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My feisty and often humorous musings about the world of work.

Imposter Syndrome (and How to Punch It In Its Stupid Face)

Over dinner, my friend tells me “I’ve been promoted to my level of incompetence.” She goes on to say she feels like she’s faking it – and has for the past 4 years. She’s a Director at a biotech firm making significant strides toward curing cancer. The next day, one of my clients, the VP of a prominent Read more about Imposter Syndrome (and How to Punch It In Its Stupid Face)[…]

No! You Don’t Get To Take Off The Whole Month Of December

A few years ago, right around this time of year, I gave you a list of 3 great reasons you shouldn’t put your job search on hold until the new year. I considered simply recycling that post and calling it a day, but despite my lingering tryptophan hangover, I’m going to yell at you in new and Read more about No! You Don’t Get To Take Off The Whole Month Of December[…]

5 Reasons Burning Man is Good for My Career – and Yours!

This past April, I climbed a ladder with my laptop bag slung over my shoulder. The ladder led to a wobbly loft perched above the outdoor dining area of El Retiro Lodge in Lanquin, Guatemala. This loft was the only spot on the property with Wi-Fi, and guests could pay for it in 15-minute increments. Read more about 5 Reasons Burning Man is Good for My Career – and Yours![…]

The Job Ad is a Lie

Many years ago, I was hired into a part-time position with a large organization. My role was incredibly specific and limited in scope. Within my first month on the job, there was a change to my department’s strategy and budget, and my immediate supervisor suddenly needed a Project Manager. We discussed the position and decided I Read more about The Job Ad is a Lie[…]

Outside My Comfort Zone: Ignite San Diego

In January, a client-turned-friend encouraged me to apply for Ignite San Diego. The premise: a community event where speakers discuss their passions. The format: 18 speakers delivering 5 minute presentations using 20 slides – that auto-advanced every 15 seconds. I applied and was accepted, along with 17 of my fellow brave, talented San Diegans. My topic was Read more about Outside My Comfort Zone: Ignite San Diego[…]

Hiring Managers Are Talking About You Behind Your Back

One of the perks of my job is that people like to vent to me about their ridiculous workplace adventures, sometimes after a couple glasses of wine. A few nights ago I got an email from my friend, Periwinkle (alias used to protect the innocent), an HR Manager for a city in California. She was Read more about Hiring Managers Are Talking About You Behind Your Back[…]

This is a Post About Depression and Your Career

I’ll be the first to admit that I have struggled with depression on and off throughout my life. My first taste of it was as a teenager and it was very much a by-product of what was going on in my personal/family life. I was able to recover through therapy, medication, and oodles of hard Read more about This is a Post About Depression and Your Career[…]

Elbows, Entrepreneurship, and Endurance

In late August 2012, my own career transition imploded. I’d been at my job for almost 9 months, and I was miserably unhappy. It was great organization and I had a great team. I’d had high hopes going in, but the writing was on the wall almost immediately. It was a bad match and I Read more about Elbows, Entrepreneurship, and Endurance[…]