Back to School Special!

I am nearly 47 years old, I do not have children, and I am not currently taking any classes.  Yet this time of year you can still find me in the “Back to School” aisles at Staples, Target and my local grocery store.I. Just. Can’t. Resist.I love the smell of new pencils, the look of colorful new pens, the creative, new-to-me, folder filing systems, etc.  Love it....more

Life Coach vs. Career Coach Part 2

After perusing multiple coaching website I was amazed to find so many life coaches adding career coaching to their list of services, without always the benefit of credentials. That lead me to wonder, “Does anyone really know the difference between these two titles; Life Coach vs. Career Coach? and What type of professional standards are set for career coaches?...more
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Take Off Your Corporate Mask – Step Into Your Power

  This month while I’ve been giving my eSeminar to the amazing and brave people intent on developing their own Authentic Leadership Style, I’ve been exploring deep and powerful dimensions of authenticity and sharing them on the blog. One of the elephants in the room when we talk about authenticity is emotional discomfort and even fear. We assume that being authentic – and taking off our “corporate mask” – to allow our authentic self to shine at the office means revealing weaknesses about ourselves that can undermine our career and success....more

Do you know the difference between Life Coach vs. Career Coach?

“Do you know the difference between Life Coach vs. Career Coach? Do credentials matter? Are there just too many coaches out there?”...more

The 3 Myths About Leadership and Control At Work

Today’s business environment can be frustrating because we all live with the widely-accepted cultural myths that “someone” can just make a decision that will clear the path for us to get our job done. And yet, the complexity of modern business often puts us in professional situations where no one seems to be able to make a decision – for example, working in matrixed groups where the responsibility for a project is spread between different functional units with “no one in charge.” Often it seems as though the people with the power to make decisions choose not to decide way too often, making our jobs practically impossible and making us feel powerless and out of control.How can you access power in these situations? I believe that the answer to this question is both a solution to work-induced stress and career success – and it is a fundamental distinction between how managers and leaders operate....more

My Surprise Secret to Work-Life Balance

I’ve been on a conscious, 15 year quest for work-life balance and have actually achieved a great deal of it (throws confetti). Recently I’ve been documenting a lot of my learning’s about what’s worked and what hasn’t during this time, and integrating it into my coaching practice, but it wasn’t until last week that I had a really important ah-ha! that I wanted to share.“Balance” Is Really Not The PointYou see, I’ve always thought of work-life balance as “work-life baloney”, meaning that balance was less the objective than a life that integrated work in ways that meets your needs and desires, even if they’re “unbalanced” through the eyes of others....more

Empowerment Is Bunk - InPowerment Tips

How many years of Women's Empowerment and Employee Empowerment have we lived through? How many of us have opted out in the brain drain, tired of waiting to be really empowered and seeking something more - autonomous?This question captivated me when I started InPower Coaching last year. In my experience and the experience of the powerful leaders I know and work with, success is not derived from the external power we're given, but from the power we bring out of ourselves to amplify it into real world results.Imagine my excitement when I found this video by Daniel Pink, author of Drive (and other amazing books that will blow your mind if you haven't read them), distinguishing empowerment from autonomy....more

Vaulting Into The C-Suite, Interview with Patricia Koopersmith, COO of The Clearing

Patricia Koopersmith is the very definition of a doer and a go-getter, but to her surprise this career strength turned out to be one of her biggest hurdles as she transitioned into the executive ranks as Chief Operating Officer at The Clearing, Inc., a strategic management consultancy in Washington D.C.Even before she was promoted to COO in 2011, Patricia circulated in rarified air. Her clients include senior leaders at the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of State, the Intelligence Community, the Department of Homeland Security and other big agencies. I have seen Patricia hug some of these people, because quite often her clients become her friends. She is a powerful personality, focused, extremely competent and at the same time refreshing and very quick to laugh. Her most recent career journey, from Practice Area Director in a much larger firm to COO in a small, fast-growing consultancy is a perfect career coaching case study for anyone – especially women – seeking to bypass the glass ceiling, move from management to leadership and achieve work-life balance....more