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  • by Deborah Brown-Volkman - October 21, 2013
    Do you ever seem to crash around 3 PM in the afternoon? This happens to me religiously; and it is my cue, if my schedule permits, to do my afternoon 20 minute meditation. Although I have been practicing TM since the 70Œs, I donft always do it the best way. Sometimes my dog interrupts me or insists on getting on my lap, or perhaps I need to work through that mid-afternoon period because of scheduled appointments. But w...
  • by Deborah Brown-Volkman - May 13, 2013
    Your career is filled with choices. Some of them will empower you, and others will hold you back. Wherever you are now in your career, you have arrived there by choice. Maybe your choice was something you chose outright. Or, you chose not to choose, which was also a choice. Either way, if you are unhappy in your career, you must realize that your choices have contributed to your unhappiness. Of course, no-one intentio...
  • by Deborah Brown-Volkman - March 19, 2013
    Are you facing a challenge in your career that seems insurmountable? Are you unsure how to handle it? Do you wish that overcoming your challenge was easier? No one really wants things to be tough. Yes, we may know deep down that tough makes us stronger, but when we are going through a situation ourselves, easy is the choice we would make if we could. What is your current challenge? Have you known for a long time that y...
  • by Deborah Brown-Volkman - March 19, 2013
    Are you happy in your career or just going through the motions? Do you know it's time to act, but you don't want to? Are you pushing yourself to do more, and be more, or are you too comfortable being comfortable? Making a change in your career involves work, and not everyone likes to do work. Whether it's a new job, a new career, or a new way of dealing with a problem at work, challenging situations do not change without y...
  • by Deborah Brown-Volkman - March 15, 2013
    We all want the dream career. The one that gets us excited to get out of bed everyday. The career that gives us meaning and purpose. The career that we know we were born to fulfill. While this is the goal (and the dream) sometimes the jobs we take before we reach this goal are not that great. Maybe you are in a job now that is overwhelming or boring, but you need to keep it because of the state of the economy. Or, maybe yo...
  • by Deborah Brown-Volkman - November 27, 2012
    Still looking for a job? Do you think it's because of your age? Maybe the number of years you have been on the planet is fine, and what you're lacking is a good perspective. The best thing about getting older is the knowledge and experience you have. You're at a point in your career where you know yourself well and can make good decisions. But perhaps the steps you've used in the past to find a new job aren't working. In yo...
  • by Deborah Brown-Volkman - November 27, 2012
    It takes courage to pursue a career you're passionate about when you're already immersed in one you dislike. When I started my first marketing job in Manhattan in the early 1980s, I loved the pace, big-city excitement and the high salary I was earning. I excelled at my job. Wall Street was booming. As my career progressed, I ran sales and marketing programs for large and small companies. But gradually I began to feel as th...
  • by Deborah Brown-Volkman - November 27, 2012
    What do you want to be remembered for? Think about a few top executives whom you admire. Ask yourself what makes them memorable. It’s likely you can think of specific qualities, expertise or accomplishments for each. Now, think about your own career. What are you admired for? As an executive, you have already accomplished a great deal in your career. But not every executive is influential within their own industry or hi...
  • by Deborah Brown-Volkman - November 27, 2012
    It happens to the best of us: We make mistakes. Whether it is blowing a crucial deadline, mismanaging a project, missing an important meeting or copying one’s boss on an unflattering e-mail, we have our blunders, and sometimes we get called to the carpet for them. It's no wonder we make mistakes. Today’s stressful workplace expects perfection. This quarter’s numbers have to exceed last quarter’s numbers. Market share has t...
  • by Deborah Brown-Volkman - March 6, 2012
    What do you believe about your career? In a world that puts out a lot of negativity, it's a challenge to think positively. But unless you do, your goals won't happen. A negative attitude holds you back. It makes you doubt yourself and your ability to reach your goals. People talk about "belief" as this thing that only works for people who are successful. Ask these same successful people what they owe their success to an...