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I Was Fired! Now What?

We’ve had several questions lately from people who have been fired.  They are struggling a bit with the recovery.  The thing to remember is that being fired happens to most of us at least once in our careers.  Being “fired” is different from being “laid off.”  If you are laid off, you lose your job as the result of a […]

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Handling Those Job Search Blues

A long job search is a tough, miserable experience. Someone left a comment on this blog recently, and it ended up being a few paragraphs of woe-is-me statements. That’s OK – part of the reason for this blog, and what I’ve been trying to help people with for 15 years now. Let yourself have those […]

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Can Meditation Make You a Better Manager?

A friend sent me an interesting New York Times article by Sindya N. Bhanoo called How Meditation May Change the Brain. Since I love reading about neuroscience – and pretty much science in general – I settled in for a pleasant read with nary a thought about Work Coach Cafe, careers or any facet of […]

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Blogging Overload: Do You Give Yourself a Break?

STILL ON BREAK! I know I’m not alone in this. Blogging can wear on you. Week after week – despite the personal satisfaction it brings and wonderful people you meet – the ever ravenous blog monster (a lot like the plant Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors) starts to eat away at you and, […]

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One of the Best Film Segments Ever About Work We Hate!

To the chagrin of most of my friends, I absolutely adore Joe Versus the Volcano. There…I said it. And the ground hasn’t caved in under me nor have  stars ceased to shine. While admittedly not the most deftly-crafted film ever, this film’s opening segment blows me away — the darkness, the gloom, the meaningless job […]

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Do You Still Hope for a Snow Day?

I was raised in the Catskill Mountain area of New York known as the Borscht Belt. If you live in an area where it never snows, I guess a snow day means nothing to you. But as a kid, on those seemingly endless winter days when snow fell seemingly endlessly from the sky, I remember […]

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Zen at Work: Some Thoughts About Mindfulness

We all get carried away by emotions at times. Some of us many many times. But you can even learn to practice mindfulness in those moments

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12 Ways to Stay Sane After a Job Interview

I hear from so many people suffering through the agony of waiting and then waiting some more after job interviews. So here are some helpful tips

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Do You Think of Yourself as a Failure?

I know someone I’ll call Theresa who to me is a real success – career and otherwise. She lives her life based on her own thoughtful and caring values. During her career, she’s worked on issues she cares deeply about and always gives of herself as fully as possible, especially when it comes to helping […]

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I Got the Post-Interview Temporary OCD Blues

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I’m not exactly sure how it happens, but otherwise delightful and totally rational people become stark raving loony-tunes nuts crazy leading up to and more importantly after an interview. Somehow the hiring process and very act of  interviewing for a job triggers what I like to call the post interview temporary OCD blues. “They haven’t […]

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