To progress beyond the experiences motivating and sustaining the #Me Too movement, women’s voices need to be heard and continue to be heard in every aspect of today’s economic world.
What is a social or impact entrepreneur you ask? They are people who apply existing or bring new business models to bear on social and environmental issues once seen as the sole territory of non-profits. The possible pathways for this potent mix of business tools and dedication to a cause to unfold are unlimited, wildly creative and not always predictable.
Practice acknowledging and feeling good about taking small steps and watch your confidence grow. Many of us want more confidence and think we could make desired changes if we had it. You can give this to yourself.
For Native Americans and like-minded, like spirited practitioners, each direction has a special meaning. In Part III, we look West, where the sun sets and the day miraculously ends. The West signifies endings and by tapping into the teachings of the West, we find ourselves in a prime position to let go of what no longer matters, is unfulfilling or unsupportive.
How do we find the balance between self-improvement and an obsession with perfection that makes it hard to enjoy the improvements? Traveling to the South around the Sacred Medicine Wheel we learn to listen and trust what our bodies and the material world reveals is important.
How do we keep perspective? How can we change the way we are in relationship to these desires to uplift ourselves and others and still enjoy the process of creation? By doing so, we may avoid suffering and confusion or lost years of indecisiveness because we want everything to be perfect and things aren’t always perfect.
As a divorce coach and vocational expert in collaborative and mediated cases that are settled out of court, I have the privilege of supporting moms and dads needing to go back to work, as a result of their divorce. Typically the stay at home spouse has spent several years, often more than fifteen, out of the workplace.
Many people I talk with want careers helping others, but don’t know what to do exactly. It’s a frustrating puzzle; the desire is there without a clear focus. There may even be deep angst over a lost sense of meaning in life that will only be restored if one’s cause is revealed. Whether you have a vague notion or half-baked idea, this is how the journey to define purpose usually begins.
Many of the people I talk to about career direction feel they lack the confidence to fully explore their options. They express being overwhelmed by second-guessing, self-doubt, perfectionism and the inability to take action when deemed necessary.
The common expectation is that one must “work the room” at a dizzying pace as you dazzle all there, leaving them breathless your card in every one’s hand... Unfortunately a lot of people think that this is what’s required and if they’re not up for it, they might as well stay home.
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Human beings want to feel effective, useful to others in some way; it’s our nature. Often there’s a feeling of something missing at work. But what is missing? And what can you do about it?
Shortly after I began career counseling, with the intent of helping people create a deeper, more satisfying direction in their work lives, I noticed a pattern. My clients were not expecting the need for anything beyond a bit of career testing, my expert advise and a new resume. The need for a transition process had not occurred to them.
Life changes begin with an ending that is sometimes planned, often not and takes time to process. As endings can be difficult we often try avoiding the reality of what has happened, but this only makes it harder to let go and move on.
Increasingly in recent years, couples seeking an amicable divorce have chosen mediation as a way to avoid a nasty escalation into an expensive, attorney driven legal battle. This works for many families. However, anecdotal research shows that other folks still want more than a neutral mediator; an advocate in their corner.
Career counseling clients looking to work for a values/community-based organization and earn a decent living are often stumped. They think they must choose between a non-profit whose mission they believe in and not make any money, or sell out their values to earn a better wage. When I’ve asked folks over the past few months if they knew about social entrepreneurism, a hybrid of business and non-profit zeal for social, economic and environmental change, all but one said “no.”
If you yourself are currently experiencing workplace toxicity, how would you define your version? How is your ability to do your job and do it well interfered with by the cultural dynamic in your workplace?
Part II addresses the benefits of meaningful, positive, professional and personal feedback for several individuals recently laid-off and in some incidents after multiple lay-offs or firings. Take notes and create a list of next steps for receiving positive feedback yourself, if you’re interested.
Many of us struggle to name our gifts. We need outside perspective and encouragement, other people reflecting back to us to confirm and validate qualities and abilities we use every day but don’t see and possibly take for granted.
In the world of career counseling we are aware of the power of parental modeling when it comes to things like career choices and patterns, and work ethics.