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PR RELEASE: Executive Career Coach And Speaker Launches Book On Career Courage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Author: Katie C. Kelley Books Name: Career Courage Literary Agent: Michael Snell Agency Editor: Ellen Kadin Publisher: American Management Association, New York Website: www.careercouragebook.com   Executive Career Coach And Speaker Launches Book On Career Courage   Successful executive coach and speaker Katie C. Kelley has released a book focused around 'Career Courage'. Providing executive coaching, the book walks readers through the vital process of analyzing their motivations and taking stock of strengths to muster the courage to take the next step in their career.   Including inspiring stories of people who hit critical junctures and broke through fears and limitations to make a change, Career Courage offers guideposts for finding your true calling and improving your ability to take risks, build [...]

By | 2016-03-02T11:53:41+00:00 March 2nd, 2016|

The Why & The How of My Recent Career Pivot

Two months ago I accepted a freshly minted role at Fuerst Group (KEEN Footwear, Chrome Industries and other entities) as their People + Culture Development Director. Today, I wanted to share with you why and how I made this substantial career pivot in response to a flurry of inquiries around how this move came about.   But before I begin, I will continue to thank EACH OF YOU (picture on the left highlights some of those very special people) for your awe-inspiring support and cheer-leading throughout the past six years. Your sponsorship, endorsements and engagement have made my entrepreneurial years with Katie Kelley Networks fundamentally possible. Thank you, thank you, thank you.   The Why   First, a quick run-down of my career journey by [...]

By | 2015-06-14T19:21:44+00:00 June 14th, 2015|

The Conundrum of Leadership in the Information Age: Reflections from a Military Leader

Here is my abridged book interview with Lt. Col. (Ret.) Peter (Pete) L. Rooks, Director for Leadership, Franz Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation at the University of Portland: “After 21and ½ years in the military and the past 5 years at University of Portland in academic, staff or a consulting role, I have learned that leadership is a journey not a destination. Leaders are like thermostats, they regulate the temperature in a room. The people in the room are thermometers. It is a leader’s responsibility to push people into an uncomfortable learning zone but they must only raise the temperature enough to a ‘tough love’ zone that translates into: “I know this is stretching your abilities, but you need to do it to grow."" [...]

By | 2014-10-27T16:04:46+00:00 October 27th, 2014|

What Mastin Kipp of #TheDailyLove Taught Me About Grace

Last week, I accepted a casual invitation from a friend to attend Mastin Kipp of The Daily Love’s book (Growing Into Grace) launch event in Portland. I had certainly heard mention of The Daily Love due to his recent segment on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday, but I had never actually consumed his work nor read his biography until a couple hours before the event.   Quick overview: A Hollywood music executive by 21 turned drug addict, who got sober then became a viral blogger living out of his ex-girlfriend’s parent’s pool house with a compelling message to tune into our Creator. Intriguing? Yes, but not exactly sure what I was needing from his messages but I was piqued!   Well let me tell you, Mastin [...]

By | 2014-10-20T23:15:10+00:00 October 20th, 2014|

Leadership in the Public Sector: A #SuiteSpot Interview with CA Economic Dev’t Director Kelly Kline

On career evolution:   “I fall solidly in the middle of Generation X, and like many of my peers, I have been more affected by the grey ceiling than the glass ceiling. The grey ceiling refers to Baby Boomers who have yet to relinquish their posts and send the clear message, “this is our ground.” One of the fundamental questions I struggled with early on in my career was where could I find a place for my particular vision and drive. In my chosen field of local government there is low tolerance for risk, and because any new changes are subject to intensive public review, it can be a challenge to foster innovation, entrepreneurism, and creativity.”   On negotiation:   “The art of negotiating is [...]

By | 2014-10-06T18:56:43+00:00 October 6th, 2014|

Why Intel Executive Doug Fisher Doesn’t Have an Office

I recently had the privilege of sitting down with Douglas Fisher, Vice President and General Manager of Software and Services Group at Intel to interview him for my forthcoming book, The Suite Spot. Here is an abridged version of that conversation: On confidence: “I like the scene in the Tom Cruise NASCAR movie, Days of Thunder, where he is driving though a fire-filled tunnel. He learns to keep his pedal down and keep driving forward, because eventually the fire will pass and he’ll come out the other end a victor. This takes a certain kind of confidence and is relevant for working in the fast moving technology sector. For me, working in technology, if you wait for all the data to make a decision you [...]

By | 2014-09-18T21:30:27+00:00 September 18th, 2014|

A Note to my Daughters on Chasing down a Dream at #40

Dear Girls: In honor of turning the big #40, I wanted to impart some wisdom to you that I more humbly understand today about chasing down a juicy pie in the sky vision. As you may have observed, your momma’s one of the ‘crazy dreamers’ as Steve Jobs so aptly quipped. I shoot for the stars almost every day and dream vividly about the future and ways that I can have the greatest impact on our world. But man do I get tripped up on the wrong path some days, or one too many bright, shiny objects—so I wanted to pull together some of the most tried and true rules I try to stick by on some of my better days: Family First Make no [...]

By | 2014-08-18T19:55:42+00:00 August 17th, 2014|

How Tech Visionary Michael Morris Found His #SuiteSpot

Ever wonder what makes a true visionary tick? I do and I know I am not alone. That is precisely why I interviewed fellow Boston College Eagle, Michael Morris, General Manager of TopCoder, who is hands down one of the most driven and visionary leaders I know. Take a listen to part of my interview with him for my forthcoming book, The Suite Spot: On Career Path + Vision: "Whether it was tinkering with my brother’s Basic computer at age 6, or developing software that had a significant impact on people’s lives while at Boston College, I always knew technology was the future and specifically my future. I have never desired to do anything else. In 2000, the high technology industry was king: I became [...]

By | 2014-08-01T16:00:53+00:00 July 31st, 2014|

How NBA Ref Joe Crawford Found His #SuiteSpot

I have had the privilege of knowing 'Joey Crawford', one of the NBA's most recognizable and (mostly) beloved refs ever since he moved his daughter, Amy into our freshman dorm at Boston College over twenty years ago.  Attending NBA games where he is reffing is always a 'theatrical experience' as surrounding fans are never lacking in an opinion on Joe's calls.  Upon watching him ref a recent game in Portland in the Playoff Season, I realized he would be a perfect leader to profile in my forthcoming book, The Suite Spot. When I spoke with Joe he was preparing to fly to New Mexico to receive the highest referee award—the 2014 Gold Whistle Award. This award is given to one referee a year based on [...]

By | 2014-07-24T20:26:54+00:00 July 24th, 2014|

3 Tips for Disovering Your Next (Career) Act

Most of the men and women whom I work with are struggling to understand which part of their work/life needs some tinkering in order to flow towards their realized, or sometimes unrealized, vision. The gold lies in the three gifts that I can help them uncover: clarity, influence and fortune. But the road to attain these elusive gifts can be painful and confusing. Here are some tips from some of my favorite confidants on how to unearth your next career act:   1) Expect the unexpected. Career Coach Shari Sambursky of Career-Esteem offers this wise advice to people on a vision quest: “Signs from the universe are all around you, they may come in the form of the promotion you were hoping for that didn’t [...]

By | 2014-06-17T22:40:08+00:00 June 17th, 2014|