What Introverts Need to Be Happy at Work

If you have ever noticed that after spending time around people, you need time alone to recharge, you might be an Introvert. Introverts get energy and motivation from within (“Intro” in Latin means “inwardly”), unlike Extraverts who get their energy and motivation from other people (“Extra” in Latin means “outside”). . (If you want a […]

Great Bosses Do Exist!

If you have had several terrible bosses in a row, you might despair of ever working for a great one. Be reassured, though, that great bosses do exist! I searched for people willing to describe what made their great bosses so excellent. Here are their stories. “My best boss was Craig Duran, Cheese Specialist, HEB. […]

Rate Your Boss

Career coaches often say that people don’t leave jobs, they leave bosses. It is easier to rate your boss if you have a checklist of qualities to use for assessment. To create this list, I asked people to describe what matters to them about their boss. While no boss can be perfect, the more your boss […]

What to Do About Ambivalence

If I were asked to pinpoint one dynamic that keeps people from achieving career happiness, it is ambivalence. Because so many people ask me how to resolve this, here are some thoughts about what to do about ambivalence: First, recognize and name your ambivalence for what it is. Ambivalence is a psychological condition where you […]

How to Feel More Energized and Alive at Work

How energized do you feel in your career? How energized do you want to feel? Is there a gap there? Today I want to share a simple yet effective framework for closing that gap and improving your here-and-now, regardless of whether you love or loathe your job. When clients come to me for career change […]

What Do Career Counselors Do?

One of the most common questions I am asked is, “What do career counselors do?” Usually people ask this question for one of two reasons: (1) They are considering becoming a career counselor themselves and they want to know what the day-to-day job is like, or (2) They are considering hiring a career counselor and […]

How to Get Wild About Work, Part 2

In the first part of this two-part article, I explored how to create an internal compass that points the way to a career that leaves you feeling energized and alive. In this post I want to take a deeper look at how to put that compass to use. Your internal compass is made of the […]

Career Envy: Embrace It!

As one of the seven deadly sins, envy has a bad rap. Envy makes us feel bad so we usually try to squelch it. But what if instead of trying to stamp out feelings of envy, you used envy as a terrific source of information? If noticing someone else’s career success feels like a punch […]

How To Get Wild About Work, Part 1

Are you at a career crossroads? Feeling like it’s time for a change to a career that lights you up, but not quite sure what that is or how to get there? Read on! In this two-part article, I want to explore a different way of thinking about pursuing your passion, one that both clarifies […]

The Role of the Unconscious in Career Development

Today’s interview is with Dr. Lynn Friedman, a psychologist / psychoanalyst who is an expert on the role of the unconscious in career development. I talked with Dr. Friedman about how people can know when the unconscious is affecting their career and workplace behavior, and what they can do about it. Dr. Friedman, what are ways […]