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Welcome to the Shine at Work Podcast, formerly known as Getting off the hamster wheel! I’m your host, Karen Weeks. I’m a transformational career coach who helps career-oriented humans get unstuck and find (and be successful) in careers that bring them joy, fulfillment and success. I believe you should actually love what you do, even on the bad days. That you can find a career that lights you up. Because, spoiler alert, it impacts how bright you shine in your life!!! Every week, I talk to someone who felt stuck in their job and found a way to build a career that's right for them. Because I know what that feels like when your light is dim. I made a career change from theatre to HR and now coaching and at times in my life I had to take a look inside to see what was most important, what made me shine bright, and make adjustments along the way. It’s possible. I did it, my guests did, and I help others do it. I hope you walk away from each episode not just inspired but with some actionable advice. Because you can, and deserve, to shine at work!More about my background...Karen Weeks is the Founder & Principal Coach at KDW Coaching, the host of the Shine at Work podcast, a speaker, published author, Girls in Tech NYC board member and award winning culture leader (currently leading the People team at Ordergroove). My purpose is guiding individuals to get unstuck from a career that is draining them and transform their careers so they can feel the same renewed energy I did all those years ago when I transitioned from theatre to human resources to coaching. I live in NYC with my husband and furry babies! Let's connect: Karen@karendweeks.com or on my social sites @kdwcoaching_careers

Shine at Work (formerly known as Getting off the Hamster Wheel‪)‬ Karen D. Weeks

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Welcome to the Shine at Work Podcast, formerly known as Getting off the hamster wheel! I’m your host, Karen Weeks. I’m a transformational career coach who helps career-oriented humans get unstuck and find (and be successful) in careers that bring them joy, fulfillment and success. I believe you should actually love what you do, even on the bad days. That you can find a career that lights you up. Because, spoiler alert, it impacts how bright you shine in your life!!! Every week, I talk to someone who felt stuck in their job and found a way to build a career that's right for them. Because I know what that feels like when your light is dim. I made a career change from theatre to HR and now coaching and at times in my life I had to take a look inside to see what was most important, what made me shine bright, and make adjustments along the way. It’s possible. I did it, my guests did, and I help others do it. I hope you walk away from each episode not just inspired but with some actionable advice. Because you can, and deserve, to shine at work!More about my background...Karen Weeks is the Founder & Principal Coach at KDW Coaching, the host of the Shine at Work podcast, a speaker, published author, Girls in Tech NYC board member and award winning culture leader (currently leading the People team at Ordergroove). My purpose is guiding individuals to get unstuck from a career that is draining them and transform their careers so they can feel the same renewed energy I did all those years ago when I transitioned from theatre to human resources to coaching. I live in NYC with my husband and furry babies! Let's connect: Karen@karendweeks.com or on my social sites @kdwcoaching_careers

    Episode 37 - The Importance Of Being Happy At Work

    Episode 37 - The Importance Of Being Happy At Work

    In this week’s episode, I talk with Aoife O’Brien.  Aoife built an incredible career in international business, focusing on  insights, data, category research and a lot of other really interesting projects.  But as she worked for different companies, she realized that she was in toxic environments more often than not, where “companies, and individuals, should have been making  better decisions”.  The researcher and data nerd in her took over and she started researching what actually made people happy at work.  Now she works with companies to use data to create great cultures, where company and personal values align and people actually are happy at work!
     More about Aoife...
    Aoife is a Happiness at Work expert. Her mission is to help organizations to increase employee retention by using culture-fit in their hiring decisions. She is passionate about ‘fit’ and specifically how creating the right environment can help individuals to reach their full potential and support organizations to thrive. She helps HR and business leaders to make data-driven decisions, with a specific focus on values, needs, and strengths. Aoife has been featured on several media platforms and podcasts speaking about ‘fit’ as well as imposter syndrome. She has also delivered a number of keynote speeches on these topics. She also has her own podcast, Happier at Work.

    Before launching her own business, Aoife had a successful 17 years in the corporate world, working with global clients like Coca Cola, Unilever and Heinz to solve marketing problems using data analytics. She has lived and worked in Dublin, London, Perth, and Sydney and has a MSc in Work and Organisational Behaviour, a Diploma in Executive and Life Coaching and a Certificate in Career Coaching.

    Links mentioned in this podcast...
    Podcast - https://happieratwork.ie/happier-at-work-podcast/
    How to connect with Aoife...
    Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/aoifemobrien
    Twitter - https://twitter.com/HappieratWorkHQ
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/happieratwork.ie 
    In this episode you’ll specifically learn...
    That you always have a choice, even if that choice is to stay at your current company (“I choose X because Y is important to me at this time”)How to identify what is important to you at an organization and your deal breakersHow to identify your unique strengths and bring those into a careerI’m Karen Weeks, the Founder & Principal Coach at KDW Coaching, the host of the Shine at Work podcast, a speaker, published author, Girls in Tech NYC board member and award winning culture leader (currently leading the People team at Ordergroove). My purpose is guiding individuals to get unstuck from a career that is draining them and transform their careers so they can feel the same renewed energy I did all those years ago when I transitioned from theatre to human resources to coaching. I live in NYC with my husband and furry babies!
    Connect with Me!
    WebsiteInstagramLinkedIn“Transform Your Career” Facebook GroupTwitter

    • 39 min
    Episode 36 - Believing That Change Is Always Possible

    Episode 36 - Believing That Change Is Always Possible

    In this week’s episode, I talk with Stephan Vincent.  In college, Stephan was interested in “business” but he wanted to apply psychology to the human experience and help companies build amazing cultures.  ‘But at that point that’s not what HR did”.  So he went into marketing and thought about the customer experience instead.  Fast forward several years, and the business world caught up with Stephan’s initial goal of employee experience but at that point, he didn’t have the supposed expertise to move into HR.  So he created his own group and community to not only explore his beliefs but learn from others.  Now he works at a company focused on learning and experience and leads the People First Community!
    More about Stephan Vincent...
    "Leaders who don't care about their employees will eventually be surrounded by people who don't care about their business."

    Through my 20+ year experience building and leading teams, I strongly believe that in order to build a winning, inspiring and caring culture, a leader must place their collaborators at the center of their strategy.  As a thought leader/disruptor in Employee Experience (EX) and a pioneer in B2E (Business-To-Employee) Marketing, I help organizations transform their company culture by adopting a human-centric, CX and brand mindset to increase employee attraction, retention and engagement.

    I’m excited to be part of LifeGuides’ Executive Team to help its customers shape a culture of caring and put their employees at the heart of their HR strategy.  I’m the founder and Chief Human Rebellion Officer at the People-First Community (formerly eX Podcast and eX Summit), and the author of the “B2E branding - a path to employee experience” manifesto.

    How to connect with Stephan...
    Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/company/peoplefirstcommunity/
    You Tube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIGWaQ7qbvpgujO5Jyv_7zA
    Twitter -  https://twitter.com/ppl_rebellion
    In this episode you’ll specifically learn...
    How to candidates can ask challenging questions during an interview to really learn what the culture  is like at that organizationHow as an employee, you have the power to change the culture in your organizationHow to challenge the traditional skill set expectations and demonstration how your skills fill that gap
    I’m Karen Weeks, the Founder & Principal Coach at KDW Coaching, the host of the Shine at Work podcast, a speaker, published author, Girls in Tech NYC board member and award winning culture leader (currently leading the People team at Ordergroove). My purpose is guiding individuals to get unstuck from a career that is draining them and transform their careers so they can feel the same renewed energy I did all those years ago when I transitioned from theatre to human resources to coaching. I live in NYC with my husband and furry babies! 
    Connect with Me!
    WebsiteInstagramLinkedIn“Transform Your Career” Facebook GroupTwitter

    • 28 min
    Episode 35 - Identifying And Leveraging Your Zone Of Genius

    Episode 35 - Identifying And Leveraging Your Zone Of Genius

    In this week’s episode, I talk with Jessica Lackey.  Another guest that had an extremely successful career on paper with roles at McKinsey and Nike and a degree from Harvard Business School.  But what they don’t really prepare you for is the incredible pressure, competition and honestly obsession that is placed on someone (or we place on ourselves) in those roles.   For Jessica, that took a real toll on her health, both physically and mentally.   She realized she had to make a change.  So she looked at her unique skills set in operations and business strategy and combined that with her outside interests in energy and health coaching and has created a business where she helps entrepreneurs and leaders not lose their soul in their work.  So they don’t get to a point that she got and can grow their business in a healthy and successful way!
    More about Jessica Lackey....
    Jessica Lackey is a Business Integrator and Coach that helps individuals and businesses transform their results while reclaiming their time, freedom, and legacy. Jessica combines master coaching with deep experience as a corporate warrior and has 15 years of experience in the best of corporate America, at McKinsey and Company, Nike and Electrolux Major Appliances. Jessica is an ACC Certified Coach and an Awaken Your Life Master Coach-Trainer.  Jessica has a MBA from Harvard Business School, engineering degrees from Virginia Tech and Penn State and is also a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and PN1 Certified with Precision Nutrition.

    How to Connect with Jessica....
    Website - https://www.jessicalackey.com/
    Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessica-lackey
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/jessicalackey_consulting

    Interesting in working with Jessica....
    Enroll in the Soul and Strategy Clarity Accelerator Program for business leaders to set up a successful 2022 and reference "Shine at Work"  to receive an extra coaching call to help you get ready for your year!
    In this episode you’ll specifically learn...
    How to make the declarative statement about what you want and how to ask for help in getting itHow to remove your limiting beliefs and find the confidence to make the leapThe importance of creating space to think, see and listen to yourself, your body, your mind and your soul
    I’m Karen Weeks, the Founder & Principal Coach at KDW Coaching, the host of the Shine at Work podcast, a speaker, published author, Girls in Tech NYC board member and award winning culture leader (currently leading the People team at Ordergroove). My purpose is guiding individuals to get unstuck from a career that is draining them and transform their careers so they can feel the same renewed energy I did all those years ago when I transitioned from theatre to human resources to coaching. I live in NYC with my husband and furry babies!
    Connect with Me!
    WebsiteInstagramLinkedIn“Transform Your Career” Facebook GroupTwitter

    • 36 min
    Episode 34 - Finding Ways To Thread Your Experiences Together

    Episode 34 - Finding Ways To Thread Your Experiences Together

    In this week’s episode, I talk with Brooke Gasaway.  As a kid, Brooke wanted to be a teacher, but like all of us, as she got into school, other interests came forward and she started her career as an architect.  But even as an architect, her favorite part of the work was communicating with clients and the feelings that came with the designs.  But it was a great job, she should like it, she was successful.  She fueled her soul with side projects, non-profit work.  “I had about a decade of learning about myself a little bit at a time”.  She moved into a role training architects (aka teacher!) and she realized that was a bridge to a new career in employee experience.  Now she designs career & culture experiences versus physical spaces.
     
    More about Brooke...

    Brooke is an Employee Experience advocate, pandemic parent, a MS fighter. She builds welcoming cultures through people programs. She's driven by helping both employees and organizations achieve their goals and uniting multifunctional, remote teams.

    How to connect with Brooke...

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/brooke-gasaway/


    In this episode you’ll specifically learn...
    How to find the thread and build on the experiences you have in your careerHow to recognize when you need “a” job versus “the” jobHow to have patience to take the steps towards your next amazing thing even though it may take time 
    I’m Karen Weeks, the Founder & Principal Coach at KDW Coaching, the host of the Shine at Work podcast, a speaker, published author, Girls in Tech NYC board member and award winning culture leader (currently leading the People team at Ordergroove). My purpose is guiding individuals to get unstuck from a career that is draining them and transform their careers so they can feel the same renewed energy I did all those years ago when I transitioned from theatre to human resources to coaching. I live in NYC with my husband and furry babies!
     
    Connect with Me!
    WebsiteInstagramLinkedIn“Transform Your Career” Facebook GroupTwitter

    • 29 min
    Episode 33 - Work Doesn't Have To Suck

    Episode 33 - Work Doesn't Have To Suck

    In this week’s episode, I talk with Keith Johns.  After a very successful career climbing the ranks at companies, he realized something was missing in his life.  He was not living the best life he wanted for himself and his family.   It wasn’t until he reconnected with a former colleague, who was now a coach, that he realized he didn’t want the 9-5 life anymore and he made the leap to start a side hustle which is now his full time work.  He had to accept the truth that “it is ok to make a change”.

    More about Keith Johns...
    Keith is a mindset, energy, and behavior coach with a passionate belief: Work shouldn't suck. He helps people rediscover their purpose, step into the highest version of themselves, and design a professional life that's full of joy and purpose.

    How to connect with Keith...
    LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/keithjohns/

    Interested in working with Keith...
    Keith has 1 enrollment spot open in November for his “Ditch your 9-5” coaching program and he has 2 slots available in December. That’s it, just 3 spots for the rest of the year! Lock in your place as you head into the New Year. You’ve got one life! Time to live it. Work shouldn’t suck.


    In this episode you’ll specifically learn...


    The impact that pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone can have on your point of viewThe importance of doing the hard work, the self-reflection about what is off and what you want to be differentHow you can interview a company to find the right match so you don’t find yourself in the same situation in six months or a year I’m Karen Weeks, the Founder & Principal Coach at KDW Coaching, the host of the Shine at Work podcast, a speaker, published author, Girls in Tech NYC board member and award winning culture leader (currently leading the People team at Ordergroove). My purpose is guiding individuals to get unstuck from a career that is draining them and transform their careers so they can feel the same renewed energy I did all those years ago when I transitioned from theatre to human resources to coaching. I live in NYC with my husband and furry babies!


    Connect with Me!


    WebsiteInstagramLinkedIn“Transform Your Career” Facebook GroupTwitter

    • 30 min
    Episode 32.5 - Going Deep Into The Advice From Our Guests V.2

    Episode 32.5 - Going Deep Into The Advice From Our Guests V.2

    Happy fall!  We are more than half way through this season (unbelievable) so we are going to do another deep dive episode with our host Karen Weeks!  In this week’s episode, Karen expands upon the advice given by Keiko, Pariss, Holly and Sun. She will share her own reflections on their advice and career stories and give you FIVE challenges to turn it into actionable steps  you can take today to continue to shine bright at work! 
    In this episode you’ll specifically learn...
    How to listen to your inner voice and take a step towards changeHow to leverage a passion or interest outside of work and become a thought leader or inspire change in others through that work (doesn’t mean a job change per se)Reflection tools to recognize patterns in your career and interests that may help you recognize the kind the of work you like to do or want to do nextWhy you have left jobs in the past and what that tells you about the kind of career you want (and don’t want) moving forward 
    I’m Karen Weeks, the Founder & Principal Coach at KDW Coaching, the host of the Shine at Work podcast, a speaker, published author, Girls in Tech NYC board member and award winning culture leader (currently leading the People team at Ordergroove). My purpose is guiding individuals to get unstuck from a career that is draining them and transform their careers so they can feel the same renewed energy I did all those years ago when I transitioned from theatre to human resources to coaching. I live in NYC with my husband and furry babies!
     
    Connect with Me!
    WebsiteInstagramLinkedIn“Transform Your Career” Facebook GroupTwitter

    • 23 min

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