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Overcome Your Gremlins

It’s never easy or comfortable to admit your failings. In fact, your brain protects you from considering such things by using techniques as minimizing, ignoring and excusing. For the most part, if you want to seriously consider where you fall short, you have to...

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When Safe is Risky

From the individual perspective of change, everyone naturally wants to be safe and stable—in relationships, processes and habits. But sometimes, what appears to be safe really isn’t. Because life changes daily, you are faced with assessing the veracity of what you...

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The Word Is REMEMBER

I know you’re ready to go for this week, but looking back on last week, was it a great one? Did you do some good things? Interesting things? Helpful things? I’m not asking if the week was stressful—anything worth doing requires great effort, concentration and...

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I’ve Heard That Before

It’s time for my busy season to ramp up, going from the beautiful southeast coast last week to the equally beautiful southwest coast this week. Tough job, I know. Of all things, I’m most interested in hearing the progress that people have made on their Action Plans...

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Navigate Your Career Path

One of the big changes that has occurred over the past 20 years is related to how you progress in your career. It used to be that the firm hired you and gave you work to do. Your responsibility was to keep your head down, learn and perform well. The firm’s leaders...

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More Of The Right Yeses

While attending a Clinical Counselors Conference a couple of weeks ago, I heard a speaker emphasize that saying no is an effective strategy to prevent overload and burnout. There’s no question that volume of activity under pressure (like deadlines) is a culprit. And I...

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Don’t Perform. Contribute.

I assume you have already mapped out your week or will do so immediately after reading this post. Having done it, how do you view the work that is before you? It matters, you know. If you view your work as merely performing your many responsibilities, you will be...

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A Robot Instead of You?

There is more evidence than ever that in the next 5-7 years, much of the work you’re doing now will be done by machines. With the ramp up of data analytics, artificial intelligence and the expanded capabilities of technology, you won’t be needed to do what technology...

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Mentored By Your Supervisor II

Last week, I wrote about something that I thought was obvious and known. Come to find out, it was a surprise to some of you and caused some confusion. My assumption was that everyone understood that there are always mixed motives in any decision and action. There is...

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Mentored By Your Supervisor

It’s not uncommon in my coaching calls to hear some of my clients wonder if they are being guided by their mentors in directions that may not be the best for them or their career success. They wonder if meeting the expectations given them will actually benefit them in...

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