Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion

Paul FennerLifestyle

Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, “They don’t pay me to like the kids.” Her response: “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.’” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.

How to Build Better Habits in the New Year

Paul FennerLife Transitions

Since we just flipped the calendar on a New Year, I thought that it would be appropriate to focus one post exclusively on resolutions and more importantly habits.  The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business is an essential read on this topic as it tries to get the reader to focus on the … Read More

How To Find The Best Job For You

Paul FennerLife Transitions

Would you take career advice from a 21-year-old? Spencer Thompson has built a website that uses survey questions and data to find a career that suits you best.  This Fast Company article introduced you to his Thompson’s company, Sokanu (pronounced so can you), contains a database of some 500 careers, with metrics on what sort of person thrives in that … Read More

Ep.11 – Noelle Essig – Helping Students & Families Through the College & Career Planning Process

Paul FennerPodcast

Noelle Essig

Subscribe to the show on Apple Podcast |Google Podcast | Amazon Music | Spotify Are you concerned about college and career planning for your children?  Did you know that there are likely resources within your school district that could help plan for your kids’ future? This week I speak with Noelle Essig, College & Career Counselor in the West Bloomfield … Read More

Karen Thompson Walker: What fear can teach us

Paul FennerLife Transitions

Imagine you’re a shipwrecked sailor adrift in the enormous Pacific. You can choose one of three directions and save yourself and your shipmates — but each choice comes with a fearful consequence too. How do you choose? In telling the story of the whaleship Essex, novelist Karen Thompson Walker shows how fear propels imagination, as it forces us to imagine … Read More

Designing a Wealth Management Plan for Now and for Life

Paul FennerNew and Growing Families


THE SITUATION The Winters* Family:  Jennifer, 35; Brian, 38, twin girls, 9 and son Andrew, 7. Jennifer is a marketing director, and Brian is a software engineer. Jennifer would like the option to start her own business, which would give her more time at home with the kids. The Winters have been saving for college and emergency needs in a … Read More

Preparing for the Next Life Chapter

Paul FennerEmpty Nest Families

Empty Nest

THE SITUATION The Summers* Family:  Carol, 55; Derrick, 58, Jessica, 26 and Tony, 24. Carol is in the medical field, and Derek works in manufacturing – both work for others. After accumulating some wealth through various investment accounts and with both adult children working with no immediate need for financial support, the Summers now want to focus on and plan … Read More

Ep.10 – Bill Kieffer – Experiencing Career & Life Transitions from Multiple Angles

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Bill Kiefer

Subscribe to the show on Apple Podcast |Google Podcast | Amazon Music | Spotify Going through a job transition can be an emotional situation for most people in corporate America.  But what about transitioning from military life to civilian life? Today I speak with Bill Kieffer, a corporate executive, coach, speaker, and former officer in the U.S. Army who has … Read More

The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Paul FennerPersonal Finance

As another holiday season winds down, this HBR article titled The Disciplined Pursuit of Less definitely caught my eye.  To my surprise, this article is actually about life choices and, more specifically, career choices.  In the piece by Greg McKeown, CEO of THIS Inc, McKeown argues that “success is a catalyst for failure.”  McKeown goes on to point out why successful people and organizations … Read More