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Contributors: Business - Heart at Work

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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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    Thursday Jul 03, 2014 | 10:00 am

    Don’t lose it if you lose your job.

    You may think it will never happen to you. Yet, an average of 54,000 Americans lose their jobs each day due to a variety of reasons from restructuring to company closings. If you’ve been laid off, you’ll likely feel shocked. Then you can expect a series of emotions that come and go in no particular sequence. These emotions often reflect the stages of grief: denial, anger, depression, and acceptance. It’s […]

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    Thursday Jun 26, 2014 | 12:01 am

    Purpose, Meaning and Work

    In my post, “Developing Your Professional Brand“, I noted Dorie Clark’s comment 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.” I mentioned that four cornerstones need to be addressed when developing your professional brand: Purpose, Clarity, Focus and Strategy. Today, I want to address the first of these, Purpose: your why – the cause or belief that inspires you to do […]

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    Thursday Jun 19, 2014 | 7:28 am

    Are you more than your job title?

    “What do you do?” was a dreaded question for a client who had recently lost her job. Sally, as I’ll call her, was embarrassed that she lacked what she thought would be an acceptable response and consequently avoided most social gatherings. Wanting to come out of hiding, she asked me for ideas about how to address these awkward situations that brought to light a larger issue with deep roots in […]

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