Transition Prayer

“There are no atheists in foxholes” is an aphorism used to argue that in times of extreme stress or fear, all people will believe in or hope for a higher power. When you are conducting a job search, it sometimes feels like you are in your own foxhole and that the whole world is either against you or ignores you. Whether you believe in a higher power or not, this prayer has helped me many... Continue reading

Smart or Wise?

Have you heard this one? A young lawyer and a senior citizen are sitting next to each other on a long flight. The lawyer is thinking that these old guys are so dumb that he could get one over on this one easily. So, he asks if the old guy would like to play a fun game. The senior is tired and just wants to take a nap, so he politely declines and tries to catch a few winks. The lawyer persists, saying... Continue reading

The First Domino

I am often asked, “How long does the average job search take?” Truth be known, I don”t know. The only thing I do know is that the less the preparation – the longer the time. Let’s face it, you now have a full time position and it is to find your next full time position. In order to perform at the highest possible level, you must be knowledgeable about the process and confident in your... Continue reading


On March 31, 1986 my wife and I sat in a room with 200 of our friends and co-workers at the South Central Headquarters of Mervyn’s Department Stores and were told that the company was closing the facility and we were all terminated. It was, or we thought at the time, a serious trauma. On May 8, 1997 my best friend died of pancreatic cancer. It was then that I learned the real definition trauma. There... Continue reading

What’s Important?

Change is an event. Transition is a process. As a coach, I think of transition as being a swift current. It’s strange and it’s cold and before you can swim from the old to the new, you have to test the waters. Sometimes it’s too cold and we want to go back to familiar shores, but we can’t go back. We have no choice but to dive in and start gasping and swimming often with no... Continue reading

So, You Want to be Your Own Boss?

If you are really interested in entrepreneurship, here are some questions that might help you get started: 1. If it is a service……….what do you do so well that someone is going to pay you good bucks to do it? 2. Who are you trying to please? 3. Are you trying to make a living, make a difference, or leave a legacy? 4. How will the world be different when you’ve succeeded? 5. Is it more important... Continue reading

He Showed Up

Garry Vorhees was my friend. We met when he married my aunt, Dorothy Rose. Garry was a good guy, an easy guy to like. I liked him because my dad liked him. I liked him because, when I was a kid, he made funny faces and made even funnier noises. I liked him because he would get my grandmother’s umbrella and “parachute” off her front porch. Her front porch was a real front porch! My grandfather... Continue reading


If only we had some ham we could have some ham and eggs if we had some eggs. If only frogs had wings, they wouldn’t bump their butts hopping. If only I’d called that company yesterday. If only I’d thought of that. If only I had saved more for my retirement. If only I’d prepared better for that interview. If only I’d remembered to say that. If only I hadn’t had that last drink. If only I... Continue reading

Just the Way It Is

When I was 17, my dad was thinking of buying a new fishing boat. He collected a number of catalogs and studied them with a vengeance. I asked him which one he was going to buy, and he said he didn’t know yet because he didn’t know the price. I asked why the price wasn’t in the catalog. He said, “Since these are manufacturer’s catalogs, we aren’t privy to the prices.” “Why... Continue reading

Least Is Easy

I was talking with my wife this morning as I was driving to my first appointment. She was, very eloquently, making the case for going out to dinner this evening. Her “closing point” was that since I was going deer hunting this weekend that taking her out to dinner was the ‘least I could do.’ My response was (I believe) equally as eloquent. “Never let it be said that I didn’t do the least... Continue reading

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