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Wednesday October 1, 2014

Contributors: Business - Heart at Work

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    Monday Sep 15, 2014 | 10:00 am

    Transitions call for trust

    A fear of the unknown that’s inherent in any transition can take its toll on the most courageous of us.  There’s just something about a blank slate of possibilities that prompts creative minds to conjure up lists of “what if” scenarios—most of which instill fear in our hearts and minds. Not a week goes by that I don’t hear clients expressing trepidation about their career change that’s based entirely on […]

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    Thursday Sep 04, 2014 | 10:00 am

    Phased retirement: An idea whose time has come

    “The American workforce is aging and this trend will reshape the U.S. workforce for the next decade and beyond.” AARP In 2002, people over 55 accounted for 14% of the American workforce. Today, that percentage has jumped to a whopping 31%, with enormous implications for the nation’s employers. Traditional retirement is fast approaching millions of Americans and there are inadequate numbers of younger workers behind them. Consequently, employers will need […]

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    Wednesday Aug 27, 2014 | 8:50 am

    Developing Your Professional Brand: Strategy & Execution

    Your professional brand “is about figuring out who you really are and what you do best, and then living that brand out. It’s the essence of authenticity.” ~ Dorie Clark Over the past few weeks, I’ve written about the cornerstones of your professional brand. So far I’ve addressed Purpose, Clarity and Focus. Today, I’ll address the final cornerstone: Strategy. You will recall that Purpose is about your why – the cause or belief that inspires you to do what you do. Clarity […]

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    Wednesday Aug 20, 2014 | 10:30 am

    What’s your post retirement plan?

    I overheard a conversation at a restaurant recently that went like this: “Jenny is retiring from her teaching career next year, but she doesn’t have a clue about what she’ll do next, because she doesn’t want to stop working altogether.” Does this sound like you or someone you know? Chances are the answer is “yes”. Boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, comprise 30% of the population in Maine—a significant slice […]

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    Tuesday Aug 12, 2014 | 10:30 am

    How is your personality impacting your career?

    Once very happy with her company and career progression, Jane was now rethinking her career direction because of how she related to her new manager. “I just can’t seem to get my point across to him”. “He is very different from me and I feel intimidated and as though I can’t meet his expectations.” That was how Jane recently reported her frustration and concern about her relationship with her new […]

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    Wednesday Jul 30, 2014 | 7:00 am

    Focus: What’s the story you tell about your value?

    One cornerstone of your professional brand is Ficus – telling stories that convey your value. In his book, The Power of Story: Change Your Story, Change Your Destiny in Business and in Life,” Jim Loehr notes that we tell stories to help us navigate through life because they provide structure and direction. The stories we tell give our lives meaning. Loehr argues that the most important story we tell is the one […]

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    Thursday Jul 24, 2014 | 9:00 am

    Are you headed for burnout?

      It’s a term that’s bantered around a lot these days. But, what is burnout, really? Herbert Freudenberger, a German-American psychologist first coined it in 1974. It’s broadly defined as “physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress”. If you are asking yourself “Could this be me?” here’s a self test to help you determine if you are among the many Americans who are exhibiting signs of burnout. Americans […]

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    Thursday Jul 17, 2014 | 1:24 pm

    Bringing Clarity to Your Professional Brand

    In an earlier post on “Developing Your Professional Brand”, I mentioned Dorie Clark’s quote that your professional brand “is about figuring out who you really are and what you do best, and then living that brand out. It’s the essence of authenticity;” and that there are four cornerstones to be addressed when developing your professional brand: Purpose, Clarity, Focus and Strategy. This post focuses on Clarity. Clarity is about determining what you’re good at; what you like to do; […]

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    Friday Jul 11, 2014 | 12:24 pm

    Four steps to a more professional social media presence

    I’m delighted that my colleague, Amy Jaffe, offered to submit this timely post. So, I just joined Facebook! I know, I know, I’m very late to the party. One of the reasons I hesitated for so long is that social media can be scary. It’s a place where our professional and personal lives intersect, and one simple click can damage a reputation permanently. Having joined, I’m excited to catch up […]

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