Ask for the support you need

Last week, a woman told me about her experience, and I wanted to share it with you.

Karen works full time in retail sales, and is burning out. Karen has been working for months to figure out what new career she really wants. She has been doing this work on her own, reporting her progress . . . → Read More: Ask for the support you need

Fit your ideal job into your ideal life

I often write about people who don’t know what they want. I want to talk to today about someone who really does know, and how that may not be enough.

Yesterday I talked with a woman, Dawn, who is rapidly approaching burn out on her job and career. She considers leaving her job every few . . . → Read More: Fit your ideal job into your ideal life

Translate your strengths into an ideal job

Rick was an IT Help Desk Manager looking for job satisfaction. He had lists of strengths and skills, values, roles, responsibilities, and a description of his ideal work environment. He still didn’t have any idea what he wanted to do, or where he wanted to do it. He was feeling frustrated and overwhelmed by all . . . → Read More: Translate your strengths into an ideal job

Who is your support system supporting?

I received a call from an old client out of the blue the other day. Deborah and I had worked together a few years ago, and when we parted, she was enthusiastically pursuing goals of love, spirituality, and a new business partnership. It was great to hear her voice, and to listen to her stories . . . → Read More: Who is your support system supporting?

Are you surviving or thriving?

When someone asks us what our dream job is, what is the career we’d love to have, 9 times out of 10 we will name a job title, and then proceed to describe all the things we’d get to do, our responsibilities and assignments. Maybe we’ll describe the type of person we work for, our . . . → Read More: Are you surviving or thriving?

What are the strengths you love to use?

What are the strengths you love to use?

In my home I have a framed print of a quote written in a beautiful calligraphy. It says, “Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be silent if no birds sang except the best. – Anonymous.” What are you good at? What do you do . . . → Read More: What are the strengths you love to use?

Get a new perspective on change

Are you in the middle of a difficult transition right now? Do you feel you can’t go on, but can’t go back? Or are you about to embark on a new path for yourself: new job, new career, new relationship? You’re feeling excited, and nervous about what’s to come. Or perhaps you’ve just achieved a . . . → Read More: Get a new perspective on change

Practice may not make you perfect, but it helps

This blog is generally awesome (yes, I said awesome). It is practical, insightful, actionable. Someone sent me this post (link) recently – and it applies all new and scary situations. Including – Job Interviews, Performance Reviews, Presentations, Networking Events – your Intro, etc., etc. Practice – Practice – Practice. Not just in your body, but . . . → Read More: Practice may not make you perfect, but it helps

Take Time to Reflect

We are nearing 2010, can you believe it? Amid the holiday chaos we all experience, it’s good to steal some spare moments and reflect on how the year has gone.

What were your goals for 2009? Think back on what you hoped for, dreamed for, and set out to achieve this year. What did you . . . → Read More: Take Time to Reflect

My favorite exercise – designing your Ideal Day

This is excerpted from my free report: Five Days to Goals That Inspire You, and inspired from many sources (including, in no particular order, Barbara Sher, Paul McKenna, Jennifer Louden, Sarah Ban Breathnach, and Martha Beck).

Start by imagining your Ideal Day. Set aside an hour and allow yourself to daydream. Imagine what one . . . → Read More: My favorite exercise – designing your Ideal Day

Client Stories

When I first met Lori, I was in a rut. Having spent 25 years in the same industry, I was bored, max’d out and didn't know what to do next.  I was pigeon-holed into an industry that I was not so fond of, and saw no way to get out.  I felt trapped. Lori understood my predicament, as she had seen it all before -- she was sympathetic, but resolute in knowing that she could help me find answers.  I took great solace in that! 

Through several sessions and dozens of exercises, I began to get a clearer picture of who I am, and where my strengths and talents truly lie.  Working with Lori, I was able to translate that understanding into updated, targeted resumes that quickly produced interviews and gave me the confidence to express myself better than ever before. 

Consulting a Career Coach should be mandatory for anyone in today's work force, and Lori is the best at her profession.

Robert J. Norris, Warrenville, IL