Are Career Coaches Worth the Investment?

Have you ever been offered the opportunity to work with a career coach through your company?  Or have you thought about investing in one yourself?  I’ve had the privilege to work with a few career coaches over my last 20 years of working.  The first opportunity was provided by my company in the form of a 360-evaluation followed …

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The Leap: Relocation & The First Two Weeks in a New Job

I recently took a big leap.  I left my job in San Antonio and have started a new one in the Roanoke, Virginia area.  The leap required giving up not only my job but our beautiful, renovated home, the kids excellent schools, friends and what we knew as our life over the last three years.  There is a …

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Moving On Up! Transitioning from Individual Contributor to Leading Others

Congratulations!  You’ve just been promoted for your hard work and are moving up the ladder! Along with the promotion you are gaining direct reports which is an honor that your boss believes you have what it takes to coach, mentor and grow team members.  This is all great news, but it’s important to understand that the skills …

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4 Reasons to Consider Returning to In-Person Conference Events

This last week I was on vacation in Southwest Florida.  We stayed at a full-service resort with conference facilities.  After the Memorial Day weekend crowd departed, a large non-profit group came in who had bought out the rest of the resort for an in-person event.  It was wonderful to see people getting back together to converse, share ideas …

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Superpowers!

Do you have a superpower?  I would argue that you do, even if you haven’t identified it yet.  I’m not talking about the ability to shoot fire or possessing Hulk-like strength but rather things that you seem to do better than others, naturally, and that has helped you excel at work.  The idea of each of us having …

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How to Dream Big with a Letter from the Future

Recently I had the opportunity to participate in the first retreat for our company’s five year strategic planning process, called Applied Strategic Planning.  We work with a consulting team, and they facilitate the process for us.  There are many components we started to define or redefine including company values, mission, core competencies, and so on.  All of these …

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Who am I?

Seems like such an easy question, right?  When a coach recently asked me this, my immediate thought was, “I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece and working woman.”   The problem with this answer is that it does not answer who I am but rather who I am in association to others.  So, who am I, …

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