Archives for August 2022

Making Career Decisions from Your Highest Self vs. Ego

Ego-driven career decisions are a top reason why some people are successful yet unfulfilled. 

Once we take a road in life, we can never really know for certain where the other road may have led. What would we learn if we could see? Perhaps some things would be better and some things would be worse. Which would make us happiest overall? Well, happiness is a choice – kind of. 

Happiness is a choice, but it’s not always conscious is what I mean. We don’t always take the time needed to reflect on our choices, the status of our choices, and design the changes we want to see in our lives, then take the necessary actions to realize that change. My clients do. 

In fact, reaching out to a coach is a proclamation of your readiness to do something different to create something different. 

Yes, you can be unfulfilled with the amount of money you make. While I have helped some of my clients double and triple their income through our work together, helping people fill a money void alone is not personally fulfilling to me. Neither is helping a former CEO “have some fun” as interim turnaround CEO and help him find a role where one of the first things he’ll do is “cut the fat” – aka layoff talent. My personal fulfillment comes from my clients – from their ability to influence positive change that makes the world better. 

Just because someone has more noble aspirations doesn’t mean they are choosing them from their Highest Self, however. 

Even if your career has been a series of opportunities bestowed upon you, you are still choosing that path – it just hasn’t been conscious or intentional. 

The highest level of fulfillment comes from intentionally choosing it. 

To determine if you have chosen your path from your Highest Self or your ego, you must determine your “why.” To get to the real why, you may have to ask yourself why several times – maybe up to 7. 

For example: Why am I a conscious career and leadership coach (1)?

Because I want to make work better for more people. 

Why is this important to me (2)?

Because what happens at work bleeds into other realms of life.

Why do I care (3)? 

Because I see the greatest human potential to make the world better being realized when more people are in alignment with their talents, purpose, and vision.

Why is this something to which I dedicate my own career (4)?

Because I feel divinely led to it, as if all of my personal and professional experiences have been positioned to provide me with a micro and macro perspective of a system that achieves maximum results for people and the planet.

Why am I driven to offer this (5)?

Because my/all kids will eventually inherit this earth and all its problems (pending we survive), and I want to do what I can while I’m here to elevate leadership consciousness so that younger generations are given the tools and guidance to solve tomorrow’s problems. 

Why (6)? 

Because that is my legacy.

Why (7)?

Because I choose it. 

Did you expect it to go there? Does it come down to simple choice? 

Well, if you are in your ego, you need to defend your reasons. You need other people to understand and approve of your reasons. 

Your Highest Self doesn’t judge you or your reasons. It only seeks to experience the full expression of Itself. That can look many different ways. 

Yet, we here, in reality, have actual needs, and not every way we can fully express our highest selves provides those needs. (Or do they?) 

Once you let other people’s success standards and expectations move out of the way, the question that is left is – what do I need to be able to fully express my Highest Self? The answer is usually all of those things you need to thrive. 

What sabotages our ability to embody the full expression of our Highest Self in our career is often when we fall into self-limiting beliefs about what is possible. This is not your Highest Self talking. Your Highest Self knows how powerful You Are. 

Not for comparison’s sake, but for inspiration’s sake, take a look at the people you most admire – did they accept someone else’s beliefs about what was possible? 

While your Highest Self is a natural part of Who You Are, our world has many ways of teaching us to suppress it, to doubt it, and to deny it. It takes self-awareness to acknowledge it and discern it from ego. It requires conscious intention and consistent efforts to override ego and put our Highest Selves back at the table when we make major (or minor) decisions for our lives. It often takes practice to filter out all of the noise to hear what our Highest Self is saying. This is why meditation is the “secret” ritual successful and fulfilled people prioritize in their daily lives. 

At the table of decisions, we often see the voices of: ego, fear, trauma, other people’s limited beliefs that we bought (and probably sold), our conditioning, our needs, our intuition, and our Highest Self. Realistically, we won’t remove any of those inputs from the table; some of them are automatic and subconscious. We can amplify the voices that tend to create the Highest Good, but we may want to experiment first. This is a great way to break the habit of automatically letting certain inputs influence our decision. Journal to record the voices, your process of choosing, and the outcomes. Much like being present with the beauty of nature by zooming in can interrupt a negative mental spiral and create new neural pathways, being present with the thoughts and inputs in decision-making will enable you to create new habits that create better outcomes. 

This won’t become an instant habit. It will take what every other habit has taken – your intention, proclamation, interrupting your current habits, reminding yourself to do it the new way, and fighting through the discomfort and inertia that is inherent with change, until it becomes the default way. Or hypnosis (if you like to accelerate it.) 

If you want some help tuning into your Highest Self and forging a career path ahead that enables full self-expression and fulfillment, schedule a consultation today

Stevie Wonder – Higher Ground

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Karen Huller, author of Laser-sharp Career Focus: Pinpoint your Purpose and Passion in 30 Days (bit.ly/GetFocusIn30), is founder of Epic Careering, a 13-year-old leadership and career development firm specializing in executive branding and conscious culture, as well as JoMo Rising, LLC, a workflow gamification company that turns work into productive play. 

While the bulk of her 20 years of professional experience has been within the recruiting and employment industry, her publications, presentations, and coaching also draw from experience in personal development, performance, broadcasting, marketing, and sales. 

Karen was one of the first LinkedIn trainers and is known widely for her ability to identify and develop new trends in hiring and careering. She is a Certified Professional Résumé Writer, Certified Career Transition Consultant, and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist with a Bachelor of Art in Communication Studies and Theater from Ursinus College and a minor in Creative Writing. Her blog was recognized as a top 100 career blog worldwide by Feedspot. 

She is an Adjunct Professor in Cabrini University’s Communications Department and previously was an Adjunct Professor of Career Management and Professional Development at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business  She is also an Instructor for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy where some of her students won the 2018 national competition, were named America’s Next Top Young Entrepreneurs, and won the 2019 People’s Choice Award. 

Connecting vs. Networking – Answer the Call to Conscious Leadership

Christopher King Founder and Chief Value Creator of King Connections, Conscious Leader, Connector, and Strategic Thinking Partner, Carl Shawn Watkins, Vulnerability & DEI Consultant, Transforming the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Landscape through Embracing Vulnerability in Leadership. Mr. Vulnerability ℠, and Sharon Clinton Co-Founder & COO of HelaPlex, Senior Human Capital Development Leader, Trusted Advisor, Executive Consultant, Speaker, Moderator, Author, Change Agent in OD, DEI, Racial Advocacy, Social & Community Impact gathered with me this month to talk about a topic that our C3 community chose and King proposed, connecting vs. networking.

If you couldn’t make it live, join or visit the C3 community on LinkedIn to gain access to the replay and find out what we said about:

  • What the distinction is between connecting and networking.
  • Which produces better results and why.
  • What are King’s 4 components of connecting.
  • How do you show up in spaces when you are about connecting.
  • What criteria are our panelists using for connecting.
  • Some best practices for connecting on LinkedIn.
  • How you practice connecting in a networking space.
  • What barriers stop leaders from making a connection with the people they lead.
  • How the dynamics of command and demand shift the space of connecting.
  • What place do grace and vulnerability have in connecting, and what does it look like.
  • How and why you “level the room,” no matter what that room might look like.
  • Two emotions we can use to create a baseline connection.
  • Other dynamics that exist that impact leveling and growth.

Book recommendation from King: 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, by Stephen Covey.

Future topics that came out of this event: Service vs. Servant.

With a very compelling question from King about who is qualified to lead DEI, answered equally compellingly by Sharon Clinton, they effectively teased us as to what kind of breakthrough insights we can look forward to during the DEI event that Sharon, Carl, and C3 veteran panelist Christopher Waters will host. If you’re not already in C3, join today to find out when that event will be and get first access to the event.

I feel so fortunate to have spent my time facilitating this powerful conversation with these amazing panelists, and am very excited to see what further co-creation results. That is what C3 is all about – co-creating a more conscious corporate landscape. What can you teach the C3 community that will help us move consciousness forward? Join now and introduce yourself and your topic to have it considered by the community for our next event.

The Head and the Heart – Missed Connection [Official Music Video]

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Karen Huller, CEO of Epic Careering, is the co-founder of The Consciousness Conference (ConCon) and the C3: Corporate Consciousness Co-op community on LinkedIn. She is the creator of the Corporate Consciousness Ripple Blueprint and author of Laser-sharp Career Focus: Pinpoint your Purpose and Passion in 30 Days. She founded Epic Careering, a conscious career and leadership development firm specializing in executive branding, talent-values alignment, and conscious culture, in 2006. 

While the bulk of Mrs. Huller’s 20 years of professional experience has been within the recruiting and employment industry, her publications, presentations, and coaching also draw from experience in personal development, performance, broadcasting, marketing, and sales. Her solutions incorporate breakthroughs in neuroscience, human performance optimization, bioenergetics, and psychology to help leaders accelerate rapport, expand influence, and elevate engagement and productivity while also looking out for the sustainability of the business and the planet.

Mrs. Huller was one of the first LinkedIn trainers and is known widely for her ability to identify and develop new trends. She is a Certified Professional Résumé Writer, Certified Career Transition Consultant, and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist with a Bachelor of Art in Communication Studies and Theater from Ursinus College and a minor in Creative Writing. Her blog was recognized as a top 100 career blog worldwide by Feedspot. 

Mrs. Huller was an Adjunct Professor in Cabrini University’s Communications Department and an Adjunct Professor of Career Management and Professional Development at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business. As an instructor for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, she has helped two of her students win the 2018 National Competition to be named America’s Next Top Young Entrepreneurs, to win the 2019 People’s Choice Award, and to land in the top 8 during the (virtual) 2020 National Competition.

She serves on the board for the Upper Merion Community Center, which she helped establish, and is an advisor to Florida International University for their Women in Leadership program. For her service as Vice President of the Gulph Elementary PTC, she received recognition as a Public Education Partner and Promoter from the Upper Merion Area Education Association. Mrs. Huller has also been the lead singer for Harpers Ferry, a rock cover band, for 20 years. She lives in King of Prussia, PA with her husband, two daughters, and many pets, furry, feathered, and scaly.

How to Prepare for A Possible Recession

Despite the GDP contracting two quarters in a row, which usually means we’re in a recession, unemployment is at 3.6% and consistent job growth means the economy is continuing to improve. Inflation is hitting everyone in the pocket, leading the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates, yet housing prices are expected to continue rising, just more slowly. Bloomberg this week said a long, deep recession still could be looming. After 2020, we are all very much on our toes, hyperaware that anything can happen. I am not ringing alarm bells, and make no claims to know what is around the corner, but I know that most people feel better and fair better when they are prepared for what may come. 

If there is a recession, it will be my 3rd in the world of employment, and I’ve noticed a few things about what jobs and professionals tend to thrive in spite of, and sometimes because of, economic downturns. Some will feel it right off the bat, and some will think they are safe at first, then find that they were just there to make cuts and then be cut loose. 

If the company offers perks such as recruitment, retention, engagement, or wellness tools, they will be the first to go. Unfortunately, benefits will be the next thing evaluated, followed by compensation. Prepare yourself to live without them. Schedule a meeting with your financial advisor to see what resources they recommend and the steps they advise. Don’t do anything rash. 

Once costs are cut, people come next. 

Where companies usually cut people first:

  • Salaries way above market value 
  • Research & Development
  • Marketing 
  • Customer Service 
  • Administrative support 
  • Accounting support
  • Future-based, high-priced IT projects

The first thing you want to do is take stock. Assess your value to your company and document everything you have done to protect or boost the bottom line. 

Of course, as a branding expert and résumé/LinkedIn profile writer, I will tell you to prepare and plan for an exit that will still position you for career growth. I have coached through the Great Recession, and my clients still landed great jobs that improved their career trajectory, but it didn’t happen by chance, accident, or luck; it was by design. Even while jobs are eliminated, new opportunities to help companies navigate through these times arise, so consider engaging a job market expert and career coach like me to help you strategize, plan, and best position yourself for opportunity. 

The next thing I recommend you do is to network more. Start reaching out to old colleagues. Find out what’s going on in other companies. Form alliances. Attend mixers and professional organization events. Meet new people. Spend time in LinkedIn groups engaging in conversation and inviting new people to connect and chat offline. Carve out a little more time to help others. Do some volunteering. Be the person people think of first when opportunities arise. 

Next, consider the following:

Did you take a job that offered you a huge boost above market value? Did you increase your standard of living to match it? 

If you love the job you accepted and really want to keep it, the best way to avoid being first on the chopping block is to eliminate excess lifestyle-related expenses and volunteer for a pay cut. This may sound extreme, but this gesture will prove that you are a team player, you are savvy enough to be proactive, and you are a leader willing to lead by example, especially if anyone on your team is on the verge of leaving, either by choice or by force. You may even be able to negotiate a post-recession recovery of your income. 

Is your job revenue-generating or a “cost center”? 

Cost centers of companies include accounting, maintenance (including tech maintenance), human resources, administration, accounting, research & development, and often marketing, though successful marketing professionals can effectively argue that they have contributed directly to profit and the time to prepare to prove that is now, and customer service, which also can demonstrate value with customer retention and generate revenue through up-selling. After all, it costs a company less to keep customers than to onboard new ones. 

When the cost centers are thinned out, admin and support resources will be stretched and overburdened. Those remaining will have to put in extra hours to get done what is beyond the bandwidth. If you are a parent, gather your personal support tribe now to make sure that you have backup rides for your kids. 

Traditionally, the sales department is depended upon to keep companies profitable, and yet in a recession, the sales cycle can get longer. If you are a highly-paid salesperson, you better make sure you can demonstrate your worth. You may want to utilize any support staff you have now to boost your pipeline, as you will likely need a higher volume of leads to close the same amount of sales while both companies and consumers spend less and your support staff will likely shrink, leaving more of the administrative burden on you with less time to build that necessary pipeline. 

There will be competition for time off. If taking time off means someone else has to fill in for you, put in for it now and make those arrangements, as the people you think will be there to fill in may not be. If you have any elective surgeries you need to schedule, get them in. 

If you are adding to the budget without adding ROI, make cuts now. Prove you can do more with less. 

If your project(s) is in trouble – behind, over-budgeted, riddled with logistical challenges, it’s time to rein it in. Your biggest risk is being let go for failing and going out on a low note. Your confidence may take a hit, and it will be hard to instill confidence in a new employer. References will be a challenge, as will tapping your colleagues for employment leads. Do what you can to redeem yourself now. If there are people on your team who have contributed to this failure, unfortunately, it’s you or them, though it could also be both of you. 

Are you making the cuts? What is your value once that is done? 

Ask for an early review to learn where you stand, and how you can make yourself invaluable (if you want to stay). We will be launching an annual review optimization course this fall. Interested? Get on our mailing list so we can tell you when it launches.

If you want to leave, consider proposing a voluntary layoff package. Design it now before HR decides what these packages will include and not include. You may fare better. If you want guidance, schedule a consultation. 

For those of us who were impacted by recessions before (laid off 2X myself), the word brings a certain level of trepidation. These things are out of our control, but that doesn’t mean everything is out of our control. There’s no better time than right now to think ahead, minimize your risk of being personally impacted, and even maximize your chance of coming out ahead. 

Peter Gabriel – Don’t Give Up (ft. Kate Bush)

The official Don’t Give Up video. Directed by Godley and Creme.A standout track from Peter’s fifth studio album and the first one to have a proper title: S…

Karen Huller, author of Laser-sharp Career Focus: Pinpoint your Purpose and Passion in 30 Days (bit.ly/GetFocusIn30), is founder of Epic Careering, a 13-year-old leadership and career development firm specializing in executive branding and conscious culture, as well as JoMo Rising, LLC, a workflow gamification company that turns work into productive play. 

While the bulk of her 20 years of professional experience has been within the recruiting and employment industry, her publications, presentations, and coaching also draw from experience in personal development, performance, broadcasting, marketing, and sales. 

Karen was one of the first LinkedIn trainers and is known widely for her ability to identify and develop new trends in hiring and careering. She is a Certified Professional Résumé Writer, Certified Career Transition Consultant, and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist with a Bachelor of Art in Communication Studies and Theater from Ursinus College and a minor in Creative Writing. Her blog was recognized as a top 100 career blog worldwide by Feedspot. 

She is an Adjunct Professor in Cabrini University’s Communications Department and previously was an Adjunct Professor of Career Management and Professional Development at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business  She is also an Instructor for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy where some of her students won the 2018 national competition, were named America’s Next Top Young Entrepreneurs, and won the 2019 People’s Choice Award.