I Disagree. How Great is That?


Most of us would do almost anything to avoid conflict. From a spat with your spouse to an internet troll war, conflict feels terrible: scary, icky, even dangerous. But what if it didn’t have to be any of those things? What if conflict could be good for us – a chance to build relationships instead … Continue reading I Disagree. How Great is That?

Financial Planning for Gig Workers


Gig workers usually have more autonomy and independence in when and how they work. That’s the good news. With independence comes volatility, in both workload and earnings. That means gig workers must be even more savvy that traditional workers when it comes to financial planning. So although the following is great advice for anyone in … Continue reading Financial Planning for Gig Workers

2020: We Should Have Seen It Coming


Note to Readers: This is one of a series of posts that offers career advice for entertainment purposes only. Please don’t take this post seriously or literally. Take only as prescribed. Your results may vary. The Lunar New Year begins February 12. In the Chinese Zodiac, 2021 will be the Year of the Ox. I’ve … Continue reading 2020: We Should Have Seen It Coming

Gig Workers Understand Their Value and Value Their Freedom


Traditional employees and gig workers think very differently. Some of their thinking is hard-wired as part of their personality, but most of what they believe about work has been the result of years of conditioning. Here’s my favorite metaphor for traditional and gig workers.  (Courtesy: Aesop, circa 564 B.C.) There was once a Wolf who … Continue reading Gig Workers Understand Their Value and Value Their Freedom

Hottest Job Categories for 2021 According to LinkedIn


Each year, LinkedIn analyzes its massive member database to see what job roles are experiencing the most growth. The job site recently released the results of its research of growth between April and October 2020. The results are grouped into categories that will be expected to see high growth over the course of this year. … Continue reading Hottest Job Categories for 2021 According to LinkedIn

The Gig Economy Will Thrive in 2021


I admit, I was worried about the Gig Economy’s survival a year ago. California’s Gig Economy regulation (AB5) went into effect January 1, 2020. The law rewrote the rules about how Gig workers could be classified, and it was a bad idea from the start. For one thing, it applied only to workers in California—regardless … Continue reading The Gig Economy Will Thrive in 2021

Develop an Indifferent Attitude


“People are disturbed not by things, but by the views which they take of things…” Epictetus. I’ve always associated true productivity with calm focus. If you’re feeling frantic and rushed, especially when doing complex mental labor, you’re simply not going to be as effective as you could be. Here’s how to work toward achieving more … Continue reading Develop an Indifferent Attitude

When Faced with Two Career Choices, Consider Option Three


Making any kind of important life choice is hard. What if you could make decisions easier simply by thinking about them differently? We humans tend to gravitate toward binary choices. Yes or no. This or that. Now or later. Stay or go. But career coach Rebekah Layton says that trying what she calls “the three … Continue reading When Faced with Two Career Choices, Consider Option Three

An End of the Year Cleanup to Start 2021 Right


We’re (thankfully) coming to the end of the year – and what a year it was. You probably spent much of the year working from home after being thrown into remote work overnight. Hopefully, over time, you’ve developed organizational habits that kept your productive and feeling on top of things. If your business slows down … Continue reading An End of the Year Cleanup to Start 2021 Right

Mistakes to Avoid on LinkedIn


By now, you know that LinkedIn is the most important resource for professionals in a job search. It’s essential in this time of social distancing, and it will again be (soon, I hope) a great way to enhance your in-person networking.  This is a good time to update and improve your LinkedIn profile so you’ll … Continue reading Mistakes to Avoid on LinkedIn