Rob Bell Talks with Catherine Altman Morgan About ‘This Isn’t Working!’

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Stay at home during 2020 sucked, but it also created some interesting opportunities. When Rob Bell sent out an email inviting people to have a Zoom session with him because he wasn’t touring, I couldn’t sign up fast enough. Our first session was me and two other people, and it completely changed my life.

Rob’s work is quoted throughout my book and I gushed in the Acknowledgements. Between our Zoom sessions (I did several) and The RobCast podcast episodes, I felt like he was with me for the whole excruciating book-writing journey.

As I hit the wall with the marketing of my book one year in last week, I reached out to him for a pep talk. He was so helpful and supportive.

And hilarious.

What a beautiful soul.

If you don’t know Rob, he has written multiple New York Times bestselling books, has toured with Oprah, and shared the stage with the Dalai Lama and Bishop Tutu. 

This is the edited version. Some of it was just for me 😎

From Burnout and Breakdown to Sustainable Working and Living Talk

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I am super excited to announce my new talk!
From Burnout and Breakdown to Sustainable Working and Living 

Burnout is at crisis levels for employees and entrepreneurs. Left unaddressed, burnout can lead to breakdown professionally and personally. And it can impact your physical and mental health. Thankfully, there are strategies and tactics you can use to feel better almost immediately.

In this talk we will cover:

  • Why prioritizing what to do (and what to say no to) will make you more productive
    (and keep you out of overwhelm)
  • Why you need to acknowledge your part in overworking  How to decrease stress and anxiety instantly with simple techniques you can do anywhere  What questions and mindset shifts can get you back in control when you feel triggered 
  • How to notice negative self-talk to help you see possibility (and stop beating yourself up)
  • Why scheduling self-care and white space unlocks energy, creativity, and problem-solving (and gets you MORE time, not less)

You will learn easy, helpful, and practical strategies that you can use in your professional and personal life right away. As you incorporate these daily, you will start working in a way that is sustainable over the long term, creating a life you actually want to live.

Available wherever you buy books

Catherine Altman Morgan is the author of This Isn’t Working! Evolving the Way We Work to Decrease Stress, Anxiety, and Depression, and an award-winning career transition expert who has been coaching professionals through job and life transitions for more than 20 years. She speaks about career transition, workplace mental health, and small business / entrepreneurship. Catherine graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in Psychology. Before starting her consulting business, Point A to Point B Transitions Inc., she was employed by KPMG, Arthur Andersen, and Deloitte. Catherine works with clients who have been laid off, believe their situation is unsustainable, or find that whatever they’ve been doing isn’t working for them anymore. Never bland or boring, Catherine is not afraid to poke fun at herself, or the situations we all face.

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2023: Year in Review

I usually look forward to writing this post and it has always been part of my year-end processing. 

This year, I am forcing myself to sit here on a late Friday afternoon on January 26 and just get started. 

Last year was rough, I won’t lie, but there were also some big accomplishments.

My book was published

This year started out with fireworks toward the end of January for me. My first book, This Isn’t Working! Evolving the Way We Work to Decrease Stress, Anxiety, and Depression, was published on January 31. It was a #1 new release in two categories on Amazon. I was thrilled. 

And I did a blog book tour that was super fun and started some buzz.

If you haven’t checked out my book, you might want to. Despite the serious subtitle, it’s actually quite funny and extremely helpful. You can read the reviews on Amazon.

My book is available on Amazon, or wherever you buy books. 

We created the Recalibrate half-day workshop

My co-coach Angie Rome Gonzalez and I offered this three-hour workshop three times last year to great reviews. People told us it was a helpful reset, and we inspired one participant to totally change her life. 

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Is Competence a Blessing – Or a Curse?

Being competent seems like it is a good thing, but like all good things, too much can lead to problems.*

With my corporate employee clients, I am finding that they raise their hand to take on additional projects even with a full workload because they know they will be able to figure it out. 

Conversely, their managers often pile work on them because they are high achievers and their managers know they will likely be able to get it done. 

This often works for a while, and sometimes a long while, and then the employee burns out or leaves for a new role.  

So, how does this show up for business owners? 

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Recalibrate Workshop – Saturday, January 13, 2024

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As you look back at 2023 and take inventory, you may find that some things are working well in your life, but they could be even better.

You also may find that some things are not working in your life and they need to change.

Or, maybe you have come to a point where you are considering a big change like reinventing yourself, starting a business, or retiring.

You need to recalibrate. 

Small change, big difference 

You may not need to make a big change to change your life for the better. 

Or, you may want to completely reboot your life.

That’s fine – you get to choose! 

But thought won’t get you anywhere without action. What you need is a plan. 

That is exactly what we will help you create – a plan.

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Did AI Just Kill Career Coaching? 

This article, “Celebrating 1 Billion Members with Our New AI-Powered LinkedIn Premium Experience to Elevate Your Career,” by Tomer Cohen, LinkedIn’s chief product officer, stopped me in my tracks.*

Like me, you may have gone numb to the constant cadence of AI taking jobs and all sorts of gloom and doom predictions, but is this new LinkedIn offering the nail in the coffin for career coaches – or not? 

With one billion users across the globe, more than 140 resumes are submitted each second on LinkedIn, says the article. That’s bonkers. The new features will help you parse your feed to identify trending topics and important information, position yourself as the right candidate, draft outreach messages to recruiters and hiring managers, and much more. 

Hypothetically, it will help with all that difficult and sometimes overwhelming work you have to do in your job search.

Susan Tyson, a marketing executive and consultant, astutely pointed out that job descriptions would have to be accurate in order to effectively match candidates with roles. Frequently, job descriptions are cobbled together by a junior resource or are a fishing expedition for a professional that could not exist, so that is a potential problem. 

Kristina Sorrelli, who recently completed multiple AI certifications, recently told me that she can spot AI writing a mile away and can often even identify which program generated it. 

I suspect there will be an explosion of bland writing and everyone will ignore it over time.

I had already decided to pivot the business and do more workshops like Recalibrate and longer transformational programs (currently in development), but now it looks like an even smarter decision. 

Will AI-powered LinkedIn actually take over career coaching? Maybe for professionals targeting a similar job in a similar industry (round peg, round hole candidates). 

At a minimum, LinkedIn finally gave people a compelling reason to pay for LinkedIn Premium. 

Several people who saw my post on LinkedIn mentioned that the human touch and personal connection is exactly what is needed in a career transition, so maybe it’s not the end of my business. 

I have always said that professionals who want to do more or less the same job function at a similar company don’t need to hire me. They can get what they need from inexpensive or free resources. 

My ideal clients are professionals who have been gutted by a toxic work environment, experienced a bad business breakup, or had a health diagnosis or death in the family. These professionals will still need the high-touch approach and big heart that my co-coach Angie Rome Gonzalez and I bring. 

So, how do you guard against AI killing your business?

It might be to be more human. 

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* This post was published originally on CarolRoth.com here.

It’s World Mental Health Day and We’re Not Okay

Today is October 10, 2023 and it’s World Mental Health Day, sponsored by the World Health Organization. It’s time to talk about the fact that many of us are not okay. We need to do better, and I think we can. 

As of the last CDC.gov and its Household Pulse Survey, 28.8% of the US population is experiencing either anxiety or depression. That’s almost 1 in 3 of us. 

According to the 7th Edition of the Startup Snapshot released this year, “The startup grind takes a major toll on founder mental health – 44% high stress, 36% burnout, 37% anxiety, 13% depression, 10% panic attacks.”

According to Gallup’s State of the Workplace 2023 report, “Worldwide, 44% of employees said they experienced a lot of stress the previous day. This is the second year in a row worker stress reached record levels. Employee stress rose in 2020, likely due to the pandemic. But employee stress has been rising for over a decade. Many factors influence stress, but Gallup finds that managers play an outsized role in the stress workers feel on the job, which influences their daily stress overall.”

We need to do better and I think we can. In fact, I wrote a book about how we can create sustainable working and living for ourselves and others, This Isn’t Working! Evolving the Way We Work to Decrease Stress, Anxiety, and Depression. Available wherever you buy books.

Every Month Should Be Suicide Prevention Month, Not Just September

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Right now in the United States 19% of the population is experiencing depression, with 28.8% experiencing anxiety or depression, according to the CDC Household Pulse Survey. We need to talk about depression and normalize conversations about reaching out for help and experiencing thoughts of suicide.

This post below was originally published on CarolRoth.com here.

September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. From a dhs.gov press release:

By starting the conversation, providing support, and directing help to those who need it, we can help prevent suicides and save lives. If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. You are not alone.

Among the most popular posts on this site are the ones where I cover the shadow side of owning a business, including anxiety, depression, and thoughts of suicide. It seems like we only talk about it when we lose one of our own, and that is a shame. 

We need to take away the stigma around mental health struggles and normalize asking for help. It is pretty much guaranteed that you will have some tough days – or weeks or years – if you run your own business. 

According to the 7th Edition of the Startup Snapshot released this year, “The startup grind takes a major toll on founder mental health – 44% high stress, 36% burnout, 37% anxiety, 13% depression, 10% panic attacks.”

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The Moon and The Mikado

Watercolor by Catherine Altman Morgan

Have you ever seen a moonrise? Up until August 30 of this year, I had not – and I didn’t realize it was something that I should have had on my bucket list. 

A photographer friend reached out and said we should go watch the full moon supermoon. I immediately came up with the idea to go to the Waterfront Cafe, which is right on Lake Michigan, and would give us an unobstructed view. 

A delightful bonus was the fact that my friend, Brazilian jazz guitarist and singer Luciano Antonio, was playing that night. 

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I had read that the moon was going to appear much bigger and brighter than usual. 

What I got was an experience I won’t soon forget. 

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This Isn’t Working! I Need Your Help. 


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This Isn’t Working! Evolving the Way We Work to Decrease Stress, Anxiety, and Depression was published by Indigo River Publishing on January 30, 2023. It achieved the launch success I hoped for on Amazon. The print book and the eBook reached #1 in different categories.

And I got an author page on Simon & Schuster, who is the book’s distributor. 

I was able to get great blurbs from some well-known authors and other thought leaders, and also endorsements from HR and DEI professionals.

In addition, I got myself booked on national and international podcasts. 

I hit a cadence of social media posts and created compelling video content, which my PR colleagues praised. 

As I write this, it’s September 8, 2023 and my book has a 4.8 rating on Amazon with 25 five-star reviews and one two-star review with no text, so I have no idea what that person didn’t like. 

Financially, the book has been successful. I have gotten several clients from it and people have told me the content is extremely helpful. Several have said they have referred back to certain sections, which is an author’s dream.

I need to make a big PR push because this book is needed even more now. 

Coming out of the pandemic, things haven’t gotten better. In fact, some aspects of the workplace have gotten worse. 

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