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Adele Scheele
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ADELE SCHEELE, PhD, is a pioneering career coach and success strategist. She is the author of the best-selling Skills for Success for Men and Women (hailed as a classic by Harvard), Career Strategies For The Working Woman , and Launch Your Career in College. She has appeared frequently on television such as NBC’s “Today Show” and has been featured by Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Money, and Bottom Line. She won The Los Angeles Business Journal’s Making A Difference Award. She also served as the Director of the Career Center at California State University at Northridge. Her presentations reach professional associations, corporations, and universities world-wide. She presents her straight-forward, no-nonsense strategies in language everyone can readily understand. Every point she makes is grounded in experience and research and tested over time. Her theories work. The results are immediate. Adele earned her PhD at UCLA with Honors as a Change Management Fellow; her Masters at CSUN as an English Fellow; and Bachelor’s degree at The University of Pennsylvania.

Entries by Adele Scheele

If Life Is a Party, Are You the Guest or the Host?

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 3:01 PM

We presume that success is waiting for us. If only we were luckier, we'd have it arrive, like a lover, attracted to us on some enchanted evening across a crowded room. We want our value to be visible, seen and claimed. Or, if we were introduced to the powerful one...

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Using Summer for Success

(2) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 11:17 AM

Don't give up on the rest of summer. Resist going down to the beach to drink and tan. You'll only peel, get hung over, and your tan will fade anyway. Instead, use what's left of this vacation differently -- wisely.

Use it as an investment in your own career development....

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Finding Your Calling Through Crisis

(3) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 7:42 PM

Nobody wants devastating medical news. Yet, it can serve as a compass needle to redirect you when you are lost... if you're willing to look.

Los Angeles-based photographer Bill Aron was struck with cancer not once, but three times. The first time, at the age of 50,...

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Connecting the Dots to a Calling: The Adventures of Lois Lambert

(1) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 11:12 PM

We all wish we could follow our bliss. If only we knew what it was. Because most of us don't, I set about to interview achievers who somehow found theirs in a variety of ways. Connecting the dots is one example. Only in retrospect, when I mapped their lives, I...

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Six Steps to Landing Your First Job

(1) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 6:29 PM

1. Take a limited time off. Sleep, drive around, meet with old friends. Decompress before you face the next reality: Life.

2. Start your job search. Revise a database and include everyone you have ever had contact with, that might include: friends (especially older ones), former bosses (if you have...

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5 Things to do Upon Graduation

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 6:27 PM

Before you put on your cap and gown, use these intervening days to prepare yourself for the next stage of your life.

1. Start a professional file, both online and in print which includes. Letters of Recommendation from Professors, clubs and volunteer activities Sponsors -- while you are still...

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Filming 'Noble'

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 8:50 PM

I watch a movie a day, like that nourishing apple, all my molecules fixed onto the screen. I crave a story and a visual representative of what I hope will be glorious and profound and take me away. But I stay to read the credits, lists of people who worked...

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10 Shortcuts to Self-Confidence

(1) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 1:19 PM

Self-confidence is that great feeling of being able to handle most things life throws you. But even the most confident of us suffers when we are criticized from our bosses, friends, or family, and wish we could run and hide. But practicing the skill of turning obstacles into learned behaviors...

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A Remembrance of Reverend Robert Schuller

(2) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 2:51 PM

The Reverend Robert Schuller telephoned me following my "American Dream" segment on "Good Morning America" in the mid-1980's to invite me to guest on his "Hour of Power," the most popular televised Sunday service. Without telling me the topic, he assured me of a meaningful interview in the next two...

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How Practice Perfects Us: Ethan Hawke and Seymour Bernstein At Their Best

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 12:28 PM

Seymour: An Introduction, is an oddly titled documentary about an 88-year-old pianist, who gave up performing 37 years ago to become a teacher. Seymour Bernstein, a classical pianist, unknown to me, is now starring in a film at his late age and graces the movie stage for a Q/A session...

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The New Change Agents: From Apps to Opps

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 11:52 AM

The Centre of Social Innovation was spawned in Toronto by Eli Malinsky one decade ago to offer space and assistance for those who wanted to help create a new society by launching their enterprise. David Gise, working as a personal trainer for wealthy entrepreneurs in Manhattan, recognized its brilliance and...

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The Quest for Meaning in College

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 8:47 AM

College promises us a path to the world and an understanding of ourselves. Whether conscious of it or not, we invest our time, money, and hope to answer timeless questions: Who are we? What can we learn about the world? What do we want to do? How do we find...

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Savvier Jobs in College

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 10:42 AM

I was invited to preview a new software program designed to help community college students make it through college by focusing on their interests, their academic program, and potential careers. "Great," I thought, "right up my alley," and looked forward to viewing a program that might guide students to thrive....

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Networking for Women: A New Style

(1) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 6:25 PM

Invitations to networking lunches in LA and dinners in NYC by Broadway producer Pat Addiss, along with her NY colleague, Magda Katz, are coveted one-time only invitations. Women are invited and must introduce themselves to each other and then continue the talk about their work. They are glad to exchange...

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Joyce Is Still Blooming

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 7:28 PM

James Joyce is blooming everywhere. New biographies have just appeared about his life as well as that of his publisher and supporter, Sylvia Beach. The novel, Ulysses, one day in the life of Leonard Bloom -- so novel then, written in 1922-- is considered one of the greatest literatures of...

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The Lessons of Jill Abramson and Barbara Walters

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 5:02 PM

It's still the Old Boys' Club that we women forget to consider when we keep trying to do our best work, ridiculously thinking that if we can only get it right, our bosses, the guys at the top, will recognize us and reward us. But since that hasn't happened, we'd...

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A Cellist in the Clouds

(5) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 2:11 PM

Exhausted, I plopped into seat 9A on JetBlue's flight from Boston back home to L.A., sick with laryngitis after leading two career seminars. A handsome man placed a large case overhead, slipped into 9B and said hello just as the pilot announced that the L.A. Philharmonic was aboard, to passengers'...

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PhD or ABD?

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 2:01 PM

At the opening of Passion, Sarah Ruhl's new, excellent play, I found myself seated next to a handsome, 30-something man and couldn't help asking him about his interest in the theater. To my delight, we shared a love of 17th century English drama. He was far advanced in his studies...

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A Writer's Dream In San Miguel

(3) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 8:59 AM

Susan Page, a white-haired charismatic beauty in a red-hot embroidered blouse and skirt, lifted her arms to embrace us, nearly 1000 of us, in the only large hotel in San Miguel de Allende. A magnificent host, she was clearly having the time of her life and urged us to follow...

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Graduating & Beginning

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 3:00 PM

You think you've aced it, completing the long list of requirements for your college's major to graduate this spring -- an accomplishment deserving big celebration. But before you pick up your cap and gown, you have another requirement -- to start figuring out what you're going to do next. Commencement...

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