Why do you do what you do? Love, actually.

I’m just recovering from a whirlwind of doctor’s appointments, medical tests and 2 surgeries. I have a touch of Breast Cancer. And, when I say touch, I mean it. Just a pea-size, Stage 1A cancer. I found out on Monday that the lymph nodes are not affected, so I am clear after the surgery + […]

Never saw it coming…really?

I remember an Austin employer who was concerned about the optics of a 300-person layoff. This was back in the day when our go-go economy gave everyone a sense of ease. The company announced layoffs 6 months out, 3 months out, 1 month out and 1 week out. They set up a Career Center with […]


Things to want in your next job

I’ve had the privilege of working with several executive clients who make the BIG BUCKS – the kind of money you read about in Forbes or Fortune Magazine. After years at that level, a shift in mindset happens and the person thinks: “Is this all there is? Why I am busting my butt for this […]


Don’t fall into the comparison trap

My first lesson in professional speaking—The National Speakers Association convention in 1995–was mind-blowing.Everywhere I looked, there were beautiful, well-groomed, better-dressed men and women. And, each one was well-spoken. Given the opportunity, they would instantly deliver a perfect elevator pitch about their expertise and typical audience. I went to my hotel room feeling deflated. Later, I […]


Love the one you’re with

Too many people flee perfectly good jobs, because they don’t get along with the boss. It’s like leaving a bad marriage, and then realizing your next relationship is no better, because YOU are the constant. As the song says, “Love the one you’re with.”  You are at least 50% responsible for your relationship with the […]


Too old to make a career change?

Workers of all ages deserve to find career passion. Sometimes this is best achieved by leaving your job function, industry, or both. Sometimes it’s achieved by creating a new job, or your own business. In an excellent article at the www.flexjobs.com site, Beth Hering gives 5 tips for the middle-aged career changer. She quotes me […]