Career rescue with Darcy Eikenberg
Darcy Eikenberg is on a rescue mission. The leadership development and career coach wants to help those who are feeling stuck, dissatisfied, or overlooked at work, by introducing them to a superhero who can help change their fortunes: themselves.
In her book, Red Cape Rescue: Save Your Career Without Leaving Your Job (October 12, 2021), Darcy shows you how to make simple, practical changes in your life at work, right where you are—without resorting to drastic measures, like running for the exit.
We’re excited to be working with Darcy on such an empowering and transformative book. Read on to learn more about Darcy and her Red Cape Rescue mission!
Which three words best describe you?
That depends on who’s doing the describing. In a perfect world, I’d hope to be described as funny, thought-provoking, and kind. Of course, we don’t live in a perfect world, and often I’m far from perfect (or from being as funny, thought-provoking, and kind as I’d like to be).
What is your book about?
Red Cape Rescue: Save Your Career Without Leaving Your Job challenges the old-school, broken assumption that if something’s not working for you at work, you’d better find a new job, start your own business, or just suck it up and deal because you should be “thankful to have a job.” Instead, I share simple, practical ways we can rescue our careers without quitting, bowing to an early retirement, or sacrificing our health, family life, and well-being. It’s absolutely possible, and the real-life stories I share in Red Cape Rescue are proof.
What is the last book you enjoyed?
It’s an oldie: Act One by Moss Hart. Hart was a top playwright and stage director in the ’50s and ’60s, and his memoir is a fantastic snapshot of what that golden age of theater was really like. I first read it in my teens—it was an oldie even then, and I remember the tattered copy I checked out of the local library. The ebook popped up recently in my BookBub feed like an old forgotten friend, and it is now safely tucked away on my Kindle.
Who is your favorite author?
After going through the process of writing this book—even with the help of the awesome Page Two team—I’ll never pick author favorites again. Anyone who dares to put their words into the world deserves to be our favorite.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an actress. Then a journalist. I got to be both, even if just for short whiles. Now all I want is to be useful.
What is your personal motto?
Somebody out there needs you.
What is your superpower?
Hearing what’s not being said. One of the things we train for as professional coaches is being able to discern the real issues going on with our clients. The true gold lies not on the surface, but underneath, often in what’s not being said directly. When we’ve mined that, we can find better solutions to anything that’s going on.
Where do you find inspiration?
I guess I’m of the school that most inspiration comes from perspiration: good, solid effort made consistently over time. I sometimes don’t know what I think about an issue or problem until I write or speak about it, so my inspiration is rarely a bolt of lightning, but more like a slow roll of thunder.
Beyond that, I’m inspired when a reader, member of an audience, or coaching client takes a moment to tell me how they’ve put an idea I’ve shared to work in their own life. That’s what inspires me to get back to work each and every day.