Career Reinvention: Following a Passion

The Challenge Michele spent 20 years as a Leadership Consultant and Executive Coach.  Although she loved her work, she felt that there was something else to which she really wanted to give more attention.  She had been fitting art into her life in between her professional commitments. Now it was time to make art her full time job! Michele wanted to integrate her professional skills of coaching and teaching into her new work in art.  She turned to Randi Bussin to help her formulate a strategy for holding collage workshops in her new art studio. The Solution Randi guided Michele in envisioning her ideal work life: how much time she would devote to her own art and how much time to running workshops.  They looked at her financial goals, and Michele and Randi discussed her vision for this next chapter of her life. In the second phase of this Career Reinvention work, Randi and Michele developed a business and marketing plan.  This included analyzing the financial aspects of the … [Read more...]

Prepare for an Exciting Career Journey in 2017

As you gear up for the holidays and some well-earned time off, you can also use this period to review your past year of work and see where you want to go in 2017.  Whether you’re looking to secure a new job offer, advance at your current company or start a new business, you can journey down the road toward your goals. Before you start the trip, however, you need to fill your car with fuel. Accomplishments fuel career aspirations.  An accomplishment is simply an example of your work that has made a difference to your organization or client. There are many ways to track accomplishments, and one way is a victory journal. To start your journal, make a note any time you receive a congratulatory job well-done from your boss or a colleague. You can include anything you did well, such as the quarterly report you slaved over. You can also incorporate any responsibilities you had that were new — such as a solo client presentation. Try to make entries in your journal each month. As you … [Read more...]

Your Moment in the Spotlight: Marketing Yourself for a Corporate Board Role

Many seasoned executives set their sights on the next “role” of their career: a corporate board appointment. In our previous blog posting, we discussed the self-reflection and networking needed to land a board position. In this blog posting, we’ll explore three different marketing materials you may need to land your “audition” — a meeting to discuss a board appointment. Ronit Molko, PhD, BCBA-D, a healthcare consultant and board member, states how important this step in your search is. “Securing a board role requires a solid networking and communications strategy that achieves several things. It must showcase your strengths and expertise that are in line with the company you want to serve; demonstrate how you connect your strengths to that organization’s governance and regulatory needs; and convey your leadership traits. Your marketing approach is as essential as the unique experience and talents you will bring to this role.” Read on to secure a top role! Here are three … [Read more...]

Gratitude: A Benefit for You and Your Career All Year

  Five Reasons why you should have an attitude of gratitude all year long: Gratitude Generates Social Capital Gratitude makes us nicer, more trusting, more social, and more appreciative. All of these help to improve relationships, whether with a stranger, a recent acquaintance, or long time friend. Gratitude helps improve physical and mental health---which makes us happier overall. Grateful people report feeling better physically, with less aches and pains. And they even sleep better. Gratitude can also reduce negative emotions such a envy, resentment, and frustration. Gratitude makes us less self-centered The nature of gratitude is to focus on others and their benevolence; it encourages empathy and sensitivity towards others. With this new mindset, we are less inclined to push our own agendas. Gratitude improves self-esteem As others display acts of gratitude toward you, you will feel more confident. As you feel more confident, you will respect … [Read more...]

Are References Still Relevant? Yes!

In 2016, you may not think managing references warrants much time. Between researching job opportunities online, interviewing, and networking, your plate is full. Yet a reference can still make or break a job offer, and you can’t automatically assume you’ll get a good one, even if your tenure at your company passed without a hiccup. “About half of all references that get checked receive an assessment of mediocre to poor,” says Heidi Allison of Allison & Taylor**, a professional reference checking firm.* Read on for five steps on how to ensure your references are as strong as possible. 1.Recognize their hidden benefits to you. By staying in touch with your references and letting them know what you’re up to, you’re networking. You’ll keep your professional relationships alive and well, and you never know…in a few years, this person could be at a new company as a future employer or a potential partner in a new venture. A reference is more than just a ticket to a new … [Read more...]