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Book Review: Shift by Jeff Hull

You have to love a book that manages to use the word asymptote in a non-mathematical context.  “Shfit” by Jeff Hull, an executive coach and Jungian psychotherapist, pulls that off deftly in his description of the Asymptote of Joy (essentially, there is always more joy to be experienced). 

There are many gems in this book.  I personally loved the exercise where you hold an uncooked egg (helps you feel grounded and pay attention).  There are substantive tests to take (are you a thinker, feeler or doer?), breezy stories to read of other people’s life shifts (many examples so you’ll see yourself somewhere), meaty psychological text (for those who like their research), and an overall poetic writing style (which keeps the book accessible to leisure readers like myself).

The subtitle of “Shfit” by Jeff Hull is Let Go of Fear and Get Your Life in Gear.  Hull talks about the stages of change and gives inspiration but also practical suggestions of how to deal with the different stages.  Mixing life and career examples makes the book relevant for different challenges.  The exercises at the end of each chapter are a good reference and handy as you hit a new stage or challenge and need to refer back.

I highly recommend the book.  Early in my career, I worked at a company that used Dr. Hull for executive coaching, so I had met him briefly over 10 years ago before reading the book.  I was intrigued at the possibility that high quality executive coaching might be available to the masses.  This book does not disappoint.  It’s engaging but substantive and with enough strategies that you want it for your personal and professional development reference shelf.

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SixFigureStart Quoted In Yahoo Finance On “6 summer job options for college students”

SixFigureStart is mentioned in the section on Work Study Jobs:

“If you’re smart about picking a work-study job, it can actually give you more real-world experience than a summer retail job,” says Caroline Ceniza-Levine, a career coach and founder of SixFigureStart consulting in New York City.

Read Christina Couch’s full article, “6 summer job options for college students” with several tips and strategies for college students:


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Interesting Money magazine article about entrepreneur’s journey from CEO to teacher


Do you have a passion so strong?

Are you willing to start at the bottom as Gary Buslik did when he went from CEO to TA?

Have you run the numbers to make the finances work?

Do we pay our teachers so little that you need to make high six-figures and squirrel away millions before you can afford to teach?

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SixFigureStart Quoted On Landing Your First Job

Caroline Ceniza-Levine, co-founder of career coaching firm SixFigureStart notes that recent graduates need to “brand themselves for the specific industry and functional area they are targeting.” To compete with more experienced candidates, she adds, it is important to go beyond simply “promising to work hard and learn quickly. They need to make employers feel they’ve already done the job and will hit the ground running.”

See the rest of the tips for new entrants to the job market in Lee Miller’s article for the NJ Star Ledger:


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Recent Business Articles With Valuable Career Lessons

Great time management/ productivity tips from top CEOs http://www.inc.com/magazine/20100301/americas-most-productive-ceos.html

One entrepreneur’s story…what can you be this passionate about?  http://www.inc.com/magazine/20100301/what-makes-frank-run.html

Who says everything has been invented?  Inc identifies cool college start-ups http://www.inc.com/college/2010/index.html

Great article on mixing up strategies.  Even good ideas have a shelf life http://www.inc.com/magazine/20100301/lets-take-this-offline.html

Career lessons from The Man Who Walked Away From Goldman: The importance of mentors and relationships; The importance of a graceful exit; Professional acumen doesn’t necessarily translate to personal life.  Watch your bottom line, as well as the company’s 


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SixFigureStart in Bnet On Advice for Rookie Managers

“If I were managing a colleague I once hung out with, I’d stop doing it,” says Caroline Ceniza-Levine, co-founder of Six Figure Start, a career coaching and consulting firm in New York City.

See this and other advice for new managers in Elaine Pofeldt and Adriana Gardella’s new piece, “The Rookie Manager’s Guide to Office Politics” on Bnet:


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SixFigureStart Quoted RE: Helicopter Parents

See my advice on how parents can support the Gen Y job search in a good way in Jaime Leick’s article “Black Hawk Down: Parents Help or Hinder the Job Search:”


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30 free coaching teleseminars in 3 months starting March 12

Please feel free to share this free coaching teleseminar series with others in your network: www.FearlessFridaysTelesummit.com

Some background on the teleseminar series:  I am a co-author (along with Donald Trump, Jack Canfield and others) of the upcoming “How the Fierce Handle Fear: Secrets to Succeeding in Challenging Times” due out April 2010 by Bascom Hill Books.  As part of the launch, the editor, Sophfronia Scott, has put together a series of free coaching teleseminars by the authors and other leading coaches starting March 12:  www.FearlessFridaysTelesummit.com

My teleseminar is on Friday, April 9, 2p on Career Management in Scary Economic Times

  • How to recession-proof your job
  • How to stay connected to outside opportunities when you don’t have time to look
  • How to make a career change, try something new or take smart risks in a tough market
  • The 3 career actions everyone needs to take in 2010

When the book is released in April, you’ll be able to order it from our website.  In the meantime, all orders of my 7-workshop series, Onward! Overcoming Obstacles and Reaching Success, include a copy of “How the Fierce Handle Fear: Secrets to Succeeding in Challenging Times” when it is released April 2010.  So reserve your copy today at https://sixfigurestart.wordpress.com/for-individuals/coaching-to-go/

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SixFigureStart Quoted In The Dallas Morning News

With 7.3 million jobs lost from December 2007 to October 2009, everyone “starts competing down the line,” says Caroline Ceniza-Levine, owner of SixFigureStart, a career-counseling service. “If you have to look for people, why not look for the unsolicited, more experienced people who are coming in droves?” They take the entry-level jobs. That means people who would normally seek entry-level jobs compete just to find “survival jobs.”

Read more about the effect of this tough market on Generation Y in Laura Vanderkam’s piece:  Why recession won’t mean lost generation


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Prioritizing Your Job Search Activities

I recently coached a young professional who wants to change careers but has done nothing with his search because he is juggling working full-time and attending graduate school. He feels like he doesn’t have any extra time, so his $64,000 question for the session was: “if I am limited in what I can do, what should I be prioritizing?”

Read my response in my latest post for TheGlassHammer.com:


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