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  • feedwordpress 01:01:35 on 2017/09/07 Permalink
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    Embrace Possibility: Midlife Career “Rules” Are Wrong and Don’t Apply 


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    Few would argue that the way we work and the way we look for work has changed substantially over the past few years.

    Professionals are more frequently alternating between being a corporate employee, freelancing, consulting, starting a business, or building a job portfolio.

    One of the things that makes my services a little different is that I can help professionals in any of these transitions. I also can help clients think through their options, create clarity and confidence, find focus, and move forward.

    (Or they can do some of this themselves by working through the exercises in my eBook.)

    I‘m strapping on my armor and getting ready to tilt windmills – and any other obstacles you think are in your way.

    Over the next few months, I will be publishing many articles, poking sacred cows, and showing that you have possibilities in midlife or any point in your life – even after catastrophic life events.

    Yes, it’s likely to upset people.

    Yes, it’s likely to unearth angry internet trolls.

    And yes, I have to do it anyway.

    Here is what I have seen personally with my clients and with myself:

    • You’re not too old; it’s not too late
    • You can start a business at any age, if you want to
    • You can leave your business and go back to corporate (entrepreneur to employee is a specialty of mine)
    • Your internal game may be the real problem, not your gray hair
    • Your mind’s stories may be factually correct but completely unhelpful
    • You may not need to stress about retiring by a certain age
    • You might not even WANT to retire (I did a TEDx talk about this)

    And here’s a #truthbomb for you: Stressing about retiring is contributing to our mass anxiety and depression.

    I have some good insights into why this is, how we can change the way we work and the world of work, and what YOU can do to embrace career possibility in your life.

    See? This is going to be B I G.

    Put on your seatbelts, folks. It’s going to be a bumpy ride. But nothing great comes easily.

    The post Embrace Possibility: Midlife Career “Rules” Are Wrong and Don’t Apply appeared first on Point A to Point B Transitions.

     
  • feedwordpress 16:27:22 on 2016/07/27 Permalink
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    In Praise of “Pearl Jobs” or the Value of Extreme Irritation 


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    out of the fireOften the work experiences that are the most frustrating and irritating yield the most value over the long term.

    While you’re in the thick of it, you may not be able to think about anything except your extreme aggravation, but I would like to suggest that you adopt a different perspective.

    My second job was a pearl job. I was the assistant to the managing partner of a technical analysis software boutique. We originally had a DOS-based product, and later one of the first Windows-based charting software products for traders, hedge funds, and money managers.

    This was bleeding-edge technology at the time, believe it or not. (And yes, I am that old.)

    This job stretched me in ways I couldn’t possibly imagine. I went from not being able to type at all (I paid a friend to type my college papers) and having never interacted with a PC to installing software, troubleshooting problems on the phone and at client sites, preparing for annual audits – and SO much more.

    My boss was a brilliant and occasionally difficult man. His business partner once looked at me and said, “You seem to do well with his hypoglycemic manic-depressive fits.”

    And I did. Mostly, we worked extremely well together.

    Almost 20 years later, I did a radio interview with him and he said he couldn’t have done it without me. He and his partner sold the tech startup to Reuters and made a tidy profit.

    This job was pivotal for me. I realized that I could do or learn anything. When my boss lost both of his parents within two weeks, I ran the day-to-day operations of the company for almost a month.

    I received inestimable value from this difficult job: An unshakable confidence in my abilities that has served me well for 25 years. Also, the understanding of what it takes to build something to sell, and the hands-on aspect of growing a startup.

    Last night, my mother was telling me a story about a young woman who is working on an amazing project to build a gorgeous mosaic wall in the middle of rural Mexico, depicting the history of the area. It is a labor of love that will make generations proud.

    In the middle of cat-herding volunteers and working within tight budgets, she is not seeing the value that this pearl job will have on every aspect of her life going forward. She will:

    • Have the experience of living in a foreign country as a local.
    • Build deep friendships that she will treasure for a lifetime.
    • Speak much better Spanish.
    • Know how to cook and appreciate some wonderful delicacies.
    • Understand how to motivate volunteers.
    • Be able to point to an amazing artistic accomplishment that she helped create.
    • Realize the true meaning of “It takes a village.”
    • Gain confidence that she can be successful in any situation.

    But, I am also sympathetic. In the middle of a pearl job, it’s not fun. You’re so deep in the mess that you can’t imagine what it will be like to look back on it one year, five years, or ten years out.

    Please remember: Pearls only develop as a result of the irritation of sand in the tenderest oyster flesh. It can be uncomfortable to create a treasure. 

    What do you think? Have you ever had a pearl job? How do you feel about it now? Was it worth it?

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  • feedwordpress 20:56:42 on 2016/07/18 Permalink
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    Television Interview on Nctv17 with Catherine Morgan 


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    Catherine Morgan on TVI was so excited to have my Television debut in July on the Career Center show. Kimberly White of the Community Career Center in Naperville interviewed me.

    We talked about Liftoff After Layoff, and dove into the stages of grief and how they relate to job loss.

    It’s so cool to walk onto a TV set – the cameras and teleprompter and lights. We had a great time.

    You can watch the 13-minute segment below. I’m up first.

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  • feedwordpress 14:56:34 on 2016/04/16 Permalink
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    Nominated for Rule Breaker Award 2016 


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    Rule Breaker 2016I was excited about being nominated for a Rule Breaker Award last year, but THIS year, I am a shoe-in because I have turned the revenue model for career transition coaching on its head.

    I am the only person I know who works primarily on contingency. Here’s how it works: I get a $100/month retainer (because I deserve a few bottles of wine), and when my client lands a great opportunity, I get a bonus of 5% of their first year’s gross salary.

    I love this because there is no doubt that my goals and my client’s are aligned. We are in a true win-win partnership.

    When I tell this to prospective clients, they get it immediately. My sales process has become incredibly easy. Now, I just need to ensure that the clients I take on are willing to do the work.

    The voting hasn’t started yet. I’ll let you know when it does. I truly am breaking the rules.

    I can almost taste the fried catfish in New Orleans this summer when the awards are given out :)

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  • feedwordpress 20:38:40 on 2016/02/03 Permalink
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    From Entrepreneur to Employee: Interviewed for Entrepreneur.com 


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    Catherine Morgan speakingCarol Roth interviewed me for Entrepreneur Magazine’s blog about how to transition from entrepreneur to employee. I have had a lot of success getting professionals back to corporate after being business owners. I’m getting great feedback on this article!

    You can check out “How to Transition Back to Employee After Being an Entrepreneur” here.

    The post From Entrepreneur to Employee: Interviewed for Entrepreneur.com appeared first on Point A to Point B Transitions.

     
  • feedwordpress 15:06:49 on 2015/11/20 Permalink
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    We’re So Confident We’ll Work on Contingency 


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    Finishing FirstThis post was published initially on LinkedIn Pulse.

    Sometimes one conversation changes everything. When a prospect told me that they had signed an exclusivity agreement with their executive coach, I felt very uncomfortable. Why did their coach feel the need to handcuff clients like that? Didn’t the coach’s results keep clients?

    And then I wondered if I should consider having a clause like that. Had clients left me to work with other coaches? In five years, I don’t know of one. So, no, I probably don’t need a clause like that.

    And then I had a series of other conversations with prospective clients who told me about writing B I G checks to their coaches, and not getting one inquiry or lead from all that investment.

    It made my heart hurt.

    Professionals in career transition need to spend their money wisely. And I’ll confess that I did think about how nice it would be to have them write those big checks to me :)

    And one prospect bought a course that he said was good, but didn’t have the day-to-day accountability that he needed. Fair enough.

    Taking all the risk.
    So, I looked back at my track record over the past five years of working full time with professionals in career transition. There were four people who I wasn’t able to place in five years. Everyone else landed great jobs! Hmmm.

    I decided to completely change by business model. I decided to take all the risk and work on contingency.

    I have a true partnership with my clients now, and they appreciate it. If they don’t get a successful result, I don’t get a big check. Simple as that.

    This new arrangement is working better than I ever could have hoped. Clients are thrilled with it, and my revenue has increased dramatically.

    Generating results and a big bonus.
    How does it work? Clients pay me a flat retainer of $100/month for as long as it takes to find their dream job. (If there is no client investment, there is no client commitment. And I deserve a nice bottle of wine a week.)

    Upon success, they pay me a bonus of five percent (5%) of their first-year gross salary.

    I take all the risk – but given my track record, it doesn’t FEEL that risky. My practice is pretty full. And I get to work with select professionals at the deep level I love, giving them my full attention and commitment.

    Betting on success.
    Time will tell if this was a brilliant or stupid strategy.

    But if you are looking to hire an executive coach or outplacement service, I would urge you to ask if they would work on contingency. Their answer might tell you a lot.

    Catherine Morgan is a career transition expert through her own company, Point A to Point B Transitions Inc. She is also a highly respected speaker who talks on topics related to career transition, productivity, and small business. Catherine doesn’t take herself seriously, but she takes her subject matter very seriously. 

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  • feedwordpress 21:08:10 on 2015/05/02 Permalink
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    Speaking at TEDx Heartland Community College May 30, 2015 


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    TEDx Heartland Community CollegeThis is B I G news. I will be giving my first TEDx talk on May 30, 2015. I am thrilled and honored to join the elite group of TEDx speakers.

    The overall conference theme is “Sustainability.” I will be talking about the importance of sustaining your personal energy to fuel your professional success.

    The event will be held at Heartland Community College in Normal, IL. More information and tickets are available here. 

    Here is how the organizers described it:

    Sustainability – how do we Sustain the Ability to do what we do? Is the way we do things able to continue? The core notion of Sustainability goes beyond the Environment, encompassing the Personal, Economic, Technological, Health, Social, and Cultural realms of life.
    ~ TEDxHeartlandCommunityCollege

    More information and tickets are available here. 

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  • feedwordpress 11:02:08 on 2015/04/28 Permalink
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    From LinkedIn Pulse: The 3 R’s of Employability 


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    sparkI don’t write a lot about career transition here, although I probably should. I have been posting my best information on LinkedIn Pulse. Why? More people see it and comment on it, and my ideal prospects are looking for that kind of help on LinkedIn.

    That said, this post is worth publishing both places. It contains some of my best ideas for successfully navigating our fluid world of work.

    No doubt, the world of work has changed. Here’s how you can make this change work for you. Below is the full post: 

    The 3 R’s of Employability

    Do you want to be employable or hirable? Of course you do. Given the fluidity of our current work environment, you need to make sure that should you have to (or want to) make a change, you can.

    I have been thinking about this a lot, and I believe I have a simple formula for staying desirable for project, contract, or full-time work: The 3 R’s of Employability – Recent, Relevant, and Ready. If you are missing any one of these components, you will have a more difficult transition.

    Recent

    Ideally, you want to be doing some work currently, or within the past few months. This isn’t always possible if you have had a personal health issue, been dealing with elder-care issues, or had an extended transition due to layoff.

    However, everyone is able to publish these days. You can keep your skills sharp, and knowledge of your industry or job function current. You can then present some point of view here on LinkedIn Pulse, or in a slide deck that you post on SlideShare.net and then embed in your LinkedIn profile, or in a portfolio of your work on Behance.net – the opportunities are endless!

    The worst thing you can do is be invisible. 

    Relevant

    Even if you have been working full time, you may not actually be relevant to potential employers. Are your skills current? Are you proficient with Microsoft Office and other required tools? If not, get yourself some training – pronto!

    Has your industry suffered a major contraction? You need to think about how you are going to position your skills to be relevant in a related industry.

    If you are hoping to make a big transition to a different industry and job function, you need to work with someone so you can clearly articulate your value to a potential employer, and why you think your skills transfer well to that new job or industry. (This is almost impossible to do on your own. Get some help.)

    Have you been staying at home with your kids? I’ll bet you have picked up some transferable skills. But you need to be able to talk about them in a positive way that doesn’t sound defensive. (See above – brainstorm with someone about this.)

    If you know there are some skills that you need to take up a level – or if there is some certification or training that interests you – go sign up for it now. You’ll seem like a motivated professional, and will be more employable.

    Ready

    How are you feeling about your skills? Are you ready for a full-time job?

    Did you have a bad breakup with your previous employer? Have you worked through and PRACTICED how you are going to talk about it? (Pro tip: Make it short and factual. Leave emotion and judgment out of it.)

    Would you be better off getting some freelance work or a project first? There are different right options at different times in our lives.

    Is your resume current? Does it clearly convey your value to a potential employer? Do you like it and want to send it to people? If not, fix that.

    How is your LinkedIn profile? Is it current? Is it compelling? Is it complete? If not, working on that needs to jump to the top of your list. LinkedIn is a critical component for employability.

    Over to You

    As you can see, there are three things that you need to have in place. Not having any one of these will make finding work more difficult.

    Whether you are in transition or happily employed, make sure you step back occasionally and evaluate where you are with your 3 R’s.

    If you need help with any of this, please reach out. I have 20 years of experience working with professionals in transition. www.pointatopointbtransitions.com 

    The post From LinkedIn Pulse: The 3 R’s of Employability appeared first on Point A to Point B Transitions.

     
  • feedwordpress 16:59:32 on 2015/04/13 Permalink
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    Why I Never Want to Retire 


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    Boat on BeachI frequently blurt out that I never want to retire. Clients, friends, and family are appalled by the energy with which I say it.

    I honestly can’t imagine anything more boring – or more likely to send me into immediate depression.

    This quote brilliantly states why:

     

    I, for one, cannot dream of retiring. Not now or ever. Retire? The word is alien and the idea inconceivable to me. I don’t believe in retirement for anyone in my type of work, not while the spirit remains. My work is my life. I cannot think of one without the other. To “retire” means to me to begin to die. The man who works and is never bored is never old. Work and interest in worthwhile things are the best remedy for age. Each day I am reborn. Each day I must begin again. ~ Pablo Casals, Legendary Cellist

    I highly recommend reading the whole post Legendary Cellist Pablo Casals, at Age 93, on Creative Vitality and How Working with Love Prolongs Your Life by Maria Popova of Brain Pickings.

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  • feedwordpress 17:19:06 on 2013/07/10 Permalink
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    Thriving After Layoff 


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    My best advice on how to THRIVE (not just survive) a layoff. Check out my 30-minute interview on WCHE 1520 AM (Philadelphia area) with Donna Saul on Chamber Chatter.

    If you want more information on this topic, my signature talk is: Re-Launch You: Liftoff After Layoff. The link to the deck is here.

     
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