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January/February, 2019  

January/February Newsletter

Lead Article

Shift Your Perspective,
Make Yourself the Priority

Kay Fittes, February, 2019

It’s the middle of February.  The days are getting a bit longer, but not long enough.  Unfortunately, it’s too early for spring fever.  It’s at this time of year, we try even harder to maintain healthy habits and relationships to stay productive and keep from finding ourselves in a slump.

As we think about our self-care, let’s flip the script and make the workplace the first place you think about taking care of you.  Rather than self-care being something that happens outside of work in the evenings and on the weekends, self-care can become a natural part of your workday.

There’s always more that can be done and, even if you’re the CEO, work brings pressure and demands.  I’m here to help you remember that YOU COUNT and sometimes you need to put yourself first.

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Coaching Promotion

Kay’s Consulting Corner

Kay Fittes

Each month in this section, Kay offers actionable career consulting tips.

Weaving Self-Care into Work

  1. Identify your real adversary in terms of setting boundaries at work.  Start by asking yourself what’s your greatest struggle at work, who is involved and what can be done to set a strong boundary.  For example, if you’re part of a team working on a project and someone isn’t pulling his/her weight, do not be the one who does all the research or takes work home to meet deadlines.

  2. Make a daily recommitment to one priority.  Barring a catastrophe, ask yourself what will it take to stay focused on one work priority?  Do you need a visual reminder or an accountability partner?  Decide first what the priority is, then how to stay accountable and make sure you stay on task.  Remember, others will always have their own priorities – we want you to stick to your priority!

  3. Make a conscious decision to make your job easier.  There are many tools and potential work relationships that can make your job easier.  Make this the year that you figure out the best tool that can be implemented improve work, which in turn improves your life.  For example, do you need that new chair that will help your back, a new software package or a white noise machine to block out noise in the next office.  Or would it be most helpful for you to team-up with someone that can pull the data you need or provide some copy that can be repurposed for an article you’re writing.

If you haven’t found your stride or you are ready to make a career push, let me guide you in some next steps.  Please call me at 513-561-4288 or email me at

Client Testimonial - Tiffanie Demasters

Tiffanie Demasters

Kay has been instrumental in positioning me for success in my new sales role.  We met through a women’s networking group.  I was talking to another woman about my transition from 17 years in a service role for the insurance industry to a sales role and how overwhelming it was.  She asked if I had ever talked to a career coach and when I told her I hadn’t, she suggested it would be wise to talk to one.

Before I even knew what was happening, she called Kay over and introduced us.  Kay offered a free phone consultation and I took her up on it, thinking in the back of my mind that I wouldn’t actually use her services.  Now, I consider myself a pretty introspective and insightful person, but she pinpointed an issue and had me speechless within the first 30 minutes of our call.  It was then I realized this was an investment in myself, and career coaching with Kay would set me up for future success.

Throughout the past few months, I have looked forward to our call and am always excited to hear what she’s got for me.  She’s always checking in to make sure we address any major issues or if any important meetings or strategies are needed.  Because of working with Kay, my career is starting to take off.  Here are of some of my great results:

  • Receiving a larger raise because she talked me through the process and encouraged me to ask for more than what I was already considering.  That alone was worth the cost of her coaching!
  • Honing a heighted awareness of behaviors in coworkers, and thus having the ability to tailor my reactions to them, has led to better working relationships with those people that are “difficult.”  That skill has increased opportunities with other teams in my organization.
  • Managing time has always been a struggle for me but her practice of reviewing your day and your week has brought some calm to the storm.  She consistently reminds me, and I am striving for “progress, not perfection.”
  • Enhancing my reputation and credibility with my superiors has been an additional benefit.  They were impressed with the fact I’ve made the choice to invest in myself.  The fact of working with a career coach let them know my serious commitment to my job and desire to move up in the organization.

She is a safe sounding board for ideas and offers great suggestions on improvements and is ALWAYS a cheerleader when she notices something you are doing well, or when you have a success to celebrate.

I cannot recommend Kay and her approach enough!  My friends get free semi-coaching because I tell them all about what we’ve talked about after every call.  My friends and co-workers have become an active part of my feedback process so much so they jokingly ask me “what would Kay say?”  I’m glad everything worked out the way it did the day of our networking group, or I’m sure I wouldn’t be doing as well as I am today.

Tiffanie Demasters, CIC, PRIS
Commercial Insurance Sales
Peoples Insurance Agency, LLC

937.283.3136 office
513.519.9776 cell
740.376.6415 fax

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