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Finding Meaning in Your Life

Author : Daisy Swan | Date : February 03, 2016

How – and where – do you find the meaning and value of what you do in your life? Hopefully, the work that you’re doing is feeding you (and your loved ones) in more ways than one. But I know for many of you, the nourishment feels – or actually is – less than what you desire. Take a moment to check in right now, and think about how your work (and home!) life is adding up for you. The following short quiz will help you assess signifiers that are important to most of us: 1) When I wake up, Read the rest of this entry »

 

What is your message to potential employers?

Author : Daisy Swan | Date : November 09, 2015

Hats off to Donnie Grooms. He generated the interest and attention he needed to get a new job that he desperately needs. But this story also highlights a fundamental issue that many people face…he doesn’t say what he’s really looking to do and how he wants to add value to an organization! If you got the attention of potential employers what would you tell them you’re looking to do? It’s incumbent on us to know what we bring to the table. Here are some questions for you, and Donnie, to consider to help you to be prepared to talk to Read the rest of this entry »

 

How do you embrace change?

Author : Daisy Swan | Date : November 05, 2015

Check the questions below to see what resonates for you, and see how you can work with change – wanted or unwanted – more effectively. 1) When faced with a change you haven’t asked for do you: a) Try to find a way to avoid what’s being asked or required of you as long as possible? b) Think of it as a new learning experience that can help you grow and adjust with it? c) Consider the change, see if this is compatible with who you are, and decide whether to continue going forward, or determine to go in another direction all together? d) Go Read the rest of this entry »

 

The Case for Humble Executives

Author : Daisy Swan | Date : October 30, 2015

The Mindfulness for Emerging Leaders Classes I teach for MBA students focuses on emotional intelligence and surely that includes listening skills. Here is something from WSJ.com that might interest you: The Case for Humble Executives Source:  WSJ.com, Author: Joann S. Lublin Procter & Gamble Co. Chief Executive A.G. Lafley struck a humble tone during last week’s annual shareholders meeting. Taking the blame for the consumer-products company’s weak performance, the departing CEO told investors “the buck stops with me” and assured them his successor would do better. Mr. Lafley was responding to investor criticism of P&G’s strategy and recent stock-price performance. Read the rest of this entry »

 

Client Success Story: Peter

Author : Daisy Swan | Date : September 11, 2015

I was very fortunate to work with Daisy as I was retooling my resume and improving my interviewing skills.  She always had the appropriate and useful comment for any issue I presented.  Equally important, she did not use kid-gloves, but rather told me what I needed to hear.  I felt she took a sincere interest in my goals and potential and showed leadership, yes, she lead me to a more marketable position as a candidate.  Indeed, only one month after our sessions ended, I was offered a position. – Peter, NJ 8/2014

 

Client Success Story: Jeff

Author : Daisy Swan | Date : August 28, 2015

My experience with Daisy was exceptional, and exceeded my expectations. I came to her seeking advice about how to take the next step in my career. She helped me clarify my personal and professional goals, and helped me visualize a career path that met my personal and professional goals. Daisy also helped me see that the perfect role was out there for me, and worked with me on a strategy to find it. Her care, diligence, and thoughtful advice were invaluable throughout the entire process, from career exploration to offer and acceptance. I highly recommend Daisy Swan for anyone looking Read the rest of this entry »

 

Client Success Story: Kathleen

Author : Daisy Swan | Date : July 30, 2015

Like many recent college graduates, I felt lost and alone. I craved to establish a sense of belonging. Afraid to admit my shortcomings, I withdrew into myself. Negative self-talk like, “you are not good enough, smart enough, qualified enough” dominated my thinking. Social gatherings became less desirable.  I did everything I could to avoid the dreaded question, “So what do you do?”  I did not know this person. Where was the determined young woman I worked so hard to become? After a lay off and months of sitting in my pajamas feeling down on myself, I finally had enough. I Read the rest of this entry »

 

Downtime Productivity

Author : Daisy Swan | Date : May 21, 2015

Recently, I was a panelist and guest of The Society of Composers & Lyricists (SCL), in a conversation about Downtime Productivity. You know, that time that you have when things are a little quiet at work – no matter if you’re working for someone else, or for yourself? We all have those lull times when we might slip into a sort of sleepy boredom/depression, or maybe it rears its head for you, like a frantic anxiety of, ‘OH NO! Why is this happening??!’ On this May 20th panel, we discussed these common reactions to downtime. So, what to do? Read Read the rest of this entry »

 

Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work | Talk Video | TED.com

Author : Daisy Swan | Date : May 09, 2015

This info is too true not to continue to remember. We can be happier in work and in life. And stop chasing an unattainable idea of success. We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity. (Filmed at TEDxBloomington.) To watch this TED Talk, click here: www.ted.com/talks/shawn_achor_the_happy_secret_to_better_work

 

Welcome Daisy's New Associate Coach: Brooke Loesby, Esq.

Author : Daisy Swan | Date : March 25, 2015

Brooke Loesby, Esq. Growth occurs outside our comfort zone. Brooke serves as a trusted ally, a resource and a sounding board for your transition. She is skilled in helping clients navigate roadblocks and keeping them focused on their path. Brooke has a genuine passion and interest in their success. Guided by clients’ inner voices, Brooke lends her creativity, inquisitiveness, and enthusiasm to help them to manifest their calling. Brooke has assisted hundreds of clients in making important career and life transitions. Brooke’s approach is personalized and proactive; she works to help clarify their aspirations and assist them in achieving their Read the rest of this entry »

 

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