Your Alter Ego

You don’t have to be Superman or Wonder Woman to have an Alter Ego. In fact, many people have some secret identity that they can pull out and put on when they’re facing a difficult task or situation that makes them unsure. I have one and maybe you should, too. That’s the theory behind Todd … Continue reading Your Alter Ego

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

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

Just Start. Ugly is fine.

I’m staring at a blank screen. Blank. I’m stuck on stop and I need to move to go. If you’ve ever aspired to write, you know the feeling. If you’ve ever aspired to any goal, business, personal, or health, you know the feeling. The easiest thing in the world is to stay put. Starting is … Continue reading Just Start. Ugly is fine.

Be a Weed

(This is a reprint of a post from 2015.) I attended a national conference in 2015 and had the great pleasure of hearing Victor Hwang speak. At the time he was CEO of T2 Venture Creation, a Silicon Valley firm that builds startup companies and designs the ecosystems that foster entrepreneurial innovation. He’s also the author … Continue reading Be a Weed

How to Get Better at Anything

Performance = Potential – Interference In her book Naked at Work: A Leader’s Guide to Fearless Authenticity, Danessa Knaupp tells the story of Tim Gallwey, who authored The Inner Game of Tennis in the 1970s. Gallwey claimed he could teach anyone to play competitive tennis in less than an hour, and managed to prove his … Continue reading How to Get Better at Anything

For Productivity and Satisfaction, Crate your Workers

I’m not a dog owner, but I hear that dogs feel safer in cozy, confined spaces. Apparently, so do office workers at all levels. According to dog trainer Karen Pryor, “the crate becomes his own private and safe place… somewhere the dog can go and not be bothered; it’s a perfect destination when the dog … Continue reading For Productivity and Satisfaction, Crate your Workers

Your Next Career Move is in the Cards

January is pitch month – the month most writers receive all kinds of ideas for posts or articles from a wide variety of sources.  This one was nearly irresistible: Subject: Candace, want to review a Psychic Coach (who’s also a Professor & hit Songwriter)? You bet I do. Toronto, Canada-based Ralph Hammelman is the founder … Continue reading Your Next Career Move is in the Cards

The Road to Confidence Part 2: You Should Read This

This is the second in a series of posts based on Dale Carnegie’s writing and training. Find more information on his work, training, and free resources here. Read the first post here. I have a theory about how happy you are. It goes like this: count up the number of times in a day you … Continue reading The Road to Confidence Part 2: You Should Read This

The Road to Confidence Part 1: Handling Worry

Losing your job is a traumatic experience. It ranks among the top 10 stressors for adults, along with death and divorce. In fact, being let go feels like an awful combination of death and divorce, an event that will surely shake your confidence. And confidence is what you need for a successful career transition. No … Continue reading The Road to Confidence Part 1: Handling Worry