Colin Powell and His Perpetual Optimism

Colin Powell and His Perpetual Optimism

A couple of years ago, I had the privilege to attend a significant gathering of regional leaders from across Southern California. The guests included members of Congress, the State legislature, regional and locally-elected officials, and scores of leaders of...

Making Time For Personal Development Planning is No Waste of Time!

Making Time For Personal Development Planning is No Waste of Time!

When is the last time you set aside time to reflect and plan for your OWN career development? Can’t remember? Been too long? Well, maybe this fun fact from the Corporate Leadership Council (CLC) will give you that needed nudge. According to CLC, the use of Individual...

Debate of the “Career Experts”

Debate of the “Career Experts”

These days, there are practically the same number of “Career Experts” as there are job seekers. They come in all flavors. There are the career coaches, the career counselors, and the career consultants. To add to that, there are speakers, authors and bloggers. One...

Five Tips for Work+Life “Fit” Success

Five Tips for Work+Life “Fit” Success

Twenty years ago, clocks and walls use to tell us where work ended and the other parts of life began.  But as technology exploded in a “do more, with less” economy, the clocks and walls disappeared. To be our best, on and off the job, we need to learn how take the...

How to Seek Out the Right Work Culture

How to Seek Out the Right Work Culture

“Birds of a feather, flock together” as the saying goes is also very well and alive in today’s workplace.  If you are considering a change in your job, career, or company, be sure to shop around carefully to determine if the organizations culture is a good fit for...

Managing Career Happiness – Yes, It’s Possible

Managing Career Happiness – Yes, It’s Possible

What is career happiness?  We all strive for it but it often feels elusive. Luckily, there is a great framework created by Frank Digiammarino to help you think about career happinees   "Happiness is a Balance: A Framework to Success."  Frank  spoke at last year's Next...

Count Your Lucky STARs:  Showcasing Accomplishments on Your Resume

Count Your Lucky STARs: Showcasing Accomplishments on Your Resume

One of the biggest mistakes federal job candidates make is failing to sell themselves through accomplishments. Some candidates believe that listing accomplishments is only done on résumés in the corporate world. Not true!  Actually, a résumé for a position in the...

Seven Mentors for Those Who Wish to Serve in Government

Seven Mentors for Those Who Wish to Serve in Government

Warning:  Read with care. The thoughts shared below are not intended for everyone. The ideas that follow are meant for local government public officials and career professionals who really want to make a difference.  People often comment on the significant...

The Chemistry Lesson

The Chemistry Lesson

Pay Attention to the Chemistry Lesson When Thinking About Your Job Change! In the last few weeks I have been coaching and counseling a couple of current Heads of HR about career transitions and I have found myself telling them both, after they had less than stellar...

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