Archive for the ‘Career transition’ Category

reinventing yourself

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Job seeker You have just been laid off - possibly for the second or even third time.  You're tired of being h-e-r-e...starting over...wondering "why you" again and what to do next.

If you are in a contracting industry such as real estate, housing construction, auto manufacturing or finance, you may even be forced to reconsider what it is you want to do for a living. 

The bad news:  Losing a job can be devastating.

The good news: Finding a new career can be a really great opportunity to reinvent    Read More

pink slip blues

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Pink slip As work-related stress, anger and frustration escalates, it's easy to go on a rampage when the pink slip comes - especially if it feels undeserved - but beware, the way you depart a company can have overreaching effects not only on your life but on your job search (and hence, your ability to even get a job).

Know that any job loss can be the emotional equivalent of a death, especially depending on how long (and how attached) you are to your current work    Read More

lessons from my marathon

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Lls As I write this post, I am in training for the Walt Disney World marathon in January 2009. I have always wanted to run a marathon and decided to run this with Team in Training which raises money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS)

I have good days and bad days.  Strong weeks and wavering weeks but the thing that keeps me going is staying focused on all of those who battle cancer everyday.  Not just the survivors, but also the    Read More

networking is like having an insurance policy

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Lifeinsuranceumbrella I’ve written several posts lately about the benefits of networking but this hit me so powerfully that I was compelled to share it with you….

I’m working on a project designed to provide solutions for executives who find themselves “suddenly” back in the job market - if you get my drift. In the course of my research, I was having a conversation yesterday with a former Pitney-Bowes executive, now business owner, who was previously in just that situation. He was living    Read More

analysis paralysis – the internal conversation

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Scaredguy_3 I'm afraid.

What if I can't do it?

Other people say I can't.

No one has ever......

I'm not smart enough.

I'm not ______ enough.

This is the real conversation that stops us.   The external conversation is only the public face of the private dream killers.  Don't doubt yourself!  You are powerful enough to create anything you choose. As you take consistent action towards your goal, your confidence will build.  You were born to be great. Enlist mentors, coaches and partners in your vision.   Surround    Read More

network, network, network!

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

Regionalnetworkinggroups I'm sure you've heard the old adage, "It's not what you know, it's who you know."   Well, in todays business world, it is about what you know and who you know.  Whether you are a job seeker, an employee or an entrepreneur, your success is connected to being connected - in other words network, network, NETWORK!  What you know matters, but not unless you meet the people that can advance your vision and chances are you can't meet the right    Read More

tips from the trenches

Monday, February 4th, 2008

Sal1 In my line of work, I get the privilege of hearing many wonderful stories from my clients and colleagues about how they stayed motivated as they stretched themselves into a  new job or career (especially under not-so-ideal circumstances such as a lay-off).  Today, I'm reaching out to you to get your ideas and motivational stories for finding work, changing careers, retiring or starting your own business.  Who inspired you?  WHAT inspired you?  What tips can you share with those following    Read More

so you think you want to be an entrepreneur? Tip#3

Thursday, January 10th, 2008


Even if you have lots of expertise as a result of your corporate career, you may still think you're heading into unfamiliar territory but if you have learned to sell, develop a sales pipeline and serve customers in Corporate America, those skills will transfer well to your new pursuits especially if you're transferring a corporate role into your own venture.  Experience in other areas such as finance, marketing, operations and business development are valuable too but don't necessarily let lack of those areas of expertise stop you.  With some focus you'll either learn it or hire someone who    Read More

happy new year

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

As a new year begins, I want to take a moment to say THANK YOU to all who have supported The Next Step and have allowed me to partner with you in the creation of amazing accomplishments.  Let's keep up the good work in 2008 for an even more amazing and abundant year.

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are you incompetent?

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

I am writing this while attending the 2007 ICF Annual Coaching conference and I am inspired.  Today was the opening session and there are approximately 1500 coach attendees from 40 countries.  It is amazing.  The opening keynote speaker was Julio Olalla, founder of the Newfield Network (a coaching institute) and well known in coaching circles.  He was magnificent.  He spoke about many things but something that resonated with me was this statement "When we declare a dream, the first thing we realize is that we are incompetent to get there, so many of us declare nothing at all." WOW! I    Read More