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    Between Us: Who Are You Not To? 


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    Many of us are reorienting or reinventing ourselves right now. If you’re charting a new path or trying something new, you will bump up against feeling like a fraud. Here’s how you can get around this block.

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  • feedwordpress 20:11:00 on 2020/08/17 Permalink
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    A Book and a Break – How I Entered KPMG through the Side Door 


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    I’d sort of fallen into my jobs in financial market data and trading systems, but this work – strategy consulting work – sounded like everything I wanted to be doing.

    When I read The Mind of the Strategist by Kenichi Ohmae, I felt like my brain caught fire. I wanted to do that!

    However, there were several issues. The first was I didn’t have a MBA and had no interest in getting one. The second was Excel gives me hives.

    Try as I might, I couldn’t figure out how I could get into one of the big consulting firms, so I continued to work in sales.

    Flash forward to being laid off from Sharp Electronics, which was to be the first of three layoffs in four years, and wondering what I was going to do next. I was sad because I really loved that job.

    I was getting some interviews, but was floundering around a bit. And I was getting divorced.

    I’ll never forget walking around my neighborhood on a nice day when my phone rang. A former vendor who I worked closely with at a previous job said he needed to hire me. He then said he was currently working at KPMG. (!)

    I started laughing. I said I didn’t have a MBA and I couldn’t balance my checkbook – much less work at an accounting firm. Did I mention that Excel gives me hives?

    He wouldn’t listen to reason and told me he needed someone with knowledge of the capital markets who could manage projects and who could write well. I could do all of that.

    I felt like the biggest fraud as I went through the interview cycle at KPMG. How the heck was I going to pull this off?

    But I did it. I got hired and achieved my dream of working for a global consulting firm. I got in through the side door.

    And years later I was hired by Arthur Andersen and Deloitte because I did, in fact, have the mind of a strategist.

    What I love about my work now as a career transition coach is helping clients to see possibilities. If you’re feeling paused right now, let’s talk– because you always have options (but you might not be able to see them).

    What you need is an outside set of eyes and the mind of a strategist to help you uncover your right next step.

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  • feedwordpress 20:11:00 on 2020/08/17 Permalink
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    A Book and a Break – How I Entered KPMG through the Side Door 


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    Photo by Thomas Peham on Unsplash

    I’d sort of fallen into my jobs in financial market data and trading systems, but this work – strategy consulting work – sounded like everything I wanted to be doing.

    When I read The Mind of the Strategist by Kenichi Ohmae, I felt like my brain caught fire. I wanted to do that!

    However, there were several issues. The first was I didn’t have a MBA and had no interest in getting one. The second was Excel gives me hives.

    Try as I might, I couldn’t figure out how I could get into one of the big consulting firms, so I continued to work in sales.

    Flash forward to being laid off from Sharp Electronics, which was to be the first of three layoffs in four years, and wondering what I was going to do next. I was sad because I really loved that job.

    I was getting some interviews, but was floundering around a bit. And I was getting divorced.

    I’ll never forget walking around my neighborhood on a nice day when my phone rang. A former vendor who I worked closely with at a previous job said he needed to hire me. He then said he was currently working at KPMG. (!)

    I started laughing. I said I didn’t have a MBA and I couldn’t balance my checkbook – much less work at an accounting firm. Did I mention that Excel gives me hives?

    He wouldn’t listen to reason and told me he needed someone with knowledge of the capital markets who could manage projects and who could write well. I could do all of that.

    I felt like the biggest fraud as I went through the interview cycle at KPMG. How the heck was I going to pull this off?

    But I did it. I got hired and achieved my dream of working for a global consulting firm. I got in through the side door.

    And years later I was hired by Arthur Andersen and Deloitte because I did, in fact, have the mind of a strategist.

    What I love about my work now as a career transition coach is helping clients to see possibilities. If you’re feeling paused right now, let’s talk– because you always have options (but you might not be able to see them).

    What you need is an outside set of eyes and the mind of a strategist to help you uncover your right next step.

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  • feedwordpress 20:17:00 on 2020/08/13 Permalink
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    Losing Your Job Can Break Your Heart 


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    Twenty years ago today I started my job at Arthur Andersen, which was the best job I ever had.

    For the first time in my career, I was working with professionals I respected and admired, and in an organization where I felt like I fit.

    I’d always felt like an outsider in my previous jobs, even as I worked with great colleagues, many of whom became (and still are) personal friends.

    Arthur Andersen felt like home from my first day. My manager was brilliant and a strong leader, and my team was close. We did valuable work I was truly proud of – the best of my career.

    On my 40th birthday in 2002, my team decorated my cube with glitter, balloons, cards, and cupcakes. My manager took us out for a fancy lunch and champagne.

    After that, everything changed. It became clear that Arthur Andersen would not survive the indictment (that was overturned in a record-short deliberation by the Supreme Court years later, by the way).

    The 90-year-old company I loved went out of business in six weeks.

    I was – and remain – heartbroken. My heartbreak is on public record, published in a Letter to the Editor in The Wall Street Journal on Thursday, April 11, 2002.

    If your heart is broken from losing your job, I get it.

    If you find yourself wondering who you are without your position at your previous company, you’re not alone.

    If you find yourself grieving for something you lost, give it space and acknowledge that something WAS lost.

    Many career coaches don’t want to dive into the sticky personal and emotional stuff that is really holding you back – like heartbreak. If you need help working through this, please reach out.

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  • feedwordpress 20:17:00 on 2020/08/13 Permalink
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    Losing Your Job Can Break Your Heart 


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    Photo by Nik Shuliahin on Unsplash

    Twenty years ago today I started my job at Arthur Andersen, which was the best job I ever had.

    For the first time in my career, I was working with professionals I respected and admired, and in an organization where I felt like I fit.

    I’d always felt like an outsider in my previous jobs, even as I worked with great colleagues, many of whom became (and still are) personal friends.

    Arthur Andersen felt like home from my first day. My manager was brilliant and a strong leader, and my team was close. We did valuable work I was truly proud of – the best of my career.

    On my 40th birthday in 2002, my team decorated my cube with glitter, balloons, cards, and cupcakes. My manager took us out for a fancy lunch and champagne.

    After that, everything changed. It became clear that Arthur Andersen would not survive the indictment (that was overturned in a record-short deliberation by the Supreme Court years later, by the way).

    The 90-year-old company I loved went out of business in six weeks.

    I was – and remain – heartbroken. My heartbreak is on public record, published in a Letter to the Editor in The Wall Street Journal on Thursday, April 11, 2002.

    If your heart is broken from losing your job, I get it.

    If you find yourself wondering who you are without your position at your previous company, you’re not alone.

    If you find yourself grieving for something you lost, give it space and acknowledge that something WAS lost.

    Many career coaches don’t want to dive into the sticky personal and emotional stuff that is really holding you back – like heartbreak. If you need help working through this, please reach out.

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  • feedwordpress 20:25:00 on 2020/08/10 Permalink
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    Between Us: When Numbing Stops Working 


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    Between Us: When Numbing Stops Working 


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  • feedwordpress 20:50:10 on 2020/08/06 Permalink
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    At the Crossroad: Corporate Executive or Independent Consultant 


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    If you’re an executive who has experienced a recent layoff, you may find yourself wondering if you should look for another corporate job – or go out on your own.

    The current business environment worships entrepreneurship, but it isn’t right for everyone.

    The real question is: SHOULD you become a consultant or start a business?

    I say should because you certainly could. You could easily create a legal entity, or pitch projects as a sole proprietor, and put yourself out there.

    Even if it seems like you could be successful, this might or might not be the right choice for you.

    Here are some questions to ask:
    • What is my current financial situation?
    • Do I have six month to one year of expenses safely tucked away?
    • What is my current energy level?
    • Do I like working alone?
    • Would I stay focused without external accountability?
    • Is my family or partner willing to support this decision?
    • Do I have skills the market is buying right now?
    • Am I comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty?
    • Do I have some experience with sales and marketing?

    Most likely, you won’t be able to think this decision through by yourself. I have worked with a hundred professionals at this crossroad. If you need help thinking this through, let’s talk.

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    At the Crossroad: Corporate Executive or Independent Consultant 


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    If you’re an executive who has experienced a recent layoff, you may find yourself wondering if you should look for another corporate job – or go out on your own.

    The current business environment worships entrepreneurship, but it isn’t right for everyone.

    The real question is: SHOULD you become a consultant or start a business?

    I say should because you certainly could. You could easily create a legal entity, or pitch projects as a sole proprietor, and put yourself out there.

    Even if it seems like you could be successful, this might or might not be the right choice for you.

    Here are some questions to ask:
    • What is my current financial situation?
    • Do I have six month to one year of expenses safely tucked away?
    • What is my current energy level?
    • Do I like working alone?
    • Would I stay focused without external accountability?
    • Is my family or partner willing to support this decision?
    • Do I have skills the market is buying right now?
    • Am I comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty?
    • Do I have some experience with sales and marketing?

    Most likely, you won’t be able to think this decision through by yourself. I have worked with a hundred professionals at this crossroad. If you need help thinking this through, let’s talk.

    The post At the Crossroad: Corporate Executive or Independent Consultant appeared first on Point A to Point B Transitions.

     
  • feedwordpress 20:52:00 on 2020/07/27 Permalink
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    I Dial Down Anxiety 10-day eCourse 


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    The new eCourse is here! The new eCourse is here!

    I did a soft launch on July 27, and we’ve been enrolling people who are looking forward to learning strategies and tactics for dialing down their anxiety.

    I am thrilled to share the initial feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

    You can learn more and sign up here www.idialdown.com

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