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Meg Montford
I'm a Career Coach who helps executives make radical career changes. I also mentor career coaches on how to build their businesses.
Interests: cooking, walking my dogs, exploring the usa in an rv, shopping for antiques, a favorite fiction author: nelson demille, favorite nonfiction books: "a whole new mind" (dan pink)
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What good questions do you ask? Questions can be powerful, especially open-ended questions starting with what or how and sometimes a non-intimidating why. Coupled with focused listening, you have here the tools for mastering the art of communication. Let's establish... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2013 at Career Chaos
What will be your legacy? Will it be attached to your career? Or will you have one? Journalism lost one of its pioneers for women this past weekend, Helen Thomas, 92. She joined the White House Press Corps in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2013 at Career Chaos
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When I went to the post office this week, I had to firmly grip my steering wheel with both hands as my car wanted to turn down the street to the shopping mall -- all by itself! Seriously, I wanted... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2012 at Career Chaos
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(From the archives, November 2004) At this time of year, we think about the meaning of Thanksgiving and what we are thankful for. Not a simple task, for those anticipating pink slips before the end of the year. Not a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2012 at Career Chaos
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After a very long Presidential campaign, it's fair to say that we're all tired of political ads, debates, lawn signs, and "news" programs focused on the election and candidates. More than anything, I'm tired of all the different versions of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2012 at Career Chaos
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Today Joan called me in a panic. The job she's been happy in for the past two years is coming to an end due to company restructuring. I had coached Joan for several months to help her land this position... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2012 at Career Chaos
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The buzz among hard workers today is that they're exhausted and ready to make a career change in 2013. Are you one of them? Here are a few tips to help you move forward: 1. Know what you want in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2012 at Career Chaos
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Astronaut Neil Armstrong died last week. He will always be remembered as the first man to walk on the moon, saying as he did it for all posterity, "One small step for man; one giant leap for mankind." I vividly... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2012 at Career Chaos
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Remember the 1980s movie, "Ghostbusters?" The plot involves a trio of ghost exterminators who try to save New York from supernatural doom when a river of slime grows unchecked under the city, threatening to obliterate humanity. After 13 years of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2012 at Career Chaos
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As the phone rings, I set my timer for the career coaching session that is about to begin. Sally is always on time for her weekly career coaching calls, and I tell her how much I appreciate her promptness. Once... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2012 at Career Chaos
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Such a frustrating feeling to get stuck on the career change treadmill, the one where you know you're not happy with work, but go in unending circles every time you try to come up with new ideas. Sound familiar? It's... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2012 at Career Chaos
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Has a state of exhaustion overcome your good intentions to stay focused on a job search? Many job seekers have been unemployed for months, if not years. Many are burned out, burned up and just plain tired. If that fits... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2012 at Career Chaos
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So you think it costs too much to hire a professional resume writer? After all, why should you pay a few hundred dollars for a quick typing job that you could do you yourself, right? If this is your belief,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2012 at Career Chaos
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An Open Letter to My Stepdaughter Dear Kate, You've worked hard the past four years. A lot has changed - around you, for you, and most of all, YOU! Now you're facing one of the biggest changes of your life... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2012 at Career Chaos
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As a job candidate, you probably prepare for answering tough job interview questions. However, do you also prepare for what you ask the job interviewer? Your questions can be just as much of a "fit" indicator to potential employers as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2012 at Career Chaos
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Do you have your professional LinkedIn profile posted? Even if you're not in an active job search, you still need a LinkedIn profile. Some people feel that all social media is an invasion of privacy. However, a LinkedIn presence has... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2012 at Career Chaos
In January, Abilities Enhanced acquired the career coaching business, Kansas City Career Services. This purchase will help our company enhance our presence in the Kansas City area with its own website and new connections. It is with great enthusiasm that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2012 at Career Chaos
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About six weeks ago, one of my career coaching clients took the leap of faith to work with me for three months. Ben (not his real name) had been feeling like a hamster on a treadmill as his head spun... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2012 at Career Chaos
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Reading the article, "Six Tips from Your Future Self," started me thinking about the career lessons I've learned over the years. As a career coach, I now understand how experience is a teacher, but may also be a curse. Sometimes... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2011 at Career Chaos
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Wondering where to find your Christmas cheer this year? For those on a fixed income, or no income at all, this season can be difficult, to say the least. Too many in our country are still unemployed, though there are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2011 at Career Chaos
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"I hate my job." How many times have you said this? Do you know why? Like many, you may have a career by default instead of by choice. You know what I mean - a career you fell into right... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2011 at Career Chaos
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We've all been there - sitting uncomfortably in a face-to-face job interview struggling to answer a tough question. For example, "describe an area you're trying improve." Or, "tell me about the worst boss you've ever had." Yikes! How do you... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2011 at Career Chaos
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"Know Thyself." William Shakespeare As the first chilly day of fall arrives, my thoughts wander ahead to the snow to come - not too far into the future, I fear. Have you ever seen a magnified snowflake? Or compared two... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2011 at Career Chaos
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Each of my new career coaching clients is asked a question on the enrollment questionnaire, "Do you have a mentor (or role model)? If so, who?" We all need inspiration to be successful, especially in this crazy work environment. However,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2011 at Career Chaos
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OK, let's face this issue head on - professional resumes written by trained, credentialed, professional resume writers do NOT cost $50. There, I've said it - not so hard to do. If you want a well-crafted, marketing tool to help... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2011 at Career Chaos