Monday October 20, 2014
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Monday October 20, 2014

Contributors: Business - Heart at Work

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    Tuesday Oct 07, 2014 | 9:30 am

    Ready for a career change? If not now, when?

    Conclusions of a recent study conducted by the University of Phoenix was consistent with past similar survey results: over half of Americans want to change their careers. Having spent two decades listening to people’s career stories, I have my ideas about why so many Americans are disenchanted with their professions. First, most people don’t feel that they intentionally choose their career direction. Clients often tell me that “opportunities just fell […]

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    Monday Sep 29, 2014 | 6:05 am

    Are You an Agent of Change?

    Last Friday, I attended the annual Agents of Change Digital Marketing conference, organized by Rich Brooks of Flyte Media. This was my second time attending the conference, and like last year, was struck how digital marketing strategies closely resemble success in one’s career. Key takeaways for me as a career coach…the importance of creating value for your audience; the importance of “raving fans” — people who will advocate on your […]

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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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