Shoulds, Societal Norms, and Pressures career direction tips Sep 23, 2022

I've been reflecting on external pressures I experienced earlier in my career:

"Danielle, you should go to grad school because you only have a bachelor's in social work."

"Danielle, now that you've graduated with your master's, you should get a job in your field."

In all honesty, a lot of these...

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Filling Your Cup career mindset Sep 16, 2022

Growing up, I watched a lot of fairy tales. I remember story after story of the prince or princess finding their love, and only then, living happily ever after.

I felt bombarded by the messages that one person, career, or role (like parenthood), would eventually meet my needs from an...

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Is it really too late to learn new skills? career mindset Sep 09, 2022

My niece is learning to walk! It’s so much fun to watch her push herself up, stumble around, and take a few steps before falling back down again. She laughs and giggles almost every time. I love watching her take joy in learning something new. 

As a former school social worker,...

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What do I want to be when I grow up? career direction tips Sep 02, 2022

Have you seen the latest Truist commercials? They’re brilliant! Of all the videos that I’ve seen that accurately portray the idea, "What do I want to be when I grow up?", these are the closest ones to match reality.

I have to admit, I believe the way careers are introduced to us as...

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Quiet Quitting practical advice Aug 26, 2022

I was a runner in high school. While I mostly ran long-distance, I also sprinted the 400m, during track season. The interesting thing about sprints, opposed to long-distance running, is that it requires more downtime during the workout.

In business (Agile or SCRUM methods), there's the concept of...

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Master Storytelling for Job Interviews Mini Course interviewing Aug 19, 2022

Over this last week, I've been working on a speech that I'm presenting to a tech association next month.

In the past, I would have written my speech and re-read it again and again, hoping that it would help me when I would take the stage. It never worked because I would fumble...

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Something has to give... career mindset Aug 12, 2022

I read Serena Williams's incredible letter to Vogue about her announcement that she's moving on from her tennis career. I'm in tears.

Ms. Williams writes, "Believe me, I never wanted to have to choose between tennis and a family...

...But I’m turning 41 this month, and...

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Conscious Cell Phone Use career mindset Jul 28, 2022

Because of my coaching with one of my clients who is trying to create more work-life balance for themselves, I've been aware of my choices, especially around my cell phone use.

My beloved mentor Amma, who died a year ago from cancer, was an incredible role model to me for conscious cell phone...

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5 Steps you can take if you have an entrepreneurial spirit, but you don't want to start a business career direction tips networking tips Jul 22, 2022

Are you one of those people who has an entrepreneurial spirit, but doesn't want to start a business? Perhaps you don't want to take on the liability or risk, work alone, or you don't have the interest.

Just because you don't want to start a business doesn't mean there isn't a place for...

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Lessons from My Dog Louie practical advice Jul 15, 2022

This is Louie, my 13 1/2-year-old poodle-mix. Many of you may already know him because he's been my loyal coworker for years.

When Louie was younger, he could easily hike for four to six miles. He was on a mission to smell and mark everything he could.

Now that he’s getting older, he...

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True Career Freedom career mindset Jul 08, 2022

Ever since July 4th, I’ve been thinking a lot about freedom regarding our career.

We’re blessed in the United States to have so many options — we can change our job, career employer, industry or start a business. When I speak with clients in career or business transition,...

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Are you becoming your parents career wise? career direction tips career mindset Jun 09, 2022

There are a lot of funny memes and jokes about becoming your parents. I met up with my mom yesterday to find that we wore similar outfits. This is just one example in which I’m like her — I also followed in her footsteps of starting a business when I turned 28.

 

I’ve been...

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