Finding Meaning in Your Life

How – and where – do you find the meaning and value of what you do in your life? Hopefully, the work that you’re doing is feeding you (and your loved ones) in more ways than one. But I know for many of you, the nourishment feels – or actually is – less than what you desire. Take a moment to check in right now, and think about how your work (and home!) life is adding up for you. The following short quiz will help you assess signifiers that are important to most of us: 1) When I wake up, I think about the people and the projects that I get to work with in the upcoming day, and feel energized to get going. 2) My significant other/friends look to me for advice about managing their time and money because I… Read More

And now for something a little different…

Goodbye, Golf Clubs. Hello, Hiking Boots and Kayak. Source: New York Times By ABBY ELLIN THEY call him “Elusive,” at least on the hiking trails. And that’s pretty much where Dave Roberts spends his time these days, crisscrossing the country by foot, by bike, even by kayak. Mr. Roberts, a retired teacher and software engineer, is on a mission to navigate the United States powered only by his two legs and two arms. Hotels and lodges are out of the question; he camps out at night and lugs 25 pounds of equipment — including his tent, sleeping bag and food — on his back. And oh yes: Did we mention he is 72 years old? “I expect to keep doing it until I get tired of it,” said Mr. Read More

2015 Review & Release Event

Release 2015 and Recharge Your Vision of What Can Be for 2016  with Career Coach Daisy Swan, and Tarot/Astrological Reader Mary Griffith January 23, 2016, 1-5pm Cost $199 (includes 30 mins. Tarot Card reading) During this afternoon, you’ll have TIME to choose what learning from last year you want to keep and put into action in 2016, to get insight from a professional astrology/tarot reading, to create a vision board based on a vision developed for what you want to see come to life in 2016, and beyond, to do exercises lead by an experienced career coach to help clarify next career moves based on your strengths and interests, to learn mindful awareness meditation, to support clarity and calm throughout the coming year. This event will be held at a lovely private residence in South Bay. Location details shared after registration. [REGISTER… Read More

What is your message to potential employers?

Hats off to Donnie Grooms. He generated the interest and attention he needed to get a new job that he desperately needs. But this story also highlights a fundamental issue that many people face…he doesn’t say what he’s really looking to do and how he wants to add value to an organization! If you got the attention of potential employers what would you tell them you’re looking to do? It’s incumbent on us to know what we bring to the table. Here are some questions for you, and Donnie, to consider to help you to be prepared to talk to anyone about what you’d like to be doing in your next position:  What are you really gifted at – what’s that thing you do without even thinking that helps an organization or individuals be better? If you, like Donnie, want to help people, what do you… Read More

How do you embrace change?

Check the questions below to see what resonates for you, and see how you can work with change – wanted or unwanted – more effectively. 1) When faced with a change you haven’t asked for do you: a) Try to find a way to avoid what’s being asked or required of you as long as possible? b) Think of it as a new learning experience that can help you grow and adjust with it? c) Consider the change, see if this is compatible with who you are, and decide whether to continue going forward, or determine to go in another direction all together? d) Go with the flow and know that change happens If you tend towards a you may experience quite a bit of frustration as changes occur. If this resonates for you perhaps it’s time to seriously listen to your complaining mind to take action that will empower you in new and productive ways. Perhaps there are… Read More

The Case for Humble Executives

The Mindfulness for Emerging Leaders Classes I teach for MBA students focuses on emotional intelligence and surely that includes listening skills. Here is something from WSJ.com that might interest you: The Case for Humble Executives Source:  WSJ.com, Author: Joann S. Lublin Procter & Gamble’s chief executive, A.G. Lafley, pictured in June, struck a humble tone with shareholders last week.PHOTO: TIMMY HUYNH/THE WALL STREET JOURNAL Procter & Gamble Co. Chief Executive A.G. Lafley struck a humble tone during last week’s annual shareholders meeting. Taking the blame for the consumer-products company’s weak performance, the departing CEO told investors “the buck stops with me” and assured them his successor would do better. Mr. Lafley was responding to investor criticism of P&G’s strategy and recent stock-price performance. He will stay on as executive chairman after David Taylor becomes CEO Nov. 1. Among executives, humility “is the flavor du jour,”… Read More

Client Success Story: Peter

I was very fortunate to work with Daisy as I was retooling my resume and improving my interviewing skills.  She always had the appropriate and useful comment for any issue I presented.  Equally important, she did not use kid-gloves, but rather told me what I needed to hear.  I felt she took a sincere interest in my goals and potential and showed leadership, yes, she lead me to a more marketable position as a candidate.  Indeed, only one month after our sessions ended, I was offered a position. – Peter, NJ 8/2014… Read More

Client Success Story: Jeff

My experience with Daisy was exceptional, and exceeded my expectations. I came to her seeking advice about how to take the next step in my career. She helped me clarify my personal and professional goals, and helped me visualize a career path that met my personal and professional goals. Daisy also helped me see that the perfect role was out there for me, and worked with me on a strategy to find it. Her care, diligence, and thoughtful advice were invaluable throughout the entire process, from career exploration to offer and acceptance. I highly recommend Daisy Swan for anyone looking to grow as a professional. – Jeff, May 2015… Read More