Steph Stern

Steph Stern

Career Strategy & Life Coaching

I love supporting people to achieve their best in life and at work. I work with clients to tackle a variety of problems and transitions, from a new baby or managing a new team.

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ABCs for a Happy Life - small answers

I’ve come to understand that our language is the scaffolding that supports our world view. Our language has the power to either uplift us and help us connect, or it can help enforce our own insecurities and divide us from others.

Perfection is Not the Goal - small answers

No one would mistake me for a perfectionist.

When I think of perfectionism, the garden variety perfectionism that comes to mind has to do with completing tasks exactly right, redoing what isn’t perfect, endlessly researching a new gadget in order to make sure that you get the exact right one. This perfectionism is an exacting and unforgiving search that typically leaves the practitioner dissatisfied.

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Am I Ambitious?

Ambition is such a loaded word in our culture. We generally use it to mean that you are striving for professional and financial success, and perhaps fame or prestige. Ambition is about accomplishment.

3 Psychological Hurdles Standing Between You and a Better Resume

Reviewing my stack of applicant resumes, I saw clearly that the most common mistakes were subtle and psychological.

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What I Didn't Learn In School

At the large public high school I attended, it was routine for questions seeking deeper information to be met with, “Don’t worry, you don’t need to know that for the test.” Though this infuriated me, I adapted.

3 Counterintuitive Negotiation Tactics That Really Work themuse ...

3 Counterintuitive Negotiation Tactics That Really ...

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How to Quiet Your Inner Critic - small answers

We all have an inner critic: the voice in our head that says the mean, unhelpful things. My inner critic looks like me, but with a pinched nose and a tight bun.

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Office Small Talk: An Illustrated Typology | The Billfold

Pleasantries are trite and routine, and, especially in the office environment, they can stress me out.

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What Do You Do All Day? | The Billfold

I have always been very concerned with becoming a respectable job candidate, even before I really knew what I wanted to do. I’d thought the goal was to master information that would set me up for a successful career.

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Career Advice From the Dalai Lama | The Billfold

When asked the question “What do you do for a living?” the Dalai Lama answered, “Nothing, I do nothing!”

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The Anti-Lazy Manifesto - small answers

The Anti-Lazy Manifesto - small answers

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The Psychology of Green DecisionsHow do you decide to do ...

The Psychology of Green DecisionsHow do you decide ...

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"What's It All About?" An Illustrated Story - small answers

"What's It All About?" An Illustrated Story - small...

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Why Do We Spend Money On Things That Don't Make Us Happy ...

If how we spend our money is such a clear reflection of our priorities, shouldn’t we try to spend it in ways that make us truly happy?

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You, Me and Both of Us: Rules That Apply to Our Relationships and ...

You, Me and Both of Us: Rules That Apply to Our Rel...