A Job vs. a “Calling”
I recently read a very thought-provoking article by Michael Lewis, columnist for Bloomberg News, about the difference between a “calling” and a job. He had some very powerful insights about the differences. Here’s the article (it’s certainly... Read More
Tips for Empowerment
The Indomitable Donkey
This week, I had the great pleasure of speaking with writer extraordinaire, Janene Mascarella (www.janenemascarella.com), a successful contributor to many magazines that we know and love. We discussed what it takes to thrive in a creative field such as... Read More
Tips for Empowerment
Thriving Through This Financial Chaos
Greetings friends. Given the state of the economy today, women are asking me over and over, “What can I do in my professional life and career to help me deal with what may be coming down the pike for me,... Read More
The Power of Asking for Help
Greetings. As I’ve been speaking these days about Breakdown, Breakthrough with other authors, I’ve been truly awed by their generosity, openness, and support for this new author. These open-hearted men and women around the country have given freely of... Read More
Welcome to the New Ellia Blog!
Greetings and welcome to the new Breakdown, Breakthrough Blog! This serves as a forum for discussion, insights, and exploration for all individuals wishing to get unstuck from their current situations, and break through to passion, power, and purpose in... Read More
Women as World Leaders
What Are We Learning from the Sarah Palin Phenomenon?
Dear Friends: Lately I’ve had some very charged and stimulating discussions with my female friends about Sarah Palin’s national launch. We’ve been exploring what the media frenzy around Ms. Palin has uncovered in us–about ourselves, our views about women... Read More
Career and Life Satisfaction Survey
Do You Have Passion, Power, and Purpose in Your Life and Work?
Do you have passion, power, and purpose in your life and work? Are you satisfied with your career and where it’s going? I’m currently conducting a Career and Life Satisfaction Survey, and would love to hear from you. The... Read More
3 Questions That Help You Move
In thinking about your life, have you ever been completely stuck in a situation, not knowing what next step to take? Or have you found yourself ruminating about something, going around and around about it, without finding a way... Read More
3 Steps to Powerful Marketing
When I work with individuals wishing to create new marketing materials for their new practice or business, I ask them to take three steps with me in the process of creating powerful messages and materials about who they are... Read More
Men vs. Women at Work
The Gap Between Professional Men and Women
In writing my forthcoming book Breakdown, Breakthrough (Berrett-Koehler, Fall 2008), I’ve come across countless real-life stories of individuals who’ve told me that they feel men and women are radically different in the workplace, and that they truly speak different... Read More
Wake Up Calls
Are You Having a Wake-Up Call?
What is true crisis in our work lives? How can we tell we’re heading into crisis, versus simply going through a really bad time? What are the signs of breakdown? As defined in the Webster’s dictionary, a “crisis” is:... Read More
In working on my book intensively these past few months, I’ve been acutely aware of something surprising. As many of you know, I’m writing about the typical crises professional women face today (12 crises of disempowerment, to be exact),... Read More
De-Stressing and Enjoying Your Holiday Times
Happy Halloween to You! As the chill of Autumn arrives, we know that busy times are ahead — complete with ghosts and goblins, turkey trots, Christmas, Hanukah, New Year’s and other beautiful celebrations fast approaching. Along with the bustle... Read More
Yes I Can Thinking
Revising “Small” Thinking
In developing my book I Can’t Do This, I’ve needed to analyze more critically the internal process I use in coaching and therapy to help clients gain empowerment and move down a path of expansion rather than diminishment and... Read More
Levels of Disempowerment
The “I Can’t Do This!” Syndrome — Where Are You Disempowered?
Greetings! I’ve created this blog to be a voice of advocacy for professional women across the country, as well as to provide a much-needed forum for working women to discuss, share, and connect with each other about the common... Read More
Empathic Parenting: A Way of Relating that Fosters Self-Esteem in Our Children
Have you ever had difficulty determining when “enough is enough” with your child? Or questioned when you should draw the line, rather than be flexible and give in to his requests? I know I have. These are issues that... Read More