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Summer Vacation: An A-Ha Moment?

Ah, summer vacation. While I’m lucky enough not to be chained to a traditional work schedule, there’s just something about taking a vacation in the summer that is so compelling.

Maybe it’s escaping one environment for another when the days feel slow and motivation is (sometimes) fleeting. Or, maybe that’s because something special happens to me every single time I go on vacation.

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What are the right details to include in a vision?

In a previous post, Visions that Inspire Right Action, I talked about the purpose of vision and how a great vision informs teamwork. How do you actually write a great vision?

Ask yourself or your team the following questions and put the answers in a bullet list. Edit and organize for readability. There’s your vision. I find the best visions are typically one-half to full-page in length.

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Visions that Inspire Right Action

Creating mission and vision statements are basic building blocks of any good business plan, team launch or annual strategic planning process. So basic that I notice a lot of organizations going through the motions of creating or updating them without thinking about how the vision can be used. The result is often a bland one-liner that says everything and nothing (“to put our widget on every web site”), or a dense paragraph of sentences that knits together everyone’s input, reads like a stream of business clichés, and again says everything and nothing—like “to be #1 in our market space through best practices and leading edge technology…” You know this vision and can fill in the rest of it, right?

A great vision includes details that inform and inspire right action.

A great vision paints a picture in people’s minds of what things will look and feel like when your team accomplishes its mission.

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Is it possible to explore a career change responsibly?! 5 tips on how you can do it!

Supporting your family, paying your mortgage, funding your retirement—we all have serious obligations that can make contemplating career change feel incredibly risky. What if I make less money? What if I try something new and fail? Even if I’m longing for  a change, or feeling downright miserable, should I really risk leaving my secure job to try something new??

So many people give up before they even start. The risk of trying something new wins out over the incredible benefits a career change could give you.

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Coming Alive: The Journey To Reengage Your Life And Career

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Stress Weighing You Down? Find Energy and Motivation in Work When You’re No Longer Inspired or Fulfilled

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Balancing Career Change and Family – Interview with Donna Marsh

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Success Stories

T Klein, Florida

Success Story: “I met Jane at a training session sponsored by my past employer. I subsequently decided to hire her as my professional coach and I have greatly benefited from our work together. I was going through a transition in my career and looked to Jane for guidance and support.

In our weekly sessions, Jane utilizes our time together very effectively and has always been able to focus on the current issues in my life. Jane gave me the courage to make the decision to leave my employer after 20 plus years. She was able to help me prioritize my next steps in my transition. Jane was helpful in my preparation for my interview with my now, current employer. Jane was instrumental in my negotiation process. She gave me the confidence to communicate my value and worth to the n…