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  • Curiosity: Let It Be Your Guide
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - May 1, 2019
    “I wonder…” Whenever I hear coaching clients start off a sentence with these two words, I feel heartened. It means wheels are turning…intuition is kicking in, and mobilization is in the offing. It means my clients are curious, and ready to move past what is safe…beyond the known. It signals that they’re ready to step out of their comfort zones. Curiosity does that. It’s the...
  • Is the 40 Hour Workweek Still Feasible?
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - April 19, 2019
    The Birth of the American 40-Hour Week The Monday through Friday workweek was first introduced in 1926 when Henry Ford began shutting down his automotive factories on Saturday and Sunday to allow his labor force to rest. But it was not until 1940, when a provision of the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act mandating a maximum 40-hour workweek went into effect, that the two-day weekend was adopted nationwide. Pencils Down on...
  • Honor Your Body in Life and Career
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - April 9, 2019
    I recently re-read Arianna Huffington’s book, The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time, and it continues to change my life. I knew that sleep was essential for health and wellbeing but I see so many people caught up in the myth of how hard working and successful people must sacrifice their life for their career. That is a dangerous roller coaster to be on and it’s a constant reminder...
  • 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...