How to Reinvent Yourself with a Career Coach

The desire for reinvention, a career transition, or a career switch are popular reasons people...

The desire for reinvention, a career transition, or a career switch are popular reasons people seek the help of a career coach, especially mid-career. After starting a series of articles on the art and science of the coaching profession, I am beginning to learn the various reasons people pursue this line of work. While Talking […]

How to Become a Life Coach: An Interview with Casey Carroll

In my series of coaching interview articles, I share insights from a number of different...

In my series of coaching interview articles, I share insights from a number of different types of coaches. My cornerstone article on this topic offers coaching definitions of the various coaching disciplines. Recently, I met with Casey Carroll, a life coach who also delivers brand, marketing, and creative services for women entrepreneurs and women-led brands. […]

How to Find a Mentor. How to Be a Mentor.

Mentorship and the idea of working with one seem synonymous with success. This ideal relationship...

Mentorship and the idea of working with one seem synonymous with success. This ideal relationship is elusive for many of us due to overthinking how to find one. Have you ever wanted the guidance of a mentor, but did not know where to start? Or how to approach someone? You might have assumed people are […]

What is a Career Coach and Who Needs One?

The latest trend in career coaching caught my attention. Working with company-provided coaching or leadership...

The latest trend in career coaching caught my attention. Working with company-provided coaching or leadership coaching, along with personally hiring an executive or career coach is much more common than it was in the past. There are a number of different types of coaches. The coaching industry is growing fast. According to Harvard Business Review […]

New Career Agility Research: 3 Behaviors Shaping Future Workplace

The mega project that launched primary research, my book, a business, and a series of...

The mega project that launched primary research, my book, a business, and a series of blog posts is called the Career Agility Project. It also informed my ideas around creativity, growth, and happiness. This article focuses on the research side of the project, along with the completion of the first infographic on this topic. Career […]

My Story

We start becoming who we are at an early age. Two milestones in particular, influenced...

Multigenerational Workforce Requires Culture Shift

The multigenerational workforce is better when age-diverse teams collaborate. Rather than joining the cliques of...

Cultivate a Culture of Curiosity at Work

Cultivating a culture of curiosity in the workplace requires two active participants; the employer and...

Workplace Agility for Careers and Companies

Workplace agility affects multiple many parts of companies. It affects individuals, careers, teams, and the...

The Future of Your Career is Being Decided Without You

Decisions about the future of your career happen behind closed doors. And you are not...

Stagnation is the Enemy of Employee Retention

Stagnation is the enemy of employee retention in the modern workplace. Which leads to the...

Positive Company Culture: Belonging vs. Just Fitting In

With low unemployment and a record number of unfilled positions, the impact of a positive...

6 Favorite Agility Sketches for The Future of Work

In the spirit of yearly summaries and assembling popular posts, I offer you my personal...

How 6 days of Work-Life Balance Now Will Help You Set 2019 Priorities

The Time in Between beckons me this time of year. Six days, the time between...

Future of Work Trends that Impact Your Decisions for 2019

Being aware of future work trends that impact you and your organization will help you...

3 Ways to Navigate Workplace Change

Whether you are an employee or employer, your ability to navigate workplace change will determine...

3 Tips for Personal Brand Messages: Get Noticed and Make a Lasting Impression

Do you want to capture someone’s interest? Your boss, a potential employer, or a room...

How Getting Fired Can Inspire Career Action

Of all the scenarios I imagined, this was not one of them. My boss said...

How To Make Career Decisions With Crowdsource Feedback

Obtaining feedback to make smarter career decisions is easier than ever. There is a diverse...

Six Ways to Overcome Obstacles and Reverse a Negative Work Trend

The Promise of 10% Better When Facing Obstacles Can a day be 10% better when...

Empathy and Culture Create a Great Customer Experience

This is a customer experience story, a health scare, a journey that started in despair...

How to Visually Stand Out as a B2B Business Brand on Instagram

We live in the age of multi-channel marketing and your instagram feed is a powerful...

Tackle the Myth of Job Security

Job security offered by the employer has changed. The future of work and the job...

The Importance of Persistence for Career Change

The arc of persistence for career change includes your attitude, actions, and decisions when you...

From Overqualified Job Seeker to Hired

The title and photo of Coach Dawn’s Instagram post caught my eye. Why am I...

How Resilience Can Define Make or Break Moments

You’ve come to the crossroads of fear and resilience. With a sense of urgency, you...

How to Create Your Career Brand in 5 Steps

Knowing how to build your career brand in an incremental, thoughtful way will get you...

8 New Sources of Feedback to Help Your Career Flourish

Feedback is a core activity of an agile career, but this helpful communication comes from...

How Personal Branding, Employer Branding, and Corporate Branding Align

Have you considered how brand integration—personal, employer, and corporate—will increase your value to both you...

Career Path: You Won’t Know Until You Try

Does this sound familiar? “Follow your passion.” Common advice for managing your career path. Fanciful...

Focus on Growth by A/B Testing Your Career

Tune Up Your Growth Alternator There is an Agile Marketing expression by Jascha Kaykas-Wolff, a...

Why Every Professional Needs to Create a Personal Brand

Why Build a Personal Brand? This article focuses on why personal branding. The next question,...

The Creative Person Cannot Be Conquered

Agile careerist case study: Create an Idea Zone The Idea Zone is the ideal platform to...

80% of Professionals Lack This for Career Growth

While perspiration and hard work are critical to career design, you can’t go it alone....

Career Moves and What Sir Isaac Newton Got Right

Career agility is desireable mindset in the workplace. One of Isaac Newton’s laws of motion...

Career Decisions: 10 Signs It’s Time to Respond to Change in Your Work Life

A friend of mine once expressed in a resigned tone of voice “it’s better to...

A friend of mine once expressed in a resigned tone of voice “it’s better to be in a bad relationship than no relationship at all.” While we both knew this was not the right way to think about personal relationships and well-being, we recognized fear of the unknown loomed large. The Gray Rhino Moment of […]

Career Path: Fear, Uncertainty, and Change Walked into a Bar…  

Respond to Change is a central principle to live by for the agile careerist. As...

Respond to Change is a central principle to live by for the agile careerist. As a cornerstone of the Career Agility Model, this sensible principle is a fundamental aspect of growth as you step up to the modern demands of your career. Adapt or perish, now as ever is nature’s inexorable imperative. H. G. Wells […]

5 Learning Platforms to Help You Acquire Career Skills 

An essential strategy of the agile careerist is incrementally accumulating knowledge. It pays to take...

An essential strategy of the agile careerist is incrementally accumulating knowledge. It pays to take a DIY (Do-it-Yourself) approach to adding skills to your portfolio. Don’t wait for others in your company to determine your professional development plan. A dynamic education plan is like a tactical weapon against the dissipation of your skill set.  It […]

Career Story: From Finance to Marketing with a Test and Measure Approach

Career Story: From Finance to Marketing with a Test and Measure Approach Transitioning from a...

Career Story: From Finance to Marketing with a Test and Measure Approach Transitioning from a position in finance to one in marketing is not exactly a linear move. For Nicole Emerick, an Agile Careerist featured in my book, Activate Your Agile Career, making the switch from one industry to another was a daring reinvention – one […]

3 Parallel Pursuit Choices to Maintain Your Agile Career

What keeps a project moving forward and on track? Two things are needed: smart scheduling...

What keeps a project moving forward and on track? Two things are needed: smart scheduling and real-time peripheral vision. You’ve got to accomplish tasks side-by-side (in parallel), while distinguishing what must be done in sequential order. This is project management 101, and it’s actually a pretty radical mindset. Concurrent scheduling and production techniques revolutionized the […]

Follow Your Dreams and Other Terrible Career Advice

Raise your hand if you’ve heard the following career advice. “Follow your dreams.” “Do what...

Raise your hand if you’ve heard the following career advice. “Follow your dreams.” “Do what you love, and the money will follow.” “Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life.” OK, hands down. Now raise your hand if this advice has actually helped you make an important decision related […]

What is an Agile Career?

Influenced by primary research with global workers and participation in agile methods across the software...

Influenced by primary research with global workers and participation in agile methods across the software and marketing professions, I’ve come to define it as follows: An agile career is a self reflective, incremental career path, guided by response to change, evolving job roles, and designed to optimize creativity, growth, and happiness. —Marti Konstant Sounds appealing, […]