Last week I had lunch with my accountant and a friend of his who was laid off a year ago (at 62) and is now starting his own business because he can't find an employer who will hire him. We spent much of that lunch talking about how many people we knew who were in this situation. For the past year, I've been facilitating the Speedy Startup--a 12-week program to... Read more →

I was reading an article in the NYT this morning about How to Live Wisely. It describes a course at Harvard designed to get students to think deeply about their lives. At the end of the course, students are asked to share one thing they've changed their minds about as a result of their participation in the course. The course is meant to be transformational and, of course, transformation doesn't... Read more →

I've been doing a lot of work around using design-thinking to improve career services and one of the things we've been talking about is the need to understand how people are FEELING in order to help them figure out what they need next. Our emotional states are a powerful indicator of what we need. In our careers, I've found that people tend to think that any concerns, issues, etc. they... Read more →

One of my favorite quotes of all time comes from Peter Drucker: Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things. As I work with people in thinking about their careers, what I notice is that people spend a lot of time thinking about how to manage themselves and their work. They are focused on doing things right for their current job. They focus on: Responding to the... Read more →

As a career coach, I've found that I'm most likely to be working with people in some kind of career crisis. Either they are unemployed and trying to find a new job or they have reached some kind of difficult tipping point in their careers where their unhappiness drives them to take action. When people are in these situations, they tend to focus on practical things: How do I write... Read more →

This is the next in an ongoing series of posts I'm doing about how to use design thinking in your career. When we last left off in the Designing Your Career series, we had entered the Ideation phase where we talked about how to brainstorm potential ideas for experimentation. In this post we're going to discuss how to do a "reality check" on your ideas and how to begin evolving... Read more →

At the end of July, my husband said to me, "We need to take off the last two weeks of next month." I immediately felt two things. Panic--how the hell could I "afford" to take off two weeks? Desire--OH I want to do this! I sat with these two feelings for awhile. They represented the two aspects of myself that are always at war with each other it seems. The... Read more →

I'm thinking a lot lately about how we get in our own way. It's easy to look around at this economy and to just want to give up. So many barriers and challenges--makes you want to stay in bed with the covers over your head. I get it. But even in the midst of challenge there is opportunity. We have to go after it though, creating possibilities where others only... Read more →

Over the course of several weeks, I'm showing you how to apply design thinking and principles to your career planning and development. The series of posts so far is here. We've gone through the Discovery and Intereprepation phases, gathering information about your career challenge, looking for themes and framing possibilities. Now we enter into the Ideation phase, where you are generating ideas that you could experiment with in the next... Read more →

Over the course of several weeks, I'm showing you how to apply design thinking and principles to your career planning and development. The series of posts so far is here. In the Interpretation phase of design, we've been looking at capturing your learning, identifying key themes and harvesting your insights. Now it's time to frame your opportunities--how do you take what you've been learning and use it to set yourself... Read more →