We’re So Confident We’ll Work on Contingency

Finishing FirstThis post was published initially on LinkedIn Pulse.

Sometimes one conversation changes everything. When a prospect told me that they had signed an exclusivity agreement with their executive coach, I felt very uncomfortable. Why did their coach feel the need to handcuff clients like that? Didn’t the coach’s results keep clients?

And then I wondered if I should consider having a clause like that. Had clients left me to work with other coaches? In five years, I don’t know of one. So, no, I probably don’t need a clause like that.

And then I had a series of other conversations with prospective clients who told me about writing B I G checks to their coaches, and not getting one inquiry or lead from all that investment.

It made my heart hurt. Continue reading

Speaking at TEDx Heartland Community College May 30, 2015

TEDx Heartland Community CollegeThis is B I G news. I will be giving my first TEDx talk on May 30, 2015. I am thrilled and honored to join the elite group of TEDx speakers.

The overall conference theme is “Sustainability.” I will be talking about the importance of sustaining your personal energy to fuel your professional success.

The event will be held at Heartland Community College in Normal, IL. More information and tickets are available here. 

Here is how the organizers described it:

Sustainability – how do we Sustain the Ability to do what we do? Is the way we do things able to continue? The core notion of Sustainability goes beyond the Environment, encompassing the Personal, Economic, Technological, Health, Social, and Cultural realms of life.
~ TEDxHeartlandCommunityCollege

More information and tickets are available here.

From LinkedIn Pulse: The 3 R’s of Employability

sparkI don’t write a lot about career transition here, although I probably should. I have been posting my best information on LinkedIn Pulse. Why? More people see it and comment on it, and my ideal prospects are looking for that kind of help on LinkedIn.

That said, this post is worth publishing both places. It contains some of my best ideas for successfully navigating our fluid world of work.

No doubt, the world of work has changed. Here’s how you can make this change work for you. Below is the full post:  Continue reading

Why I Never Want to Retire

Boat on BeachI frequently blurt out that I never want to retire. Clients, friends, and family are appalled by the energy with which I say it.

I honestly can’t imagine anything more boring – or more likely to send me into immediate depression.

This quote brilliantly states why:


I, for one, cannot dream of retiring. Not now or ever. Retire? The word is alien and the idea inconceivable to me. I don’t believe in retirement for anyone in my type of work, not while the spirit remains. My work is my life. I cannot think of one without the other. To “retire” means to me to begin to die. The man who works and is never bored is never old. Work and interest in worthwhile things are the best remedy for age. Each day I am reborn. Each day I must begin again. ~ Pablo Casals, Legendary Cellist

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WGN Radio: The Noon Show with Carol Roth – Interviewing

I have to tell you, I could get used to this “expert” status thing. So fun to join my friend Carol Roth on The Noon Show on Chicago’s WGN radio today.

Carol and I talked about interviewing best practices and answered some tough questions from callers, including how to respond to the weakness question and how to position yourself if you were fired from your previous job. No softballs here!

Please enjoy You have the job interview…now what?

From TDS blog: How to manage effective virtual teams

Whether you work with people in the same city or around the world, chances are that you are part of – or manage – virtual teams. Entrepreneurs, small business owners, and employees all will have instances where they work with people who are not physically in an office or building with them.

Virtual teams can be highly productive and effective if managed correctly. In this post for the TDS business blog, I share some tips from my experience and interview my client, Michael Sanders, of Legacy Solutions to get another perspective.

I think you will find the information in How to manage effective virtual teams timely and useful.

Best Year Ever! Teleclass (two sessions)

Best Year Ever!
How to SET and ACHIEVE the Goals You Really Want in the New Year

Ready to make some BIG changes?  Not sure where to start? We did this series in 2011 and got a lot of great feedback – so we decided to bring it back again this year.

Join Career Transition Coach and Business Consultant Catherine Morgan for this F*REE, two-session teleclass and discover the keys to setting and achieving the goals you really want in 2013.

Thanks Catherine!  The teleclass was both enlightening and interesting last night – I’ve never really experienced / been exposed to goal setting like that before. ~ W.T. Chicago, IL

Why a Teleclass?

Because it is interactive, informative and fun.  A teleclass is just like attending  a workshop, but instead of driving, parking and making sure your hair is combed, all you need are two free hours and a phone!  This teleclass meets for two consecutive weeks, one hour each week.  See below for dates and times.  Continue reading

From CarolRoth.com – Didn’t Get the Gig? Maybe It’s ‘Cause Ur Illiterate

My latest post on CarolRoth.com | Business Unplugged™ really struck a nerve. Lots of great comments on this one! Probably the most I have had on a post.

I am not generally one to rant online but in this case I just couldn’t keep it to myself.

This issue applies to both my entrepreneur and job search clients. Like you, I am finding it harder and harder to see mistakes myself (as there are so many around us all day long), but that is no reason not to be diligent and try not to make them.

So I present to you: Didn’t Get the Gig? Maybe It’s ‘Cause Ur Illiterate. Enjoy.