How To Negotiate A Flexible Work Schedule

For most employees, a flexible work schedule is key to a high quality of life. But not all employers understand the benefit of offering a results-oriented workplace rather than one focused solely on rigid requirements about hours and face time. I asked expert Pat Katepoo some questions about the most effective way to negotiate a […]

How Dread Sabotages Your Career And What To Do About It

About a year and a half ago, my children were due for a dental cleaning and exam and here’s what went through my head, “Oh, no, I haven’t been nagging them to floss so they don’t do it every day and some days I think they forget to brush after breakfast so those days they […]

Using Work Values To Guide Career Decisions

Work values determine which characteristics feel essential or important for you to have in the day-to-day activities you perform in your work. People are happier at work when their work values are aligned with their career/job. The first steps in evaluating your work values are to name them and to prioritize them. It is unlikely […]

Sanity Strategies If You Have A Micromanager Boss

Most experienced professionals have at least one horror story about working for a micromanager boss, the type of boss who wants to be involved in every tiny detail of your work. To help employees grappling with this unpleasant situation, I compiled this list of strategies to manage or escape a micromanager boss: Empathize. Coach, trainer, […]

Moving Beyond The Impostor Syndrome

For many years I’ve recommended Dr. Valerie Young’s work each time I’ve discovered that a client suffers from the Impostor Syndrome. Because this happens so frequently, I decided to write about Dr. Young’s recent book, The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite […]

10 Things I Learned At A Joyfully Jobless Weekend

I have been recommending Barbara Winter’s book, “Making A Living Without A Job,” for years, so when I discovered that she was coming to the city where I live for a Joyfully Jobless weekend, I jumped at the opportunity to participate in her event. I wanted to learn new resources for self-employed clients and also […]

Prevent Burnout By Changing Your Giving Style

I am frequently asked how to prevent burnout if you work in a helping profession. Recently I read an excellent book, “Give to Your Heart’s Content: Without Giving Yourself Away,” by psychologist Linda R. Harper. Her book discusses giving styles and describes how each style either increases or decreases the risk for burnout. Prevent Burnout […]

Services or Products As Your Career Focus

Have you ever thought about whether you want services or products as your career focus? Understanding the differences between these two possibilities can help you to choose or change to a work direction that is best for your interests, personality, and skills. I interviewed people with both of these types of careers to get their […]

Assessing Organizational Culture: Will This Be A Good Place For You To Work?

When you’re looking for a job, it’s important to consider an organization’s culture. You need to assess whether you’ll be a good “cultural fit” for the organization, and whether the organization will be a good fit for you. Cultural fit is an important determinant of your success, engagement and even happiness on the job. So […]

Seattle Career Counselor: Personality Type and Career

I interviewed Seattle career counselor Kate Nelson about personality type and career. Ms. Nelson is an expert in using the personality assessment, the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), to assist people with choosing work that is a good fit for their personality. Kate, for readers not familiar with the MBTI, please tell us what the […]