Why knowing your natural work style will help you succeed in your job

Dear Readers, I find it so interesting to see the varied management styles that bring the best out of people. Some people flourish when they have a lot of structure and direction. Others do best when they are given a broad mission and left to design a full plan of [...]

By | January 11th, 2018|0 Comments

Want to quit your job right now? Why you should wait

Dear Readers, I've had two clients this year who quit their jobs, feeling justified that the environment was so bad, and the boss so outrageously horrible that they just couldn't stay for one more day. In fact, one of them was asked to work in an area with toxic materials [...]

By | January 4th, 2018|0 Comments

Top 3 Career Resolutions for 2018 – Get Moving Now!

Dear Coach Joan, I have been at the same job, in the same position, for three years. It's gotten too comfortable,and I'm getting bored. And this year has been a wash for me, like many of us in Sonoma County. Between complacency, perhaps laziness, and then the fire, I've gotten next [...]

By | December 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Let’s Improve the Hiring Process in 2018!

Dear Readers, There is a lot of bellyaching and complaining about the hiring process. I hear it from both job seekers and from employers. Both sides have problems with the 'other side'. Yet, both sides are fully justified in their complaints. The chief compliant from job seekers is that they [...]

By | December 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

Local Writer’s Fascinating Stories of West Sonoma County

Dear Readers, I'm learning that Sonoma County has a bounty of unique and creative people with unusual career paths and a mix of great talents. One of those is Andrea Granahan, who has been living, writing and working in Sonoma's west county for decades. She just wrote a truly wild [...]

By | December 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Holiday parties in these sensitive times

Dear Readers, Last year I wrote about some Do's and Don'ts for your office holiday parties; including some light-hearted and humorous messages about not dressing 'sexy' or drinking too much, not getting stoned or high, or mistakenly thinking you were partying with your friends. But it was written a bit [...]

By | December 12th, 2017|4 Comments

Another career phase: Retirement

Dear Readers, Retirement is not a period. Retirement is a comma! Many people go into retirement planning for up until the day they retire. They put a lot of time reviewing the financial aspects of retiring, carefully considering where they will live, and they might make some travel plans. What's [...]

By | November 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Good boss, bad boss -Different leadership styles after the fire.

Dear Readers, The wide range of human behavior never ceases to amaze me! BAD BOSS Yesterday I was talking to a someone who works for a large Santa Rosa organization that was severely impacted by the fires. He was complaining about his manager, the new executive director.  The executive director [...]

By | November 21st, 2017|2 Comments

A Community in Stress Goes Back to Work After the Sonoma County Fires

    Dear Readers, Everywhere I turn, from family to friends, to colleagues and acquaintances, I hear the following complaints and concerns:    * exhaustion  * headaches  * distraction * irritability  * anxiety and fears  * memory problems *  disorientation        * sleeping issues  * eating issues * depression [...]

By | November 17th, 2017|5 Comments

After the Sonoma County Fires: How Can We Get Along at Work?

Dear Readers, Getting back to work after the devastating fire is not easy. It's most difficult for those who lost their homes and those that are still displaced. But all of us in the NorCal fire region are experiencing collective grief and weariness.  Given that stress, how do we strive [...]

By | October 27th, 2017|1 Comment