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Create a career that fits the life you want

You work hard. Your colleagues love you and come to you for everything. So why does your job feel like such a drag?

Everyone says, “I don’t know what we would do without you?!”

When someone asks you for help, you smile and say, “Sure!”

But you are secretly resentful, dying on the inside and thinking, “Urgh – can’t you figure this out for yourself?!!”

You feel trapped and stuck.

I help you get unstuck, learn to say no without guilt, plan what you want to do next in your career and give you the momentum to do it.

It starts with confidence.


    I’m Ellen Lyman, and it’s my job to help you create a career you actually want.

    I’m an IT director at a large global company, and I am a career coach.

    I have worked in corporate IT for more than 25 years, delivered large projects and small projects, handled tough decisions, celebrated huge wins, and felt the impact of project failure.

    I was ambitious, a perfectionist, and an ultimate people pleaser.  I became the department’s go-to and I didn’t have the confidence to say, “No”.  It was a quick recipe for burnout, which made me want to quit.

    I hired my coach, and together, we explored what I love to do. I learned how to claim free time, set my schedule, and say yes to what brings me joy.  It was the best thing I ever did.

    The best career advice and inspiration.

    This weekly Monday email gets you…

    • Actionable career advice
    • Skills to improve your work performance
    • Ways to take control of your workload and let go of overwhelm

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    Ellen did a lot of work on my cv (resume) to get it to look good.  When we were done, I loved the result and found myself thinking, “if they don’t hire me with this they’ll be crazy!” – M.M.

    I updated my resume using Ellen’s best practices and applied for a job on Monday night. I got an interview request Wednesday morning!  -S.G.

    Group Workshops

    I want to recognize and thank Ellen for the amazing event on Time Management. Ellen’s advice was empowering and has increased my productivity and joy over the past several weeks.

    “Ellen’s explanation for why we encounter decision paralysis and confusion was illuminating. Knowing why it happens means that I can move beyond it. And the concrete framework she shared tells me how to do exactly that.”


    Ellen has a keen insight which allowed her to help me see past the “noise” of frustration, anger, and confusion to figure out what my best path forward should be. – Ann