Does Your Career Need a “Do Nothing” Manager?

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Are you as uneasy about the advice that people in leadership receive to “delegate, delegate, delegate" as I am? Probably not.  But, there's a shadow side of delegation that I'm sure you've felt even though you couldn't identify the reason for your discontent. The phrase “the dark side of delegation” popped into my thoughts a few weeks back. So, I whipped out my phone, typed ...
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It’s Time to Defy Gender Inequality in Your Career

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“Bad work culture is everyone’s problem, for men just as much as for women.... According to a continuing study by the Families and Work Institute, only one-third (33%) of employed millennial men think that couples should take on traditional gender roles.” ~ Anne-Marie Slaughter in the New York Times article, “A Toxic Work World." It’s safe and maybe obvious to assume that wh...
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Is Your Career Aligned with How You’re Wired?

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Most of us have felt pressured at some point to provide a convincing and enthusiastic answer to the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” And, some of us have an easier time answering that question than others! Yielding to the Pressure to Choose a Career Path In a recent TED Talk, “Why Some of Us Don't Have One True Calling,” Emilie Wapnick, a career coach, w...
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One Word Can Sabotage Your Career

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“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”~Dan Millman, Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives          So, how shall you and I build a new and better career future? I’d like us to start with our vocabulary, the way we think and talk about our career and professional lives. One particular word, us...
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You May Have to Battle for Meaning in Your Career

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Your desire for meaning in your career may lead you on a path that includes confusion, sacrifice, loss, and surrender. And, it will suck when you have those experiences. Like me, you may have seen a ton of TV and movie portrayals of negative job experiences and have had your own unpleasant career incidents. You may have also read articles about how most people are not happy in...
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The Gifts of Employment Discrimination

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John Green, author of “The Fault in Our Stars” (BTW, a great movie, haven't read the book), gave a quick and insightful video overview about data on systemic racial bias in America last year. Watch John pull at his hair multiple times, while discussing the numbers in this quick video... Watch "Racism in the United States: By the Numbers" (3 mins 55 secs) The Difference Yo...
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Why Professional Titles Don’t Really Matter (Anymore)

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What do you love? Really, my heart wants to know what you love. When you move past the obvious like "I love my family" or "I love my friends," where do you go next? Answering the question of what I love has been a bit difficult for me as long as I can remember. I say that I'm not a "true believer" in or zealot about anything. I think that my family and friends would have yo...
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How Will You Make Your Mark?

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A job is how you make money. A career is how you make a mark. A calling is how you acknowledge a higher vision. ~Deepak Chopra My professional life (and probably yours) has taken or will take several unexpected turns and will include work within several organizations. So, I have often wondered if I could call my work life a “career” in the traditional sense. Deepak C...
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Be Your Own Career Private Eye

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How do you know whether or not to accept or pass on an employment offer? One factor involves you asking the right questions during the interview process in order to get the insight you need about the actual work and the organization. After arriving early before an interview a couple of days ago, I got the opportunity to chat with the Director of Human Resources. She shared ...
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Your Career Needs a Challenge

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Do you want to feel a sense of empowerment about your work contributions and communicate your professional value more effectively? Then, put your career thinking cap on! Step 1: Can you think of one recent work accomplishment that gives you a sense of pride? > If you have your work accomplishment in mind, move to Step 2. > If an accomplishment doesn't come to m...
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