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  • Being Busy is Not a Badge of Honor
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - March 14, 2019
    Busy-ness is a dangerous trap that relinquishes our control to find meaning and fulfillment in life and career when we are stuck in the quicksand of being busy. I am on a mission to disrupt the busy culture and focus on a life that is measured by meaning, value, fulfillment and other factors we can customize to celebrate our unique happiness and satisfaction. Busy Doesn’t Mean Important – as a recovering work...
  • Empathy 101 for Better Relationships at Work
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - February 20, 2019
    Regardless of your ideological views or political persuasion, these are turbulent times around the world. I’ve noticed a sense of angst, heightened anxiety, and a palpable change in how people treat each other both personally and professionally. It’s time to get back to what distinguishes us as human beings – treating one another with compassion, dignity, and respect. Even those with whom we disagree t...
  • It's Time to Stop Dreaming and Start Activating
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - January 21, 2019
    So many of us have waited for the perfect job description to magically appear and make all of our career dreams come true. Or, a perfectly balanced life with less stress, more time to exercise, well-behaved kids and the ideal life partner. What are you waiting for? It’s time to stop wishing for great things to happen and take action. Change the World by Changing Yourself First Martha Hoover, former sex crimes pr...
  • Enhance Your Career with a Side Hustle
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - January 2, 2019
    The gig economy is alive and well and many people are taking control of their professional lives by activating a side hustle to add a supplemental income stream or flex entrepreneurial muscles. Nick Loper identifies himself as a Chief Side Hustler and created Side Hustle Nation to help those committed to the side hustle career journey. People choose to engage in a side hustle for a variety of reasons like the opportun...
  • Is There an Entrepreneur in You?
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - December 7, 2018
    Ever had an idea for a business that just keeps tapping you on the shoulder…and have you ever thought of throwing caution to the wind and actually doing it? If the thought has even crossed your mind, there may be an entrepreneur in you just waiting to be unleashed. In my book, This Is Not the Career I Ordered, I share the stories of women who started out in one profession, and then felt the call to embark on their...
  • It's About the Journey - Part Two: 3 Tips for Embracing the Path
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - November 21, 2018
    I shared the story of my career transition from Opera into the Professional Development work I do today. Making that change eighteen years ago was a huge challenge. My career journey all of the sudden took a turn into uncharted territory and I was shaken to the core, but also changed for the better. If you find yourself in the midst of a career change where you find yourself “off-roading” away from the safe o...
  • More About Getting There: It's About the Journey - Part One
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - November 14, 2018
    When it comes to career, there’s a lot of pressure in our culture to achieve our goals…to “make it”… to “get there” – yet each time we “get there”, there’s always a new “there” to get to. We reach a goal, and that brings us to ‘What’s next?’ – and then we’re off again – working toward the next new goal on the...
  • Blessings in Disguise: Reframing Career Challenges
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - October 25, 2018
    When it comes to our work lives, the one sure thing is change and challenge. We may moan and groan when faced with hurdles large or small on the job – but these are the experiences we’re most likely to remember for the growth and wisdom they bring. Through my coaching practice and travels for speaking engagements, the most heartening stories I hear about career challenges are the ones that have led to positiv...
  • Play At Work: Incorporating Fun On the Job
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - October 12, 2018
    For many of us, work is often characterized as “serious,” “nose-to-the-grindstone,” “no-nonsense” and “down to business.” There’s this idea that work is work and play is…well…for after work. In an INC column, Brendan Boyle, a partner at the design firm, IDEO, says play in the workplace has a “PR problem.” “Some think of play as frivolo...
  • Job By Design: Forging Your Own Path
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - October 5, 2018
    If you’re looking for more challenge in your job, and there doesn’t seem to be a promotion in the offing, you may be asking yourself, ‘What’s next?’ That’s how my coaching client (I’ll call her Dawn) was feeling when we first met. Dawn was a manager at a non-profit and felt like she’d gone as far as she could go in her position. She’d been taking on more responsibilit...