What A Car Can Teach Us About A Successful Career

I was talking to Andrea, a leader in a big corporate here in the Seattle area. Very smart and hardworking she was, her resume spoke for itself. As a senior ...
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Everyone And Their Mother Is Talking About “Coaching” – What Is It Really?

It will be rare to find someone who never heard "coaching" and yet it is one of the most overloaded terms today. Starting from sports coaching, tutoring or mentoring a ...
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Women In Tech – Let’s Tap Into Our Own Greatness

[Look for a special discount code inside -Sharmin] Background Story - Last year I attended a global conference in Warsaw with a few hundred International Coach Federation (ICF) leaders from across ...
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Having A Hard Time Getting Your Voice Heard In Meetings?

Tim is an engineering leader at a local hi-tech company. He is very good at his trade, has a profound understanding of the technology stack, and has decent ideas about ...
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Time Is Fixed But Energy Is Not

“There’s not enough time.” “Time is running out.” “I wish I had more time.” These are complaints we hear frequently. High-performing, high-achieving professionals often come to me for better time-management ...
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Nervous About Networking? Find Your Own Sweet Spot

During my corporate career I once attended a class on “how to show up confident”. It had quite a few tips I don’t remember those exactly. But today I remembered ...
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Aspirations – Find Your Own Unique One

Few years back we went to Zion national park in Utah. We hiked on a mountain in the scorching 80 degree heat. The destination was the “upper pool” a small body ...
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Ego and Conflicts

Ego awareness can be a great aid during conflicts. Professional mediator Diane Hamilton talks at Google. Few things I am taking away. Our primitive brain sees conflict as a threat ...
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The author on a spring afternoon in Seattle

Looking Back: Five Years of My New Career and Life

Today is the 5th anniversary of my post-Microsoft life :). Hard to believe how time flies! It was not just a new career I wanted to pursue; I also wanted ...
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Optimize Yourself With a Mind-Body Connection

On the first day of my coach training class the instructor gave us a meditation exercise. The purpose was to be ready and present for the session. As someone coming from ...
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Afraid of Feedback? Find How It Serves You Best

If you are a corporate employee, notice the feeling you are having when you read the word “Feedback”. “I have some feedback for you” often creates the same or worse visceral ...
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There Is More Than One Reality – Choose That Serves

“Reality is reality, there is no point to sugar coat it “– a friend of mine uttered with a great sigh! I agree and there is more. It reminded me of ...
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Career Satisfaction: What is in your way?

“Not enough time”, “Not enough support from others”, “Lack of ideas”, topped the list for my survey question: “What is in your way of having more satisfaction from your career”. All ...
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Too Many Emails? Some Real Causes and Solutions

In the corporate world, people often complain about too many emails. It is a modern-day challenge for sure, however, over the years I have noticed a few underlying causes and possible ...
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“What do I Want” is a Hard Question

A few weeks back I was giving a talk at a big tech company about focusing on the vision. As usual, someone asked this basic question- “I don’t know what ...
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Job Interview : How to Avoid Negativity about Your Employer

Everyone knows this interview tip: “Don’t bad mouth about your employer”. But interesting enough this happens quite often. I got some clue when I was talking to my client Tom ...
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Know your Strengths, Capitalize on Them

Too many times companies send employees to trainings to fix the areas of weaknesses, we expect people to be well rounded to be successful. The fact is excellent performers are ...
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Focus on Your Vision: A Positive Approach to Life’s Challenges

[Key point: I have described  how vision focus works as a great parenting tool for me. It not only helps to manage the current situation more gracefully, it gives a ...
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Struggling with Time Management? Look into the Root Causes

Time management is one of the topmost challenges for professionals. When they come to me, they want a solution to it. To be honest, I don't have a perfect answer ...
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Caterpillars to Butterflies : Human Maturity Stages

When I ask “What do YOU want” people sometimes get confused.  Common responses are: "Wouldn't that be selfish"? "I always think about others, I put others needs ahead of me, ...
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Fulfilling Achievements are Good, Experiences are Even Better

I often ask this question to my clients and class participants: Describe some occasions from the recent past when you felt excited and fulfilled. The common responses I get are, ...
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Align with Passion – What, Why and How

“I don’t get it, how do people mix passion with their career? I do love to paint but I can’t even think of taking it as a career and doing it ...
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Don’t Focus on the Problem – Focus on your Ultimate Vision

Last year, an engineer, let me call him Tom, came to me. He looked very tired and unhappy. “Sharmin, I am working long days, late nights, still my manager wants ...
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Why Do You Do It? 3 Steps to Clarify Your Commitments

Common wisdom goes as we do paid work for money and volunteer work to fulfill other needs. Whatever we do, paid or volunteer work requires some commitment from our part ...
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Find an Enjoyable Career : It is Easier than you Think

The other day I was talking to an engineer from a big brand name company. I asked her, what is that she likes most in her job. She said when ...
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Are you suffering from “Not Enough Time”?

"Some people have lots of time in their hands", "I could have used the time for something more useful", "Let me check on Facebook/Internet/email quickly before I start doing my ...
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Managing up/Self-promotion : What To Do About It

In my recent survey, an amazing 79% of people said that Managing-up/Self-promotion is the most challenging aspect of their work. I didn't expect it at all! I then started thinking about it ...
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The author on a spring afternoon in Seattle

What life stage are you in – Survival, Success or Significance?

Found this recently: Everyone lives at one of three levels in life: Survival, Success, and Significance.  Survival- You are living from week to week, looking forward to the weekends, vacations, ...
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Procrastination – How to Manage this Common Vice

If you are reading this you might be like many of us who suffer from procrastination. But don’t stop there - this is just the tip of the iceberg, the ...
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Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail and How to Make it Work

Found this scary stat, almost half of the American’s make a New Year’s resolution but only 8% are successful in achieving it! Also every year, the most popular resolutions are staying fit, work-life ...
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Ready or not the New Year is coming – Will your resolution be a small talk again?

In January, the common topic of the office kitchen conversation is the New Year’s resolution. Until recently I never actually did much of planning for the year, so when asked ...
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The Myth of Multitasking

Too many times I hear that you can’t survive without multitasking. Checking emails during a meeting, responding to a door knock while trying to focus on your work seems to ...
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Living from inside out

How are you setting your goals, Inside-out or Outside-in?

Last week I was describing the concept of “Living from inside-out” to my class participants in a high tech company. The example I gave - If you target to become ...
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Fall color

Happiness theory and my Exercise routine

The other day at the end of my class, people got quite hyped up to make time to do something for themselves. Few of them made a commitment to start ...
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Improve your EQ fitness – Self reflection

A few weeks back I wrote this blog post, Feeling- A vital part missing from the thinker’s head. Since then Tom made some progress. These days on the feeling question he ...
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Barren backyard

Work-life balance in my own backyard

Among so many articles about work-life balance, this one in HBR, the Imperfect balance between work and life caught my attention today. The main idea is 1. Pick a few ...
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Alignment with Passion-Why it is important

A client of mine is in the job market for a while.  A bit frustrated by the lack of success, he called me this morning wanting to find more ideas.  ...
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Feeling overwhelmed? You might be overloading your PFC

Do you often feel overwhelmed? Do you wonder why it happens? Understanding how our brain works might give you some ideas. The part of the brain behind our forehead is called the prefrontal cortex(PFC). PFC is ...
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Feeling – A Vital Missing Part from the Thinker’s Head

“What do you feel now?” I ask my client Tom in the middle of our session. “I think it is, …”, he replies. “What do you feel”, I ask persistently ...
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Too many to-dos… Not enough time…Cause or Symptom?

My friend Amy calls herself lazy as she is always running behind her infinitely long to-do list. Even when she is sitting down she feels guilty that she was supposed to ...
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