Career

Sucks to Be Stuck

When you head home after a day’s work, how are you feeling about what you’ve accomplished? Hopefully you feel energized, positive, confident, or fulfilled. Hopefully you don’t feel worn down, pessimistic, doubtful, or disconnected. OK, sure, there’s something in between. Maybe we end some days feeling “OK.” But the sad truth is that too many…

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Consultants Are People, Too. Right?

Since following my “dream” to launch a consulting and coaching practice two years ago, I’veĀ been keenly aware of the sudden shift in perspective from “insider” to “outsider.” And while I was prepared for spending much more time by myself, always being in networking mode, and not having colleagues to fall back on, I was unprepared…

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Right Under Your Nose

In our constant state of haste…our effort to always be innovative…our drive to shoot off daily content, we start to forget all that we already know. We under-estimate the wisdom we’ve already attained. Sometimes we need to just slow down and look right under our own noses at what we already have. The knowledge, know-how,…

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The Journey that Counts

I long harbored an intense desire to travel across the United States, and I just checked that particular item off my bucket list! Since I’m an easterner, the trip was my own personal version of a journey into the West…very Hollywood. Now, I tried not to have a lot of expectations. After all, the idea…

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It’s Not Millennials

For any of us born before a certain date, it’s become a habit to decry the unrealistic expectations and sense of entitlement displayed by Millennials in the workplace. But I’m not really very convinced that we ourselves (by “we” I refer to Gen Xers), were entirely free of a similar sense of I-can-conquer-the-world. We can…

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See Your People, Make Magic

I suppose I’ve been lucky during my career, having repeatedly experienced the magic that happens when a boss or colleague sees us. I mean really sees us, not simply whether we measure up to the numbered items on our job description. Magic happens when a supervisor or person of authority demonstrates a sincere curiosity about…

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the Pope and the Janitor

A week has passed since Pope Francis’ visit and we’ve already nearly forgotten. The pomp and glitz and ceremony bombarding us throughout the 24-hour news cycle those few days ago are vague outlines. The scripted entreaties to politicians, the prayers with his fellow Catholics, the poignant encounters while passing through the crowds–all of these moments…

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Clingy Certitude

His eyes gazed toward me, clear white orbs reflecting outward what I thought might be a glint of uncertainty. I noticed the sharp white of his eyes matched perfectly with the tablet of paper he had placed on the table in front of him. Twenty-four square inches of bleached parchment tattooed to all four corners…

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