Posts Tagged ‘career life balance’

Potholes and Tolerations

Monday, March 16th, 2015

We all have stuff we don’t like to do. And when it comes to work, there are definitely some tasks that are more pleasant than others.  
I call the things we don’t like to do “tolerations.” If you don’t stay on top of them, these things can puncture your success bubble as surely as a monster Massachusetts pothole can pop your front tire.  
Potholes like tolerations can be deceiving. Metaphorically speaking, when they sit on your desk, your tolerations crumble away at your energy every time your mind drives over it, making your day less efficient. Instead of smooth sailing down a nicely paved highway, your daily route suddenly looks like an obstacle course. You’re constantly swerving around unfinished tasks, trying to avoid the potholes and bumps. The more tolerations (potholes) in your road, the slower and more challenging your progress becomes, plus, the longer it takes to get there. Or worse, you’re driving too fast and miss or get hit by a big one! (more…)

Yin Success Practices

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Yin success practicesMany of us believe that in order to be successful, we have to work a zillion hours a week, sacrifice the things that give us pleasure, and generally become work machines.
For a very few people, this sort of driving energy is natural. For most of us, it’s a short road to mental and physical exhaustion.
In my article Baby Steps, I talked about the yin/yang balance represented by the feet. In the same way that we need both feet on the ground to be steady, we need to incorporate yin success practices into our daily routines to complement the yang of our work ethic.


Incompetent Company Leadership?

Monday, July 9th, 2012

“When you can’t change the direction of the wind, adjust your sails.” – H. Jackson Brown, Contemporary American Writer and Author
There’s nothing worse than being subordinate to someone you find challenging to respect. Professionally, that’s putting it lightly!
I hear it all the time.
“They Just Don’t Get it!”
My boss is….SAY IT (email me right now and get it off your chest)


Top Performer Lawyer on the Cutting Edge of Renewable Energy

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Spotlight on Top Performers
Meet Andrew O. Kaplan

Andrew O. Kaplan, an energy and environmental law partner for the Boston-based firm Brown Rudnick, has over 20 years of private and public energy law experience. He assists renewable energy and cleantech clients from initial development through business operations. Andrew counsels his clients on issues such as project financing; obtaining federal, state and local permits; sitting; and grid interconnection. He represents companies before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Independent System Operators and Regional Transmission Operators (NYISO, ISO-NE, PJM, Midwest ISO California ISO and ERCOT), and state public utility commissions. On behalf of energy storage clients, Andrew has won numerous significant rulings before the FERC to pave the way for the growth among leaders in the cleantech industry.


Overwhelmed with Your Job Search?

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

It’s possible that job search-related tasks have stacked up so high that you want to just run and hide. But burying your head in the sand will not help in the long run — and it might not even alleviate the pressure in the present moment.

Rather than trying to handle all your obligations at once, set priorities early in the day. Once you have a sensible plan, work steadily toward achieving your goals. If necessary, you can always pick up the slack tomorrow.

The Greatest Advancement Tool You’ll Ever Have

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

traitsWhen you look in the mirror, the reflection looking back at you is the greatest advancement tool you’ll ever have at your disposal. Yourself!
Each of our inherent strengths make us exceptionally qualified for everything we do. They are always unique to our individual selves and this makes each of us a wanted commodity. The qualities that come naturally to us are our best resources, they are already there just waiting to be accessed and put to use. Once we are able to do this, which may take some help, it will be these resources that we will have the greatest potential of excelling with.


Do you have a Life Purpose?

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

life purposeHave you ever had a dream where you are lost wandering down an endless road? The road seems to have neither a beginning nor end? You are stuck walking and walking but are going nowhere, you are disconnected from both ends. Now, when you wake, do you realize that you can parallel this dream with your life? Do you feel like there is an endless road, a disconnect between what you do for a living and what you want to do because it makes you feel good; your life purpose.


Helpful Hints for Job Seekers

Monday, September 19th, 2011

job seekers
If you’re in a job search right now, you may feel like your resume is getting stuck in the pipeline, and that you’re not getting the attention you deserve. Here are some key points to help you get noticed in this crowded market.


  • Create a Profile Resume. Otherwise known as a Networking Resume, this is an overview of who you are and what you do. It lists your accomplishments, awards and accolades, and education, and gives a generalized summary of your previous work experience. When you meet contacts at networking events or online, this is what you should be giving them.


The Power of Positive Thinking

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

power of positive thinkingHave you ever noticed that it’s a lot easier to say something negative about someone than it is to say something positive? We all want the people around us to do their jobs and do them well—but if you’ve ever been on the receiving end of criticism, you know that it isn’t always the best motivator.
People are more likely to work hard and give energy to a project if they feel as though they are a part of it, and as though their efforts make a difference in the grander scheme of things. Whether you’re a team leader, manager, or business owner, it’s important to hone your compliment-giving skills and practice employee recognition.
Here are some ways to make your positive feedback go even further:


What Are Your Hot Buttons? Issues, people, or situations that get under your skin!

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

hot buttonsHot buttons are issues, people, or situations that really get you worked up. They’re triggers, and if they’re pushed hard enough, they can make you explode. They’re different for everyone, but we all have them.
So, what really gets under your skin?


You can do anything you want to do as long as you put your mind to it.
— Dawn Quesnel - Coach DQ