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The Smell of the Greasepaint, the Pushing of the Broom

The Smell of the Greasepaint, the Pushing of the Broom

By | February 26, 2015 at 11:55 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon I met a man named Michael who told me how much he was looking forward to one day owning his own push broom. No, he wasn’t in the custodial services industry; my new acquaintance is currently an artistic director at a rented local playhouse. Each season, when...

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Navigate Calmly – Charter New Territory

Navigate Calmly – Charter New Territory

By | February 18, 2015 at 3:55 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon Six weeks ago Gina sought my help due to her job loss. It was the beginning of an emotional rollercoaster ride normally experienced by individuals who are tapped on the shoulder and given a message they are not prepared to receive. Many of us have been through...

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Lessons on Partnering with Dummies

Lessons on Partnering with Dummies

By | February 11, 2015 at 8:50 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon It was a magical evening. After dinner we walked over to The Mirage for The Terry Fator Show. Upon our arrival a hostess informed me the six of us would be seated in second row center and not the seats we originally purchased. I was in shock knowing this was...

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Curing Procrastination

Curing Procrastination

By | February 5, 2015 at 3:14 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon The bumper sticker I encountered this morning had a sobering effect on me. The quote, “A year from now you may wish you had started today,” is an effective wake-up call for procrastinators. Looking back through the years, I clearly remember a time in my...

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Streamline Your Life by Putting Your House in Order

Streamline Your Life by Putting Your House in Order

By | January 29, 2015 at 12:43 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon It happens every January. A few weeks after packing the holiday decorations away, I develop an urge to streamline my life beginning with the clutter hiding behind the scenes. On the surface my home and office appear pristine and streamlined, but cabinets and...

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Getting to Yes by Asking

Getting to Yes by Asking

By | January 22, 2015 at 3:10 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon My client entered the office with a smile so contagious I found myself grinning before I even knew why. The reason Jennifer exuded happiness was due to a job offer she received just hours before our session. As the first order of business she asked me to help her...

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The Three C’s of Nailing a Job Interview

The Three C’s of Nailing a Job Interview

By | January 15, 2015 at 10:05 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon The voice on the other end of the line was brimming with excitement. It was the type of call I love receiving. Amanda, a client recently relegated to the unemployment rolls due to a company downsizing, scored an interview with a company on her target list. She...

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Mindfulness Mission

Mindfulness Mission

By | January 8, 2015 at 2:41 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon When my friend Cathy phoned and said she was not attending the New Year’s Eve party, I was perplexed. Cathy is a fun-loving extrovert who loves to socialize and have a good time. My friend sadly explained the reason for her absence was of a physical nature....

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Giving a Nod to Nostalgia

Giving a Nod to Nostalgia

By | January 1, 2015 at 1:06 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon Soon the dismantling will begin. Trees with sparking lights will vanish. Fancy holiday wrappings and greeting cards with lovely sentiments will be relegated to recycle. The last of the Christmas cookies and honey crusted spiraled hams will be consumed and radio...

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Sharing the Limelight

Sharing the Limelight

By | December 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon I am a huge fan of the TV program “The Voice” for two reasons. I enjoy the entertainment but more importantly, I’m wild about the mentoring concept. If you are not familiar with the program, four top vocalists along with guest celebrities coach and mentor...

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A Virus Proof Plan

A Virus Proof Plan

By | December 18, 2014 at 4:30 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon Lying on my back with a throbbing headache I wondered why I spent weeks ignoring the signs. Obvious notices were posted all over town. Every supermarket with a pharmacy offered flu shots. The process probably took all of ten minutes but I chose to bypass this...

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You Got The Job. Now What?

You Got The Job. Now What?

By | December 11, 2014 at 12:08 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon You managed your job search well and heard the magic word, “Congratulations.” The hiring manager gave you a hearty handshake and asked you to report to your new job on Monday. Now what? Being the new kid on the block tends to give most people the jitters....

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’Tis the Season to Be Memorable

’Tis the Season to Be Memorable

By | December 3, 2014 at 8:45 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon I spent the first hour of the ornament swap party painfully ignoring the vast array of plated sweets and listening to one friend after another. I’m really good at listening and everything that goes along with it. I’m attentive, polite, always making good...

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And the Beat Goes On

By | November 27, 2014 at 10:35 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon Just as I tuned into “The Voice” the other evening I witnessed a singer experiencing a timing issue. Immediately I felt his pain. Performing live in front of millions of viewers demands precision. Drawing on his courage and skill he quickly recovered and...

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Would You Rather Be a Fish?

Would You Rather Be a Fish?

By | November 19, 2014 at 5:56 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon Last evening I had a conversation with my five-year-old niece Alina. We discussed all things Thanksgiving: her mom’s famous lumpy gravy which she pretends to like, her nana’s yummy pumpkin mousse, requiring no pretending and the games she intends to play...

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The Champ, The Dumbbells and Me

The Champ, The Dumbbells and Me

By | November 13, 2014 at 10:35 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon About three hours into the church breakfast it dawned on me. I felt great. Normally by this time my volunteer job of cooking and scrubbing pots and pans would leave me weary. Not today. I could have done the lunch and dinner service too. With a knowing smile, I...

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Want to Stand Out? Get Creative!

Want to Stand Out? Get Creative!

By | November 6, 2014 at 12:23 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon I could tell she was going to land on top and in record time. I can always tell. Certain individuals remind me of the kids who always completed the “extra credit” assignments in grade school. Overachievers? In some cases, perhaps, but I view them as...

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Want More Ice Cream? Just Ask!

Want More Ice Cream? Just Ask!

By | October 30, 2014 at 2:06 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon After reading the blog of one of my favorite motivational speakers, I decided to heed his advice and give it a try. Darren Hardy, publisher of “Success” magazine convinced me of the old adage, “If you don’t ask you don’t get.” Sounds simple enough I...

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A Reason to Do it Anyway

A Reason to Do it Anyway

By | October 22, 2014 at 6:30 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon My friend Judith is an exceptional individual. She is one of those rare “do it anyway” people. Generous beyond measure she is the first to come to the aid of a friend, a foe or a stranger. Serving as a role model for me, her children and the community,...

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Career Lessons Learned in a Free Fall

Career Lessons Learned in a Free Fall

By | October 15, 2014 at 7:50 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon Over a decade ago I left a successful corporate career in search of my next adventure. Exiting the comfort of my cozy perch on the career ladder was risky business. I was at the executive level of my chosen profession. No easy task, my career assent was built...

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Creating a Balanced Life

Creating a Balanced Life

By | October 8, 2014 at 4:15 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon I live on a small lake and share the surrounding beauty with a variety of water fowl. Yesterday I delighted in watching a black swan perched on a rock. He balanced on one leg while enjoying the soft current cascading over his webbed foot. A small white egret...

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Envision a Win

Envision a Win

By | October 1, 2014 at 3:55 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon As a dedicated baseball fan I could not be more excited about the upcoming World Series. I’m hoping it’s LA Angels all the way. The team clinched the American League West title and begins the post season on October 2nd. Certainly coach Mike Scioscia has a...

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Prepare, Practice, Get Hired

Prepare, Practice, Get Hired

By | September 17, 2014 at 6:46 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon Human resources just called. Your killer resume landed on the recruiter’s desk and she is scheduling you to meet with the hiring manager. Before you suit up and dash out the door, listen up. Never try to wing an interview. It is not a dress rehearsal. You...

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A Lesson from Hurricane Andrew

A Lesson from Hurricane Andrew

By | September 10, 2014 at 7:50 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon It’s September. School is back in session. Here in the Coachella Valley residents happily look forward to a break in the weather that will soon signal one of the benefits of living here. Growing up in Michigan, September meant trips to the cider mills where...

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Finding the Hidden Job Market

Finding the Hidden Job Market

By | September 3, 2014 at 5:25 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon It happened again last week. I received a call from an excited client. She got the job! I did a happy dance. Then she delivered a sentence I hear more often than not. My client proclaimed I was right by advising her to focus on networking. I love getting my...

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Success Strategies from the Bleachers

Success Strategies from the Bleachers

By | August 27, 2014 at 7:20 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon When I heard my client say he was going for a shut-out, I did a mental cheer. Not only did he declare a strong commitment, he used a metaphor that delighted me as I immediately thought of baseball. Pitching a shut-out means one pitcher goes nine innings without...

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Earning Your Superstar Stripes

Earning Your Superstar Stripes

By | August 20, 2014 at 2:50 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon One of my favorite clients is someone I categorize as a superstar. It’s easy to describe her secret to success. She pushes through her fear. Upon setting a goal this young professional pursues it with careful thought and with great gusto. She is a small...

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Frog Legs for Breakfast

Frog Legs for Breakfast

By | August 13, 2014 at 10:19 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon The other night at a meeting the speaker entertained us with her inspiring story. The premise of the talk involved the strategy of “eating your frog first thing.” The frog symbolizes the call you detest making, the project you haven’t started, the memo...

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Sometimes You Just Need to Say Uncle

Sometimes You Just Need to Say Uncle

By | August 6, 2014 at 8:35 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon I just returned from a girlfriend’s getaway weekend. It was an extremely enjoyable time spent shopping, sightseeing and swapping life experiences. We often lingered over lattes or evening cocktails catching up on the latest news involving careers, families...

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Seven Ways to Manage Monsoon Season

Seven Ways to Manage Monsoon Season

By | July 30, 2014 at 5:40 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon It is a fact that weather affects our moods. Individuals living in harsh climates may suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder during the winter months. Due to our abundance of sunshine, desert dwellers are exempt from SAD, however, as we move into August the...

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Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

By | July 23, 2014 at 4:00 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon The other day the following client email crossed my desk:  “Sunny…I am in the process of spending a few days in Orlando enjoying my favorite theme park. Yesterday I waited patiently in line to board a roller coaster --which is something I never do!  My...

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Navigating the Bumps in the Road

Navigating the Bumps in the Road

By | July 16, 2014 at 7:40 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon Did you ever have one of those days that started out so well you thought the gods were smiling down at you and paving the way to a blissful state of Nirvana and then poof…a left turn to nightmare city? Well I did, not too long ago. It began out with a...

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Declaring Your Independence

Declaring Your Independence

By | July 9, 2014 at 6:59 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon Last week we celebrated our country’s birthday. Our founding fathers made it possible for the people to declare themselves free and independent. They stepped out into uncharted waters with little more than the firm conviction of doing the right thing....

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Turning a Setback into a Comeback

Turning a Setback into a Comeback

By | July 2, 2014 at 6:55 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon Recently one of my favorite clients called me. She had distressing news to report and it had to do with a heavy dose of rejection. Donna accepted a new job last February. We both felt it was a good match for her skills and expertise. The compensation package...

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Put the Sizzle in Your Job Search this Summer

Put the Sizzle in Your Job Search this Summer

By | June 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon If you are currently in a job search don’t let the rising temps slow you down. Often job seekers mistakenly think recruiting action screeches to a halt from June through August due to the vacation schedules of hiring managers and HR staff. Not so. In the...

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