My Superhero Pose blog was going to be very different…I originally wrote it on April 21 and was going to post it after I had my hair done on May 15. I had the visual all planned out, arms out, hair perfect, eyes blazing confidently into my new future. Truly being my own superhero.
As an HR Consultant and Career Coach, I often get asked for strategies to better time management and productivity. Sorry, folks, I don’t believe there is one quick fix to solve everyone’s ability to manage time (in fact, I don’t believe there is one quick fix to solve anyone’s anything). But I do know some proven strategies to use for managing your time more wisely.
For many of us, September is the new January when it comes to career and business planning. The seasons change and we head in to winter; kids go back to school and people begin to think about what is next?
Part of a job search or deciding to change careers involves taking a look our past accomplishments. Typically, I ask coaching clients to outline work and accomplishment stories that we can later feature on resumes or in interviews. These stories often times hold the clues to what the person excels at, why they like the work they do, or, in other words, what lights them up.
I work with an executive who is making six figures and supporting her family as a single mother, and has a value around stability, but she hates her job but really believes that she can’t leave it because of her family. Her perception is that she cannot make a VP salary at any other company. This is what she says stands in in her way of moving into fulfilling work.
Happy New Year! There is always a lot of information in January about setting goals. With a career change it does not have to be a huge leap or a BIG GOAL. I promise. What if it just was a micro-movement that could change everything?
It was never my intention to be the mother who tried to do it all. I grew up watching working mothers of the 80s burn themselves out before the age of 40. But slowly over the last year my consulting practice has grown and I have become a full time working mother who has one child still home every afternoon.
My dad took me to lots of Blue Jay baseball games when I was growing up. I am not a baseball expert, but I do understand an important element of the game: deciding if/when to swing. The pitcher throws and the batter has to decide whether it is a good pitch. It’s coming across the plate and if it’s in the sweet spot and the batter knows he/she can hit it: swing! If it isn’t right or the pitch is poor the batter won’t chance it.
I have a few friends who whenever I am with, I come up with big ideas. Some I follow through with, some I don’t. Regardless, when I walk away from them, I feel alive and full of creative energy. What is it about some people that ignites us?