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LinkedIn Branding That Makes Work Better in So Many Ways

Let me clear something up about branding. It can have a negative connotation in an environment where images are manipulated to fool people. Branding is not “spin”. It is not just a catchy logo or tagline, though those are sometimes appropriate extensions of your brand.

When branding is authentic, it helps you surround yourself with people who get you. More doors of opportunity open up. When your LinkedIn network is filled with people who get you, whatever you want to accomplish is that much easier. When the people you interface with regularly are people with whom you feel a deeper connection, the work takes on a deeper meaning, too, and can even feel like fun a lot more often. These are byproducts of branding that I wish more people understood, especially now when so many people are considering a change, but feeling like they’ll only get more of the same. Branding is a game-changer for greater career fulfillment. It makes you bolder in your actions.

Essentially, your brand is everything that is conjured up and associated with you, your name, and your business, whether that’s a business you own or your profession. This includes images, memories, stories, words, and emotions. Yes, you want your brand to evoke emotions, and it will, whether you are intentional about it or not. Maya Angelou wisely said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

It can be very hard to be objective about what emotions are evoked in others by your brand. People, generally, will be evoked to very different degrees by very different stimuli. That is why effective branding requires you to understand and empathize with your audience. How do you acquire this level of understanding? Well, LinkedIn can really help you here, too. The empathy part, well, that can come from understanding, but ultimately depends on your emotional intelligence to fully stand in your audience’s experience.

Who is your audience? By audience I mean whomever you wish to attract. This could include customers/clients, investors, partners, experts, talent, employers, recruiters, media, etc. Narrowing down your audience is really the key to effective branding, and it’s what most people avoid due to fear of limiting opportunity. It’s really counter-intuitive, but effective branding isn’t about being as marketable to as many audiences as possible. I’m not just talking about using demographics to narrow down your audience. There are many more powerful audience qualities to consider, like what matters most to them? What entices them to act? What kind of people do they allow into their inner circle? What are they really up to in their career and life? What common interests could bond you?

Your brand, at its intentional best, is a bridge between what you offer the world and who will need, want, appreciate, and invest in it. Essentially, the action you seek from your audience is that they invest time, effort, money, relationship capital, or any combination thereof.

A branded LinkedIn profile starts with identifying your unique expression of your top qualities, skills, experiences, mindsets, approaches, and talents and the value that they tend to or can create for your target audience. This is where your understanding of your target audience becomes really important. Many people struggle to understand what to say. Let your audience’s needs drive this. If you still aren’t sure, it’s time to deepen your relationship with your audience, and LinkedIn is one of the best tools for this. You likely have members of your audience already in your network (if you’re not a beginner.) Invite them to talk for a couple of minutes, but not about you – about them. Get familiar with the words that they use to describe their experiences, emotions, and decisions. Ask them what issues they find meaningful, what outcomes they want most, and what makes them decide to take action or not.

Epic Careering has a proprietary process for developing branding points, which are the foundation upon which all of your content and copy is crafted. This process produces a powerful psychological effect on your ideal profile visitor.

  • It creates instant resonance, which serves as a strong relationship foundation and rapport accelerator.
  • It produces an incremental, sometimes subconscious build-up of excitement at the possible value you can offer.
  • It induces a sense of urgency to take action (inviting you to connect).
  • It inspires more of the right people to accept YOUR invitation

I have already written an article that goes over the areas of your profile that you need to optimize with branded content to produce these effects, and you can read it here.

As I alluded to earlier, another byproduct of branding is boldness. So many of us have been conditioned to yield attention, praise, accolades, and credit which results in us allowing opportunities to pass us by. Branding helps you embrace your strengths – to own them. In my experience, branding creates seismic shifts in what my clients see as possible. Their whole experience of careering changes from giving the power to employers to having choice and control in where they go from here. Their motivation to pursue opportunities then comes from a sense of duty to offer their massive value.

I’ve noticed that collectively, as we have emerged from solitary lives and integrated back into immersion, we have more of a tendency to be selective about with whom we spend time. In some ways, we have to be careful not to exclude diverse thinking from our networks by surrounding ourselves only with those with whom we agree and relate. Branding, at its best, is not meant to be used to this extreme. On the other hand, spending most of our time with people with whom we feel safe and can be ourselves doesn’t just enhance our experience of life, but creates a sense of safety, acceptance, and room for growth that will help us all step out of survival mode and move toward a life worth living.

Are you ready to be bold? Schedule your free consultation now!

Imagine Dragons – Natural

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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.

Bringing Your Whole Self to Work – Answer the Call to Conscious Leadership

Christopher Waters, Adjunct Professor and Social Impact Expert, as well as previous ATCCL panelist and ConCon speaker, joined me for February’s Answer the Call to Conscious Leadership event to discuss Bringing Your Whole Self to Work.

Interestingly enough, Dr. Adam Grant, whom Christopher assisted in the launch of his book Give and Take, posted on Facebook about this very topic during the same week as our event. However, he implied that bringing your whole self to work was unwanted and you should be bringing your best self to work. I have heard other experts I admire say the same thing. Is this realistic?

There are a lot of different ways to look at bringing your whole self to work and there are repercussions to consider, as well. This resulted in a lively discussion with our attendees, which I hope will continue, as we delve into related topics in the future.

Join C3 now to watch or listen to the replay to see what we say about it, including:

  • The three strengths that come to work with you when you bring your whole self.
  • What makes you more complete at work: purpose or passion? Plus, how that applies to career choices.
  • Is bringing your whole self to work wanted or unwanted?
  • Are we going back to the “normal” of prioritizing production and performance without prioritizing the person?
  • Are you enabling drama when you invite your team members to bring their whole selves to work?
  • What does hiring look like when you want your team to bring their whole selves to work?
  • How does bringing your whole self to work enhance innovation?
  • How can you help your team perform their best and discover their full power? Plus, what does this look like in the midst of a highly volatile time?
  • Why is psychological safety integral to providing your team with the space to bring their whole selves to work?
  • Does psychological safety imply unconditional acceptance of the whole person?
  • Can bosses detach from the team member’s performance to be effective coaches to the whole self?
  • How does modeling vulnerability create permission to bring your whole self to work?
  • What happens if showing emotions is unwelcome in the workplace?
  • What does allowing your team members to bring their whole selves to work require of leaders?
  • What are the dangers of over-compartmentalizing?
  • How you can allow your team members to bring their whole selves to work while also helping them improve their self-sufficiency at resolving the issues outside of work instead of letting those issues bleed into work?
  • Who owns whether you bring your whole self to work: the leader or the individual?
  • How do we change the norm to be more accepting of whole selves?

As usual, other topics were sprung from our multi-dimensional discussion, such as:

  • Life management benefits (such as financial literacy, mental health support, and education paid upfront)
  • Detachment from Results for Bosses and Ego-driven Performance Management
  • Alleviating Us vs. Them Thinking
  • Reconnecting to your Authentic Self

Do any of the topics above call out to you? Make sure you join the C3 community so that you can help us co-create a more conscious corporate landscape by participating in our future events and discussions.

Thank you to Chris for joining me and thank you to those who participated in the discussion, Matthew Cucchi, Doutte ‘Doc’ Cunningham, and Gerren Whitlock, as well as those who attended, Mark Babbitt, Tamiko Drummond, Terry L. Lee, and John Williams.

John Legend – All of Me (Official 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.

Why We Need Black History Month

Happy February 2022. When February was declared Black History Month in 1986, President Ronald Reagan said “the foremost purpose of Black History Month is to make all Americans aware of this struggle for freedom and equal opportunity.”

We still have a lot of work to do toward equity. Dropping the ball on DEI means suppressing the contributions of Black Americans. Keep going! Hold your organizations accountable for their commitments. Black History Month is a great opportunity to catalyze momentum.

Please take a moment to read the below article from World Economic Forum and consider the vast contributions of Black Americans.

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Black History Month: What is it and why do we need it?

By Alem Tedeneke Media Lead, Canada, Latin America and Sustainable Development Goals, World Economic Forum

February is Black History Month. This month-long observance in the US and Canada is a chance to celebrate Black achievement and provide a fresh reminder to take stock of where systemic racism persists and give visibility to the people and organizations creating change.

Here’s what to know about Black History Month and how to celebrate it this year:

How did Black History Month begin?

Black History Month’s first iteration was Negro History Week, created in February 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, known as the “father of Black history.” This historian helped establish the field of African American studies and his organization, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, aimed to encourage “people of all ethnic and social backgrounds to discuss the Black experience“.

“Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.”
― Carter G. Woodson

His organization was later renamed the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASAALH) and is currently the oldest historical society established for the promotion of African American history.

Why is Black History Month in February?

February was chosen by Woodson for the week-long observance as it coincides with the birthdates of both former US President Abraham Lincoln and social reformer Frederick Douglass. Both men played a significant role in helping to end slavery.

Woodson also understood that members of the Black community already celebrated the births of Douglass and Lincoln and sought to build on existing traditions. “He was asking the public to extend their study of Black history, not to create a new tradition”, as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASAALH) explained on its website.

How did Black History Month become a national month of celebration?

By the late 1960s, thanks in part to the civil-rights movement and a growing awareness of Black identity, Negro History Week was celebrated by mayors in cities across the country. Eventually, the event evolved into Black History Month on many college campuses.

In 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History month. In his speech, President Ford urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history”.

Since his administration, every American president has recognized Black History Month and its mission. But it wasn’t until Congress passed “National Black History Month” into law in 1986 that many in the country began to observe it formally. The law aimed to make all Americans “aware of this struggle for freedom and equal opportunity“.

Why is Black History Month celebrated?

Initially, Black History Month was a way of teaching students and young people about Black and African-Americans’ contributions. Such stories had been largely forgotten and were a neglected part of the national narrative.

Now, it’s seen as a celebration of those who’ve impacted not just the country but the world with their activism and achievements. In the US, the month-long spotlight during February is an opportunity for people to engage with Black histories, go beyond discussions of racism and slavery, and highlight Black leaders and accomplishments.

What is this year’s Black History Month theme?

Every year, a theme is chosen by the ASAALH, the group originally founded by Woodson. This year’s theme, “Black Health and Wellness,” focuses on the importance of Black Health and Wellness by acknowledging the legacy of Black scholars but also “other ways of knowing (e.g., birthworkers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora.”

The month’s event will also examine how healthcare has often underserved the Black community.

Is Black History Month celebrated anywhere else?

In Canada, they celebrate it in February. In countries like the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Ireland, they celebrate it in October. In Canada, African-Canadian parliament member Jean Augustine motioned for Black History Month in 1995 to bring awareness to Black Canadians’ work.

When the UK started celebrating Black History Month in 1987, it focused on Black American history. Over time there has been more attention on Black British history. Now it is dedicated to honouring African people’s contributions to the country. Its UK mission statement is: “Dig deeper, look closer, think bigger”.

Why is Black History Month important?

For many modern Black millennials, the month-long celebration for Black History Month offers an opportunity to reimagine what possibilities lie ahead. But for many, the forces that drove Woodson nearly a century ago are more relevant than ever.

As Lonnie G. Bunch III, Director of the Smithsonian Institution said at the opening of the Washington D.C.’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2016: “There is no more powerful force than a people steeped in their history. And there is no higher cause than honouring our struggle and ancestors by remembering”.

All credit to: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2022/01/black-history-month-what-is-it-and-why-do-we-need-it/

A Change Is Gonna Come

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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.

A Simple, But Hard Question You Must Ask Yourself Every Day As A Conscious Leader

Conscious Leadership operates on the presupposition that when something is in the highest good, the good will ultimately benefit the whole, even if there are isolated costs and losses.

The question always at the forefront of decisions, then, is: Is it in the highest good?

You may ask… whose highest good? That is a perfectly reasonable question, and it seems so simple, right? However, many people will justify a decision because it is in the highest good of the company, instead of choosing what is in the highest good generally.

The conscious challenge isn’t in the asking, however. It’s in the answering. A conscious leader will dig deeper than an unconscious leader to find out more about unintended consequences and real-life short and long-term impacts of a decision before it’s made.

We don’t need to look further than the pandemic to witness how challenging it is to make truly conscious decisions. There are more costs to COVID than just life. COVID has also impacted time, money, memories, mental health, long-term health, staff shortages, supply chain bottlenecks, and so on and so forth. Which impact means the most to you will determine what decisions you make naturally and automatically. That makes it unconscious, however.

To make the conscious choice, a leader, or a team of leaders, must evaluate the impacts using empathy for all of the stakeholders and objectively sum up the benefits and costs to each community and environment, yet still remain open, agile, and adaptable to consider real-time information.

It takes a high level of individual and communal self-awareness to notice (and dismiss) the justifications that lead people to favor a decision that benefits them most or costs them the least. These pivot points are where leaders must flip from conscious to unconscious. When you don’t have an attachment to what needs to change and when it doesn’t have that much of an impact on you directly, it is a lot less challenging to determine if something is in the highest good. When you do have something to lose or gain, conscious leaders must detach from the outcome and mentally prepare for the outcome that is a personal loss, but a community gain.

The intention, sometimes unconsciously, becomes preserving comforts, avoiding the difficulty and complexity of change, and defending the status quo.

Michael Taylor, Principal of SchellingPoint, says that the main sticking point of change is that, many times, people don’t agree that change is even needed; they don’t agree that there’s even a problem.

I can tell you from dozens to hundreds of conversations with professionals through the years that unenlightened decision-making drives many, many people to step their toes into the job market, if not jump in headfirst. However, just like a global pandemic has costs that go well beyond potential death, your workforce’s disenchantment with decisions made at the top also has costs well beyond turnover. These costs can include lost productivity, lost engagement, and lost enthusiasm from your sales force, which can lead to lost revenue and lost faith, making all change initiatives that much harder.

What about the question, is earning this compensation in the highest good? How does a C-level executive consciously, objectively answer this question?

Ah. Now, the ratio of CEO:frontline worker has exponentially gotten worse for the low rungs yet obscenely great for the higher rungs. This isn’t in the highest good, as it benefits very few. But who is willing to cut out luxuries from their lives for the greater good of others? I am willing to bet that even if you are not personally facing this decision, you have already started to justify this hypothetically for yourself.

Do you justify accepting more than your team gets because you earned it? Put in the work? Made enough sacrifices? Have the most responsibility and so, the most to lose? Who better to be trusted with all that wealth? Is this how it works when you climb the corporate ladder?

The divide between the haves and have nots is growing. You may think that as long as you can make the above justifications, there is balance and things will shake out even in the end. However, if you take what you aren’t willing to make possible for your team, you are making an assumption that may actually limit your legacy.

I loved my first boss in recruiting. She definitely communicated that building her firm required her “blood, sweat, and tears.” She planted the entrepreneurial seeds that became Epic Careering. Still, while I was earning $5-10K below my peers, paying back student loans that so far had no return, and driving a junker that kept breaking down, I harbored resentment for the high life she appeared to live. After my first year, when I believed I earned a promotion and healthy raise to correct my underpayment, she instead told me she had to cut benefits out, but she would do it gradually, out of mercy. Not long after, she enjoyed vacation #2 of the year in Hawaii, while I needed to borrow money from my brother so I could attend his wedding in Jamaica and skip altogether a west coast trip with my then-boyfriend. I was bitter and became gradually more disengaged in my work. I had my own justifications, then.

Be mindful of your justifications. They may be perfectly reasonable, yet will have consequences that don’t serve your higher purpose. Ultimately, it becomes your justifications vs. theirs, and everyone suffers by not realizing the best possible outcome.

Like the scene in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation when the boss says, “Sometimes things look good on paper, but lose their luster when you see how it affects real folks. I guess a healthy bottom line doesn’t mean much if to get it, you have to hurt the ones you depend on.” And the hurt it causes, well, it just ”SUCKS”, as Rusty puts it.

One of the reasons why I love the show Undercover Boss is the poignant moment when the struggles of employees become real. In the end, the boss winds up bestowing employees with fairly, sometimes extremely, significant gifts and opportunities. The beneficiaries, however, are just those lucky enough to have interacted with the undercover boss. The company is chock-full of people of the same ilk, now probably wondering why they couldn’t be as lucky. Maybe they feel a bit warmer toward the boss for his or her generosity, but it doesn’t change their daily struggles to afford what the boss easily affords.

Again, the real costs go way beyond those itemized on the P&L report.

Do you want to learn to become a more conscious leader? Are you dedicated to making decisions for the highest good?

We are looking for co-founders of the Conscious Leadership movement right now. Hit me up on LinkedIn or email me at karen@epiccareering.com. Be the change you want to see in the world.

Damn Yankees – High Enough (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.

7 Blog Posts That Will Catapult Your Career in the New Year

Happy 2022! I know a lot of people have been impacted by COVID during the new year, as we were, and you may not have gotten to start off like a rocket toward your goals as you might have hoped.

Also, the reality is many people, on top of sickness, also deal with financial, housing, even food, insecurity. Side gigs have helped many people stay afloat or finally catch up on some financial goals only to have to give up that extra income, and potentially also lose their main income, when COVID hits them. In the midst of supply chain issues and labor shortages due to mass resignation and absenteeism, some companies have had to make cuts.

Then there are those who found themselves hospitalized who are now wondering how they will pay for their care. Bottom line is, COVID’s impact on people goes well beyond physical illness, and many are struggling financially right now. Many people are unable to hire a career coach to help them get back on track to take advantage of the opportunities left vacant by others or created from sectors that have thrived in spite of or because of the pandemic.

In previous economical downtimes, it was imperative to be competitive, as there were way more people than opportunities. Granted, the prospects are much better today, but that doesn’t change some people’s personal job search hardships. The conventional job search of today still winds up creating a cascade of negative, demoralizing, and discouraging experiences that can leave some wondering what’s wrong with them and why companies can’t just see that they have the potential to be great. It can really mess with your head, and we’re all shouldering a lot right now.

Over the past 9 years, I have written many blog posts with advice that, when applied, will dramatically shift your job seeker experience into one of control and choice – the good kind of choice where you have to choose between one great offer and another very different, but equally intriguing offer. The only dilemma is that you have to decide which opportunity to accept. Even if you choose wrong, you can rest assured that you will know exactly what to do in order to create new opportunities and land somewhere better, though the processes you will learn from my blog posts will prevent making that wrong choice.

Whether you are just getting off to a slow start thanks to COVID or have been discouraged by lackluster results with your current job search efforts, the following blogs/vlogs, if applied, will be exactly what you need to ignite and exponentially accelerate your momentum and get results that reassure you that your next best career move is just ahead.

  1. Ask yourself these questions to better clarify what you want, who you want to want you, and how to appeal to them: 10 Steps to Being the ONE Who Gets the Offer: Avoid “Bland Brand”
  2. Give your achievement-based résumé bullets a boost with a branding touch up: A Two-Letter Word That Heightens Your Brand
  3. Check your résumé for these 10 things: Scrap your résumé if it has these 10 things and then watch this video that tells you what you want to do instead.
  4. Set up your schedule so that you are creating habits out of the most effective job search activities that produce the best results: 5 Job Search Activities That Will Keep Your Momentum Up, Even If You Slow Down
  5. Found an opportunity you want to pursue? Plans A Through D for Getting Noticed by Employers
  6. Mix things up and be in action when you feel like you are at the whim of employers and recruiters: 5 Ways to Reclaim Your Power in Your Job Search or Career
  7. Lastly, sometimes when things aren’t going how you hoped and you can’t manufacture motivation, you need to step away and refuel your spirit. Follow these steps to put yourself back in the game: How You Respond to a Slump Determines How Quickly You Recover

Some of you have expressed that you miss my practical job search advice. It’s true that my content has evolved in the past few years. I really felt like my best advice was already captured, though, and it’s all available for you on my blog.

Feel free to search the blog for things that you are facing now for which you need advice. Chances are good that you will find helpful insight and answers in past blog posts so you can move past your challenge and into effective action.

The Black Eyed Peas – Let’s Get It Started

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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.

2022 Strategy Session Summary – The C3 Community

For our inaugural 2022 Answer the Call to Conscious Leadership event, we had a C3 (Corporate Consciousness Co-op) Live 2022 Strategy Session and had a hoot with Kahoot.  Thank you to everyone who played with us.

My C3 co-manager and ATCCL co-host, Lawrence Henderson, and I want this to be a year of full engagement in the C3 community, and we wanted to be more strategic about delivering opportunities and content that set our members up for optimal co-creation so that we can go further faster together to spread conscious leadership this year and beyond.

During the Kahoot, our live audience shared:

  • Their word or theme for 2022
  • What they have been doing to build mission-based communities
  • Their most-wanted speakers and panelists
  • The top conscious leadership topics that they are working on

We also made the following calls to action on behalf of the community:

  • Join C3 and commit to leveling up your professional development to that of a co-creator of conscious professional development. Perhaps you haven’t joined C3 yet because the overwhelm of surviving the last couple of years left you with nothing left to give, and I completely get that! We can’t give from an empty tank. Consider, however, that the C3 community is also a fill-up station where you can get what you need to give more. I can tell you that throughout 2021, I was much stronger and bolder because I had this community and my co-creators with me. We are better together!
  • Invite other conscious co-creators to the C3 community – Every conscious leader knows at least three other people who share their mission (and frustration). Invite them to join C3 and have them be a part of the movement. It feels so much better to be in action to create a better world and to be at cause instead of being at effect.
  • Share your secret sauce – We know that you have valuable wisdom and conscious leadership successes under your belt that will inspire and enlighten our members. Promote yourself! We are here for that.
  • Celebrate your wins with us – Our members are doing amazing things all the time – speaking on panels, getting certified, publishing books, landing fellowships. The more you accomplish, the more our members know what’s possible. Let us share in your excitement.
  • Jump in – If a topic calls to you or if there is a speaker you have been wanting to hear and connect with, co-host an event in and for the C3 community. It’s a great reason to reach out to people you admire, and it’s yet another way to strengthen your bond with people, expand your co-creation network, and perhaps plant seeds for future opportunities.
  • Help us make ConCon2022 the ultimate conscious leadership level-up experience. Co-create it with us! The time to start planning is already upon us. Be a founding party to what we expect will become the capstone of corporate consciousness and be at the forefront as an accelerator for consciousness worldwide.

Make this the year that you stand up, speak up, and spread goodness into the voids of the professional realm. Shine your light. Spread your impact. We don’t know what might stop us tomorrow, so start today.

Join C3 and engage in the community now.

Def Leppard – Stand Up (Kick Love Into Motion)

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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.

Highlights of 2021

During my 15 years of coaching and running a business, I have been blessed to work with so many leaders across industries from startups to Fortune 100 companies. In these last few years, however, I accepted a challenge to align myself only with those who aim to elevate humanity, not just their status or income.

Since committing to this focus, my work has become exponentially more meaningful and fulfilling. Now, when I look back at my year and reflect, I see that as a result of the work that I do, conscious leaders are more influential and better positioned to create conscious change for their organizations and the people around them. This trickles down in awesome ways, and I can see how my work not only makes work better for more people but also makes their lives better.

Here’s a sampling:

  • Because my repeat client since 2015 got yet another promotion at her nearly-carbon neutral Fortune 500 medical technology company, customer complaints are able to be addressed more promptly. Additionally, feedback is delivered to product teams, which leads to higher product efficacy and fewer complaints. In her new role, she will help to centralize quality management systems so that high standards are met globally consistently.
  • Thanks to my stateside partner, I coached a female executive who is now working more collaboratively with her new CEO and the current board to add diversity across the very top levels of leadership.
  • Thanks to my Aussie partner, I worked with a female leader in engineering who mitigates the risk of geotechnical projects. She also served as C3‘s ConCon Conscious Leadership Award Committee Chair and taught the other members of C3 how to get more things done with clear, intentional, direct communication. I also saw another Aussie client continue to expand her empowerment message to girls and women to pursue careers in STEM. She served on at least a dozen panels and has built her following of STEM female future powerhouses!
  • One of my South African clients is an executive who has a team member developing a solution that will eliminate single-use plastics from packaging in 3-5 years. I can’t take any credit for that, but as a leader for his next team, he will trust their expertise and give them the opportunity and resources to solve similar problems impacting our planet. They will love him!
  • My other repeat South African client navigated a few pivotal changes by promoting her brand and being her bold self. This landed her on another team within her Fintech company where she is no longer working on dying legacy products largely ignored by company leaders and customers alike but instead providing blueprints to successful DevOps integration of AWS, the hottest, fastest-growing cloud-based platform. She is now on a team where her experience and outspoken voice are valued. She also avoided recruitment by a notoriously unconscious big bank by making internal inroads instead. They almost had her – it was close. Whew!
  • I welcomed back other repeat clients as well, including one who is now an entrepreneur. I got the chance to support her in launching her luxury travel advisory firm, and my team and I also helped her son launch his new career!
  • Another repeat client, whom I had helped get accepted into the Union League about a decade ago, came back to have me help him evaluate potential changes in his career path. I was able to help a longtime friend do this, as well.
  • Sometimes, especially in times like these, so much changes so quickly that long-term plans get put on hold. I carried over a couple of clients from 2020 into 2021 who I am sure, once they fulfill their short-term obligations, are going to be complete game-changers. One of them is just too good, and she keeps getting engaged for more work. In the meantime, we are able to take time crafting a vision of the future where she makes amazingly valuable and effective breakthroughs in behavioral health that she helped to fund, research, and present in the academic world, and then makes these breakthroughs more visible and accessible to the people who actually need them.
  • A bunch of my students from 2020 landed roles that are in alignment with the goals they had before their world came crashing down. Some of them are now also helping people navigate careers themselves! I’ve successfully duplicated my efforts, which means each of those people will someday have a year like this, and take some credit for their clients’ game-changing career moves that make the world a better place.
  • During the past year, I also turned down working with people who didn’t value my process and whose aim was not aligned with the highest good. By not helping a former Fortune 100 CEO land at a private equity firm, I didn’t contribute to mass layoffs. Yay!

When I get to reflect on a year like this, I realize I have met some truly talented and impactful people through my work.

Additionally, through the C3 community and ConCon, I am helping to bring together changemakers just like myself. And together, we will expand our impact and spread ripples of conscious leadership so that more people can reach their highest potential and leave a legacy that makes the planet a better place.

Through it all this year, I have had Lawrence and Cynthia by my side, and I even added a new crew member, Kristin, to help me make sure all of these amazing people go where they will be happiest and most impactful, even if that means staying put.

Plus, I did all of this from home, for the most part. I didn’t attend any in-person conferences, trainings, or networking events, and yet, my impact reached around the world.

That’s pretty cool. I do hope to return to engaging in in-person events this year, but I also proved that it’s not necessary. As long as I have my health, my mission, my fellow co-creators, and my family, I will keep on keeping on.

Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Good Year For The Roses

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Karen Huller 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 leadership and career development firm specializing in executive branding and conscious culture, in 2006. 

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. 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. 

She 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 is board secretary for the Upper Merion Community Center and just finished serving as Vice President of the Gulph Elementary PTC, for which she received recognition as a Public Education Partner and Promoter from the Upper Merion Area Education Association. She lives in King of Prussia with her husband, two daughters, and many pets, furry, feathered, and scaly.

Happy Holidays from Epic Careering

The holidays can be a very difficult time of year. If one more thing on your mind is your career, I just want you to know that Epic Careering is here to help you decide if a change is needed in 2022, what that change may be, and how you can feel better aligned in the new year and beyond, whether that’s where you are or somewhere new.

Epic Careering is your go-to for conscious career alignment.

Simply send an email to me at karen@epiccareering.com to get expert support with:

❋ Discovery

❋ Branding

❋ Coaching

Sending you warm wishes this holiday season!

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Karen Huller 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 leadership and career development firm specializing in executive branding and conscious culture, in 2006. 

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. 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. 

She 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 is board secretary for the Upper Merion Community Center and just finished serving as Vice President of the Gulph Elementary PTC, for which she received recognition as a Public Education Partner and Promoter from the Upper Merion Area Education Association. She lives in King of Prussia with her husband, two daughters, and many pets, furry, feathered, and scaly.

Disrupting the Status Quo – Answer The Call To Conscious Leadership

For the last month of 2021, we finally covered a topic that I have been rooting for since the beginning of the year, Disrupting the Status Quo. It’s actually such a wide topic that we could turn it into a monthly feature and tackle it from various angles and relating to many different industries and, within those industries, individual systems, and further still how those systems interact.

The common focus of our panelists during our discussion of the topic this month was talent. Toni Lorraine Johnson is a storyteller, relationship currency negotiator, HR and OD expert, and Ph.D. candidate studying the obstacles that inhibit black female entrepreneurs from scaling their businesses. Ira Wolfe is Chief Googlization Officer at Success Performance Solutions, TedX Speaker, and Best Selling Author on the future of work who has helped companies improve their access to talent.

Join the C3 Community today to watch the replay to see what our answers were these compelling questions, and more:

  • What were some of the technologies of the past 15 years that have disrupted our daily lives?
  • What are the biggest areas in need of disruption?
  • Where is the most logical place to start disrupting talent?
  • From what kind of training would all hiring managers benefit?
  • Is disruption an accurate term for what is really needed?
  • How can some of the technologies be better utilized to screen quality in talent acquisition?
  • What do companies regularly do a horrible job at that inhibits the quality of hires?
  • What are the major challenges of disruption and how can leaders overcome them?
  • How can we become more welcoming of change?
  • What quality do we laud as highly valuable, yet makes it harder for us to unlearn bad behaviors? How do we find balance?
  • What is the source of our attachment and the key to unlocking it?
  • What needs to change before an organization can change?
  • What makes people more apt to adapt?
  • How do applicants navigate the contradiction of being confident and being vulnerable and authentic?
  • What are the 5 skills critical to adaptability?
  • Besides having the right people, how does a company create the right conditions and culture for change?
  • What is the #1 predictor of career satisfaction and life success?
  • What is a psychological contract?
  • What question can leaders ask their team members early on that will help them navigate change better?

Recommended reading related to our conversation:

Lawrence and I are meeting tomorrow to craft our vision for C3 in 2022. It’s hard to believe that we are about to enter a whole new year. I’m sure many share both my trepidation and yet hope, that we are collectively better prepared to navigate whatever next year may hand us. I’m thankful for the C3 community, full of people who are poised to lead others forward through whatever may come and willing to learn and teach to better prepare us all.

Not a member yet? Join today so that you can watch the replay. Tomorrow’s always almost here.

david bowie – changes

A great song!

Karen Huller 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 leadership and career development firm specializing in executive branding and conscious culture, in 2006. 

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. 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. 

She 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 is board secretary for the Upper Merion Community Center and just finished serving as Vice President of the Gulph Elementary PTC, for which she received recognition as a Public Education Partner and Promoter from the Upper Merion Area Education Association. She lives in King of Prussia with her husband, two daughters, and many pets, furry, feathered, and scaly.

A Thanksgiving Poem: Grateful for 2021 and Hopeful for 2022 and Beyond

The best thing about 2021 is that it wasn’t 2020.

Yes, we are still dealing with COVID, and have lost some along the way.

Yes, we still live in a divided country and there are many living with divided families.

True, not enough progress has been made to course-correct on very critical issues at a critical flashpoint. We still have systemic racism, a gender wage gap, a lack of diversity in top leadership, and worsening weather impacts of global warming.

Yet, in 2021, I had more hope than ever that we might see these things corrected in my lifetime, or at least my kids’ lifetimes.

Why? The C3 community!

I spent the year doubling the people and impact of a community of conscious leadership warriors who are battle-proven at making the world a better place, and are committed to collaborating to accelerate conscious changes where a lot of the power lies – at the corporate executive level.

Not only does change seem more possible, but I feel relieved that these amazing people are “on it” and we got each others’ backs!

We’re ready, or at least getting there!

I have been so amazingly supported and it has made a world of difference in my outlook of the future. My core team, C3 co-manager, Lawrence Henderson, and my virtual assistant, Cynthia Harder, is fortified. And, the team is expanding as our capacity to do even more expands.

Did you know that an expectation of a positive outcome is necessary for your motivation brain centers to activate? Do you also know how much more possible a positive outcome seems when you have a team that is helping you build a community of people with a similar mission?

As a result of being so well supported and so hopeful, we embarked on a brand new adventure to host the Consciousness Conference and present the first Conscious Leadership award. We started something really special that has tremendous potential to assemble the best and brightest minds in conscious leadership to offer a menu of solutions for the challenges of the past we are still not through, the challenges of the pandemic and political climate of today, and the unknown of tomorrow.

I was so unmotivated by goals after 2020. Goals felt heavy, but possibilities pulled me forward. And, when 2021 threw some new challenges, it was having Lawrence and Cynthia on my team that helped me re-engage and persevere.

Because of the amazing support of my core team, the enthusiasm of the community, and the talent and passion of ancillary members of my team, we exponentially expanded our capacity to accelerate the conscious leadership movement AND I enjoyed working with many repeat clients helping them realign their careers to new priorities, stronger values, and improved lifestyles while meeting and working with some of the most impressive, conscious innovators and leaders to maximize their impact and influence by crafting compelling brands and consulting to them on powerful proactive campaign strategies and tactics.

Cynthia Harder is not my first virtual assistant, but she is the most experienced virtual assistant I have engaged. She has been with me now for two years as of September (close to beating Angela’s record of 2.5 years 😊). With my previous assistants, I knew I was a pit stop on their way to realizing a different dream, and I loved being a stepping stone for them. I’d like to think that they went on to be successful, fulfilled professionals in part because of our time together and learning from my work with my clients how to promote their value and qualify their employers. However, training and developing talent takes time. If I hadn’t had Cynthia, a smart, resourceful, self-managing, caring professional who takes immense pride in doing her job well, who embraces my clients and cares about their successes, too, and who is organized, persistent and adaptable, I hate to think about how 2020 and 2021 would have been. We have this system that works like a machine whether I have my hand on the controls or not. When the challenges of teaching a virtual class, parenting through virtual at-home learning, overwhelm from successive dismal world events, discouraging event sales, and learning my mom has cancer arose, I was able to take my hands off of the controls of my business and hand them to Cynthia for a while. Besides the ability to do this, there’s the knowing that I can do this and everything will keep going that lifts some heavy burdens from my mind and makes it that much easier for me to bounce back and pick up where I left off, if not a bit further ahead than I was. I am so thankful for Cynthia! I wish everyone had a Cynthia!

Lawrence and I reminisced about the first LinkedIn exchange we had back in May of 2020. I was looking to connect with and collaborate with like-missioned disruptors. Lawrence was my first or second outreach, and his response was perfect – he also was pretty tired of the competition and looking to collaborate. It was like we were speaking the same leadership language. Within the first 20 minutes of our first conversation, we felt our collective energies rise. (I give him the credit for that, considering he is certified in Energy Leadership from iPEC). The co-creation began instantly. We haven’t stopped since. Because he is who he is, co-creation continued rather than stalling when the above challenges arose. He’s got me. I’ve got him. It’s a beautiful thing! I am so grateful Lawrence responded to my LinkedIn message. His belief in me and his appreciation for me help me see myself as the powerful force of creation that I am and keep me wanting to create more.

Co-creation was one of the best things that came out of 2020, and it was a theme that carried over into 2021, and, I expect, will be how I will do it all from now on. I realized that co-creation is the key to fulfilling the big vision. I have a library of creative ideas, such as books, movies, songs, and events, that blossomed through the pandemic, and 2022 is going to be about leveraging co-creation to take these ideas from concept through commercial launch. Finding aligned co-creators isn’t easy. (Branding helps!) Knowing now what is possible when you do find aligned co-creators has sparked a new enthusiasm and motivation. My theme for 2022 is… Diversify and Expand.

  • In April, I will be instructing again for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy helping 6th through 12th graders manage their newly funded businesses.
  • The core team will continue to grow and empower the C3 community to give emerging leaders a stage and offer new opportunities to be a part of the legacy.
  • We have already started planning the next ConCon (in person).
  • I will continue to develop my résumé and LinkedIn writing team to support the leads with which I am entrusted from my network, and continue working with executive leadership on building a brand and a legacy of their own.
  • With a team beside me to support all of that, I will integrate stalled and new creative endeavors for which I am excited to engage co-creators, such as my book, For the Highest Good: How Conscious Corporate Leaders of Today Can Save Tomorrow, as well as an album of songs, mostly unfinished, reflecting reality as I see it is and how I see it could be, and a screenplay for a comedy that came to me one Friday night this month.
  • And, the band is getting back together! Harpers Ferry is back at the Bridgeport Ribhouse on March 13, 2022. It’s been a long time since we rock and rolled. Come rock with us if you can.

Though in my house we are not back to our pre-2020 activities yet, we have been enjoying reconnecting with friends and family, getting back to some of our passions, like music, and even discovering new ones, like my girls’ new love of softball.

Though we had been hit hard by some losses and scared we may suffer more still, we are entering the holiday season knowing that my mom’s cancer prognosis is good and the prospect of celebrating with her is so much better. We are very hopeful we will have many more Christmases and New Years with her.

Of course, I am thankful every day for my amazing clients and referral partners. I am humbled every time someone trusts me with their career fate or the career fate of their clients/friends/family. I take it very earnestly. I know how many people benefit from the right leader being in the right role and company with the skills of influence and the mission of impact.

Without further adieu, my traditional Thanksgiving poem:

We made it through the rough
Exhausted and shrunken
Discouraged and dismayed

To find the waters still rippling
Gurgling with grief
Yet moving out to open seas

Mixing in fresh with salty
Curdling in foam
Seeking a current

The destination seemed impossible
I was witness to ripples
And I joined them

Ripples became waves upon the shore
Some were ready
High on the mountain

Others ignore the signs
Washed away on the beach
Just in time, a hand above grabbed

Every terrace has a hand
Ready to lift
Ready to climb

Until we all see the horizon and rest

Something in the Way She Moves

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Karen Huller 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 leadership and career development firm specializing in executive branding and conscious culture, in 2006. 

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. 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. 

She 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  She is an Instructor for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA) where some of her students won the 2018 national YEA competition, were named Ernst & Young’s America’s Next Top Young Entrepreneurs, and won the 2019 People’s Choice Award. 

She is board secretary for the Upper Merion Community Center and just finished serving as Vice President of the Gulph Elementary PTC, for which she received recognition as a Public Education Partner and Promoter from the Upper Merion Area Education Association. She lives in King of Prussia with her husband, two daughters, and many pets, furry, feathered, and scaly.