Bev's Blog

Mon, Jan 27, 2014 12:39 pm

Do you have professional and other goals in mind for the year?  For the future? So what's your plan?

It can be motivating to have a broad, enticing vision, but it can also be daunting. Sometimes people put off their biggest objectives and most exciting projects because they don't even know where to begin.

To get started and keep moving toward your goals, think about ways to establish specific benchmarks and measure your progress. For example, if you propose to write a book, you might commit to writing a certain number of words each week or month.

Mon, Jan 13, 2014 8:31 am

A longtime client I'll call "Betty" asked me to give a talk about how to survive in an organization that's going through a multi-year transition.

I was pleased to speak at the company where Betty is a manager.  But when she told me the topic, I was surprised. That's because I can't think of anybody more adept than Betty at navigating a rewarding career through an industry experiencing prolonged restructuring.   She has survived multiple mergers, division liquidations and realignments.  And she's been adept at jumping ship and making a great landing at the perfect time.

Thu, Jan 2, 2014 8:31 am

I like to start each year with a list of New Year's Resolutions, and some years my list has been more successful than in others.  But even when I abandoned my commitments before Spring, the process was worthwhile.  There were periods in my life when I didn't devote much time to self-reflection, so starting out a year by taking a close look at myself was a good thing.

As I often do in December, in recent weeks I asked some of my coaching clients about what they'd like the next year to bring.  What will success look like in 2014?  Where do they want to focus their energy this year?

Wed, Dec 18, 2013 2:22 pm

Most savvy careerists understand the importance of getting off to a great start in a new job. But many don't take full advantage of that other opportunity in a transition: the chance to tie up loose ends in the old job and turn your experience into a substantial building block for the future.

Tue, Nov 26, 2013 10:33 am

The trick to redefining your career is to create a disciplined change process and stick with it. And once you master your go-to approach, you’ll have a starting point for future challenges. Whether you want to change professional tracks or simply pump up performance in your current gig, you’ll always know where to begin.