I am so excited about this week’s article and the launch of my new tool – The Career Balance Wheel was inspired by my clients. It is truly satisfying and I thank all of you! This week a few special clients who just completed the 3 month BRIDGE Program, and I might add, negotiated the salary they deserve and landed their dream jobs! An Executive Director and a Director of Marketing.

Also, a big CONGRATULATIONS TO my long time client ELAN, who just completed the Nautica New York Triathlon in 2:46:09.

“At various points in your careers, you will be called to take a risk. And I think you will find, as I have found, those will be the times of your greatest opportunities.” Raymond V. Gilmartin, American Business Executive

Make it a great one!

Coach DQ

I am curious what word is missing for you in the last slice of the Career Balance Wheel. Enjoy!

One of the things I do is to help people who are in transition: moving from employment to self-employment, from one place of employment to another, or from one role to another within their current company.

Often, we realize we need change, but aren’t sure what change will serve us best. We feel restless in our role (I like the word “role” versus the word “job” because honestly I hate the word job.  It doesn’t really have a positive feel to it when referring to one’s career, especially in these times.  One of my practices is to help clients change their words so they can change their life.  However this isn’t the point of the article.  I digress.

Over the years, I’ve found several common themes among my clients who felt restless or stifled in their professional roles. My new tool, the Career Balance Wheel, encompasses these themes to help you see what areas of your professional life may be unfulfilled.   And keep in mind, much like a healthy romantic relationship, you realize that not everything you need is going to come from one place – and that’s ok.  Be creative in how you achieve balance both inside and outside your workplace.

I’m pleased to say that the Career Balance Wheel was inspired all of my clients, in the last 6 months, not to mention a few client’ who, after having been laid off three months ago, landed their dream job! When looking for a new position the Career Balance Wheel helped them discover what areas of their professional life were important to them, and which were lacking. Armed with this knowledge, they were able to look for a position which supported their personal balance. Also, recognizing that not all of their needs would be fulfilled by this position helped her take a more reasoned and flexible approach to the job search.

But don’t take my word for it! Look at the chart below, and see what mapping your career balance inspires you to do today!

Career Balance Wheel

To use this tool: Rank each area in the pie chart on a scale from 1 to 10—10 being absolute fulfillment, 1 being a complete absence of this quality. I encourage you to change the Values headings if you feel they do not apply to your current situation. I’ve also left one space blank, so you can insert a tenth important value which is unique to you and please post it below.

Here are a few examples of how the Career Balance Wheel can help you implement greater balance and fulfillment into your current professional life.

  • Problem: You don’t have a mentor you can turn to. Many of us expect our boss to be a mentor, and while this is certainly convenient, it’s not always reasonable to expect.  Solution: try to find a helpful, knowledgeable person outside your company (or even outside your department) to turn to when you’re not sure how to continue to grow. This also takes pressure off your boss, and might improve your relationship.
  • Problem: Lack of intellectual stimulation. Sometimes we get stagnated in a role, coming to the point where there’s nothing more for us to learn. Solution:  If you’re not advancing in your position at the moment, that doesn’t mean your brain should be put on the back burner. Cultivate other interests (even non-work-related ones) in order to keep your mental skills sharp until an opportunity comes along.  Take classes, express new interests, and talk to people with interesting jobs outside your current sphere.

Remember, no one job, relationship, or career can give you everything you need. There’s nothing wrong with looking outside your workplace for balance. Remember, you create your life, and the things you need will come to you if you allow them. Just be open to balance, and let the magic happen!

WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR E-ZINE, BLOG OR WEBSITE? Please do, as long as you include this complete blurb with it: Dawn Quesnel, CPCC, PCC, known as Coach DQ, is a professional coach, radio show host and workshop leader. Through the use of her B.R.I.D.G.E. programs she helps creative professionals and business owners navigate career or business transition while maintaining a healthy career-life balance. Her core belief that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to, consistently leads clients to uncover hidden resources and strengths. If you are ready to B.R.I.D.G.E. the gap between you and a life you love then visit www.CareerLifeBalance.net or http://www.coachdq.com today.


As a certified professional coach, radio show host and workshop leader, Dawn helps sales, marketing, advertising and creative entrepreneurs to accelerate their career so they’ll love their life!


  1. YouBalanced says:

    Wanna balance creatively? Try http://www.twitter.com/youbalanced and feel how. Have a nice day!

  2. Daniel says:

    great post, thanks for sharing

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