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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

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

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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

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Episodes

Episode 35 - Identifying And Leveraging Your Zone Of Genius

11/22/2021
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...

Duration:00:35:55

Episode 34 - Finding Ways To Thread Your Experiences Together

11/15/2021
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...

Duration:00:29:35

Episode 33 - Work Doesn't Have To Suck

11/8/2021
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...

Duration:00:30:17

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

11/1/2021
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... I’m Karen Weeks,...

Duration:00:23:25

Episode 32 - Being a Career Job-Hopper Is Ok

10/25/2021
In this week’s episode, I talk with Sun Kim. Really from day one of his career, Sun showed the entrepreneurial spirit, he just didn’t know that’s what it was! He wanted to find more meaning in his work, “not just climb the corporate ladder” which led to eight jobs in ten years. After his third product manager job, he started to realize that the theme in all these jobs was that he wanted to create something, provide value but then move on. And while that looks like a job-hopper on paper, it’s...

Duration:00:37:31

Episode 31- Following a Non-Linear Career Path

10/18/2021
In this week’s episode, I talk with Holly Shannon. While Holly talks about her non-linear career path in our conversation, you will see there is a throughline around business strategy. Through years in the hospitality and event industries, Holly has built an amazing career creating white glove services, focusing on creating experiences and using EQ to help guide leaders to grow and scale their businesses. She has even done that for herself as an entrepreneur, author and podcast host. More...

Duration:00:36:34

Episode 30 - How To Bring Your Passions Into Your Work

10/11/2021
In this week’s episode, I talk with Pariss Chandler. Pariss has had a couple of careers but then last summer she found how all her previous experiences naturally came together as the country found itself again discussing racial inequality. After a career in acting, writing, video production, make-up and waxing she was trying to figure out what was next. She looked to the corporate world, first in marketing and then in tech. But as she worked at some amazing organizations, she realized she...

Duration:00:38:40

Episode 29 - The impact of Saying Yes

10/4/2021
In this week’s episode, I talk with Keiko Munro. Keiko’s energy and approach to life is inspiring. She has a musician’s soul and while she tried for a few years to pour that energy into a marketing career, she realized that she was “building everyone else’s dreams” but not her own. So after an eye-opening trip to Guatemala, she decided to try to figure out what success looked like for her and is now on a path to help others as an energy coach. But more importantly, she found the things that...

Duration:00:42:58

Episode 28.5 - Going Deep Into The Advice From Our Guest

9/26/2021
We hope you are enjoying the new season so far. In this week’s episode, Karen goes deep into the advice given by Lauren, Angelica, Bo & Tevis. She will share her own experiences navigating her career based on their stories and some actionable ways you can continue to Shine at Work using their journeys as examples In this episode you’ll specifically learn... I’m Karen Weeks, the Founder & Principal Coach at KDW Coaching, the host of the Shine at Work podcast, a speaker, published author,...

Duration:00:10:37

Episode 28 - How To Actually Love What You Do

9/19/2021
In this week’s episode, I talk with Tevis Trower about her journey through many “on paper” impressive corporate roles into a career as a leadership futurist, an organization nerd and work that allows her to answer the question of “Do I Matter” with affirmation and joy. After years of looking around large corporations and not seeing people who reflected her values and honestly weren’t even reflections of their true selves, missing that aliveness that is inside all of us. Now she helps...

Duration:00:38:29

Episode 27 - Say Yes and the Rest Will Follow

9/12/2021
In this week’s episode, I talk with Robert “Bo” Brabo. Right out of high school, Bo joined the military and had an incredibly successful career serving our country, including working directly for Presidents Bush and Obama. He had the unique opportunity to follow mentors to amazing jobs he never would have imagined by “raising my hand once and the rest just followed” and help his fellow servicemen and women build amazing careers for themselves. But more importantly he helped grow future...

Duration:00:37:21

Episode 26 - Building the Confidence to Make a Change

9/6/2021
In this week’s episode, I talk with Angelica Patlan about her journey through a couple of different majors in school to years as a police dispatcher and how that led her to explore HR! Why HR? During her time as a dispatcher, she saw employee turnover that wasn’t addressed, she saw opportunities to improve morale and communication. She was told that “didn’t have anything to do with HR” but she felt differently! More about Angelica Patlan... As the proud daughter of a single mother and...

Duration:00:25:29

Episode 25 - Crafting the Life You Desire

8/23/2021
In this week’s episode, I talk with Lauren Widrick about not just her career journey but also how she helps others now design the life they want to lead. Lauren was interested in the psychology of marketing and business but like all of us, she found herself in a career that wasn’t filling her soul, “I was a right brain girl working in a left brain world”. When she found herself in crisis mode, she realized she had to make a change. And now she helps others realize their full potential, the...

Duration:00:34:34

Welcome to Season Three

8/22/2021
Welcome to Season Three of the Shine at Work Podcast (formerly known as Getting off the Hamster Wheel). Why the name change? As I reflected over last year of all the episodes and the goal of the podcast, I realized (with the help of my new friends at Novice Studios) that really we are talking to people that have all kinds of career journeys, not just people who felt stuck. And that the connecting thread is that they found a way to live their best life and found a career that represented...

Duration:00:08:31

Mini-Episode 24.5 - Season Two Wrap-Up

6/21/2021
I truly cannot express enough gratitude to all the listeners. I can't believe we have done 50+ episodes over the last year, over two seasons, with full length episodes with amazing guests and mini-episodes in-between to help create some actionable next steps based on the advice of our guests. While there are always great take-aways from every episode and each season. For me, this season was all about how life is too important to not enjoy the work you are doing. You don't have to live a...

Duration:00:10:25

Episode 24 - Building on Expertise to Expand a Career with Guest Kellie Lupsha

6/14/2021
In this week's episode, our last full episode of season two, I speak with Kellie who took her years of experience as a physical therapist and expanded her offerings to include a broader approach to wellness. Some of the shifts were purposeful, others were opportunistic, others were "forced" upon her but every time she asked herself "who do I serve and how can I be helping them even more". We also talk about that she honestly wouldn't have been able to make the career shifts she did earlier...

Duration:00:29:06

Mini Episode 23.5 - Identifying Your Personal Values

6/7/2021
In last week's episode with Duncan he spoke about the connection between his work and his personal values. Values have come up a lot over the last few weeks in my life so I thought this might be a great time to share an exercise you can do identify your personal values! In this episode, I walk you through a values exercise... 1) Over a week, write down (draw, vision, journal, post it, whatever!) words, behaviors, phrases that best identify you at your core, your true self. 2) Find 3-5...

Duration:00:14:48

Episode 23 - The Hero's Journey to Find a Fulfilling Career with Guest Duncan So

5/31/2021
In this week's episode, I speak with Duncan who started as an engineer and spent years at Virgin Mobile. But he always had a focus on people and the human interaction between technology and customers. So when life presented an "interruption moment" he spun that human focused approach first into a psychology degree. He started a non-profit to help student think about their careers in Ghana and then created the Burnout Clinic in Toronto which helps companies and their leaders prevent or treat...

Duration:00:49:33

Mini-Episode 22.5 - Running Towards a New Job, Not Away from One

5/24/2021
In last week's episode with Brittany, she talked about how at one point she thought she found her "dream" job but it still wasn't making her happy. She had to take a step back and figure out what was not aligned for her, her values and what was going to really bring her joy in her role. This is common with the folks I talk to - you think you have figured it all out but when you get there you aren't loving it. Instead of running away from a job you aren't enjoying, I challenge you to take...

Duration:00:07:33

Episode 22 - Finding Purpose Through Your Own Journey w/ Guest Brittany Canaski

5/17/2021
In this week's episode, I speak with Brittany who while going through her own career journey of getting unstuck in a career she wasn't enjoying found a purpose of helping others with the same. While working her "dream job" (ie the job that combined all her past experiences and education) she still found herself uninspired. She started working with a coach and realized he wanted to offer others what she was gaining from her own experience with a coach. Even after landing a great corporate...

Duration:00:29:09