How I Overcame Insecurity at My New Unconventional Job
by Katie Chamberlain Kritikos - Sep, 2014
Maintaining confidence and sanity in a society that encourages competition and judgment is tough at work and at play. Herein, I share my story of recognizing and accepting my limitations on the yoga mat...and how I found peace with my yoga practice and new career. Falling In and Out of Love with Yoga In the fall of 2013 when I started going to the hot yoga studio just around the corner from my condo in Chicago, I wante...
The Top 10 Reasons You Need a Career Journal
by Cheryl Lynch Simpson - Sep, 2014
By the time you sit down to update your resume or finally hire a professional to write it for you it’s already too late — too late to clarify your brand, achievements, and goals in the time available before you complete the project. The time to start all of these activities is long before you need them. In other words, now. A career journal can help you to jumpstart the process in a gentle way. Unlike a regular journal, a c...
The Underestimated Importance of a Mentor
by Corinna Klawon - Sep, 2014
I have been recently faced with some challenges in my personal life but also in my work life (I applaud people who can separate the two). I have found myself just running in a circle in hopes of finding an answer. I am trying to better understand what my personal goals are and how I can close the gap between what I do and who I want to become. I was so close to this issue that I felt like my vision was clouded. I know that our...
Warning! If You’re Using These 5 Words, You’re Killing Your Executive Presence!
by Valerie Sokolosky - Sep, 2014
Remember that time when you were at a business meeting and it took an awkward turn? There was congenial conversation—then all of a sudden you or someone else said something unprofessional that killed the flow of the discussion. The conversation went from congenial to awkward. The point is, how we communicate is a reflection of our personal brand and executive presence. Let’s look at some “brand busters” that can rot an othe...
Find Your Voice and Unlock Your Potential!
by Dorothy Montgomery - Sep, 2014
You’ve heard it many times, the number one fear in life isn’t death—it’s public speaking, but what if by becoming a public speaker, you could reach your greatest potential? Breakthrough practices like learning to speak publicly can change your life. “If you can do well what so many others do marginally, then you will be more successful,” says Mark Tamer, author of Presentations A to Z, The Handbook for Presenters. Plenty...
Are Your Sundays Spent Dreading Mondays?
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Sep, 2014
Do you enjoy your work? Are your Sundays spent dreading Mondays OR do you look forward to getting up each week day? Since yesterday was Labor Day, I thought this topic would be fitting. On average we spend 40 to 46 years of our life working. With work consuming a large chunk of our day and our life, why not be doing something we enjoy? For many people, little thought was put into their career choice. Some may think that wor...
How My “Potential” Landed Me a Job
by Corinna Klawon - Aug, 2014
A few years ago I found myself bidding on a job that I thought was quite far out of reach. I was going for a Marketing Communications job that required strong verbal and written communication skills as well as the ability to be detail-oriented, read proofs and overall have a good sense of English grammar. On the other side, there was me…just finishing up my BS in Marketing and Management: young, inexperienced, and above all a...
Your Definite Purpose
by Dorothy Montgomery - Aug, 2014
I’ve often asked the question, how do I know what my purpose is? The best information I’ve ever come across is from the Proctor Gallagher Institute ‘s Six Minutes to Success. Here’s an excerpt. A key to career progression and development is to know your definite purpose; the reason why you’re here. It doesn’t matter how you were brought up or how you arrived here on this planet—the fact remains that each of us has specif...
Why I Quit My Toxic Law Job to Teach Yoga
by Katie Chamberlain Kritikos - Aug, 2014
Young and Idealistic: All I Really Want to Do Is Drink Beer At my first yoga class in my high school library in 2002, I discovered yoga as a way to both exercise and relax. Yoga then accompanied me through college in South Carolina and Alabama, graduate school in Illinois and New York City, and law practice in rural Illinois and Chicago. Through the challenges (divorce, autoimmune disease) and triumphs (launching a law...
Do Your Colleagues See You the Same Way You Do?
by Dale Kurow, M.S. - Aug, 2014
Have you heard the saying that goes something like this: if you don’t know who the office jerk is, it’s probably you? You might be a well-intentioned manager that feels like a team player, but there might be something about your approach that prohibits your employees and colleagues from agreeing. Columbia Business School suggests those who are rough around the edges at work don’t necessarily know it. “Finding the middle...
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