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28 minutes | Nov 21, 2019
Episode 30- Meet Geri, Executive Coach
As career stories go, Geri's is an interesting one. With little career guidance early on (like most of us) and lots of initiative, Geri takes us through her upward move into creating her own business finally in 2001.
17 minutes | Nov 12, 2019
Episode 29 – Practical Application of our Emotional Intelligence
Whether we seek a fulfilling career or wish to maintain a positive experience in our current positions, developing our Emotional Intelligence is essential. With our EQ influencing our behavior, performance and decision making, who could argue its pragmatic application in the workplace or in our personal lives? Beginning with Self-Awareness, we continue in being able to express our feelings in a positive way. We learn and exercise our empathy, using our understanding of our colleagues’ emotions, considering those feelings as we make decisions. We manage and control our own emotions as warranted in “keeping the peace” and we make an authentic attempt at managing the emotions of others.
11 minutes | Nov 6, 2019
Episode 28- Doing What You Love & Making A Living
Is there any guarantee that doing what we love will not only “pay the bills” but lead us into happiness and success? If we truly do work in which we find passion and meaning, will we always be satisfied with the amount of financial reward we can derive from such engagement? First, words like “guarantee” and “always” are dangerous because they are hardly ever true. Nothing is ever that simple or black and white because there are many variables that come into play to create the ideal combination to lead one to bliss. For us to be able to tick off all our criteria for true happiness and financial success, lots of aspects need to come together. So let’s talk about how we can increase our chances. What are the considerations that we need to add to our consideration of passionate work?
16 minutes | Oct 30, 2019
Episode 27 – Transition Options
There are more reasons behind the need to transition in a job or career than just following an involuntary job loss. There is re-entry into the workplace or even initial entry following an unfortunate circumstance such as divorce or death of a spouse. A returning veteran may also be considering a career transition and require assistance. Whatever the unique situation, we must know that there are ample resources to assist us and it won’t cost a dime. Those resources have been long established to allow for retraining to target a particular type of work or simply to instruct on resume writing and interview preparation. Often we are unaware of the help that is out there and need to be told by someone in the career services field or one who happened to make the discovery.
16 minutes | Oct 24, 2019
Episode 26- Thoughts on Career/Job Shifting
Today’s environment has demonstrated a fair amount of job shifting that had not been acceptable years ago. But do we make our frequent job moves with complete impunity? While it is perfectly normal to desire to improve our standing in the work world, increase our income and move up the so-called ladder, there are some notable cautions.
16 minutes | Oct 16, 2019
Episode 25-Career Evolution
Asking our “career questions” early on may sound like a no-brainer, but how many of us engage ourselves in such inquiry? Prior to selecting a career path, were you consciously aware of what your interests were? How about your skills or natural talent? Did you consider your strengths, such as what subject matter in which you excelled during your education? Have you thought about what others have told you your ‘re good at? Is your personality more extroverted or introverted? Do you enjoy working more with tasks or are you better engaging with others all day long? When you do the opposite, you will tire more easily, so that will be a good clue. Are you reaching for a leadership role in your field or not so much? What do you value and how might you prioritize those aspects of a job or career as they compare to that list? In lieu of sitting down with a de-brief on an assessment, we can prepare ourselves to avoid unnecessary time and money.
16 minutes | Oct 9, 2019
Episode 24 – Meaningful Work
What does it mean to be engaged in work that is meaningful? If your gut response to that question is that it’s a stupid question (we all know if we are involved in work that is meaningful!), then you are likely unaware that there are those who are truly not sure. Is not all work meaningful….to someone or at minimum the corporation? Are there corporations that are in business to simply “make money?” Could that not be a sole mission? Well, not exactly because all business serves something or someone and that is attached to a benefit to someone or something….namely a mission. So are you engaged to that mission and is the leadership demonstrating their engagement and able to convey such enthusiasm to its employees? Not only does each individual need to have some attachment to the mission of the organization but the culture needs to be supportive of those goals and the staff that is depended upon to achieve them. Employee engagement is really a thing and can truly influence our happiness on the job.
16 minutes | Oct 2, 2019
Episode 23-Vetting for Longevity
There are two sides to the vetting practice when it comes to employment. The corporation is checking for the prospect’s ability, willingness and cultural fit for the position. The individual is checking for the ability of the company to meet their expectations of authentic and open (willing to listen) leadership, learning opportunities and inclusion. If the two are a near-perfect match (not sure there is ever “perfection” in a match), then maybe, just maybe there is a possible long term association. I have never believed that individuals jump from one job to another for money alone. It has to be more than that! The internet has brought us so many opportunities that were not easily available prior to –and indeed, it is clear that we are taking advantage of it. Still, I really like the idea of longevity for what it provides us. The workplace is a “second home” for most of us. It seems the “musical chairs” world of leaping from one job to another loses a component of lifelong attachments and second family. Perhaps that reinforces the need for us as the individual to do the proper due diligence prior to accepting a position. I wonder if that would modify this idea of longevity any?
12 minutes | Sep 25, 2019
Episode 22-Search For A Match
We are re-visiting this concept of similarity between job search and the search for a “proper” mate. Some may feel it is a bit of a stretch, but consider that if the objective is to “get it right,” then a proactive approach makes sense. It begins with identifying what you want/need in a likely match, vetting in accordance with that criteria. Going forward to continue to refine and validate until one lands at the place of comfort also makes a great deal of practical sense.
12 minutes | Sep 18, 2019
Episode 21- Is The “Right Career” Our Purpose?
We speak about the goal toward a happy career but is that the answer to happiness and success or merely a piece of it? Certainly, we want to love what we do and decide as soon as possible what environment and type of work is most suited to our unique selves. But having that and performing in that space is not the sole reason we can expect to be happy and satisfied. There is our relationship to the other, as I say in the book (It IS All About You), we are not here alone but with others and that is profoundly meaningful. Those relationships we share and how we are being in those relationships, at home, work and out in the public arena, contribute greatly to our happiness, optimism and peace.
16 minutes | Sep 11, 2019
Episode 20- Dawn’s Story
Meet Dawn. Her story is not unlike most of us. Little to no guidance in our final years of high school. Left largely on our own to “figure it out,” Dawn conducted a few informational sessions with other professionals, sought contacts from her mother’s professional contacts and figured out a viable path. Listen to her story, through my re-telling as I am sorry to say that our interview failed to record. How did Dawn uncover and fine-tune her “passions?” Where is she today and is she experiencing a level of job satisfaction?
14 minutes | Sep 4, 2019
Episode 19- How Are you Being in Your Doing?
How do you know that your work is meaningful? How are you Being in your doing? We can answer the first question by looking at our contributions. Who benefits from our work, what are our outcomes and what difference do they make? The second question is much bigger and carries weight in this entire life/work purpose topic. No matter what you DO, how are you BEING in the doing of that performance, action? Do you bring light or not so much? Are you spreading kindness to all you come in contact with or are you apathetic, or worse–not so positive? The best thing we can get is that if we are at peace in our doing, no matter the work, we are likely working with a sense of purpose and making a contribution. And that sense of peace is likely the backdrop for you offering a smile, a helping hand or an understanding ear to a co-worker. That is being purposeful and definitely contributing to a positive work culture, no matter how seemingly small.
14 minutes | Aug 29, 2019
Episode 18 – Career Concerns
Are career concerns any different today than they were 20 years ago? Not really. If anything, what is far improved is access to information about career options. That means that it ought to be an easier process of discovery. Between that and the tendency to be able to shadow and intern, discovering our “best fit” career path should be easy. We must take advantage of all the resources, however. And we still need to take an accounting of our unique needs, desires, values and skill set. This all fully correlates with what a prospective employer wants to know during an interview: Can you do this job? Will you (speaks to your motivations, interests and needs) do this job and How well do you fit in -with the team, culture. Do your values align with the organizations’s values?
12 minutes | Aug 21, 2019
Episode 17 – It IS All About You (Book & Podcast tie-in)
This is for those who wonder how the 100-Page book, It IS All About You ties in with a career guidance program. The book is an outcome of the countless conversations I had over the years helping those who experienced an involuntary job loss. The consideration of what one might do for work that is a good fit for their unique needs and desires quite naturally leads to a discussion on passion and meaning and a life that has a purpose. We each have a reason for being incarnated. It is our job to discover our life’s purpose. We will need to be introspective. Perhaps we will require assistance and there is that availability. Questions that are addressed in the little book are those that represent the discussions and concerns that I believe most of us have about our lives.
15 minutes | Aug 14, 2019
Episode 16 – The Importance of Emotional Intelligence
Our emotional intelligence impacts our behavior, performance and decision making. That would suggest that it is important and that we need to be aware of our emotions. To the extent that we are aware and able to manage those emotions, we gain confidence self-control and optimism. All that allows for a happier and more successful life. Developing our Emotional Intelligence also allows us to be sensitive to others’ emotions. Just like understanding our own motivations and ultimately embracing those, being aware of our emotions allows us to be more receptive to others’ emotions and thereby improve our relationships.
16 minutes | Aug 7, 2019
Episode 15 – Networking To Get What You Need
The value of networking can not be underestimated. Someone we have identified can be helpful to us in a particular way. It’s a quid pro quo in this sense: You gain a favor and your contact is complimented. They indeed have something they can offer of use to another and in that way, they are special and important. You want to be specific with your questions. What exactly do you want and need to know from this individual? How can they help you? Be sure to identify how much time you might expect the meeting to take. Offer to buy them coffee or if it’s at their office, you might bring them something. Perhaps you can do something for them in return. Be sure to thank them, in email or even better, a handwritten note.
19 minutes | Jul 30, 2019
Episode 14 – Alex’s Story
Alex is a perfect example of some one who is lucky enough to realize what she wanted to do at a fairly young age. What she needed was guidance on how to accomplish her dreams. Our educational system failed her, in a sense. High school “guidance” amounted to choosing a higher ed institution, without inquiry into her specific career goal. There are two matters up for review here. Do high school guidance counselors assume that all 16-17 years olds have no clue what course to follow, let alone be able to identify any specific career aspiration? Should they add that one question to their session with their students to determine the most appropriate institution in which to pursue their goal? We know that we needn’t choose our majors immediately, but would it not make sense to get started as soon as possible if we have that self-awareness? The other thing is, might the so-called “counseling element” operate easier with left-brain fields, simply because they feel more challenged by the world of the arts? What is it with our system and how can we help improve it for future students who find themselves really needing help? Most students who lack knowledge about what they want to do are assisted by an assessment process but those who already have that self-understanding may be falling through the cracks, having to discover on their own how to navigate their career pursuits.
17 minutes | Jul 24, 2019
Episode 13- Preparing for the Interview
While the resume opened the door to you being considered a candidate for the position, the interview is where you “sell yourself.” This is your opportunity to respond to questions about how your skill set and motivation/interests are a good match. Remember, the interviewer needs to be convinced that you possess the proper background (ability) to do the job and that you have the commensurate level of interest (motivation) to perform well in the position because of your interests in this precise type of work. The interviewer will determine that you are a fit to the culture by the manner in which you respond to the questions they ask along with those that you choose to ask of them. Preparing through practicing your answers to their questions and designing your questions based on what you need to know demonstrates that you are serious about their unique role in their company. It goes a long way to placing you on the list of serious contenders.
13 minutes | Jul 17, 2019
Episode 12–The Six Key Steps in Career Management
It’s a fact. Whether we are looking for our best suited career right out of college or considering a move after an involuntary job loss, there is a recommended process. Assuming that the goal is to result in our obtaining work that is uniquely right for us, it behooves us to follow a plan. The first step will involve handling what I will call our grieving about the loss. We are losing friendships. The people with whom we have worked, have met with each work day, become our support network. We will miss them. We may miss other things about where we were and what we did but we will definitely miss our associations and we understand that they are a loss that we grieve. Incidentally, if we are embarking on a brand new path, we will grieve the loss of “our routines.” We are experiencing an end to one life and embarking on a new routine. The next step will require us to take a clear and deep look into our preferences, needs and motivations. An honest accounting of those introspections are basic; a professional validated and reliable assessment is a possibility. The third step will ask us to do some real work in terms of putting our introspection into practical terms. Who are those companies for whom we can solve problems? In what precise capacity are we ideally suited to do so? Will we “fit in” with the culture of this organization? Now we are prepared to meet with people. We identify who makes sense. Who can be most helpful here, to validate my “marketing plan”? Who might assist in clarifying, validating and modifying my basic thoughts on this plan? Who might each of these contacts know that may also be helpful in a new way? How and when may I meet with them and what are my precise questions for them? Preparation is essential. The revisions will be ongoing. Each contact adds another dimension of clarification. Those results will send us to our target companies for investigation. Who are they, what can we do for them, which openings might they currently have that might be interesting? What can we discover about their culture and how we match up to fit in? When we land closer to the “decision maker” in an interview with one of our target companies, what questions do we have that demonstrate our unique interest in them specifically and how might we prepare to respond to their anticipated questions? The target is for a mutually benefical association–how do we leave them with that thought? These are the key six. There are also “mini-questions” and matters to consider when managing our career moves. Each step in the process brings us closer to ultimate happiness and success in our work life.
18 minutes | Jul 10, 2019
Episode 11- Our Questionable Beliefs
How is our own self image and the trust we have in ourselves projected onto our environment? Is our collective mistrust in government, the media and each other causing us consternation? Are our underlying beliefs driving our feelings of low self-worth and pessimism? Are we doomed to a fatalistic notion when it comes to our future or do we understand how we create what we see in the world? We see more, hear more and consequently know more about what is going on in our environment and the world at large. Perhaps we are living with the unintended consequences of our technologically progressed society. How we join in on the noise of negativism or hold steadfast to optimism and positivity makes all the difference in what we experience. During our recent democratic debates with too many candidates, we heard a voice dare speak of love, projecting that it will win over its opposite, fear-in all its negative manifestations. Soon after, I heard many dismiss this candidate, Marianne Williamson. But did she not make sense? Did she not have a good point? We are definitely responsible for what we see. Our negativity is infectious but so are collective thoughts of love and peace. It’s not a pipe dream or some fairy notion but rather proof of hope and resolution –of our collective salvation. We are too willing to give in to complaints and thoughts of gloom and doom. But we have a choice–we will always have that choice. What will you choose?
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