Building a Custom Career Path as a "Slasher"

Building a Custom Career Path as a "Slasher"

Eight years ago, I custom-crafted a business card wallet for myself. I needed to make my own design because I had three different business cards that each needed their own pocket—one for my crafting business, one for the nonprofit where I worked by day, and one for the quilting guild that I started on the weekends. Then I became a coach as well, and I felt like my brain and my wallet were about to explode.

I felt like something was wrong with me—I was fragmented, and couldn't pick just one thing to pursue. Why couldn't I just commit to a path? I was "clocking in and out" of each role and felt like I was four different people instead of one whole, cohesive human being.

And then I came across the concept of a Slasher—someone who creates their own custom combination of careers—and I realized that I'm not alone…

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The Essential Tool for Navigating a 21st Century Career Path

The Essential Tool for Navigating a 21st Century Career Path

After working with over 40 clients on developing the next steps of their careers, I've noticed that they often come to me focused on the tactical and logistical steps ahead of them: things like performance reviews, job descriptions, updating their resumé and LinkedIn profiles, writing cover letters, and searching and applying for new positions.

These are the tasks that we usually associate with career building. I think of them as a career roadmap—a landscape laid out in front of you with many different roads and stops along the way to your destination: the next step in your career and leadership journey.

But I've seen through clients and through my own experiences that navigating the career roadmap can be overwhelming and even paralyzing. There are so many roads are available, and the linear paths of the past have turned into winding, intersecting streets that we often need to pave for ourselves. 

Before you begin work on the roadmap, you need a navigation tool to guide you—a compass to steer you to not just the next stop on your journey, but the right next step for you…

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What is Authentic Leadership?

What is Authentic Leadership?

“Authentic Leadership” is a phrase that I've seen popping up in a lot of different places lately — so much so that it's turning into a bit of a buzzword. But it's also an important concept that lies at the heart of my business.

The phrase can mean a lot of different things to different people — to some it means cultivating a deep sense of self-awareness, to others it's bringing your whole self to work, or it can also be about developing honest and transparent relationships with colleagues and direct reports. 

While those are all good things, authentic leadership means something a little different to me…

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