Mastering The Art Of Fierce Conversations

There are certain conversations we all dread: the ones in which we have to deliver bad news, discuss a sensitive or “political” subject, or talk about a project that’s gone wrong. Have you ever recognized too late that a client was frustrated because you failed to resolve an issue? Or perhaps spent time cleaning up in the aftermath of a …

Do You Hear Me?

Weather on the Ones, 24-hour cable news, talk radio, youtube, cell phones, the robotic thumbing of Blackberries – all around us is the relentless babble of words. While all this connectivity has certainly increased our output, it has also numbed our senses and shrunken our attention spans. In the process, it has robbed us of something vital. Sure, we may …

A Machiavellian Plot For Clean Water

Along with a packed house, I recently had the privilege of hearing Peter Thum speak at Interesting Café, Clickable‘s monthly culture night. His work is a call to social activism – the idea that good business and good deeds need not be mutually exclusive. As the founder of Ethos Water, Peter Thum has generated over six million dollars to help …

You Unstuck

At some point, we all become stuck. Maybe it’s a job that is comfortable, but no longer challenging. Maybe you’re in a relationship that is going nowhere. Or maybe you’ve been out of the workforce so long, your confidence is at an all-time low and you fear further rejection could derail you completely. Stuck happens. It’s been noted that people …

Who Would Be On Your Board?

When my clients are at a crossroads with a decision that they need to make, I often walk through an exercise with them I call the “Virtual Board.” I do this by asking, “If you could hand select a personal board of directors, who would be on it?” The goal of the imaginary board of directors is to provide new …

Pop-Tarts and Dead Jesus with Mo Langan

“If there is one thing that I can teach you,” my father used to say “it’s that you gotta remember to laugh every day.” Research has shown the health benefits of laughter ranging from strengthening the immune system to reducing food cravings to increasing one’s threshold for pain. Having a sense of humor about life’s difficulties can provide a way …

Why Carrots & Sticks Don't Work Anymore

I watch The Office religiously. I adore the show for its humor and for the fact that it shines a light on the absurdity of most workplaces. Since his seminal article “Free Agent Nation” first appeared in Fast Company in 1997, I’ve also been a fan of Daniel Pink. At that time, he articulated beautifully something that many people were …

Ways to sparkle and keep your motivation in tough times

My old college roommate recently asked me if she still has the “shine” factor. On a quest for a new job in this difficult market, she wanted to know if she embodied that “sparkle” she used to have when we were just entering the workforce after graduation. As a career coach and former recruiter, I advised her that to be …

Have You Found Your Acre of Diamonds?

There’s a very famous parable (credited to Russell H. Conwell) about a poor farmer who cursed his rocky fields and dreamed of a life of riches and ease. Fixing upon the idea of finding diamonds as the way to achieve his dream, he sold up his farm for a pittance and left to explore foreign lands for the precious gems …

50 Ways To Leave Your Clutter

I recently took a bag full of clothes and accessories to http://www.bottomlessclosetnyc.org/ and I was surprised at how liberating the simple exercise was. Especially when times are tough, I think that we hold onto our “stuff” because it makes us feel a bit more secure. Closets full of “stuff” and a garage full of “stuff” can create the illusion that …