Gaining A Bit of Clarity After the Smoke Clears

Thankfully, smoke from the horrific wildfires plaguing the western U.S. finally cleared out here in the Seattle area over this past weekend and we can now see our mountains again and have a breath of fresh air. It’s always refreshing when we’ve been living in some sort of fog or under a smokescreen to come
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Dead End? 5 Steps to Clear What’s Blocking Your Career Success

When we come to what we perceive as a dead end in our careers or lives, with the way forward seemingly blocked, it can be hard to know if we should move left or right, up or down, or stay put and ride things out. What we thought was a clear path can become pretty
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Celebration or Deflation? How the Stories We Tell Impact Retirement

Jubilación is the Spanish word for the act of retiring. This seems so much more positive and inspirational to me than “retire,” which means to withdraw. And while I don’t have a visceral negative reaction to the word “retirement,” like I do for the phrase “soft skills” (don’t get me started on that one), it
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4 Ways to Build Resilience When Spinning in Career Chaos

In these times of layoffs and economic instability with many people experiencing grief and loss, whether of their job, loved ones, or both, advice of “just reinvent yourself” or “do something different” tends to ring hollow and be out of touch when it comes to what to do next. It’s a scary experience to lose
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Channel Your Inner Branson: Leveraging Fear in Career Transition

In a conversation earlier this week with a few colleagues, we talked about how we define “courage.” Most of us identified with a loose definition of it as having a fear of something but doing it anyway, much like Sir Richard Branson’s book title Screw It, Let’s Do It. I like this approach because it’s
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5 Ways to Build Self-Confidence During Career Transitions

During times of uncertainty, like we’re in right now, or when experiencing job loss, as many are going through these days, our self-confidence can really be damaged, especially when we’ve been hit with a setback that leaves us feeling hurt or confused. Our limiting beliefs about what we can or can’t do, should or shouldn’t
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Taking Charge of Late-Career Transitions: 4 Ways to Find Fulfillment

One of the primary concerns that can come up with those looking to graduate to the next phase in their professional lives is the thought of being irrelevant, brushed aside, or idle if they decide to slow down and create more flexibility in the quantity or type of work they want to be doing. While
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Getting Unstuck: 4 Obstacles to Clear to Move Forward with Career Support

If there’s ever a time to seek support for your career and overall wellbeing, this is probably it. Even though some areas of the country and globe are beginning to relax stay-at-home orders and social distancing, it doesn’t mean that stress and anxiety will go away anytime soon, whether about your health or the state
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