Are you open to new possibilities? Do you want to feel confident in the decisions you're making?
My guest Tami Jaffe is here to inspire you to open up to what could be possible, and be confident in the steps you are taking for your future. Tami went from VP in her corporate career to starting her own business. She is now an Author, Speaker, and Coach.
Tami went through a disruption in her career that brought her to where she is today. It made her realize that not only did she not have control over her career, but neither did her managers. It made her realize that she didn’t want to work for somebody else where they could pull the strings anytime they wanted to.
Tami now has a passion for working with people who are in their career transition. Her experience taught her about taking the skill sets that you have and using them in a new way, to not have to start over. And she now uses that experience to help others do the same.
In making decisions and mapping out your future, make sure you’re doing the right things at the right time, so you’re not wasting your time and your money.
So many people spend so much time in that moment where they’re like - “What do I even do?” The sooner you can figure that out, the sooner you can move on and figure out what’s next in life for you. Tami helps people really brainstorm ideas about what kind of possibilities are out there, and what they could do next.
In addition to her career transition business, Tami also offers energy work. (Which is part of what makes what she does such a success!) This really helps people break those patterns and blocks that are holding them back.
In conclusion, remember, you are where you are right now, because of every decision you’ve made. It’s time to make a new decision and think about what it is that you need to do now.
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Speaker 1 (00:01):
Hey guys, welcome to this episode of brand disruptors. I am Mila Matera host. And today I'm here with my friend, Tammy Jaffe and Tammy. Why wanted to tell the guests a little bit about yourself? Well, I am a business success coach and career transition coach. So I help people who are going from corporate or from their job to figuring out their business. So I spent 20 years in leadership and corporate and decided it was time for a change. Hopefully many of you can relate to that. It's, you know, wanting to get out, inspire more people, help more people get their businesses started in the right way. So you actually went through this transition yourself. Yes I did. And you know, being, when you hit that point in your career, you know, you hit that plateau or you hit the last window about, you know, ceiling above you or, or you just get so frustrated with what's going on in your career or what's happening.
Speaker 1 (01:00):
It's time to take that step back and look at what is happening for you. Where do you want to go from here and figure out what that next step is for you? Awesome. So this is what we're going to do. I'm going to ask you like five questions, six questions to kind of let the audience get to know you. And then we'll kind of dive deep into your disruption that had you, that led you to where you are today. Okay. All right. So the first question is what is your mantra? My mantra. So I have a few that I kind of rotate through, but right now I have that comes up in my phone every day and says, let me read it. Cause I will because I'll mess it up. Well, you know, when you get, I have a couple that come up, but it says I expand in abundance success and love every day as I inspire those around me to do the same. Ooh, I love that. Love that. All right. What three words would you use to describe yourself or your brand? If you see them differently? Three words to describe my word I always use as inspired. I, and I always say I am blessed. I feel like I have a very blessed life and the third word would be challenge. I always need a new challenge. Oh, I love that. So you'd like adventure too? Yes. Yes. Okay. What is your least favorite mode of communication?
Speaker 1 (02:28):
Least favorite boat? Probably male. You don't like to get mail? I don't. I sit on my desk forever. I don't open it. Yeah. Yeah. That's interesting. Sanford never checks the mail. Never. okay. What outfit makes you feel like a total? Bad-Ass Ooh, sad to say like you know, a good power seat, like jacket, not suit suit, but like a good power jacket. Okay.
Speaker 2 (03:00):
And then what will we never catch you wearing? Like what would you never wear?
Speaker 1 (03:06):
Oh, I'm a bikini right now.
Speaker 2 (03:13):
Okay. Fair enough. Fair enough. Okay. So what are your brain colors and how did you choose them?
Speaker 1 (03:21):
So my brand colors, I have a cobalt loo and then I have, I don't even know what you call. It's kind of like between a green and bluish, like it's a little bit like deal, but it's like not exactly the, or you can see this is kind of my color on there, on my book. Yeah, so, and, and then I throw in some grays and yellows here and there with different things. I do. Those are my main colors that I use. And I chose those when I was first getting started many years now, because one, I liked the blue. Like, I love that, you know, cobalt group blue color just stands out and I wanted something a little bit softer as well. And so it was the other color.
Speaker 2 (04:13):
Yeah. I mean, we can see the blue, like all behind you, right? Yeah. Yeah. It's all in your office. Yeah. So, okay. So you saw, you showed us your book. So tell us about this whole book and this whole book writing process. And what made you decide that you wanted to do this?
Speaker 1 (04:31):
Yes. Well, I was not one who said I wanted to write a book, so it was all surprise for me and everyone around me. I was, I actually had joined a speakers group and I love speaking. I want to do more speaking and I joined the speak mastermind. And as part of it, it was writing a book this year. And so it was an incredible process. I learned so much and it wasn't as hard as I thought it would cause going to be, but I procrastinated as long as I could. But the book is called. You already made the decision. You're just not happy with it. And it is a guide on how to make better decisions or live with the one you've made.
Speaker 2 (05:10):
Oh, so good. So this is perfect for the people who are your actual clients, because whether they decide to stay in a job or if they want to make a new career, you can help them with that. Right.
Speaker 1 (05:23):
Absolutely. Yeah. And I talk a little bit about my journey from going from corporate to starting a business in the book, but it's not just about that. It's about, you know, major changes that you want to make in your life and how do you make that lasting change? So there's tips on like how to make quick decisions and then there's, you know, how do you go through those big transitions and what are the, what's the formula you need to make it successful?
Speaker 2 (05:46):
Yeah. Yeah. So, okay. So that's really good. And a great segue for what I'm about to ask you. Like when have you had a, just a disruption in your life, either one that you created or one that just kinda like
Speaker 1 (05:58):
Happened to you and then how did you come out on the other side of it? Yeah, I think the one that I talk about this a little bit in my book as kind of my, you know, a little bit of a wake-up call, it was, you know, the ugly truth that I talk about when I was, you know, I had, I had, I read a really good career in corporate. I had moved up and thought I was moving up more and we were about to go through another reorganization and I was in middle management at the time. And they came to me and said, you know, we want you to take on an expanded role. And I was really excited about it. And we were having discussions about how to move different teams, where people were going to go. And during the time I got pregnant and the discussions went on for a very long time, because there was many groups involved in this and, you know, days led to weeks and months.
Speaker 1 (06:46):
And I hit my 12 year Mark and I thought, well, I need to go tell them I'm pregnant. And so I went in and told, I had two managers at the time and I went in and told them that I was pregnant. And from that moment on, everything was silent about the reorg. And it was, I, you know, at first I thought, okay, they're just, you know, going through approval processes or, you know, I ask questions about it. You know, that was the excuse they gave me. We're just trying to get the approvals and things like that. And for weeks I didn't hear anything. And all of a sudden, one day I get a phone call from my direct manager who really didn't know anything about what I do. I had a functional manager and a direct manager, and we very rarely met. We just, it was more of a formality thing.
Speaker 1 (07:31):
And he calls and he says, you know, come to my office. I want to talk to you. So I was like, okay, first of all, we never talk. So I walk into his level. Yeah. I walked into his office and sitting there as my other manager who we never talked the three of us together. So I'm like, okay, great. Something is up. And I sit down and they proceed to tell me that not only was I not getting the expanded role, but that they were taking away all my current direct reports moving me to a different manager. And I was still going to be responsible for all the things that I already had on my plate and the people, but they weren't going to be directly reporting to me. And I got so frustrated. I was sitting there and, you know, I was like shaking.
Speaker 1 (08:15):
I didn't even know what to say. And then they told me some things about people who worked for me, that they were going to move them into positions that I knew weren't fitted for them. Like I knew they didn't want those types of positions. And I just started to shake and I could barely speak without my voice taking. And I finally looked at them and said, you know what? I need to leave right now before I'm going to say something that I'm going to regret. And they just kind of looked at me because I was not one that wouldn't say something like that. And I got up and walked out of the room and went to my office. I shut the door. And for the first time ever in my career, I cried and I just sat there and I didn't know what to think.
Speaker 1 (08:56):
And like three weeks ago you told me I was getting this expanded role. Now you're telling me, not only am I not getting that, but you're taking all of my current direct reports away and had pull myself together. And I like, I need to find out why, why is this happening? And I called them back. And I said, you know, I want to ask you a few more questions. And so we got back together and I went in and I said, you know, why, why is this happening? Because I had good relationships with both of them. And they looked at me and what they said hit me even harder than what they had told me before. And they said, Tammy, this isn't what we think you deserve. But it was out of our hands. And it was in that moment that I realized that not only did I not have control of my career, meta, that neither did my managers and somebody else was pulling the strings and deciding what was going to happen to me, to the people who worked for me. And it was that moment that made me realize I didn't want to spend the rest of my life working for someone else where they could pull the strings anytime they wanted to. And that's what started my journey of figuring out what was it.
Speaker 2 (10:06):
And so I guess that, you know, because of your experience, is that why you decided to work with people who are in transition?
Speaker 1 (10:13):
It is, you know, I first started off working with people in leadership because I had so much experience with leadership. And I saw like, in that moment, I'm like, I don't ever want to treat someone like that. And I don't want other leaders to, and I got very passionate about leadership and I stopped and I had been through many career transitions. And before I started coaching at that point from the story I told you, I also made one more transition first and I'd moved from, I was in accounting and finance at the time. And I moved from there to technology. And I became the head of real estate technology for the third largest real estate investment company in the world. And just making a move from one area to another. I was able to increase my salary by 30% overnight. And so I knew a lot about being able to take the skills that you have and use them in a new way to not have to start over.
Speaker 1 (11:05):
Yeah. And be able to showcase what you can do. And so I worked with people in that career transition that managed to make a transition. And as I kind of moved through the first few years, I started having people come to me and say, how did you go from being a VP to starting your own business? And I had learned so much along the way you have to Mia, like there's so many things you've got to make sure you're doing the right things at the right time, because otherwise you waste so much time and money. And that's when I started to become so passionate about helping people make that transition, helping people start their businesses, helping people figure out what's even next for them. Because I think so many people spend so much time in that moment where they're like, what do I even do right soon, you going to get through that, the sooner you can move on and figure out what's next for you.
Speaker 2 (11:57):
They, they say stuck in the indecision, right? Probably one of the most painful places to be like being in limbo and not being able to decide where you want to go
Speaker 1 (12:07):
For sure. Cause I mean, and it feels like you're in it forever, no matter how long you're in it, you know, when you're in that moment, it feels like forever. And you know, when you get through it and then you look back a year, you're like, Oh, that was no time at all. But being in it is so excruciating. And it feels so difficult to even figure out where do you go from there?
Speaker 2 (12:30):
Yeah. So how do you typically work with your clients?
Speaker 1 (12:35):
So I have a couple, well, I'll tell you about the heading retreat coming up. Cause I know,
Speaker 2 (12:41):
Tell me about that. Since, since I do know a little bit about the town,
Speaker 1 (12:44):
You know, a little bit about it, cause you are going to be there and seeking to our amazing guests. So we have a retreat coming up called the inspired possibilities retreat. And that is one way I love, love, love doing retreats. This one will be virtual, but we are hired. I have so much, we have so many things planned and I are keeping some secrets because there are so many fun things planned. And my office is filled with like gifts that we are sending out next week for all of our guests. It's so fun. We have a VIP gift bag that we'll be going out with lots and lots of goodies, but the inspire possibilities retreat is really about that. Like helping you break through what is holding you back so that you can step out and do what you really want to do. And we'll be going through that process of breaking things down. What's holding you back, getting you the tools that you need to move through those and then setting your plan for how do you go through that? And it's going to be an amazing two days with lots of fun transformation, rejuvenation, lots of little things we have planned. So that's one way.
Speaker 2 (13:53):
That's awesome. So this is really exciting. So for the people who want to attend the, the retreat what do they need to do? Where what's the website? How did they sign up? I want to put this in the show notes.
Speaker 1 (14:08):
Okay. It's the inspired, if you just go to inspired possibilities, retreat.com, that is the link to tell you all about the retreat and everything. Or you can just go to my website and it's on the top of that, which is Tammy jaffe.com.
Speaker 2 (14:25):
Awesome. So besides the retreat, because I think that you love doing those are cheats and it's like, the retreats are for us too. Right. We get to like, we have to work really hard to have them happen, but there's so much joy in seeing people make those transformations in a really short amount of time. Right? Yeah. So what else, how else do you work with?
Speaker 1 (14:48):
Yeah, besides the retreats I, with people one-on-one to help you really figure that out, help you figure out those next steps. I also have a couple of other programs. I have an online program. That's the inspired career change course where people can figure it helps them to really brainstorm about what they could do next, what those possibilities are and where they could go from there. And I do a lot of workshops and masterminds as well, and I won't go into all of them now, but if you want to know more, you can always go to chat with tammy.com and we can talk
Speaker 2 (15:21):
More about those as well, so. Awesome. All right. So tell me, what is the thing that you do differently from other career transition countries?
Speaker 1 (15:31):
Yeah, I think one of the biggest things that I would say is, is very different from those career transition coaches is that I do energy work. So I have been trained in different forms of energy work and it's something that I do that helps to break those patterns in those blocks that are holding people back and have incredible, incredible results. You know, things where people within weeks are making thousands of dollars when they've just been struggling in their business for years and other people who just wake up the next morning with complete clarity. I actually had a client just last week after we did one of her sessions. She must, she messaged me and she's like, I have so much more sexual energy.
Speaker 2 (16:13):
It's like, wow,
Speaker 1 (16:16):
No, I can come out of this. That's one of the things that I think sets me apart, as well as just I've been through these, you know, I've been through those kind of transitions. I've been through those challenges and I know how difficult it can be when you get to different phases. And I love to talk strategy and figuring out what you do.
Speaker 2 (16:35):
Absolutely. Absolutely. Okay. So what are three things that you would say to somebody who is on the struggle bus on the fence? Like they're in that indecision about like, what am I going to do next? What, you know, what are three things that you would say to them? All right, awesome. Yes.
Speaker 1 (16:58):
About how to get out of indecision and what to do there. No, but serious. They said three things that you can do. One is, you know, ask yourself what would be possible. What would it be possible for me if I got out of indecision and see what, see what comes up because many times we're just blocking what could even be possible. We say no to so many options before they're even a possibility. So open yourself up, ask what could be possible if you're in indecision, you know, seek out the questions you need answered. So if you don't know what is next, then find someone who can help you figure out the answers to what's next. If you don't know what the best strategy is, if you don't know what to wear, talk to me, you know, there's so many questions we all have, you know, that are holding you back in different ways and you're in that indecision. So find someone that you can count on to help push you through someone who has been there, whatever your circumstances are for that indecision. So those would be my little texts.
Speaker 2 (18:06):
Yeah. So you did mention your book. So why don't you tell us the title of the book again? And we're going to put this in the show notes too. And do we go to your website to get it, or is it on Amazon? Like how do we get your book?
Speaker 1 (18:17):
You can go to my website and get it. It will be on Amazon. It's not there yet. Just literally got the first proof and we'll be here.
Speaker 2 (18:26):
I'm just finishing it up. So yeah, you get on the website
Speaker 1 (18:30):
So you can get it off the website, Tammy jaffe.com and it's called you already made the decision. You're just not happy with it.
Speaker 2 (18:37):
Awesome. Okay. Anything else? Any other ways that we can contact you or anything else you want the audience to know?
Speaker 1 (18:46):
Like they kept giving you all my car. You can get everything off my website so you can go there for anything you need. And I just want to let you know that wherever you are, wherever you want to go, there is a possibility, there is a choice that you can make and every day you can wake up and make a decision. So just because you are where you are right now, because of every decision you've made, it's time to make a new decision and think about what that new decision is you need to make for yourself.
Speaker 2 (19:13):
Awesome advice. Thank you so much, Sammy for being here. You're welcome. Thank you for having me. Yes. On our Friday afternoon, we're spending it together, but thanks so much. And guys, if you want to get in touch with Tammy, all of her information will be in the show notes and like be inspired. What are some really good questions that you can start asking yourself that so you can be inspired, right? Tammy? Absolutely. Thanks so much. We'll see you guys next time.