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PIP vs. PDP: What’s the Difference?

We can probably all agree: Business abbreviations are the worst! The professional development world is full of abbreviations too, and they can be just as confusing. PIP and PDP are two common abbreviations that cause a lot of confusion. Here’s what you need to know.

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Why Planning is Beneficial (Even in Unpredictable Times)

I love planning. When I have a plan in front of me, I feel more in control of my destiny. I’m less stressed, more empowered.
Here’s the most interesting part: A plan helps me feel these positive things, even when I can’t follow the plan perfectly.
Over the past year, I’ve really had to come to terms with this. After all, the pandemic has made life unpredictable for most of us. But I haven’t stopped planning. In fact, I’ve become even more diligent about it!

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Is Your Job in Danger?

As a career coach, I often work with people when they’re dealing with an expected job loss. They’ve either been terminated for cause, laid off, or asked to resign. In any case, it’s never an easy situation. Most people tell me they were blindsided—they had no idea! Yet, after some time spent...

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The Art of Career Crafting

No job is perfect. However, there are almost always things you can do to make an imperfect job a little closer to perfect. When you’re not happy with your current role, instead of jumping ship and finding a new job, you might want to first engage in a process referred to as “career crafting” or...

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Do I Really Need a Professional Development Plan?

If you’ve been following my work for any period of time, you know that I’m a big fan of Professional Development Plans (also referred to as PDPs). I often create these plans in collaboration with my career coaching clients, and I frequently provide training workshops on this topic. However, one...

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How to Write a Professional Development Plan

This is the second article in a two-part series on the topic of Professional Development Plans. Read the first article here. In the first part of this series, you learned that a professional development plan (or PDP) is a written document used to focus, evaluate and prioritize professional...

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Do You Really Need a Career Plan?

In a recent Eat Your Career community poll, there was a resounding request for more information on career planning. As always, your wish is my command! One of the first questions I always hear around the topic of creating a career plan is this: “Do I really need one?” If you’ve been in the...

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Decision vs. Action: A Key Distinction for Success

I have a question for you: Three frogs are sitting on a log and one decides to jump off. How many frogs are left? If you answered two, you’re wrong, but don’t sweat it. Most people fall for it. Here’s the thing: One frog decided to jump off the log, but that doesn’t mean he necessarily did...

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