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Lesson in Tenacity

Lesson in Tenacity

By | April 19, 2017 at 9:15 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon Over lunch my friend Ellen related a story about spending three hours on the phone with the airlines trying to sort out a mishap involving an international ticket. Most of us might have given up after thirty minutes. Not Ellen. She was beyond persistent, she...

Posted in: Columns, Life & Career Coach, Week 04/20 - 04/26 2017

To Speak, Or Not to Speak

To Speak, Or Not to Speak

By | April 12, 2017 at 5:45 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon The other day two friends asked me to weigh-in on a serious discussion involving when to hold your tongue and when to speak your truth. Great question. We’ve all been there. You’re having a conversation with someone, and they say something that offends you....

Posted in: Columns, Life & Career Coach, Week 04/13 - 04/19 2017

Traveling a New Path

Traveling a New Path

By | April 5, 2017 at 3:13 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon Sometimes I think there are two kinds of people, individuals who set their path and follow it and others who relish the idea of creating a second act. In my coaching practice I meet people from both groups. My heart goes out to the followers who have been...

Posted in: Columns, Life & Career Coach, Week 04/06 - 04/12 2017

Eliminate Negative Self Talk

Eliminate Negative Self Talk

By | March 29, 2017 at 3:10 am | No comments

by Sunny Simon Clicking off the phone I glanced at the clock. My client and I had spent much of the session dealing with the gang of nasty gremlins in her head. No, she wasn’t hearing strange voices. You can probably relate if I call these nay-saying irritants by the common...

Posted in: Columns, Life & Career Coach, Week 03/30 - 04/05 2017

Leap Fearlessly

Leap Fearlessly

By | March 22, 2017 at 7:00 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon This morning I met with a client who is working on the cusp of something big, but at the same time terrified he will fail. Some coaches might advise he invite fear into his life and work through it. I’m not part of that fear camp. Wasting precious energy...

Posted in: Columns, Life & Career Coach, Week 03/23 - 03/29 2017

Optimism: In the Genes, or Learned Behavior?

Optimism: In the Genes, or Learned Behavior?

By | March 15, 2017 at 7:00 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon I get the biggest kick out of my friend David. He has a quiz addiction. The other day David stated a quiz declared him a member of the obsessive compulsive disorder tribe. No gray areas, he scored 100%. We lovingly teased him. It was unnecessary to take a quiz...

Posted in: Columns, Life & Career Coach, Week 03/16 - 03/22 2017

Friends Are the Spice of Life

Friends Are the Spice of Life

By | March 8, 2017 at 1:00 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon The day I met Carol I knew I wanted to be exactly like her. Approximately twenty years later, I’m still aspiring to emulate the many loving characteristics my friend shares with the world. Although I will probably never reach the level of a Carol clone, I am...

Posted in: Columns, Life & Career Coach, Week 03/09 - 03/15 2017

Project Patience

Project Patience

By | March 1, 2017 at 1:00 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon Recently I’ve become involved in a very large project, one that will have a significant impact on my life. It’s not a solo venture. I am joined by a partner. This endeavor has many moving parts meaning I do not have full control and must often rely on...

Posted in: Columns, Life & Career Coach, Week 03/02 - 03/08 2017

Getting Over a Hurtful Situation

Getting Over a Hurtful Situation

By | February 22, 2017 at 12:10 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon Thorny experiences are challenging. Bruised memories of a taxing ordeal tend to linger on like a bad dream even after grinding through the pain and discomfort. This baggage not only casts a negative shadow, it takes up space.  Living with a past hurt is...

Posted in: Columns, Life & Career Coach, Week 02/23 - 03/01 2017

Ready for a Career Reinvention?

Ready for a Career Reinvention?

By | February 15, 2017 at 1:05 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon Ever try changing your sister into a zebra? I came across a video on Facebook depicting a creative child, perhaps about four years old, who artfully inked zebra stripes on her little sister’s body. Why? Well, as she explained to her mother, she loves zebras....

Posted in: Columns, Life & Career Coach, Week 02/16 - 02/22 2017

Winners Don’t Whine

Winners Don’t Whine

By | February 8, 2017 at 3:10 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon When you stop whining and take positive action, you start winning. It’s just that simple I thought as my client related the story of how unhappy she was in her current job. Realizing she had some venting to do I let her tell me all that was unjust about her...

Posted in: Columns, Life & Career Coach, Week 02/09 - 02/15 2017

The 3 R’s of Rejection

The 3 R’s of Rejection

By | February 1, 2017 at 1:00 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon Reading the urgent email from my client I experienced one of those queasy feelings in my stomach having nothing to do with extra spicy Thai food I’d eaten at lunch. It was more like the feeling you get when your BFF tells you she was dumped by her long-time...

Posted in: Columns, Life & Career Coach, Week 02/02 - 02/08 2017

Let Your Wise Words Rule

Let Your Wise Words Rule

By | January 25, 2017 at 11:00 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon Over coffee I rambled on sighing dramatically and lamenting a large challenge I faced. My friend gazed at me and chuckled. Puzzled I arched an eyebrow signaling I had no idea what she found so darn funny. Alex put down her coffee cup, looked me square in the...

Posted in: Columns, Life & Career Coach, Week 01/26 - 02/01 2017

When is Enough Enough?

When is Enough Enough?

By | January 18, 2017 at 11:00 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon One of my favorite clients came to me with a problem many of us share. In her quest for producing a stellar work product, Madison suffers from a dream destroying syndrome. Any guesses on what that is? I’ll give you a hint. If you spend an inordinate amount of...

Posted in: Columns, Life & Career Coach, Week 01/19 - 01/25 2017

THE FOUR TOPS

THE FOUR TOPS

By | January 11, 2017 at 11:45 am | No comments

This Saturday, January 15, 2017 at Fantasy Springs Casino Special Events Center, two of the best Motown groups to come out of Detroit will be performing live. You can still purchase tickets at the events center box office. By Noe Gutierrez The Four Tops & The Temptations...

Posted in: Columns, Events, Feature Stories, Life & Career Coach, Week 01/12 - 01/18 2017

A Wise Investment

A Wise Investment

By | January 11, 2017 at 10:00 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon While terminating a recent phone call I experienced a warm and fuzzy feeling. I just completed a resume for a new client. Before we hung up she expressed joy and appreciation for the document showcasing her skills. Naturally delighting a client with a work...

Posted in: Columns, Life & Career Coach, Week 01/12 - 01/18 2017

Three Lessons Learned on an Imaginary Flight

Three Lessons Learned on an Imaginary Flight

By | January 4, 2017 at 8:00 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon The dream was so enlightening I wanted to linger in it for as long as possible. I stayed still without moving a muscle remaining connected to my dream state for a few more minutes. When I finally turned to get out of bed, I made a solemn promise to retain the...

Posted in: Columns, Life & Career Coach, Week 01/05 - 01/11 2017

Moving on in 2017

Moving on in 2017

By | December 28, 2016 at 5:00 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon You are looking forward to the New Year and have completed the following three steps, right?  1) Spent quiet time creating goals for the 2017. 2) Broke each goal down to bite-sized action steps. 3) Set timelines and milestones for each major goal. All...

Posted in: Columns, Life & Career Coach, Week 12/29 2016 - 01/04 2017

Tis the Season to be Jolly! Or not?

Tis the Season to be Jolly! Or not?

By | December 22, 2016 at 10:00 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon This year you’ll find me happily enjoying the love, warmth and joy of the holidays. I’m eating the gingerbread with reckless abandon, drinking the eggnog (preferably spiked) and singing along with Christmas music on my Pandora playlist as I gleefully add...

Posted in: Columns, Life & Career Coach, Week 12/22 - 12/28 2016

The Importance of a Year End Review

The Importance of a Year End Review

By | December 14, 2016 at 7:00 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon Steven entered my office announcing he was on the countdown. Catching my puzzled expression my client explained it was 19 days and counting until we could advance the calendar to a new year. Scowling he admitted dreading all the upcoming holiday parties where...

Posted in: Columns, Life & Career Coach, Week 12/15 - 12/21 2016

A Lesson in Less is Enough

A Lesson in Less is Enough

By | December 7, 2016 at 2:55 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon For months I asked my husband to please clean out the garage. One day he did. I mean he really did! When I asked what happened to the Christmas tree, he smiled and proudly announced he donated it to a worthy cause. I was shocked. Yes, we are in a downsizing...

Posted in: Columns, Life & Career Coach

Pivoting to Plan B

Pivoting to Plan B

By | November 30, 2016 at 3:00 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon Hanging up the phone I felt a little blue. A dear friend, and the host of our Thanksgiving get together, came down with a bug. Consequently, the planned feast was canceled. I whispered up a little prayer for healing and comfort and hoped he would soon...

Posted in: Columns, Life & Career Coach

Tips for Staying Productive

Tips for Staying Productive

By | November 22, 2016 at 4:00 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon My client walked in my office with a long face and a lackluster greeting. Noticing the gloomy aura I inquired about the cause. Madison’s complaint was a recent lack of productivity. It appears the entire week was fraught with stops and starts, lots of...

Posted in: Columns, Life & Career Coach

Time to Lighten Up

Time to Lighten Up

By | November 16, 2016 at 8:00 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon How do you dial down your intensity level? That question was posed by a client during a recent coaching session. His query made sense. When I met him two years ago it did not take long to realize Mitch was driven to succeed. One definition of intensity is...

Posted in: Columns, Life & Career Coach

To Job Hop, Or Not

To Job Hop, Or Not

By | November 9, 2016 at 7:52 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon Thinking about making a job change? Okay, great. I’m all for growing your career, but lately I been reviewing a number of resumes lacking focus and direction. Sure, recruiters get this is not your grandfather’s career path. Hiring managers do not expect to...

Posted in: Columns, Life & Career Coach

Success Strategies

Success Strategies

By | November 2, 2016 at 10:43 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon Over brunch my friend Cathy related a story about her days as a young waitress in LA. One morning during her shift, a hopeful starving-actor entered the restaurant asking for the least expensive nutritious item on the menu. Cathy served him and upon completing...

Posted in: Columns, Life & Career Coach

How to Ace Happiness

How to Ace Happiness

By | October 28, 2016 at 12:05 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon It happened again yesterday. While doing some volunteer work at a conference, I met Coach Valerie Alexander selling her book, “Happiness …as a Second Language.” One glance at the cover and I was hooked. As I rummaged through my purse for cash, Valerie...

Posted in: Columns, Life & Career Coach

Timely Kudos

Timely Kudos

By | October 20, 2016 at 7:50 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon On a serious mission to purge unwanted files, I filtered through the masses of paper in my office and unearthed an old “Warm and Fuzzy” file. The red folder contained cards and letters from family, friends and employees. Sifting through the contents a small...

Posted in: Columns, Life & Career Coach

Changing Directions

Changing Directions

By | October 6, 2016 at 10:21 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon Recently I had an opportunity to use my car’s navigation system.  Rarely do I need directions from the lady in the GPS I affectionately call Rhoda. Prior to traveling out the area I tapped my destination onto the screen and before long I was on my way....

Posted in: Columns, Life & Career Coach

Everyone Needs a Hug

Everyone Needs a Hug

By | September 28, 2016 at 8:58 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon I leaned in offering my friend the comfort of a warm hug telling her I’d see her soon. We’d spent an hour together over coffee. She was going through a rough patch and needed a listening ear. Let’s face it; there is no better remedy to help heal the hurts...

Posted in: Columns, Life & Career Coach

In the Pink with Change

In the Pink with Change

By | September 21, 2016 at 11:00 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon When Marla walked in my office it was obvious she had big news. Once she was seated my new client blurted out her job was eliminated in a company downsizing. It seemed clear to me Marla was happy about leaving her present position. She confirmed my suspicion...

Posted in: Columns, Life & Career Coach

Don’t Prejudge the Negatives

Don’t Prejudge the Negatives

By | September 15, 2016 at 2:30 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon I nodded with understanding as Erin continued her rant on the behavior of her business partner. The pair had jointly created and delivered a sales presentation to an A-list client. Although the meeting went extremely well, the aftermath got messy. The pair left...

Posted in: Columns, Life & Career Coach

Catch the Fever

Catch the Fever

By | September 8, 2016 at 12:05 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon Don’t you think there is something energizing about the post Labor Day period? I call it Fall Fever. The kids are back in school, promises of cooler breezes will soon bless our valley and the hospitality industry gears up for season. Busy moms and dads begin...

Posted in: Columns, Life & Career Coach

Time to Lower the Bar

Time to Lower the Bar

By | September 1, 2016 at 1:00 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon While flipping through one of my favorite foodie magazines I noticed this tip: “Lower the bar. Try a no-prep picnic dinner with hard-boiled eggs, hummus, pita, olives, snap peas and grapes.” That picnic menu is appealing, but what commanded my attention was...

Posted in: Columns, Life & Career Coach

Get Out of the Zone

Get Out of the Zone

By | August 18, 2016 at 4:00 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon As a career coach, I consider myself a change agent and teach others to embrace change. Taking internal stock over the past week I must fess up.  I found myself falling into the Cobbler’s Children Syndrome. You remember the shoemaker who was so busy making...

Posted in: Columns, Life & Career Coach