5 Questions That Will Help You STEP UP

It Takes Courage to Prepare For Your Future You say you are stuck. You wonder why you have been passed over for a better job opportunity or that new position inside the organization. You say that you deserve more and can’t figure out what is standing in your way. If any of these points apply to you then read on and ask yourself these 5 questions. In my last post, Look Up From Where You Are and STEP UP!, I talked about the importance of recognizing what is within YOUR control and taking the initiative to make things happen for…

Look Up From Where You Are And STEP UP!

I have met and worked with people who are good at their jobs and expect to be recognized for a job well done, that their work should speak for itself and that advancement and opportunities will come knocking on their door. It doesn’t always work that way. Chances are bosses and supervisors are focused on their own future. Sure, there are many examples of those who want to see the people under them go on to bigger and better things. I believe that it is important to identify what is within your control and take the initiative to make things…

What If You Could Give The Most Precious Gift Without Spending a Dime?

On the evening of December 31st, 1994 my Father, at the age of 72, was rolled into an operating room at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) to receive a life-saving organ from a person who had died earlier that day in a building fire.  It was a tragic death which in turn became the gift of life for my father.  Following his recovery Dad led a productive life to the day he died, just short of his 83rd birthday.  He continued to work part-time, participated in the Transplant Games of America and most importantly became an active volunteer…

A Time For Reflection and Giving

In the spirit of the season my thoughts often turn to meaningful ways to show appreciation and support for people and organizations that provide positive life changing opportunities and support for others. We each in our own way have been touched or experienced situations that have had a significant impact on us and people we are close to. I imagine we all have our own significant interests that we support and I appreciate you taking a brief moment with me for reflection and giving. As I think of the groups that are important to me and the ways that I…

Getting Unstuck…Remind Yourself What REALLY Matters

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I’ve been stuck trying to figure out what to write about in my next blog post. I am not a “crank-it-out writer” commenting on important topics, and lately the process of coming up with a meaningful post has seemed forced. Just this week it hit me and at the prompting of my assistant Keri I finally got it when she said, “Simply share the stories and lessons learned throughout your professional career that have been a driving force for what matters to you and that naturally shows up in your work.” Okay, here goes… At a recent introductory meeting over…

Who Is Your Go-To Person?

You never know who will have an important impact on your career The Broadway Stage Managers’ Association recently recognized my good friend John Fennessy with their Lifetime achievement award. John, widely known as “Fenn,” asked me if I would make his introduction speech. Without hesitation, I said yes. Rewind. My first Broadway stage management job was with the original production of “Grease.” I had finished the Bus & Truck tour and was asked to join the Broadway production as the assistant stage manager. When I arrived at the Royale Theater on West 45th Street, John Fennessy was working on the…