All of us, including top leaders, find ourselves in a job search at some point.  And, if you’re in a leadership position, it takes that much longer because there just aren’t as many jobs available at the top. 

Take a proactive role in understanding what is expected of you by your new boss, who will likely have different expectations, views, and priorities than your previous boss.

Don’t let disruptive behaviors negatively impact the productivity of your organization or department. Instead, utilize the 5 Power Steps to Facilitating Bad Meeting Behaviors.

Donna is one gifted Coach, – – able to see the forest AND the trees, and help you optimize both. I’ve worked with several talented business coaches and find Donna to be uniquely remarkable at helping me grow as a person and as an entrepreneur. She has my unconditional recommendation!


Career Exploration



Do What You Are: gives lists of occupations that match the Keisey (Myers-Briggs) personality types.  I use this book with my clients who are looking for meaningful work.


Crossing the Unknown Sea:  Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity is written by poet David Whyte, and explores how our work shapes our identity.  Paul Hawken says of this book, “For anyone who wants to deepen their connection to their life’s work — or find out what their life’s work is — this book can help navigate the way.”


The Third Age:  Discover the six principles of growth and renewal after 40.  Transform the way you live today and the way you view your future.  Embrace a new model for living the second half of your life.


The Art of Possibility:  My clients and friends who have read this book have transformed the way they look at life. They see the limitless possibilities, they are inspired to be more, and they learn to harness their passion for more success.


Job Search



Get the Interview Every Time.  Interviewing for a job often creates fear for my coaching clients.  I believe that being prepared can dispel most of this fear.  This book provides great guidelines for preparing for interviewing success.


Best Answers to the 201 Most Frequently Asked Questions:  I recommend that my coaching clients practice answering interview questions before going on interviews.  The client can work alone, answering the questions aloud or work with a partner who asks them the questions and then gives them feedback.  This book provides great practice questions.  The answers provided can help you improve your own answers.


101 Best Resumes:  Included in this book are some great examples of resumes to help you create a winning resume yourself.



This Inventory will help you determine your learning style.  Start by copying the Inventory and pasting into a Word File or E-mail or printing it. 
Fill out the Inventory by reading the word in the left column and then answering the questions in the successive three columns to see how you respond to each situation. Your answers may fall into all three columns, but one column will likely contain the most answers. The dominant column indicates your primary learning style. 
When you have completed the inventory, please forward it to me ( or let me know what your dominant Learning Style is by counting up the number of yes answers you have in each column.


When you..



Kinesthetic & Tactile


Do you try to see the word? Do you sound out the word or use a phonetic approach? Do you write the word down to find if it feels right?


Do you sparingly but dislike listening for too long? Do you favor words such as see, picture, and imagine? Do you enjoy listening but are impatient to talk? Do you use words such as hear, tune, and think? Do you gesture and use expressive movements? Do you use words such asfeel, touch, and hold?


Do you become distracted by untidiness or movement? Do you become distracted by sounds or noises? Do you become distracted by activity around you?

Meet someone again

Do you forget names but remember faces or remember where you met? Do you forget faces but remember names or remember what you talked about? Do you remember best what you did together?

Contact people on business

Do you prefer direct, face-to-face, personal meetings? Do you prefer the telephone? Do you talk with them while walking or participating in an activity?


Do you like descriptive scenes or pause to imagine the actions? Do you enjoy dialog and conversation or hear the characters talk? Do you prefer action stories or are not a keen reader?

Do something new at work

Do you like to see demonstrations, diagrams, slides, or posters? Do you prefer verbal instructions or talking about it with someone else? Do you prefer to jump right in and try it?

Put something together

Do you look at the directions and the picture?   Do you ignore the directions and figure it out as you go along?

Need help with a computer application

Do you seek out pictures or diagrams? Do you call the help desk, ask a neighbor, or growl at the computer? Do you keep trying to do it or try it on another computer?


ah2The VIA Strengths Inventory was developed by Martin Seligman to help you identify your Signature Strengths/Values in Action.  Knowing what your top 5 values are, will help you become happier in your Career and in your personal life.  The more you utilize your top 5 values, the more fulfilled you will feel.  The Inventory is online, it is Free, and it will take about 30 minutes to take.

VIA Strengths Inventory

When you arrive at the site, hover over Questionnaires, and select VIA Survey of Character Strenghts.   You will need to create a login and password.  You can access your results at any time in the future and you can look over the other questionnaires on the site to see if you wan to take any of the others Surveys.

If you want to learn more about this inventory, purchase the book : Authentic Happiness.

The websites listed on this Salary Range Websites .pdf can be used to do research into Salary Ranges for the jobs you are interested in exploring or applying for. Make sure you adjust national salary ranges to accommodate your local cost of living.



Encouraging the Heart:  Do you wish you were better at motivating your staff? Encouraging the Heart is a wonderful book on how to Increase your Ability to motivate your staff through encouragement. You will learn the Seven Essentials of Encouraging and will find tangible actions to take to be more encouraging. You will also find an Encouragement Skill Assessment to help you assess your skill level and uncover areas to improve so that you will be the most encouraging leader you can be.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: What can I say? These are great principles to live by.
Toxic Success:  We can all get caught up in working so hard that we lose focus on what we are working at.  This book is for the person for whom “exhausted” has become normal.  “Exhausted” isn’t normal. This book will help you redefine success and find more balance in your life.

The First 90 Days:  Creating success in the first 90 Days is critical for all new leaders.This book will give you a roadmap to understanding the challenges and opportunities in your new position, negotiating a productive working relationship with your new boss, creating the appropriate coalitions for success, building early successes, and creating the right team.


Who Moved My Cheese:  One of the most valuable lessons I learned from this books is the need to recognize the “difference between activity and productivity.”

The Power of Full Engagement:  This book teaches us to manage our energy, not our time.  It identifies four sources of energy:  Physical, Emotional, Mental, and Spiritual. We must draw on all of these to be at our best and we must also have adequate times of personal renewal to maintain them.

The High Achiever’s Guide to Happiness:  Only 8% of high achievers are happy, even with all of their accomplishments.  Vance and Carol Ann Caesar teach us the strategies by which happy high achievers achieve happiness:  purpose, vision, meaningful work, high energy relationships, beliefs and behaviors that foster a sense of peace, the three R’s (review, renew and recommit), and discipline.

The Four Agreements:  “Dreaming,” author Don Miguel Ruiz argues, “is the main function of the mind.”  I agree and the four agreements (that follow) changed my life:

  • Be Impeccable With Your Words
  • Don’t Take Anything Personally
  • Don’t Make Assumptions
  • Always Do Your Best


The Art of Possibility:  My clients and friends who have read this book have transformed the way they look at life. They see the limitless possibilities, they are inspired to be more, and they learn to harness their passion for more success.
Crossing the Unknown Sea:  Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity: is written by poet David Whyte, and explores how our work shapes our identity.  Paul Hawken says of this book, “For anyone who wants to deepen their connection to their life’s work — or find out what their life’s work is — this book can help navigate the way.”
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action:  Simon Sinek starts with a fundamental question: Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their success over and over?
The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever: In Michael Bungay Stanier’s The Coaching Habit, coaching becomes a regular, informal part of your day so managers and their teams can work less hard and have more impact.
Good Leaders Ask Great Questions: Your Foundation for Successful Leadership:  Questions have literally changed John Maxwell’s life. In GOOD LEADERS ASK GREAT QUESTIONS, he shows how they can change yours, teaching why questions are so important, what questions you should ask yourself as a leader, and what questions you should be asking your team.



Learning how to use the Constructive Feedback Model is an important step in becoming an assertive leader and great communicator.