Neal Griebling knows.

He knows people.  He knows what makes people happy and satisfied in their professional and personal lives.  And he knows how to help people reach inside to reach up to that level of happiness and satisfaction.

Through his complementary websites – Pittsburgh Career Coach and Future Design Studio – Neal offers a unique blending of personal counseling, professional networking, and holistic engagement that brings his clients to a new and higher plateau of peace, contentment, and fulfillment.  Because when it comes to improving the lives of his clients, there’s one thing everyone agrees upon.

Neal Griebling knows.

Get Ready for Monday, July13, 2015!

Don’t worry, the sky isn’t about to fall. But something almost as astounding. This is the day Future Design Studio is launching our new Pittsburgh Career Coach website! It features a fresh look, new themes and, most important, new programs – all available at discount prices. Just for you!

Don’t miss it!

Congrats on Your Child’s Commencement! Does your son or daughter have a job in hand?

Commencement is a rite of passage. Your child has earned a college degree, the basic credential needed to enter the job market. If she has majored in business, science, engineering or finance, she is very marketable. If he has majored in one of the humanities, the phrase is “not so much.”

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Loneliness & the Job Search Campaigner

Work takes up at least 35 – 40 hours of our week, sometimes much more. Even if we say we hate our jobs, receiving that pink slip is often a heavy blow. That job filled up time. It connected us with people. It gave us an identity. Is it any wonder that we feel grief, anger, anxiety and depression?

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Mindfulness: Can It Bring You Personal Fulfillment?

Many of my career clients reveal they are dissatisfied with other aspects of their lives: concern for aging parents, worry over how they will finance their children’s college education, unease about their physical health, and a general boredom with their lives as a whole. This is particularly true with individuals and couples 40 – 65 who are wrestling with the challenges of mid-life. They are disengaged from their lives.

How about you?

The ennui and disengagement expressed by these individuals is one reason I created an Encores! coaching program whereby I work in concert with these clients to design a road map to guide them through the minefields of midlife and beyond.

I don’t want to talk about Encores! however. Today I am much more interested in fulfillment and how each of us can derive more fulfillment from life as we live it in the 21st century.

Mindfulness can create fulfillment.

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Getting that Right Job through Word-of Mouth Referrals

What would most influence your decision: Looking for a plumber in the Yellow Pages, using Angie’s List, or getting a referral from a friend or colleague you know and trust? I don’t know about you, but my first choice would be the word of a friend, with Angie’s list coming in a close second. I suspect that would be your decision sequence as well.

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Launching Your Career as Your Business

What can career seekers learn from successful business leaders? Well, if the leader is Reid Hoffman, cofounder and chairman of Linkedin, the answer is “a great deal.”

Hoffman and Ben Casnocha, an award winning entrepreneur and author, have collaborated to write The Start-up of You. Published in 2012, the book is not new but the authors’ advice is timeless.


The thesis is simple: “…think of yourself as an entrepreneur at the helm of at least one living, growing start-up venture: your career.” And why should the career builder emulate the entrepreneur?

Hoffman and Casnocha believe “All humans are entrepreneurs not because they should start companies but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA, and creation is the essence of entrepreneurship.”

The environment of the employment marketplace has been significantly and permanently altered. Companies are led by financial specialists whose first concern is hitting the quarterly targets expected by company stockholders and economic forecasters. There is no such thing as company loyalty to its employees.

Globalization and technology shape the world economy as well as the financial lives of companies large and small. To survive and prosper, the career builder must adopt the strategies of the entrepreneur.

The single most important factor the job-seeker-as-entrepreneur must employ is adaptability to ongoing change.

Since you are reading this post, I assume you are open and willing to consider how an understanding of entrepreneurism can bring you career success. Let’s grab some coffee together and discuss how you can become the CEO of your career. Click on the contact tab of our home page and let’s get started.

For Career Success, How Do YOU Network?

When it comes to planning your job search campaign, perhaps no word is used more often than “networking.” For many folks, it means attending job fairs, networking events and any social or business occasion where people congregate, introducing themselves and giving out their business cards.

Of course, skilled networkers know there is much more to the process than that.

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What You Think Defines You…and Impacts Your Career!

We are the product of our thoughts. Our thoughts and feelings are generated by our ego. Our ego is formed by a combination of our DNA, our early conditioning, and any traumatic events which we carry with us. Does your thinking support or hinder you in your life and career?

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How Mindfulness Can Improve Your Career Performance

We live in an era of stimulus overload, working longer and harder to improve our company’s quarterly stock performance, score higher on our annual performance evaluation, spend more time with our families … well, you get the idea. It’s no wonder we feel we’re locked onto a treadmill without a release mechanism.

So how do we redesign our lives and careers?

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What is Mindfulness?

The term is first found in the Pali word, “sati,” which is translated as “to remember, to manifest presence of mind.” Mindfulness was first practiced by early Buddhists 2500 years ago. But that was long ago.

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