How to Find Meaningful Work

The definition of meaningful work differs from person to person. And while the what may vary, the how you obtain and the why it matters is largely the same. Typically, meaningful work feeds your interests, has an impact on various stakeholders, and sparks continuous learning that causes the cycle to repeat. Meaningful work is not some elusive ideal that requires a […]

Write Your Way From Stress to Success

Stress shows up in different ways for different people, but a common early-warning indicator is the frequent ill-timed “space out” session ­­– you know, the moments when you’re there, but not really all there. It happens to everyone: the daydream filled business meeting that offers co-workers a non-responsive blank-stare in exchange for their inquiry or the working lunch that has you absentmindedly scarfing down a […]

Should You Develop a Side Hustle?

Having a side hustle, a way to make income outside your normal nine to five (ahem, seven to six) job is all the rage these days. This is due in part to advocates like Chris Guillebeau, author of Side Hustle. It’s sound advice. While you’d expect the career coach side of me to agree with the practice, […]

Finding Your Passion

As a career coach, I get the, “How do I find my passion question?” several times per month. My answer: It isn’t lost. Most people know exactly what they like and vote for that activity with their discretionary time. We all have a finite number of hours and a host of competing responsibilities. In my case, I’m a business owner, corporate […]

What is Success?

When attempting to define success the easy cop-out is to say that it’s different for everyone. True, but not helpful. Some people view success in terms of titles, power, influence, or even the status symbols money can bring: the flashy watch, the foreign car, the boat and beach house combo. That’s all fine, but for me, success is measured in free time. When you can be […]

How to Negotiate a Flexible Work Schedule Without Looking Like a Slacker

Hiring a new employee is a dicey proposition. Candidates face pressure to impress to be sure, but hiring managers are also under the gun. Selecting a candidate that performs poorly can damage their reputation and call into question their leadership and decision-making skills. No one wants you to do well more than the person who hired you. So having the skills to […]

Unhealthy Self Talk

There’s an old joke: You can talk to yourself all you want. It’s when you start answering yourself that you’re in trouble. There’s some truth to that. Healthy people talk to themselves all the time. They unconsciously recite their grocery list while shopping, mutter a sarcastic line in response to a ridiculous statement, or even absentmindedly work through the logistics of […]

You Need Zs to Be an A Player

As a father, business owner, CHRO, and gym rat I know first hand how hard it can be to fit it all in. I’d like to believe that I need less sleep than the “average” person, but that’s just a bravado cocktail comprised of one part optimism and five parts foolishness. You simply can’t escape biology. We all need to recharge […]

How to Be an Early Bird

Making the transition from night owl to early bird is no easy task, but it starts with the realization that most of us can’t be both….well, without going clinically insane. If you’re an introvert or overloaded extrovert looking to increase your “me time” head towards the light…morning light that is, by following these simple evening shutdown steps. Know Your Numbers: […]

Change the Work/life Conversation

Employees sometimes struggle with broaching the work/life balance conversation with their manager because they assume (like a novice salesperson) that they are asking for a favor. Before doing anything else, employees should understand their organization’s formal policy on the matter. Assuming there is one, they should change the conversation to focus on results, not time. The following is a quick guideline […]