The New Yorker Conference: Stories from 2012

When I saw the advertisement for the conference I knew I had to be there. I grew up with The New Yorker magazine — in fact, a little known fact about me is that at the tender age of 14 I sent a poem I’d written to The New Yorker. Of course it was a pretty lousy poem which certainly was rejected; I received a nice letter thanking me for my submission. I don’t think I even told my parents I’d submitted anything. Anyway, I’ve read a lot of NYer magazines in my life and have loved and hated a lot of the writing I’ve read in it. But the New Yorker Conference was a must. I had the good fortune to hear Malcolm Gladwell, son of a mathematician, tell stories just as he does in his books — rambling, not sure where they’re going, full of rich language… Read More

multi-media vacation

I’m on a working vacation. Anyone who has their own business — forget it — most of us — know this isn’t the oxymoron it sounds like. My life and my work are fully integrated, which is how I like it to be, actually. My son, who is almost 11, is on Spring Break which means that I get to enjoy the things I wouldn’t do if I didn’t have him for my excuse. Yesterday we went to Universal Studios and today we’re off to the Science Center. I think of these excursions as part of my work because while I’m experiencing these environments I’m always thinking about how they work, who’s done the work to create these attractions and what it takes to keep the jobs that these people have. How did this all develop, what skills are needed to create these entertaining and educational, creative and profitable (I… Read More

2007 update: More information about what we do

I love what I do — helping people get clear about what they want and then figuring out how to get there. Most of us don’t get enough of the right kind of encouragement to go for what we want and that’s what I, and my associate coaches are here to provide. It’s not just encouragement and support that we provide– I certainly don’t want to discount the encouragement we might get from family and friends when we’re going through an important transition– But a career coach can offer the various other perspectives and approaches that can really stimulate personal growth, decision making and action that leads to the sought after results. And it’s the start of 2007 — a time of year that many people decide to get moving so that they can see some results by the next December. We’re here to get things going. Maybe it’s time… Read More

Making Work Work

Making Work Work: A Women’s Group for Mothers Transitioning Back to Work and Those Adjusting to Being Back at Work Facilitated by Daisy Swan, MA, CPCC, Career Coach and Sharon Berg, Ph.D. Starting Saturday, January 27, 2007 10AM- 12PM Limited to 8 Participants Making Work Work is designed to be an empowering place for mothers to sort out the challenges of working in two vital places – home and work with the intention of holistically increasing satisfaction. Participants will enjoy lively discussions and supportive facilitation by a team of two professionals an experienced Career Coach, and a Clinical Psychologist – who know the terrain of the juggling act and all that it demands. Join us as we explore, and find, creative and satisfying solutions to make work and home life work better. What you will get: Monthly supportive and engaging meetings with other women who are grappling… Read More


I hear that everyone likes ‘tips’ — I’m not talking about tips in a jar– Tips on how to do anything are supposed to be useful to people. But I’m a little bit anti-tips. Here’s why… Tips are neat tidy packages of info and real learning doesn’t usually happen that way. Real learning comes from getting messy and going down a few different roads and then coming to a clearing where everything makes sense. I’m also little bit anti- ‘elevator pitch’ for the same reason…I prefer to engage with people in a more real way and that takes just a little more time than a 30 second sound bite. I know we’re a sound-bite culture, or that’s what we’re told, but really I think we’re all looking for meaning and having things make sense. Tips sound like they make sense, but then there’s that ‘chinese food’ effect of feeling empty… Read More

Success Stories

I am so grateful to work with clients who are willing and interested in changing their lives as they make major or slight career changes. I will be posting success stories of my career coaching clients on an on-going basis. My aim is to provide hope and inspiration to others who are feeling stuck or discouraged. Life has a way of giving us what we want at odd times — and usually things don’t look exactly as we’d expected, but we get what we’d had in mind nonetheless. Sometimes we need to do some personal ‘resuscitation’ before any changes can occur in our work lives. Here’s a letter that I received from one of my clients shortly after we finished our work together: Where do I begin? To put it lightly, you’ve done nothing less than help me to change my life. When we met I had been fired from… Read More

JumpStart Job Search Bootcamp

Ready to get started and figure out what you really want your life to look like? Want to find the work and lifestyle that makes it easy to get out of bed for? Whether you’re just out of college, ready to retool yourself and your career, or looking to leave the ‘rat race’ completely, this workshop (done over the phone in teleclass * form) is for you! JumpStart Job Search Bootcamp – New classes starting As a result of years of working with clients to help them clarify their career direction and make the career changes they want to see, I’ve put together the tips and actions that can simplify this process — that’s what the JumpStart Job Search Bootcamp is about. Teleclasses are a somewhat new phenomenon in the education world, and they work wonderfully – I’ve done many and find them to be really effective. This teleclass… Read More

The Twenties Launch Teleclass

This class is over: but check out the current classes. Attention TwentySomethings: Are you frustrated and confused in an unfulfilling first or second job and wondering how to make the right moves to get somewhere that feels and looks right to you? Wondering what college was for and how to apply what you learned during those years? Not sure how to get the pieces to fit together? I’ve created The Twenties Launch Teleclass, a workshop (done over the phone in teleclass form) for you! The Twenties Launch Teleclass AKA How Did I Get Here and Where Am I Going? Career/Life Telelcass Designed for TwentySomethings Looking for Answers starting Wednesday, September 19th at 12PM or 7PM with Daisy Swan, MA, CPCC The Twenties Launch Teleclass AKA How Did I Get Here and Where Am I Going Next? Career Life Telelcass Designed for TwentySomethings Looking for Answers. I’ve decided to create and… Read More

Transitions of the 20's, 30's and 40's

The 20’s : I’ve come to think of the twenties as a truly trying time of life. I have worked with hundreds of clients in their twenties who, since graduating from college, have become frustrated, confused, disenchanted and somewhat disenfranchised. They often believe that everyone else has everything figured out and feel the pressure to catch-up and make all the right moves and decisions so they’ll know what they’re going to do “for the rest of their lives.” I was one of these twenty-somethings too — twenty years ago. And I know how overwhelming all of the decisions (choices?) can feel. Unfortunately, most of us don’t get the one-on-one support and encouragement that we need to realize what really clicks in terms of our work life. Not to mention all of the social and familial changes that may have taken place: parents who might have separated… Read More

Getting Creative

A couple of years ago I heard Bruce Mau, respected architect, talking about the creative process that he and his team work and live by. I found it very inspiring. Thought I’d share it with all of you. An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth Bruce Mau 1. Allow events to change you. You have to be willing to grow. Growth is different from something that happens to you. You produce it. You live it. The prerequisites for growth: the openness to experience events and the willingness to be changed by them. 2. Forget about good. Good is a known quantity. Good is what we all agree on. Growth is not necessarily good. Growth is an exploration of unlit recesses that may or may not yield to our research. As long as you stick to good you’ll never have real growth. 3. Process is more important than outcome. When the outcome drives… Read More