New Talk on How to Create a Great Corporate Culture

In the 14 years I have spent doing career transition coaching, I have learned first hand what makes people unhappy at work and why they quit.

What I learned while I was writing my book is that much of what causes stress and disengagement in the workplace is more easy to fix than you might think, and doesn’t have to cost a lot. 

This is good news for budget-conscious small business owners! Creating a good corporate culture in your small business is totally possible. 

The place to start is minding your manners, just like your elders told you to do as a kid. Good manners and common courtesy can go a long way in a professional setting. Remembering to check in with team members and subordinates is easy enough to do and makes a big difference, as does acknowledging an individual’s contributions and saying thank you. 

At the conclusion of “The Little Things That Make Employees Feel Appreciated,” published in the Harvard Business Review, the authors wrote:

“At the end of the day, building a culture of appreciation comes down mostly to a lot of small commonsense practices: Not taking your people for granted. Remembering to say thank-you in a personal and sincere way. Making it clear that you’re interested in your employees’ growth and in them as individuals.”

Please note: None of this costs anything and it increases job satisfaction and productivity, and decreases employee turnover, which is very expensive. 

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Catherine Altman Morgan Interviewed on The Mental Health Today Show

I am excited to share that my interview on The Mental Health Today Show with licensed therapist John Cordray went live yesterday – and it’s a good one!

We talked about the impact a layoff or toxic work environment can have on a professional’s mental and physical health. We also covered multiple strategies for working through these situations. 

And, of course, we talked about my book, This Isn’t Working! Evolving the Way We Work to Decrease Stress, Anxiety, and Depression. (Available wherever you buy books.)

If you prefer video, you can watch below. I was pretty animated in this interview.

I was finally able to “go there” and talk about important parts of my book because it was appropriate for this audience.

And here’s the iTunes link.

The Sanctuary Community Launched and It Was Glorious! 

I am excited to share that our new membership community, Sanctuary: A Respite From 2024, launched on Sunday, March 3, 2024. It is designed to give you some space from the crazy of 2024, and provide a supportive community that may help get you through these “unprecedented times.”

We spent our first session talking about the enduring power of myth, starting with the myth of Pandora’s box. 

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

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

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.

What a beautiful soul. And hilarious.

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. 

My view from the front row at the How to Be Here Experience – last show in West Hollywood

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.

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From Burnout and Breakdown to Sustainable Working and Living Talk

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.

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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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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.