On the Path to Self-Coaching

In the Northern Hemisphere of our globe it is customary to refer to the North Star (Polaris) as the fixed point that sailors and land travelers can use to stay on course.  In the Southern Hemisphere, where Polaris is not visible, the constellation, Crux, (also known as Southern Cross) serves this purpose. Imagining that sailors,…

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Government Shutdown Over – Would You Work for Free?

Jan 29, 2019 Provocative question, right?  With the Government Shutdown now over, we can reflect on the various sets of circumstances workers were faced with – Federal employees, Federal contractors, workers whose business suffered indirectly. If you know you will get back pay and you are ordered to work, it appears to be almost a…

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Yelp Employee Fired for Complaining About Pay

Feb 29, 2016 Talia Ben-Ora, a Yelp employee in San Francisco was fired on February 25, two hours after posting an open letter ( Ben-Ora Open Letter ) to Yelp’s CEO in which she complained about her low rate of pay. There are many angles from which to examine the letter and Yelp’s response.  I think it was…

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Job Searches

Feb 19, 2016 This is not a “How To” for job searching.  That can be the subject of another post.  There are abundant and excellent resources on that topic. The book that is still considered the “bible” of job searching, “What Color Is Your Parachute”, has a chapter called, “You Need to Understand More Fully…

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Minimalism and Following Your Bliss

March 14, 2014 These two concepts are often linked, and understandably so.  What prevents many unhappy workers from making a change is the fact that such a change would require a temporary or permanent lowering of their accustomed standard of living.  This is truly the realm of “trade-offs” which are made consciously or unconsciously.  I…

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Can You Follow Your Bliss?

Feb 19, 2014 So what is all this talk about “Follow Your Bliss”?  Can you really follow your bliss and also support yourself adequately?  What did Joseph Campbell mean by bliss?  I will explore these questions in this post. There are no simple answers to these questions except to say that what I believe he…

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To Boldly Go

Feb 7, 2014 This blog is about work and what we are “called” to do in our work.  I was brought up to believe that a vocation was an external thing.  A calling came from God and told you what your destiny was.  I am far from that view now, but I still see that…

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When Senior Executives Need Life Coaching

Ken is a Chief Scientific Officer for a startup Biotech company in the Northeast.  When he worked for a major pharmaceutical company for 15 years he had opportunities to benefit from Executive Coaching which helped him to strategize, stay focused on goals, navigate through obstacles, be accountable and achieve at a high level.  He has…

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Should CEO’s Have To Do Performance Reviews?

You can scroll down to the bottom of the article if you’d like to see my final answer, but you may find it interesting, even important, to consider all of the caveats and variables in considering this question. In 2019 I assisted three CEO’s in doing the reviews of their direct reports.  Having been a…

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Leaping Into Remote Work

April 3, 2020 The past month has seen a leap into remote work that may never be matched for its speed and suddenness. My clients are mostly still working and, in the case of healthcare clients, working harder than ever.  One client is going the furlough route, but they too are in 100% remote mode…

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