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Tuesday July 29, 2014

Contributors: Business - Heart at Work

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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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    Sunday Jun 08, 2014 | 4:10 pm

    Developing Your Professional Brand

            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, author of Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future There has been a great deal of discussion these days, in the career development field, about “personal branding” — bringing who you are to what you do. […]

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    Thursday Jun 05, 2014 | 2:30 pm

    Are you part of America’s 13%?

    en•gage: to occupy a person’s efforts or attention. A recent Gallup poll indicated that a mere 13% of Americans are engaged at work. So, which describes you—focused and attentive at work or bored and distracted much of the time? The desire to feel more engaged at work is one of the most common issues presented by our career counseling clients—and it’s the primary reason why individuals want to change jobs […]

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    Tuesday May 13, 2014 | 2:43 pm

    What will you begin this spring?

    Spring! It’s all about awakening and new growth when nature beckons us to join in the flow of new beginnings. What will you start anew this season?   Do new possibilities await you in your work or career? Whether you get clear on your marketable skills, update your resume, request a raise, or change career direction, spring can be a good time to align yourself with the rhythms of nature […]

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  • Sunday Apr 27, 2014 | 5:41 pm

    Determining your competitive advantage

    Sustainable career success is being able to define and articulate your competitive advantage. It’s the foundation of your entire career strategy. It’s what you do better than anyone else. It helps answer the question, "What should I be doing with my life?"  In their book, The Start-up of You, Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha outline the three critical elements that form one’s competitive advantage: your assets, your aspirations/values, and the market realities - the supply and demand […]

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