Career Direction


19Jul 2009

The Importance of Wisdom — And How to Get It

I like to learn from others who have been successful. In our culture, some people look to successful business leaders; others look to athletes or entertainers. I find some of the best advice from wise people from the past — from classic literature from previous civilizations and cultures. Here are some thoughts from a king and writer of literature from

09Jul 2009

The Economic Downturn and The Psychology of Our Culture

I am not an economist (thankfully). But economists, meteorologists (those who try to predict the weather), and psychologists are somewhat in the same situation — our ‘sciences’ are not very “hard” — that is, they often are not solidly grounded in data and they lack power to predict. For example, last night there was no prediction at all of any

28Jun 2009

Some Random Musings from Recent Research

    Over the past weeks I have been gathering some research articles from various publications that I thought had some interesting bits of information. Here they are. The topics include: research on how Western culture and Asian culture affect problem-solving approaches, video game addiction, infant anesthesia and later learning disabilities, and age biases in the workplace that are not

19Jun 2009

Weathering the Storm of Unemployment

Recently, the reality of people losing their jobs has been hitting quite close to home. Living in the city where most aircraft are built in the U.S., and the struggles aircraft manufacturers are experiencing have made knowing individuals who have been laid off from work a personal experience.  And the secondary job losses are significant as well — suppliers to

20May 2009

Graduations — Different Perspectives, Different Lessons

This past week I had the privilege in being involved in a number of school graduation ceremonies, in different roles. I had a daughter who graduated from high school (along with all of the receptions involved). I had a son who graduated from college, but who didn’t “walk” — not because he didn’t want to, but because he is pursuing

05May 2009

Characteristics of Healthy Workplace Environments

Recently, the American Psychological Association recognized 14 companies as leaders in creating healthy workplace environments. Besides just helping their employees “feel good” (the ubiquitous reply to anything psychologists do), there are some practical economic benefits for the companies as well: One company has reduced absenteeism by 34 percent The average employee turnover for the top five award winners was 11

27Apr 2009

A Good Way to Find a Job in Difficult Times — Be Willing to Do What Others Are Not Willing to

“Finding a job” continues to be a common topic that comes up in conversations — with friends, clients, families, friends of my kids. The types and levels of job positions is quite broad — from laid-off professionals to young adults looking for their first career position, to high school and college students searching for summer jobs or internships. In discussing

29Mar 2009

The Psychology of Looking for a Job

In the past weeks I have been listening to the media, reading articles that are coming out, and talking to a number of individuals who are looking for work. The level of job search ranges from high school students looking for a summer job, college graduates searching for their first full-time position in their area of study, and individuals who have

03Mar 2009

Entering Into Your Children's & Grandchildren's Lives

Often, when talking to senior generation members within a family, we discuss how to transfer one’s values to the next generations.  Sometimes we are talking with parents in their 30’s, 40’s and early 50’s who are still raising their children and teenagers at home.  Other times we are talking to 50-60 year olds with young adult children out of the

18Feb 2009

The Exhilaration of Learning from the Best

This week I have had the privilege of participating in a summit meeting of advisors who work with some of the most successful individuals and families in our country (and even the world). Approximately twenty-five professionals from a variety of disciplines gathered to learn from one another and discuss how they can best work together to serve their clients. Clients

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