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Career Change at 40 and Above

Changing careers over 40 is daunting.   You’ve spent a decade or more developing the skills and experience necessary to excel in THIS field. You are a respected expert. You invested in the education, training and mentorship necessary to succeed. And, you’ve given up so much on your road to success – from dinners with friends …

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Difference Makers for Achieving Goals

As we round the corner into Q2, it’s time to revisit our goals.  Remember those? Chances are that you took a lot of time setting them in early January, but might have lost track of them as life got busy and you focused on the dumpster fireimmediately in front of you. From my experience, goal …

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Defining Your Values is the First Step in Self Leadership

The Cambridge Dictionary defines values as “the principles that help you to decide what is right and wrong, and how to act in various situations.” In Dare to Lead, Brené Brown defines values as a way of being or believing that we hold most important. Why are values important?   Foundation Values are the only route …

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Craving a More Spacious Life

Is it just me or are you craving a different kind of life? A life where you read the newspaper while you sip your coffee. A life where you walk the dog holding hands with your sweetheart. A life where you sit on your porch drinking wine and giggling with your girlfriends. A life where …

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Double Down on Digital Strategy for Business Development

Dusting Off Your Digital Strategy for Business Development

There is no such thing as normal.  There, I said it.  This is not the “new normal” and we are likely never going back to “normal.” We are now living in a world where change is the rapid, continuous, and ever-present.  We need to meet this new reality with agility, optimism, and a growth mindset. …

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Strategies for Growing When You Feel Stuck in a Career

In a prior post, I talked about ways to get your momentum going when you’re in a rut or your motivation is stalled. If you’re feeling stuck in a career, you might have already tried that.  I closed by saying, “Just because you’re stuck doesn’t mean you’re staying.” One of my very wise friends countered, …

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Pro Travel Tips

In my career as a litigator, I traveled AT LEAST every other week for business.  And, now that I’m coaching, I have found myself traveling nearly as much for client meetings, professional development, speaking engagements, and FUN!  All my friends are turning 40 this year – so I’m spending a lot of time UP IN …

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Turning Overwhelmed into Under Control

Turning Overwhelmed into Under Control

Are you feeling overwhelmed? Do any of these thought bubbles seem familiar? All of these phrases describe the profound sense of overwhelm that I recently heard about from one of my new leader clients. For many new leaders, it’s overwhelming to go from peer to boss or from independent contributor to team leader. Imagine then …

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Success in 2022

Setting the Table for Success in 2022

There’s magic in a beautifully set table. . . Have you ever salivated over a table that even Martha Stewart would be proud to sit at? At this time of year, I find myself googling “DIY holiday table setting ideas” and gawking at the creativity of people using candles, pomegranates, squash, and pine cones to …

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Creative Client Holiday Gift Ideas for Professionals

Your clients are the lifeblood of your business.  While it’s easy to become consumed with winning and performing the work, it’s important to never stop nurturing the relationship at the center of it.  Clients want to be seen and know that they matter to you. While it is ALWAYS a good time to show your …

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Practicing the Season of Gratitude All Year Long

It’s that time of year again! Although this year’s Thanksgiving season may look different from the years’ past, one thing remains the same: Gratitude. Are you practicing gratitude every day? Or does it fall by the wayside with everything else you have going on? It’s easy to lose sight of how much we have to …

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It’s Your Move

It’s easy to get stuck, especially during a pandemic when our activities have been curtailed. As a leader, what can you do when you feel stuck? Stuck in your thinking. Stuck in your routine. Stuck in the weeds. As an executive coach, one of the things I do is help my clients get unstuck and …

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Practice Positivity

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” ~Winston Churchill  The stories we tell ourselves can implicitly limit our possibilities.  Great examples of these narratives can be found here: https://bit.ly/2KomABW. On the flip side, if you tell yourself a hopeful story, it can allow you to take …

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The Ritual of Commuting

If you were to ask a group of people in any large city, “What’s the biggest appeal of working from home?” I’d bet most of them would tell you: avoiding my commute.  And, after commuting an hour or more for fifteen years, I couldn’t wait to work from home and win back all that “lost …

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Dinner Parties for Dummies

“There is nothing that makes me happier than sitting around the dinner table and talking until the candles are burned down.” – Madeleine L’Engle, A Circle of Quiet This quote is me in a nutshell. I LOVE gathering people around a communal table for a meal. It doesn’t matter if it is pizza or filet …

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Meditation: the Mini-Vacation

Summertime reminds me of my childhood, growing up in Wyoming – fresh air, open spaces, lazy summer breezes, taking it easy, and grilling on the BBQ. Cue the band, The Eagles and “Take It Easy…” Ahh…memories. This week on social media, you might have noticed a theme on unplugging. Sarah-Nell has been sharing her personal …

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Learn Like A Toddler

Learning a new skill or set of skills can seem so daunting.  The thought of learning the piano or guitar as an adult can bring on a full-scale panic attack in the same way as the thought of learning to lead a division of a Fortune 100 Company.  However, we can’t let that anxiety become …

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Attagirl: Keeping track of your wins to rewrite your story

Are you keeping track of your wins? I have a client – let’s call her Jill – who is a successful partner at an AmLaw 100 firm.  She has a booming laugh, a happy marriage, and a thriving practice – as a service partner.  She lived in fear that the partners she served would start …

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Trust is the antidote to a toxic work culture

“Trust is not a matter of technique, but of character; we are trusted because of our way of being, not because of our polished exteriors or our expertly crafted communications.” – Marsha Sinetar A lot of potential clients call me because they don’t like going to work – people are stressed out; there’s been a …

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Job Crafting: Turning Your Day Job Into Your Dream Job

One really cool way to manage burnout is with job crafting. This allows you to do MORE of the stuff you love at work and LESS of the stuff that drives you crazy. Think of every task, client, role, or duty as a magnatile. Some of the tiles you like and the colors please you; …

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The Art of Saying NO Gracefully: How to Say No

Is it hard to find how to say no? How many times have you found yourself saying YES when you’d rather yell NO? I had a coach tell me, “if it isn’t a hell yes, then it’s a solid no.” And, I come back to this mantra often as I juggle social commitments, civic engagements, …

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What I Needed to Unlearn

As you may know, I spent 15 years as a litigation attorney.  Lawyers track their time in 6-minute increments.  Imagine for a minute that you need to divide your 8-hour work day into 80 unique time entries and LOG THEM every.single.day.  This was my life for 15 years.  As you can imagine, every single minute …

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How to Run a Great Team Meeting

Who knows how to run a great team meeting? It’s a critical skill. As an executive coach in Atlanta and a former law partner, I’ve been in my fair share of meetings. I’ve gone from feeling like everything was a total waste of time to feeling empowered with a proactive approach. What about you? How …

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Cultivating a Mindset of Abundance

The key to abundance is meeting limited circumstances with unlimited thoughts. – Marianne Williamson Do you ever get jealous of other people’s success? Do you wish you had their job? Their title? Their car? Their purse? You don’t have to.  There is enough for everyone.  And, if there isn’t enough right now, we simply need …

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Dub’s Dozen Lessons of the Decade

The beginning of every year is a time for introspection and reflection, but the beginning of a DECADE seems even more momentous. How are you different than you were in 2010? What have you learned? How have you grown? On the eve of this new decade, I share a dozen lessons that I’ve learned over …

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What does it mean to be a Wayfinder?

Have you ever wondered how I came up with the name Wayfinders? If so, you’re not alone. It’s a question I get asked a lot. I came up with it when I watched Moana sail a boat for the first time. She has never sailed before, but she is persistent, determined, and courageous. No matter …

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Navigating Change

Hi Friends! How are you navigating change? This month, for the first time in my life, I was asked to tell my story . . . not once, but TWICE. I was humbled . . . and terrified. As I reflected on what others might find interesting about my journey and what aspects might resonate, …

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Who’s Got your Back: Mentors

What is mentoring? Mentors and sponsors are crucial to your career progression across industries. We all benefit when a senior colleague shows us the ropes and provides us with new opportunities. Who you know matters – industry-wide, about 80 percent of job openings are filled via word-of-mouth. A 2015 McKinsey & Company survey showed that …

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You Are Already Wise

Last week, I had the privilege to go skiing for the first time in almost twenty years. And, it reminded me how much wisdom is stored in our bodies.  My body knew how to ski. When I got off the lift at the top of the mountain, I didn’t have to think. Muscle memory kicked in …

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Staying Productive at Home: How to Improve Productivity

I thought that if anyone knew how to improve productivity, it was me. I’ve been working from home full-time for just over a year. Working from home seemed like the answer to all my problems – until I had to do it. Then, I wasted precious time wondering what time OrangeTheory offered classes today, what …

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A Practice of Delight

Many people have a gratitude practice, and I do too.  Interestingly, this practice of daily delight has a kinship gratitude, but for me is lighter, more bite-size, and more mindful. It simultaneously sharpens my mind and celebrates presence. It is amazing how quickly the study of delight makes delight more evident.  It’s like you develop …

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Time Management Tools for Working Moms

Who has time for time management? We are all BUSY trying to fulfill so many different roles in our lives – the loving parent, the compassionate leader, the fun camp counselor, the engaged citizen, the attentive spouse, the zealous protester – and there isn’t enough time for all of them. And while you’re figuring it …

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LinkedIn Profile Tips: Our Top Ten

If you’re looking for LinkedIn profile tips, you’re likely looking for a career change. LinkedIn is a powerful platform that allows you to research new companies, raise your hand to new opportunities, increase your visibility, and connect with potential clients or prospective employers under your own terms. Whether you are looking to grow your network, …

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My Answer To, “How Do You Do It???”

“Seriously! How do you do It???” I get asked this question all the time as an executive business coach growing a rewarding coaching practice, serving clients, managing my family, and still creating time for myself. It was also a question I was asked constantly while working as an Am Law 100 partner and managing a …

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Mastermind Group Demystified

What is a Mastermind Group you ask?? The Success Alliance describes mastermind groups as: [A] combination of brainstorming, education, peer accountability and support in a group setting to sharpen your business and personal skills. A mastermind group helps you and your mastermind group members achieve success. Members challenge each other to set strong goals, and more …

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The Secret to Get Shit Done

Do you ever wish you could get more done? Here’s how to get shit done. During my senior year of college, I interviewed for a position and they asked what my greatest strength was. I honestly answered, “Getting sh*t done.”  (Shockingly, I didn’t get the position.) I have ALWAYS prided myself on my focus and …

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7 Reasons to Hire a Leadership Coach

Since I launched Wayfinders in March, I have frequently been asked what coaching is and why hire a leadership coach. Unless a person has had a personal experience with executive coaching, I think it is hard to grasp the transformative power of coaching. Coaching helps executives, high potential employees, and ambitious professionals thrive in a …

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Designing Your Life

Designing your life takes a serious mindset shift and leap of faith that you can change your day-to-day. Have you ever taken the time to dream about what’s possible in your life? Do you wonder what would have happened if you just pursued your passion and set big goals in a career transition? Or quit …

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Congressional Crab Cakes – A Taste of Home

If you know me, you know that I grew up in McLean, Virgina, in the shadow of Washington, DC. We lived off the very first exit in Virginia, so we were always crossing the Potomac River to into Maryland and DC. Growing up, my favorite food in the WHOLE world were crab cakes from Congressional …

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Time Blocking for Beginners

Here’s why I love time blocking: How many emails do you think you get in a single day? At the peak of my practice, I was getting 200+ emails a day! 😱 Always-on behavior is harmful to long-term mental health and bad for productivity.  The constant fragmentation of our time and concentration has become the …

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Even Stars Need Coaches

What aspects of your work make you feel like a star? Have you optimized your potential in this area? We keep telling ourselves if we just had a few more hours in the day, we could tap into that purpose and passion and savor it. Or maybe we tell ourselves that “if only” we were …

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Making Friends Made Easy

“Your diamonds are not in far distant mountains or in yonder seas; they are in your own backyard, if you but dig for them.” ~ Russell H. Conwell For all my success at the office, the question I most frequently get asked is: How do you have so many friends?  This ongoing conversation has taught …

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15 Ways Living Through the Pandemic is Like Having a Newborn

As we enter what feels like day 4,872 of the pandemic, I’m left with intense feelings – highest highs, lower lows, humility, awe, exhaustion… just like when I had a newborn. It’s disorienting. Can you relate? Like having a newborn, I’m suddenly dealing with a whole new, unchartered world where physical and emotional space is limited. …

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How to Find a Business Coach

After leaving behind my work as a law partner to become an executive coach, I got asked a lot of questions about how all this works. “Do you know how to find a business coach? How do I hire one? What do they do?” As an executive coach for women, I want for you EXACTLY …

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Sound Like A Leader for Executive Presence

Are you looking to up your executive presence? Certain learned speech patterns can prevent women from showing up as leaders at work. Whether you realize it or not, there are very real barriers preventing women from fully self-actualizing as leaders. First off, opportunity. 155 countries have at least one law that limits women’s economic opportunities; …

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Why Done Beats Perfect

Do you ever watch Harry Potter for the 100th time and nod knowingly whenever you see Hermione? Here she comes. Ready to sabotage her own success by being perfect. We see you, Hermione. Recently, I watched “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” with my kids.  In one scene, Hermione turned in an essay that was …

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In Pursuit of Joy

“Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.” ~ Karl Barth What do you do for yourself that brings you joy? Not your husband. Not your kids. Not your boss. Not your friends. What do you do for YOU?  Not too long ago, I couldn’t list one thing that I did purely for myself that brought …

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Wayfinders Core Values

As I’m sitting down to write this post, it’s election season; we’re rounding month nine of a pandemic; I’m in day who-knows-how-many of virtual schooling; I’m running my business as an executive coach for women; and the hot button issue of VALUES keeps coming up for me and my clients. What are their values? Are …

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How do you activate your network during covid?

Study after study has proven that social networks are critical to both landing a job and advancing in your career. The term “networking” has a certain ICK factor. And, hey, I get it – it evokes an image of a desperate man in a suit crowded into a windowless conference center aiming his finger guns …

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5 Game Changing Strategies to Accelerate Your Career

All of us struggle to succeed on our own terms.  And, if you want to accelerate your career, working harder is seldom the answer.  Fourth century Greek philosopher, Diogenes, said, “Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.” Here are some key strategies for …

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Restorative Power of Play

You know it’s true. We spend so much time working, running our households, giving back to our communities, our endless to-do lists, and pursuing our goals that we forget one crucial element to our well-being and happiness. PLAY. When is the last time you played? And it doesn’t count if you play with your kids …

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This Is Me: Exercise as Self-Care

I am brave, I am bruised I am who I’m meant to be, this is me Look out ’cause here I come And I’m marching on to the beat I drum I’m not scared to be seen I make no apologies, this is me. ~ This is Me, Greatest Showman If any of you have …

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Top 5 Strategies to Optimize Lawyer Career Change

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain Since I decided to leave BigLaw–yes, a lawyer career …

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Back Pocket Cauliflower Fried Rice with Shrimp

I bought $200 in groceries and then ate my child’s leftover chicken nuggets over the sink because I’m too tired to cook. Sound familiar? We’ve ALL been there. If you follow me on Twitter (@snwalsh), you know that I LOVE to cook.  And, I’ve shared that love with my husband and our kids, so that …

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Chart a Course for Career Transition!

“You talk as though you’ve been enslaved. If you don’t like your fate, change it! You are your own master, there are no shackles on you. ” ~ Aida Are you dragging your heels or afraid of career transition? When I spent the summer of 2000 in New York City, I was fortunate enough to …

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Working Like a Hummingbird vs. an Eagle

Can you relate to this? Since I entered high school, I have been pushing. Pushing to get better grades. Pushing to lead every organization I join. Pushing to wring more out of each and every day. Every hour. Every minute. Pushing, pushing, pushing. It’s exhausting if you never take the time to GLIDE. As an …

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My Foster Story: They’re Saving Me

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. When Trump was elected in November 2017, my family decided that we needed to be part of the change we wanted to see in the world.  We chose LOVE and …

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Your Ticket To The Top: Sponsors

Sponsors are your ticket to the top.   Women with sponsors are 27% more likely than those without sponsors to seek a raise and 22% more likely to seek ‘stretch assignments’ that build their leadership experience. Powerful sponsors set talented professionals on the “path to power and influence” via three main factors: pay raises, high …

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