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Growing, Personally

Acting “As If”

January 23, 2015 0 Comments

I was delighted to read a recent blog post by “The Brazen Careerist” on “6 Ways to Build a Personal Brand and Get Hired for Your Dream Job”.  His advice in a nutshell: Act as if you have it right now- Think of yourself as a company Dress for the job you want Build an online […]

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Overcoming Objections

January 15, 2015 0 Comments

Starting with my own! January 1981, I remember the moment vividly. This was what I didn’t know I didn’t know! I’d relocated and needed work. I took a recruitment job “placing” accountants and then “selling” for a temporary placement agency. “Salesmanship” was a skill I lacked. Utterly. Today I understand it on a deeper and more nuanced level. […]

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Paying it Forward in the Digital Age

January 2, 2015 0 Comments

Never has it been easier! Resolve to be a “Digital Media Mensch“* in 2015. It costs little and you’re out there anyway. A great recipe for money management is saving 10% of what you earn. Some folks with a charitable mindset strive to contribute 10%. Seem steep? Give of yourself, give your time! Even just […]

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Happy Celebration of Light!

December 25, 2014 0 Comments

The solstice has passed, we’ve had our shortest day, and I look forward to longer daylight hours. Clearly our cultural and religious traditions support that desire. In a 2010 post “Happy Chanukah, Ireland”, I reflected on the tradition of remembering the re-dedication of the temple defiled by the Greeks. “The miracle celebrated is one of faith and […]

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Homecoming

October 7, 2014 0 Comments

Yesterday I returned home, from home. Contradiction?  Perhaps not. Ireland is my home now, then again, so are the places where my children live. Sometimes that is Philadelphia and it’s suburbs where they were reared, sometimes New Orleans where two now live. Home. It conjures images of holidays spent with family and friends, safe places, […]

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Tasks, tools & invention, necessity not required…

August 22, 2014 0 Comments

It’s a poor workman who blames his tools… This adage conjures an image: a Singer sewing machine my frowning, 4’10” Italian grandmother and a judgment that if times got hard my “piece work” earning potential was pitiful. Good that I’m better equipped for 21st Century “piece work”! Probably because the “tools” are more like “toys”. […]

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On Storytelling & Learning to Repair the World

August 7, 2014 0 Comments

A few years ago when a colleague’s grandson was only 6, he came home from school having been taught the biblical story of Joseph. “Daddy, why did his brothers throw Joseph in the pit?” “Because Joseph was his father’s favorite. Jacob didn’t treat the other brothers as nicely.” The wee one went off. A good […]

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Changing the Conversation, the Disservice of Silence

August 3, 2014 0 Comments

Oh, we Irish are grand storytellers. Poor though, in frank and open conversation. Worse at speaking truth to power. Perhaps the former comes naturally. For the latter, skills are required. We teach polite, we teach deference, we don’t teach assertiveness or skills to influence¹. That is a very specific skill set. We lack a belief that we […]

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Progress not Perfection

July 17, 2014 0 Comments

What would I do if I didn’t have to do it perfectly? A great deal more than I am. Julia Cameron  “Progress not perfection” is a mantra heard frequently in support groups. I repeat it often in my work with clients and when I am trying to be gentle in my own self -talk. It’s […]

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Enough IS Enough, Really!

September 2, 2013 0 Comments

“At the end of the day you can only pay what you can pay…” With these words Irish psychologist Shane Martin talks about the reality of the money stress that affects so many of us. I point out “Irish” because in his practice, Moodwatchers, he is often challenged by the fallout of the economic crisis. […]

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