In a few minutes, I'll be heading out the door to spend a day with other creative business owners, talking about what we want for our businesses in 2016. Because I'm self-employed, I have to intentionally make the space in my business life to do some reflection and planning even though in the next few weeks, I have several pieces of business I need to complete. I treasure this time... Read more →

Meetings are an inevitable part of our professional and personal lives. If you're lucky, you are attending or running meetings that are structured to be positive and productive, but my experience tells me that not many people are that lucky. Still, there are two simple things you can do in every meeting that will help you grow, regardless of the quality of the meeting. They are easy to incorporate and... Read more →

In today's uncertain economy, a 5-year career plan or even a 1-year plan doesn't make a lot of sense. Too much changes too quickly and we always feel like we're scrambling. A better way to plan is in 30-day increments, figuring out where you need to put your focus each month and iterating your way to career success. Read more →

A big mistake a lot of us make in our work is to confuse our careers with the jobs we have right now. This is a problem because we end up confusing job management with career management. And believe me, there's a difference. Job Management When you are managing your job, you focus on: Accomplishing current tasks and responsibilities Attending company/organization-sponsored training Networking on behalf of your company Doing things... Read more →