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Seven Career-Killing Myths

August 7, 2018 Seven Career-Killing Myths

Recalibrating your mindset to prepare to go after your dream career requires you to take an honest look at the beliefs you hold. Our culture is inundated with false beliefs about how successful careers are made. These are the myths that keep people day after day dragging off to jobs they hate. These are the lies that keep you from landing your dream job or earning enough money to have the lifestyle you want.As you read through these myths, and the truths that contradict them, reflect on what you actually believe about your ability to design the life and career you desire. Consider why you think that way and what that kind of thinking may have cost you.It's time to fulfill your potential. Decide today to change your way of looking at your career. Start by assessing whether you have fallen prey to any of these myths and working to adjust your mindset to one that's always looking for opportunities and expecting to find them.Myth #1: You have to be ruthless to survive in corporate...

The Truth Your BOSS is Afraid to Tell You

June 15, 2018 The Truth Your BOSS is Afraid to Tell You

A boss once told me, "Yvette, life is not fair." This was the immediate reply from my boss in 1990 when I expressed my dismay with an average merit increase and another year of being overlooked for directorship. After pleading my case of why I felt my work performance merited more money and a title change, I ended with 'It isn't fair,' and my boss agreed. Her agreement led me to tears. Why? Because I felt I had been mistreated, undervalued, and taken for granted and her comment confirmed it. Even worst, she made no excuse or apology for it. Instead, three weeks later I got a significant merit increase and later a promotion. This victorious win, I wouldn't realize until years later, wasn't a win at all. It's true that I got the money and the new position, but I failed to understand or even ask why I wasn't initially promoted. Honest feedback would have served me better than a "life is not fair."Unfortunately, years later at a different company I found myself in the same...

Leadership that Blooms

April 2, 2018

Leadership that Blooms"Leaders develop the ability to manage and lead themselves before they're able to manage and lead others."It's spring! Barring the necessary pollen, it's a welcome season for me because this is the time where I begin to re-calibrate; i.e., assess, adjust, and align. As I'm cleaning out the closet of old, worn out, or too small winter clothes and begin to fill my yard with blooming perennials, I go through a mental and emotional process that ultimately yield blooms in my personal and professional life. Here's how I do it:Assess – Evaluate how I'm doing with the goals I set in January. When I identify an area that lacks progress, I first ask: 'Is this something I really want to accomplish?" If the answer is no, then I remove it from my current goal list. When it is something that I do want to achieve, I recommit myself to accomplishing the goal and move to the next step of adjusting.Adjust – This is the step where I plan behavioral changes that will allow me...

Why Wait for Happiness...

January 26, 2018 Why Wait for Happiness...<br>

Most of us believe in happiness or at least in the theory of its overflowing joy and ever-filling peace in our lives. If we're not experiencing happiness in the present, we like to think that it's waiting on us somewhere in the future. If we could just make it to retirement or into the new year, happiness will meet us there. If we could land a higher paying job, if we had a better boss, if we could drop the weight, or if we were married; happiness would be possible.For too many people, happiness is possible … if only. In one of my recent Career Masterminds a participant said, "I can't be happy when I'm working for a jerk." That statement alone got me thinking about the countless times I've heard others align their level of happiness with current circumstances. Why do we allow our circumstances to determine our happiness as if our lives were a mathematical if/ then equation?It was Anne Frank who said, "We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and...

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) Official Certifies Yvette Gavin As A Women’s Business Enterprise

December 6, 2017

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) Official Certifies Yvette Gavin As A Women’s Business Enterprise Atlanta, Georgia (December, 2017) - In December 2017 Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) officially recognized elite business development strategist, certified trainer, and speaker, Yvette Gavin as a certified Women’s Business Enterprise. WBENC is the nation’s largest third-party certifier of the businesses owned and operated by women in the United States. Certification is accepted by more than 1,000 corporations representing America’s most prestigious brands, in addition to many states, cities and other entities. The organization is a national leader driving women’s business growth. It brings together over 300 corporate and government members with more than 12,000 WBENC-Certified Women Business Enterprises. In conjunction with its 14 regional partner organizations (RPOs) spanning the country, it delivers thought...

Yvette Gavin Kicks Off The Official ReCalibrate City Book Tour.

October 13, 2017

Author & Elite Business Development Strategist Yvette Gavin Kicks Off The Official ReCalibrate City Book Tour Atlanta, GA (October 12, 2017 ) On October 19, 2017 inspirational speaker, author and elite business strategist, Yvette Gavin, will kick off the official “ReCalibrate” city book tour. The six city book tour begins at 7:00 p.m. at Buckhead’s upscale The Peach Shopping Center Barnes and Noble, located at 2900 Peachtree Rd NW #310, Atlanta, GA 30305. During each stop Gavin will autograph books for each of her supporters and share her secrets of coaching individuals into higher paying jobs, more rewarding careers, and personal spiritual growth. Gavin has helped Fortune 100 companies and small businesses improve the quality of their deliverables and build strong and highly productive teams. She has proven herself as an expert in growing small and large companies and navigating careers across changing landscapes, which she displays in her book ReCalibrate!...

Rolling Out!

August 24, 2017

Atlanta business development strategist discusses living purposefullyHave you ever found yourself feeling all over the place in your career? Prior to becoming a business owner, I often found myself starting many projects and not finishing them. I had no idea at the time I could hire a professional to help me find my niche.Rolling out had the opportunity to chat with Yvette Gavin, a business development strategist and owner of Yvette Gavin Consulting. We talked about her biggest career challenges and how she helped one client score a six-figure income.Talk about your professional achievements since launching your firm.Since launching my company, Yvette Gavin Consulting LLC where I’m helping others grow their companies and assisting individuals in landing higher paying jobs. One of my client’s increased her income from $70K to over $170K within three months of coaching. After implementing the operational and sales strategies I recommended to a client in 2015, the company’s net...

Four Books to read this Summer for a Better You!

June 19, 2017 Four Books to read this Summer for a Better You!

Summer is the perfect time for a great book. I’ve received a couple of requests this month for a list of books I would recommend for reading, and I thought I would share them with you. For sure, there are several books that have contributed to my personal growth. When it comes to reading for personal development, the Bible has made the biggest impact on my life, but these four have been major contributors of my continued growth. I hope you find time within our long summer days to add an extra read to your list for personal growth and checkout one of these books.  I know you’ll be glad you did!   Leave a comment with the book(s) you have chosen. 1. The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth By John C. Maxwell 2. Never Eat Alone and Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time By Keith Ferrazzi  and Tahl Raz      3. RECALIBRATE! Navigating the Job Market with Confidence   By Yvette Gavin     4. The Magic of Thinking BIG   By David J....

Stuck or Rut Here’s the Key to Moving Forward

May 24, 2017

 Stuck...    The one word I here over-and-over from my clients is, stuck.  This is not a big surprise because research agencies like Gallup have reported for years that only about 34% of all working people are engaged or happy with their jobs.  So when I hear my clients express emotions of being stuck on their current jobs, I know I can help them become unstuck.     But, what about rut?  During a recent lunch with a long-time friend, I heard a different word that describes the feeling of unhappiness and lack of engagement on the job. It wasn’t stuck this time, it was rut.  “Every day feels like Bill Murry’s Groundhog Day; I’m in a rut and need help,” she cried.    Stuck is the inability to move from a particular position or plan, or inability to change a particular situation. On the other hand, rut is doing the same, old, boring thing for too long.  I see stuck as more about one’s mindset and rut more about the actions taken.  If the rut is deep enough,...

Dear Parents...

April 20, 2017

Help your Graduate Avoid this Top Interviewing MistakeThere’s this weird sisterhood that takes place between two complete strangers in the women’s dressing room. Similar to the dressing room scene in the movie, Keeping Up with the Joneses starring Isla Fisher and Gal Gadot, I found myself standing in my underwear before three complete strangers giving advice on how to dress for an interview.I was trying on some new dresses at my favorite clothing boutique when I overheard a woman say, “My daughter is graduating from college and she has her first job interview on Monday.” The sales associate assured her that her daughter looked beautiful in the very pricy outfit and went on to say the outfit was perfect for an interview. I thought, no wonder 75% of hiring managers believe the top interviewing mistake millennials make is wearing inappropriate attire (according to a study done by recruiting firm, Adecco.)Although I was trying to mind my own business, I couldn’t help but...

The John Maxwell TEAM

April 5, 2017 The John Maxwell TEAM

Six years ago I called the John Maxwell Company and asked for 10 minutes of John’s time. Where that may sound bold and courageous, I didn’t feel bold at all. I felt totally out of my element and the fear of rejection was huge. I made the call in spite of the negative thoughts and feelings that were trapped inside of me. I was finally at the place where my dreams had become bigger and stronger than my fears. I was no longer willing to allow the comfort of a six-figure income to limit my potential of achieving a more mission-driven life. This photo of John and I was taken last month at the International Maxwell Live Event in Orlando, FL. It is much more than a photo with the world’s leading leadership expert; it is the physical manifestation of a dream realized.Transitioning from a corporate IT leader role to a Leadership and Personal Growth Coach, Trainer, and Speaker didn’t happen because I wished for it. It happened because I became intentional about living my...

17 Ways to Balance and Recharge Your Life

March 1, 2017 17 Ways to Balance and Recharge Your Life

  Your family and career are important parts of your life. If anyone believes that, I certainly do, and the reality is that most of us spend more time at work than we do at home with our families. Yes, your job and your family are, and should be, an important component of your life. But wait. There’s more. There’s you. I work long hours and when I’m in the office, I’m on. I am also a wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and a friend. Nevertheless, I’m quite clear on the fact that I also have to take care of myself. I have to practice the kinds of healthy self-care habits that help me find peace and reinvigorate me so I can be my best self for my family, for my employees, for my clients, and for me. There are times I get out of balance, but I have specific strategies to rebalance myself.Here are a few restorative practices that can help you manage the stress of a demanding career and family life: Read a BookMeditationPrayerDeep breathing exercisesLong soaks in the...

Are You Rising Up?

February 4, 2017 Are You Rising Up?

Rise up! This phrase is being echoed across America as an estimated 100 million people prepare to watch the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.  Whether a Patriots or Falcons loyalist, football fans are rising up to support the sport and their favorite team. As I watch the excitement for the pending big game and even participating in the hype myself, I can’t help but wonder how many of the 100 million fans are rising up to accomplish their own dreams. How about you? Are you rising up for your dreams?  Or, are you sitting in the stands watching others achieve their dreams? Just about everyone has a dream or two but it is estimated that about 80% of all people do not have a plan for achieving their dreams. Of the 20% of people who have a plan, about 70% of them actually achieve their goals.  Why? Career and Life Coaches site reasons for this low achievement rate from fear-of-success to negative environments. Nevertheless, a lack of a plan and goal setting...

Are your Relationships helping or hurting your Dreams?

December 23, 2016 Are your Relationships helping or hurting your Dreams?

Nurturing your dream is your responsibility. One key to taking responsibility for your dreams is to be very clear about who is supporting you and who isn’t.  Too often I see people suffering through toxic relationships that sucks the life out of them.  I’ve had a few in my life and found that planning time to reflect at the end of each year helps me to move into the new year with clarity and greater hope. As I reflect on the events of the year that’s ending and my vision for the future, I consider the people in my life one-by-one.  This is, of course, an emotional part of my year-end/ year-beginning reflection because it always includes happy and exciting moments shared with others and some very low and painful times as well.  Nevertheless, I do a relationship assessment because I am aware of the power of influence from people in my personal circle.As I reflect on the people in my life, I ask myself these two critical questions: 1.  Who was a source of light, support, and...