Career Sandbox

April 10, 2018
wooden door with metallic door handle with key

Goldilocks Goes to Work!

In my first blog post of this three-part series, Look at Me!, I shared the story of Jeremiah who killed his career by going overboard trying […]
June 16, 2017

An “Insider’s view” of career management – the leader’s perspective [video]

In this interview, Mike Gellman discusses a planning and talent management process by which an organization’s leaders prepare for current and future workforce needs.
June 15, 2017
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A Hidden Gem

Part 2 of 3 In my previous blog post, Look at Me!, I shared the story of Jeremiah who killed his career by going overboard trying […]
March 22, 2017

Getting Out of Your Own Way [video]

In this video, Mike Gellman discusses the three biggest mistakes or obstacles that get in the way of someone having the career they want.  
March 22, 2017
A beautiful peacock my son and I met while visiting the Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Look at Me!

Part 1 of 3 I had recently begun a new job and was in the middle of a succession planning discussion with my HR colleague “Jeremiah” […]
February 24, 2017
Stopping to smell the flowers at the Flower Fields of Carlsbad (San Diego)

Give Hope a new Monday.

“Am I a bad mother for not wanting to work?” the 40-something divorced woman asked as we streaked at 35,000 feet above the earth. I had […]
December 15, 2016
A triumphant Rocky Balboa at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

I used to be somebody.

“The company lied to me. What gives?” One of my clients, “Melanie,” was seeking to get a promotion and applied to half a dozen jobs within […]
December 9, 2016
Digital Visualization of a Violin

Riddle, riddle, second fiddle.

“I am sooo frustrated, Mike. I’ve applied for dozens of jobs in the past year, but can’t seem to catch a break. What am I doing […]
December 2, 2016

Reframe the game.

“Darn it!” I lamented as my son and I discovered that an important Lego piece was missing. My son and I were nearing completion of the […]
November 23, 2016
Sailing on under gloomy skies

Deepening despair meets gratitude.

When we have dreams that have been dashed and don’t materialize as we wished, it’s natural to feel disappointed and sad. We may even feel like […]
November 16, 2016

Eliminating waste.

“I just had the best pee of my entire life!” a fellow seminarian exuberantly exclaimed as we all settled into our seat cushions on the classroom […]
November 8, 2016

Creative play and destruction.

The thing about playing in sandboxes is that there’s constantly a state of destroying the old to create the new. Nothing in the sandbox was permanent, […]
November 1, 2016

Leave behind the box.

“Are you scared?” asked several colleagues. “Of course I am. However, my level of excitement and passion for what I’m about to do is way up […]
October 25, 2016

New perspectives.

I’m a single father of a 12 year-old son. There are few things in life like having a child that can create a dramatic shift in […]
October 18, 2016

Land of buried treasures and dreams.

When I was a child, I had a great big yellow and green sandbox in the backyard. I had so much fun playing in it (except […]
October 14, 2016


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