendelson)
This episode details the inspirational story of my former client, Norma Mendelson. After over a decade of practicing law, Norma took a 20+ year career break that left her feeling professionally rudderless and unfulfilled. Norma’s career story took a turn as she reclaimed her talents and learned that her volunteer accomplishments and unpaid work “counted”. She now has a writing consulting business specializing in online and eCommerce copywriting in the food, wellness and coaching industries. Norma loves helping her clients develop their written word in a way they’ve never heard it before.
15 minutes | Jul 12, 2022
Signs That it's Time to Make a Career Change
Are you feeling unfulfilled in your career? Sometimes it’s difficult to discern whether you’re merely experiencing career “growing pains” or if it’s time to make a change. Today’s episode brings clarity to this issue. I review the 5 subtle signs that it’s time to consider a career change. Listen and decide if you check any of these boxes. By the end of our time together you’ll know whether or not your current career is right for you.
22 minutes | Jul 5, 2022
"BEST OF" SERIES (Part III) - How to Change Your Life with LinkedIn
Welcome to Part III of my “BEST OF” SERIES! For three weeks in a row I’m bringing back the most downloaded, shared and foundational podcast episodes. I hand-picked each one just for you. They’re episodes that are packed with so much value, you’re going to want to listen to them over and over again (you may even want to get out a notepad!). Today is the grand finale of my BEST OF Series. It’s the episode that is going to help you take your professional persona to the next level. I’m talking about Episode 6: How to Change Your Life with LinkedIn. If you’re not on LinkedIn - I’m actually excited for you because this episode will be key in introducing you to the next phase of your professional development. If you’re on LinkedIn, this episode gives you strategies to take what you’re doing to the next level. Sit back and enjoy!
24 minutes | Jun 28, 2022
"BEST OF" SERIES (Part II): Why You Can't Stand Networking
Welcome to Part II of my “BEST OF” SERIES! For three weeks in a row I’m bringing back the most downloaded, shared and foundational podcast episodes. I hand-picked each one just for you. They’re episodes that are packed with so much value, you’re going to want to listen to them over and over again (you may even want to get out a notepad!). Part II of the BEST OF Series is THE MOST downloaded of all my episodes. I’m talking about Episode 9: Why You Can’t Stand Networking. People tell me that what they learn in this episode switches the lightbulb on in their brain. Not only that, but it completely changes the way they feel about networking and the way they approach it. Please sit back and enjoy!
20 minutes | Jun 23, 2022
"BEST OF" SERIES (Part I): What You Need to Know About Strengths
Welcome to Part 1 of my “BEST OF” SERIES! For the next three weeks I will share three of the most downloaded, shared and foundational podcast episodes. I hand-picked each one just for you. They’re episodes that are packed with so much value, you’re going to want to listen to them over and over again (you may even want to get out a notepad!). To kick off the Series, we’ll begin with an episode on my favorite topic: Strengths. Knowing your strengths is the key to understanding what sets you apart from the rest. It serves as a baseline to build your confidence. In this episode you’ll learn how to identify your strengths and leverage them to uplevel your career.
16 minutes | Jun 14, 2022
The Lies You Tell Yourself About Money (with Jill Wright)
Today’s episode is all about money: how it impacts your job search, your return-to-work decisions and your career trajectory. \ Joining me today is my favorite money expert, Jill Wright, aka “Jill the Money Coach”. Jill is a best-selling author, a certified life coach and…a money coach. Jill is THE expert on money mindset. Her specialty is exposing money lies - the myths people believe about themselves and about money that limit their success. Jill’s coaching empowers people to make financial decisions with ease and confidence.
30 minutes | Jun 7, 2022
Taking Chances and Creating Your Personal Brand (with Kristin Graham)
This value-packed episode features guest Kristin Graham, founder of Unlock, and an expert on optimizing productivity and performance. Kristin spent 20 years leading culture and communications at global companies (most recently at Amazon). She is a global speaker and strategist, as well as host of the “Fewer Things Better” podcast. In our conversation, Kristin and I discuss: How to propel your career forward by taking chances Strategies to help you make your next career move How to know when it’s time to change jobs Curating your personal brand Connecting with your ideal organization
15 minutes | May 31, 2022
How to Find the Perfect Organization
So often when we’re looking for a job or beginning our next chapter, we put ourselves under the microscope and judge ourselves. We wonder who will hire us. We hope we’re talented enough; worthy enough. In this episode we flip the narrative and put you in the driver’s seat. I grant you permission to be selfish and strategic in your job search - enough to determine if a company is the right fit. You come away with actionable strategies to assess if that organization you’re considering is worthy of you.
36 minutes | May 25, 2022
Top Career Trends of 2022 (with Jill Griffin)
In this episode, Jill Griffin - fellow career strategist, executive coach and Gallup Certified Strengths Coach - and I discuss the top career trends of 2022. Jill brings a unique perspective and insight; her coaching, strategy and innovation has generated multi-millions in revenue for the world’s largest agencies, start-ups and well-known brands. Jill has sat on all sides of the table, helping people feel understood while up-leveling their performance regardless of the environment. She is host of the Career Refresh Podcast. Sit back and take it all in: Two career strategists coming in hot!
18 minutes | May 18, 2022
Do You Have Imposter Syndrome?
Imposter syndrome is the feeling that we haven’t earned our accomplishments or that our ideas and skills aren’t worthy of other’s attention. It comes with an unwarranted sense of insecurity and the feeling that you’re a fraud when - and here’s the key: when all evidence points to the opposite. Imposter syndrome can keep us from growing, learning, achieving; it can keep us from living our life and enjoying our accomplishments. It affects our careers and so much more. The problem with imposter syndrome is so often we don’t know that we have it. We just think that the limiting thoughts we believe about ourselves are true. This episode is going to shed light on imposter syndrome: What it is, how you get it, what happens when you have it. I share 6 steps to breaking away from imposter syndrome so you can stop doubting your strengths, skills, and accomplishments and step into your career potential.
17 minutes | May 10, 2022
Busting Return to Work Myths
In this episode, I take you on a Mythbuster Mission! We debunk the top 5 return to work myths that paralyze job seekers, preventing them from building confidence and moving their job search forward. You’re going to be shocked to learn that many of the things you’ve been telling yourself about your job search are simply untrue. Exposing these limiting thoughts as myths will give you the boost you need to make decisions and take control of your career and your future.
29 minutes | May 3, 2022
Lessons From My Mom About Returning to Work
This week I introduce you to the person who personally demonstrated to me that you can step out of the workforce, take time off to stay home with your kids, return to school and build a successful career of your own: My mom! Mom discusses her experience: Leaving a job she loved to stay home with her kids Returning to school to earn her Ph.D. Using volunteer work to gain experience and unique opportunities Learning through failure Growing a successful business (Dad also makes a surprise appearance!). Enjoy!
19 minutes | Apr 26, 2022
When You Need to Make a Decision
In this episode I share my favorite life coach strategies to help you make decisions. When you decide to become decisive, you open yourself up to growth, confidence and moving yourself forward so that you can achieve what you want in your career - and life. I discuss the impact of being a good decision maker and share 7 “tricks” - questions you can ask yourself - to help make a decision. By the end of this episode you’ll have the knowledge and the tools you need to decide on your next move and propel yourself forward towards your goals.
29 minutes | Apr 19, 2022
Changing Careers to Pursue a Big Giant Dream (with Judith Gaton)
Judith Gaton is a stylist, life coach, author and former lawyer. Through her signature course, Style Masterclass, Judith teaches her clients that thought work is the key to a lasting makeover. She helps women see that when style and confidence are dialed in, they can do the work they were created to do in the world. Judith’s ultimate philosophy: Confident women build legacies. In this episode, Judith and I discuss changing careers to pursue a “big, giant dream”. Judith offers the wisdom gained through her transition from working as a partner in a law firm to becoming a Master Certified life coach. She dares you identify, acknowledge and embrace your dreams.
16 minutes | Apr 13, 2022
When You Get Rejected
This episode is all about getting through the most hated part of the job search: Finding out that we didn’t land the job - that it was offered to someone else. I take you through the 6 steps to take immediately after a rejection. These steps will help build yourself back to make you a stronger job candidate for the next position that comes around.
16 minutes | Apr 6, 2022
Your Ultimate Guide to Informational Interviews
Informational interviews are game changing in the job search process - so why isn’t everyone doing them? In this episode I demystify informational interviews and describe how you can use them at various stages of your job search process. You learn my 6-step process for designing and carrying out the interview and I give you a list of questions you can use to gather a variety of information. The final result: Clarity and direction as you embark on your new career path.
15 minutes | Mar 29, 2022
Why You're Doubting Yourself
This episode is all about something that flares up at nearly every phase of the job search process: Doubt. If you’ve taken a career break and are thinking of going back to work, doubt can stop you in your tracks. You wonder, “How am I going to go back to work?” “Who’s going to hire me?” “What do I have to offer?” The same is true if you want to leave your job for something new: “Is this the right time to change my job?” “Is it smart to do something different?” “What if it doesn’t work out?” You want your doubts to go away, so I’m going to help you do just that. First, you must understand them. Once you know WHY you’re doubting yourself, you can face them head-on and watch them crumble. In this episode I discuss 4 reasons you’re doubting yourself. You’ll learn where the doubt comes from, why it‘s there and how to kiss it good-bye.
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