For high school and college students, choosing the right college, major, internships and career can be overwhelming. Jody Michael shares her insights on how to best prepare your child for college and career.
Good Day Chicago, Preparing for College, May 20, 2015
Jody Michael Associates has also been featured on MSNBC Primetime, PBS, CNN, Discovery Channel and NBC’s “Today Show.”
Is working with a career or life coach right for you? JMA coach Anna Bray shares her insights into what it's like to work with a coach — or to become a coach.
National Public Radio (WBEZ), Working Shift: Life Coach, July 18, 2016
It's the end of an era — as the Chicago trading pits close, Jody Michael reflects on her experiences as one of the first female traders at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
National Public Radio (WBEZ), Closing time for Chicago's trading pits, July 2, 2015
Why do some people take more risks than others? In this NPR series, Jody Michael shares her personal experience and professional insight regarding the psychology of risk, as it relates to trading.
National Public Radio (WBEZ), Are some people hard-wired to take more risks than others?, October 14, 2013
WGN, “Chicago Confidential,” Fall 2010
Print and online
Tired of year after year of unrealized goals? Nancy Scheel, our Atlanta executive coach, shares 3 simple steps for finally achieving them.
Simply Buckhead, Goal Getter, November 3, 2016
If you're considering a job at an early-stage startup, it's important to do some digging first. I share how to get started.
Money, How to Vet a Startup Before Joining, September 26, 2016
Many people who are unhappy in their careers stay because making a change feels too difficult. However, change doesn't have to happen all at once. Here's what I tell clients who say, "I don't have time."
Forbes, 12 Pieces of Advice to Those Who Want to Change But 'Don't Have Time,' August 29, 2016
I weigh in on one of the most crucial signs of team dysfunction leaders should watch for — and the first step to take to address it.
Forbes, 14 Warning Signs That Your Team Is Nearing Dysfunction, August 26, 2016
Everyone has stressful days at work, but when is it enough to signal that it's time to leave your job? I discuss a few of the most important red flags that you shouldn't ignore.
Bustle, 19 Signs You Should Consider Walking Away From Your Job ASAP, August 23, 2016
Networking can be intimidating — even scary — but by using these strategies, you can calm your nerves, increase your effectiveness and maybe even enjoy the experience.
Bustle, 15 Ways to Overcome Awkwardness at Networking Events, August 12, 2016
As an entrepreneur, your business plan should account for where you are, where you plan to go, and how you will get there. As a Forbes Coaches Council member, I weigh in on a crucial element that many first-time entrepreneurs forget.
Forbes, Eight Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make When Writing Their First Business Plan, July 13, 2016
If you live with a deep-seated fear that your success is more a matter of luck than a measure of your true ability, you're not alone. Success is a prize many high achievers — especially women — feel they don’t deserve. It’s a conundrum so prevalent, there’s a name for it: the impostor syndrome. In this Forbes article, I share how "fake it till you make it" can actually be an incredibly powerful strategy to transform your confidence and catapult your success.
Forbes, Conquer the Impostor Syndrome: A Somatic Makeover to the Rescue, July 12, 2016
Switching careers can be difficult for both the career changer and their significant other. I discuss how to successfully navigate the emotions and dynamics to preserve your relationship.
Chicago Tribune, Making a Career Transition — and Keeping Your Relationship Intact, July 5, 2016
So you're fresh out of college and ready to jump into the job market. Or maybe you're employed in a position that's a poor fit, and you're looking to move on. Taking the first step can be intimidating and confusing, but with a bit of preparation — and expert advice — you can craft a solid plan and find a career that's the best fit for you.
Chicago Tribune, How to Carve Out Your Perfect Career Path, June 29, 2016
Are you rushing through life on auto-pilot, focused on checking items off your To-Do list? Buried in the minutiae, life is busy, but it can also feel hollow. Jody Michael shares how to take thoughtful, deliberate steps to create the life and career you want.
The Huffington Post, If Your Life Were a Piece of Art, Would You Buy It?, June 7, 2016
We all have areas in our life in which we want to change, but haven't been able to on our own. These areas often prevent us from performing at our peak. Athletes rely on coaches to reach optimal performance. In this Forbes interview, Jody Michael discusses how executive coaching can be equally as transformative for business leaders.
Forbes, Could an Executive Coach Help You Succeed in Business?, May 24, 2016
Today's college students face a staggering number of career choices, intense competition and a furiously evolving career landscape. JMA coach Maura Koutoujian shares how students can navigate the overwhelming maze of possibilities to identify their best career fit — and approach their future with more confidence, focus and success.
The New York Times, Career Coaching for the Playdate Generation, April 7, 2016
Jody Michael shares the tumultuous journey of her childhood and young adult years and the life-changing lesson she learned: Letting go of the rigid mindset of what is wrong/right, good/bad is the key that unlocks the space to forgive — and to find profound peace.
The Huffington Post, The Freedom of Forgiveness, April 1, 2016
How can you assess a company's commitment to work-life balance without raising a red flag during the hiring process? Jody Michael shares her insights with Dice, a technology-focused career website.
Dice, Evaluating a Company's Work-Life Balance, March 23, 2016
The closing of the Chicago trading pits has left many traders in a quandary over what to do with the next chapter of their career. Jody Michael talks about her own trading experience, and how pit traders can use their transferable skills to successfully transition to a new career — one that offers the freedom, risk and reward that they love.
eFinancialCareers, Life After the Pits: How "Dinosaur" Traders are Reinventing Themselves, November 24, 2015
High school and college can be overwhelming times in your child's life. Students have a world of career options before them, but many struggle with how to narrow it all down. Jody Michael discusses how to best navigate this transition and identify your child's best career fit.
Star-Telegram, Helping Our Kids' Careers, July 26, 2015
Members of the baby boomer generation are staying in the workforce longer than previous generations. Jody Michael weighs in on the trend and explains why you're never too old for a career change.
PRM, How Baby Boomers Are Re-Entering the Workforce, June 5, 2015
We're thrilled to announce that Jody Michael Associates has earned the esteemed 2014 Angie's List Super Service Award in the categories of Career Coach and Life Coach. The award reflects an exemplary year of service provided to members of Angie's List and the local services marketplace.
News release, April 16, 2015
If you're unhappy in your career, don't wait for external factors to force you to change. Jody Michael highlights how she proactively approached change to create a career she loves.
The Huffington Post, Spring Cleaning of the Soul: A Strategic Process for Planning Your Career, April 14, 2015
Staying motivated and confident while unemployed can be extremely challenging. Jody Michael shares her insights on how to keep your edge while unemployed.
Pluralsight, How to Keep Your Edge While You're Unemployed, February 23, 2015
Jody Michael shares her advice for women who feel empty, unfullfilled or confused about their next steps as they enter a new chapter of their lives.
Make It Better, Life Coaches' Best Advice for the New Year, December 22, 2014
A 45-minute phone call with Michael Jackson shaped the trajectory of my life. I was 16 years old when our conversation taught me an invaluable lesson about the importance of being fearless and tenacious in pursuit of my goals — a powerful lesson for all of us.
The Huffington Post, What 45 Minutes With Michael Jackson Taught Me, October 28, 2014
Everyone knows that internships are a fantastic way to build your resume, make valuable connections and test out a career field, but people often overlook the power of externships. Jody Michael shares her insights for why and how to find an externship that will help you refine your career goals.
InternMatch, 4 Reasons to Find an Externship, September 22, 2014
Considering starting a side business? Jody Michael discusses how to brainstorm for business ideas, as well as how to prepare for and promote your product or service.
Money Under 30, For Part-time Entrepreneurs, How To Find A Side Business And Make It Successful, August 12, 2014
Millennials face many stereotypes in the workplace, but the secret to a successful interview is learning to embrace and use them to your advantage. Jody Michael shares strategies for how to effectively respond to employers' concerns and land the internship or job.
InternMatch, Millennials: Using Stereotypes to Your Advantage, August 1, 2014
Jody Michael reflects on her experience as one of the first female traders on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and shares her best leadership advice for women who want to thrive in the workplace.
The Huffington Post, Leadership Advice for Women: The Mistakes We Make, July 9, 2014
The firing of New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson, known for her brusque and polarizing management style, set off a debate on gender equality in the workplace. Jody Michael weighs in on the underlying causes of abrasive leadership and how executive coaching can help leaders gain the insight and self-awareness required to succeed.
Crain’s Chicago Business, How female execs can avoid a NY Times-style epic fail, May 20, 2014
Deciding to pursue – and invest in – another degree is a big decision. But where should the decision-making process begin? As a career coach who has advised prospective students for over 20 years, Jody Michael offers her insights on what to think about before going back to school.
Chicago Tribune, Fill in these answers before going back to school, April 28, 2014
Many clients enter Jody Michael's coaching office echoing the same pain-ridden battle cry: "I'm overwhelmed. I'm overworked. I want to quit my job now." But within a few months, they perceive their work – and even their life – much differently. How? It all comes down to two questions: "What do you want to be when you grow up?" and "How do you define happiness?"
Choice Magazine, Redefining Happiness at Work, December 2013
Starting a business with your partner creates new challenges in a relationship. Yet, Jody Michael and Cathy Cullen did just that when developing Career Cheetah, a company that provides a revolutionary, fast and individualized way to discover your best career fit.
Chicago Tribune, Entrepreneur couples make each other their business, October 22, 2013
Complacency is one of the biggest mistakes a leader can make. As Jody Michael discusses in this article, leaders at all levels need to be able to shift perspectives, take in multiple points of reference, and execute change with agility and fluidity.
INSIGHT Magazine, Are You Fit to Lead?, Summer 2013
Within the workplace, coaching can be the catalyst to improve leadership skills, promote better communication, increase performance and transform the culture of an entire organization. In this article, Jody Michael shares her insights regarding the most important tools, strategies and metrics to use to achieve dramatic, enduring change.
Choice Magazine, Coaching & Performance: Coaching as a Catalyst for Performance Improvement, March 2013
Are you wishing you had a more flexible work schedule, but not sure how to approach your boss? Jody Michael shares tips on how to make the most effective request.
Make It Better, Time Is Luxury: How to Get a Flexible Work Schedule (page 86), October 2012
Thinking of going to graduate school, but intimidated by the thought of balancing it with your other responsibilities? Jody Michael shares her advice on how to juggle school, work and family.
Chicago Tribune, Juggling School, Work, Family, Feb. 2, 2012
Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to find a new job? Jody Michael explains how to effectively search for a job and stay positive during the process.
Chicago Tribune, Keep New Year’s Resolutions Simple, Achievable, December 28, 2011
Jody Michael shares her experiences as a trader that prepared her to effectively serve this niche coaching group.
Chicago Tribune, Coach Guides Traders Whose Life is the Pits, Jan. 27, 2010