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The Loneliness of the Hard-Working Blogger

I feel I’ve been remiss in not contributing to my own blog since I started blogging for The Examiner. http://www.examiner.com/x-3845-NY-Career-Change-Examiner I’ve been hard at work, blogging away,  because I thought it would help my career. So as soon as my application was accepted I started poring over the material on how to promote my pages, how to write short pieces that would be easily searchable on Google, how to add photos… And still, after a couple of weeks, my traffic has provided me a whopping $3.68 to show for it.…

Talent and Confessions

Tonight I took my daughter to see the movie Confessions of a Shopaholic, a guilty pleasure if there ever was one. Apart from being an abomination in its portrayal of women–picture rabid, shopping women, stampeding and punching each other at sample sales as they compete for merchandise–the movie told an appealing truth. The protagonist, as you would anticipate, is a shopping addict. Laden with debt, she bulldozes her way into a trial position as a journalist for a financial magazine, something she clearly knows nothing about.…

That Confidence Thing

I was having a talk with a friend the other day–she’s a professor who regularly writes and speaks at industry conferences. This is an important part of her work since it impacts her credibility as well as her ability to get tenure at her university. She was lamenting that, although she knows and respects several leaders in her field who are in charge of conference planning, she doesn’t get as many invitations as she’d like.…

Tough Times Are a Litmus Test for Whether You’re in the Right Career

You don’t need me to tell you that the business climate is very uncertain, to say the least. However, if you still have a job, it’s likely that you’re busier than ever. After all, there are plenty of clients needing hand-holding and persuading, plenty of bosses needing you to do a lot of stuff you weren’t hired to do. The question on the table, that you may be too preoccupied to ask yourself, is: Have you considered your career lately?…

Pinching Herself

I had lunch with a colleague yesterday, a woman named Suzanne Zemke, whom I met through coaching. Having worked in big corporations for most of her career, Suzanne was given the “gift” of a layoff several months ago. Instead of going back to the same type of job with the requisite steady paycheck, she decided to take a risk. Now this is someone who is very organized about everything in her life.…

The Organizing Principle

As a consultant, I find it tough to get organized. I am not shy about mentioning this, since I talk to other consultants all the time, and they usually have the same problem. Not that being super organized about my work has ever been a great strength! My tendency is to work in a more stream of consciousness way, which means that I stay open to opportunities that present themselves, which can be good except…when the day ends and I scratch my head and think “What did I do today?” This is not a great feeling.…

The Organizing Principle

As a consultant, I find it tough to get organized. I am not shy about mentioning this, since I talk to other consultants all the time, and they usually have the same problem. Not that being super organized about my work has ever been a great strength! My tendency is to work in a more stream of consciousness way, which means that I stay open to opportunities that present themselves, which can be good except…when the day ends and I scratch my head and think “What did I do today?” This is not a great feeling.…