September 6, 2011
September Blues, Bliss - or Somewhere in Between?  
Welcome to TGIM Work-Life News, my 'Not-So-Monthly' newsletter! This is a sister publication to UNretiredLife -- both brought to you by Big Cheese Coaching.
Ahhh, September is here. Yay!? Darn!? Or somewhere in between? I'm always sad to say goodbye to summer, especially this year. I had a great summer and am a little reluctant to see it end. But at the same time, I'm also excited about the new season. September feels kind of like a new beginning -- a fresh start. New clothes (who can resist?!); New TV (I confess, I love my shows); some new learning (I'm always up to something!) -- and lots of exciting new projects at work.
Speaking of new projects, I'm excited to share some personal news: I have been invited to join the Globe and Mail's brand new online career site (Globecareers just launched last week) as one of their career coaching experts. I will be contributing to an 'Ask a Career Expert' feature where readers can email questions. Myself,  along with a few other contributors, will respond with advice columns. In my first article, I was asked by a reader for some advice on managing people. Here's a link to the article (Are You an Empathetic Manager?). You can read more about the new site and how to get in touch if you would like to send in a question in an article just below.

How about you? What are you looking forward to this September? In what ways is September like a fresh start for you? A lot of people have been landing on my TGIMworklife blog because they googled  'September Blues". Hmmm. If by chance, you relate to that and perhaps aren't quite feeling the 'joy' just yet (lol), then check out an article I have posted on my blog "Beat the Back to September Blues"  I wrote it a few years back but find it's relevant every autumn.

There's more news in my article below. Please scroll down for more. In the meantime, I wish you a September abundant with career and life success and joy! TGIM everyone!  



Eileen Chadnick, PCC, ACPC, ABC
Big Cheese Coaching and Chadnick Communications
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Now Featured in Globecareers  -- and Other News:  


Are you an Empathetic Manager?


That's the title of my first article on the new Globecareers site that was just launched last week. It's in response to a reader who asked for advice on managing people. She wrote:


"I find that managing people is a real challenge: People don't always behave rationally, and I have so much on my plate that it is hard to stop and understand why. I also have little interest in office politics. Am I doomed as a manager? Some advice on developing better people skills, please."


You can read my answer here.


You might wonder what empathy has to do with managing people. Empathy is a critical skill to effectively understanding people which is fundamental to good relationships, effective communications and empowering leadership. It's one of the 15 emotional intelligence competencies profiled in the new EQ-i 2.0. (as well as the older).  Without empathy we risk defaulting to quick assumptions which are sometimes far from reality and can misinform our choices/actions. 


Do you have a question you'd like answered in Globecareers? You can either send one to me and I will forward it to the editor who chooses the questions that get answered. Or send it directly to Globe Careers at  There are a few of us involved as experts so have a look at the specific page, "Send us a question" which provides links to various other pages such as 'meet the experts', etc.  If there's a particular person you'd like to respond, then include that in your email.


Speaking of Emotional Intelligence (EQ, EI)....


The new EQ-i2.0 is here! Being certified in the EQ-i, I am acquainting myself with the new system. I just took the EQ-i2.0 to see my results and was really curious how they'd be presented compared with the original version. I have to tell you: WOW! I am seriously impressed. thought I had a pretty full picture of my EQ profile (strengths and areas for development) but the new reports are much richer, more detailed, easier to read and chock full of new ideas. They are also so much more conducive for a richer coaching experience.


What does EQ have to do with your happiness and wellbeing? What EQ factors contribute to an enhanced sense of meaning and purpose in work and life? How does your performance suffer or excel as a result of your ability to manage stress, test reality, practice empathy? What derailers should you watch out for if you have particularly high degrees of optimism (or any other factor) but lower fluency in problem solving (or other factors)? How self expressed are you and how is that impacting your leadership, work + life fulfillment?


These are just a few of the very many dimensions explored in the new EQ-i 2.0. I am so excited about the possibilities and since my work is about helping people achieve more success, more meaning and fulfillment from their work + lives, this tool really rocks!


I am putting together some special promotions for people interested in exploring their EQ further. If you are interested, send me an email (with no obligation at all) and you'll be first in the queue to learn more.

In The News...


Try the Retro Retirement: Can you have a fulfilling, meaningful retirement without having a million (or so) bucks? What thrills can be gained from a no-frills retirement? This is the gist of an article that ran in the National Post and its regional publications. I was invited to comment because of my background in retirement life coaching.


Secrets to a Happy Retirement: This one is in the queue with a major magazine scheduled to appear in the October issue. Again, also because of my background in retirement life coaching, I was asked to provide some tips for planning a happy retirement. I'm keeping a bit 'mums' on the name of the magazine in case it gets rescheduled or canceled as can sometimes happen in media. Either way, I'll be sure to share my thoughts (with or without the published article) on my blog in the weeks ahead.


A happy and bountiful September to you all. I'll be back with more news again soon. Here's to spending our work+life time meaningfully and productively. TGIM work + life!



Eileen Chadnick, PCC, ACPC, ABC

Big Cheese Coaching

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