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Seeking the Holy Grail: Achieving Satisfaction, Balance and Grace at Work

After 30 years as a corporate marketer, a few years ago I decided to do something different. I wasn’t exactly sure what that was, but I felt a higher calling. I had had a successful career leading divisional marketing teams for two leading corporations.

It was fulfilling developing strategy and directing teams and agencies to execute on plans that drove revenue, built brands and created...

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Of Orange Groves and Wild Ponies: Career Highs and Lows

In a career spanning more than three decides, I've found that our best and worst days at work can be a road map to future career satisfaction.

After a lengthy career in marketing, I’ve had my highs and lows. My best day was spent at an advertising photo shoot on a hillside orange grove in (appropriately) Orange County, California. It was an idyllic 70-degree day in January. The...
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How I learned to live happily with my gremlin, Ralph

I have a gremlin and his name is Ralph. Ralph is my inner critic who sits on my shoulder and whispers sweet little nothings in my ear. He truly thinks that he’s protecting me by telling me not to try, never to take a risk, always to take the safe road, and to keep myself secure by playing small.

He sees no advantage to risking anything. His primary objective for himself and me is...

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The overachiever’s guide to overcoming self-doubt

“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.” ― William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
 
You’re smart, you’re accomplished, you’re confident in your problem-solving abilities. Let’s face it — you’re a success. And that makes sense. You’ve risen to the challenge your entire...
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Career Wisdom According to Yogi

Nothing is like it seems, but everything is exactly like it is.

–Yogi Berra
 

Yogi Berra was a catcher with the New York Yankees for eighteen seasons between the 1940s to the 1960s, and though he holds the record for the most World Series Championships as a player (ten), he is arguably best known nowadays for his quirky quotes. Even if you’re not familiar with...

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What's in your bag? How your beliefs lead to success (or frustration)

“We do not see the world as it is, we see it as we are.”
--Anais Nin
 

Joan* and I had just walked out of a quaint French bistro in town. My meal was delicious, the wine was chilled and refreshing, the conversation was stimulating, and the service was fine. To me, it had been a very enjoyable evening catching up with an old friend. However, it was clear that Joan did not...

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