Spotlight on Dory Hollander: workplace psychologist, executive and career coach, consultant and facilitator Sunday, Jun 21 2009 

My favorite part of having this blog is being able to introduce people who are great resources for the readers here. I want to tell you about one such resource right in St. Louis, Missouri: Dory Hollander, Ph.D.

Dory Hollander

Dory Hollander

My knowledge of Dory is first-hand: Dory is a workplace psychologist, executive and career coach, consultant and facilitator with whom I’ve worked extensively for the past six or seven years. She helped me identify the things about which I’m passionate, incorporate those into my career plan, find my voice and modes of expression, bring meaning and purpose to my work.

None of this is in her official bio, but it comes from my heart. She is a good listener and an accurate diagnostician. Her experience with individuals and organizations in the U.S., Canada and Europe has given her a depth of insight and a wide range of strategies and tactics for anyone’s situation. I signed on for her guidance as a new client after one 15-minute phone conversation.

CommunicationMany of us right now are looking for new options, and one of Dory’s specialties is working with people who are at what she calls “choice points” in their work-lives. If you are one of those people, I can recommend without reservation a call to Dory with a few of your bullet point issues to see what she has to say. If there is a fit, you will know it, just like I did.

iStock_000001552122XSmallBesides the personal, one-on-one coaching that she’s done with me, Dory also has an extensive resume that includes working with companies. This combination of her ability to work with individuals plus  her experience and knowledge from working with many different types of organizations gives her an important differentiator over other career and executive coaches. She understands the individual’s need to find meaningful work and excel at it, and she understands the environments in which they are often challenged to do that successfully. So, if you’re fairly happy with your situation but think the company you work for (or own) could use an outside perspective and expert guidance to get to the next level, a meeting and presentation by Dory is an appropriate starting point.

iStock_000007459290XSmallDory is a nationally recognized expert who has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, USA Today Online, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Boston Globe, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Business 2.0, Money Magazine, CNN/Money, Prevention, Conde Nast Portfolio, Men’s Health, Working Mother, and Forbes. She’s appeared on local and national radio and television programs including CCN’s American Morning, CNN/FN, Good Morning, America, 20/20 and NPR’s Market Place, plus the Today Show.

In her “spare time,” she’s also authored two books and raised two children to be successful, high-achieving, happy adults.

Your career clock is ticking!

Your career clock is ticking!

She’s easy to reach and very responsive, if you’re thinking about your own “choice points” (and if not now, when?)

WiseWorkplaces and New Options, Inc

314.862.2979 (St. Louis office)
703.627.3718 (cell)
703.465.5208 (voicemail)

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“Kindness is a great way to cope with difficult times.” Sunday, Mar 8 2009 



This was the title of an article in the St. Louis Business Journal (February 27 issue) by Anna Navarro. If you are a regular reader of the “Biz Journal,” you have seen her column and know that she is the owner of a local firm called Work Transitions, is a nationawide career consultant and is internationally respected for her insights on the workplace. The subtitle to the article is, “Job hunting is all about building good relationships.”

anna_about1I got behind on my reading the last few weeks, and I took a day yesterday to get caught up when I came across Anna’s “Kindness” article. It’s good advice, and I think everyone here is thinking the same way Anna is thinking. I’ll link her article here for you.

> Anna Navarro’s article in the St. Louis Business Journal on February 27, 2009 <

I’d be interested to know if anyone has worked with Anna or any other career coach.

I have worked with one, myself. Her name is Dory Hollander, Ph.D. Her company, Wise Workplaces, is based in the Washington, D.C., region (Alexandria, Va.), and she keeps an office in Clayton, Missouri, for local clients here. Her roots to St. Louis go back to the founding of a Psychology department at Webster (College) University, where she was instrumental in that development of that program there. hollander_with-text-copy2

Dory is currently on a hiatus, but I can highly recommend her first-hand when she begins accepting new clients again. She has been on 20/20, in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, USA Today and other national media. She also has a book called The Doom Loop System, about keeping your career on an upward swing, which you can find on Amazon.

Here are links to Anna Navarro’s Work Transitions Web site, Dory Hollander’s Web site, and to her book on Amazon.

> Anna Navarro | Work Transitions <

> Dory Hollander | Wise Workplaces <

> Doom Loop System on <

These are two excellent resouces for career coaching and professional development. If you find yourself in a position that’s being eliminated are able to negotiate a severance package to include money for this kind of thing, do it. If not, see if you can budget for a few sessions. If that’s out of the questions, don’t rule out offering to trade in-kind services in your area of specialty with the coach for a couple of sessions. If you are in a stable position and want to discover how to become more valuable as an employee, a career coach is the way to go.

If any of the readers here have had experience with a coach you can recommend (including either of those mentioned here), please post your info to share with all of us!