9 Lives for Women Blog

Hope is Not a Strategy

March 13th, 2012

A smart, humorous and very witty guy I know lost his senior-level job and lived to tell the story.  To document the experience he wrote a job seeker’s manifesto called “Hope is Not a Strategy”.  Though my focus is wholly on women, I find that men sometimes have good ideas, too—so I’m sharing some of…

It’s Not the Money, It’s the Money

March 13th, 2012

Most people like to make money.  Most women who have been volunteering their time for years love the idea of returning to work and actually being paid for their time.  But few returning professionals really think through how much money they will be comfortable earning. In any circumstance money is a tricky issue.  In our…

Make A Professional Case for Flexibility

February 27th, 2012

In all my experience coaching women, no one has ever told me that they left the workforce because they hated working.  Most women say they left because once they had a family they couldn’t make work work. If you’re a mother who is working 60+ hours in your employer’s office each week, commuting and bringing…

There’s No Downsizing Your Professional DNA

February 27th, 2012

Thinking that you want to step off the fast track?  Had enough of the long hours, world travel and stress?  Yearning to do something that has a little more meaning? If you’ve answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, you’re probably at the top of your game but feeling that something is missing…

“Retired”: You Mean Sleeping?

February 27th, 2012

Personally I’ve never understood the concept of retirement.  Four days into a beach vacation I am itching for a meeting, and the idea of chasing a little white ball around acres of green grass just isn’t my cup of tea.  I once worked for a vibrant, inspiring man who died in his business suit at…

You’re Not Unemployed, You Have a Sales Job

February 17th, 2012

For the past 10 years I’ve been observing how women conduct a job search.  And although my work has been focused on women, I’ve also seen how plenty of men search for a job.  And the fact is that even in the most robust economy, I contend that a very high percentage of today’s job…