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034: Prioritizing Career and Personal Growth with Carrie Sechel

Posted By Digital Enterprise Society, Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Updated: Monday, January 6, 2020

034: Prioritizing Career and Personal Growth with Carrie Sechel


On this episode, Thom Singer is joined by Carrie Sechel, a dynamic author and business leader who works to help people find greater focus and meaning in both their careers and personal lives.  This conversation covers everything from the facts for female breadwinners within the tech world to the realities behind the ever-elusive work-life balance.  Carrie outlines the importance of maintaining priorities within families while growing a career and offers simple tips for anyone that is looking for ways to increase both their workplace and home life value. 

On today’s podcast, you will learn:

Dynamics and challenges of being a female breadwinner

  • A comparison of dual-income and female breadwinner families.

  • Overcoming the fulfillment gap that comes with being the stay-at-home parent. 

  • Tell-tale signs that it’s time to make a change in your career path.

Tips for having a fabulous career without destroying your family

  • Clearly and honestly define your priorities. 

  • Don’t try to fit into a mold of someone else's family. 

  • Communicate your commitment to your family every step of the journey.

  • Actively invest your time in your highest home and family priorities. 

  • Don’t make up stories about the expectations that others have of you. 

Maintaining a healthy harmony between home and work

  • Simple techniques for removing yourself from chronic stress, guilt, and resentment. 

  • Don’t be afraid to say ‘no’ to the things that don’t align with priorities.

  • Resist the desire to perfectly balance home and work life at all times. 

Tips for greater success in the workplace

  • Be coachable at work and open to receiving feedback.

  • Receive feedback with a willingness to change. 

  • Identify your biggest stressors and stop worrying about things you cannot control. 

  • Invest your energy in the things that increase your productivity. 

Guest Bio:

Before creating her business, Carrie Sechel spent the first 18-years of her career in big public accounting firms.  During this time, she mentored and consulted with hundreds of professionals and businesses, and for the last 7 of those 18 years, she was a partner at Deloitte.  She always knew she’d start a business at some point, but her fear of leaving Deloitte was so great that she nearly broke down before finally deciding to move on.  Within two years of leaving Deloitte Carrie built a thriving entrepreneurial consulting business and wrote a bestselling book. She connected her knowledge and experiences to her passions to find her real why, and aligned her business vision with her life vision. Now she is driven to help others do the same.  Through her personal experience and years of coaching/mentoring professionals and consulting with business owners, she developed the Power to Pivot system to take you from stuck and unclear to vision, plan, and action. 

Tags:  Professional Development  Time Management 

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