Career Sandbox

October 7, 2018

The Perils Of Perfectionism To Career Advancement

Is your perfectionism putting a damper on your career? Aiming for excellence is admirable for anyone seeking to reach their career goals. Be careful…If you’re striving […]
August 31, 2018

Get Control of Your Tech Career With These 4 Steps

High standards with attention to detail, a high capacity for problem-solving and innovative thinking, and a killer work ethic — recruiters and hiring managers look for […]
June 5, 2018

How can someone who’s really struggling and in a dark place break free of their situation? [video]

In this interview, Mike Gellman discusses three strategies to help individuals break free when they’re feeling discouraged or drained.
June 5, 2018

Connecting where you are to where you want to be. A journey of self-transformation.

The November air was turning crisp and Thanksgiving was just around the corner. Nearly six years ago, I was at a personal wellness retreat in Tecate, […]
June 5, 2018

What do successful people do to stand out? [video]

In this interview, Mike Gellman describes three key attributes of highly successful people distinguish them from other employees.
April 10, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]