Leadership coach, Business advisor, Tech geek, Nature lover, Powerlifter, and Trail runner

Whitewater rafting
My family whitewater rafting on the American River

When I walked out the door of my last corporate job, I thought that I would take the summer off to enjoy a well-deserved vacation and time with my family. That was almost 11 years ago.

I never went back.

I’ve been running my own businesses ever since. Now, I’m a leadership coach, business advisor, and career advisor.

I have a Ph.D. in Psychology and spent over 20 years working in the tech industry in Silicon Valley at small startups and large companies such as IBM, Apple, eBay, and Yahoo. …


YEAR IN REVIEW

Over 130 professional and personal development articles in 2020

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In 2020, I spent hundreds of hours creating personal and professional development articles and podcasts to share with you. If my writing has enriched your life this year, helped you find a job, or given you more confidence at work, please consider subscribing to my newsletter. Thank you!

🎧 If you want to hear me talk about this story and go into more detail: Listen now

It’s hard to see the forest for the trees with all of the articles I’ve written. So, I wanted to do an end of the year wrap-up to categorize and summarize everything for you.


PARTNERSHIPS

Do both of you complete the same picture of the future?

Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak
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Would Apple be a $2 trillion company if Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs had been more alike? I highly doubt it.

Thanks to my time working at Apple many years ago, I had the opportunity to experience the personalities of both Steves. I can tell you that they were very, very different people.

The day we started Apple he changed. He changed his personality forever because he now was a founder of a company that had money. He wanted so strongly to find the way to be an important person in the world. He became very serious. He would always…


CONFIDENCE

Self-confidence tips that help with job interviews, work meetings, and good ol’ social events too

Confident woman
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My very dramatic reading of this story 😉

I don’t remember what my friend did, but suddenly a drill sergeant was in his face screaming at him. He called him every name in the book and told him how stupid he was.

At the end of his tirade, the drill sergeant stopped talking and kept staring into my friend’s face. He was expecting some sort of reaction or response.

But, my friend maintained his composure. He stared straight ahead, looking past him, his face expressionless.

That seemed to irritate the drill sergeant, so he tried to provoke him further, “You…


CAREERS

The Invincible Career podcast interview series

Sami Gardner
Sami Gardner

My guest for this episode is Sami Gardner. She is a career coach who specializes in helping creative and technical professionals develop their dream careers.

Sami redesigned her own career to travel the world and has helped job seekers from San Francisco to São Paulo.

Sami believes that if you kickstart your career, you kickstart your life. She shares her career journey from librarian to a career advisor, digital nomad, and published author.

She talks about the reality of degrees and job security. No matter what your degree and how great you are at your job, you’re always at the…


SOCIAL MEDIA

Use it instead of it using you

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Photo by Charlotte May from Pexels
My expanded reading of this story

I’m sure you’ve already heard this, but when it comes to social media, we are the “product.” The services are technically free, but we all pay a price.

The big platforms make a killing off of the time you spend there, thanks to their highly personalized ads. They know everyone you are connected to, who you engage with, what you click, what you share, etc. Businesses leverage that massive amount of data to show you ads they hope you will click.

Social media platforms also love drama, titillation, and arguments. That behavior draws attention…


PRODUCTIVITY

Schedule your Fluid Layer and Habit Layer activities

Matt East
Matt East
Listen to my conversation with Matt East

My guest for this episode is Matt East. Matt is one of the world’s leading experts on productivity and high performance. You can learn more about his coaching and community on his business website, Matt East & Company.

He’s also the person who convinced me to start a podcast! If I hadn’t met Matt, the Invincible Career podcast probably wouldn’t exist.

His books, podcasts, and coaching teach how to plan your day so you can spend more time on the projects, activities, and relationships that are most important and meaningful to you. …


HEALTH

How to handle it before it’s too late

Woman feeling burned out
Photo by Anh Nguyen on Unsplash
Can you hear me?

A few months ago, I noticed that I was feeling completely burned out. I don’t often talk about my struggles or feelings of anxiety and depression. In my role as a coach, I try to maintain an upbeat attitude to help my clients feel positive and energized to conquer their personal challenges.

But I’m going to open up and be more vulnerable here than I normally feel comfortable doing. I’m lowering the walls and admitting that the burnout was hitting me pretty hard.

I’m sharing this because I think many of you might be feeling this…


JOB INTERVIEWS

Job interview do’s and don’ts for candidates

Dayna Wu, Senior Recruiter for Nvidia Corporation
Dayna Wu
Listen to Dayna share her strangest interview stories

My guest for this episode is Dayna Wu. She is the proud mom of two, Hawaii born and raised, and now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area.

She’s a Senior Recruiter for Nvidia Corporation while being a distance learning teacher, short-order cook, housekeeper, physical fitness activity coordinator, and parent/wife all at the same time.

Over the course of 13 years, she’s worked at stealth and early-stage startups being the sole recruiter handling everything from sourcing candidates, setting up recruiting processes, negotiating and closing candidate offers, and working as a member of…


WRITING

Three ways your writing makes a difference

Young woman sitting on mountain and writing in notebook
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My guests talk about writing, why they do it, and how it has helped them personally and professionally

Writing is one of the most important communication skills that can future-proof your career. Yet, it remains one of the biggest skill gaps that employers see in job candidates.

“People jump to all kinds of conclusions about you when they read documents you have written. They decide, for instance, how smart, how creative, how well organized, how trustworthy, and how considerate you are. And once they have made up their minds, it is hard to get them to see you differently. Research…

Larry Cornett, Ph.D.

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