Don’t Wait for Inspiration

Don’t Wait for Inspiration
A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper. –E.B. White The most prolific artists, writers, and otherwise productive workers do not wait for inspiration in order to begin their work. They simply begin. They may adhere to a schedule they’ve set for themselves to sit down and paint, practice, or put pen to paper. They may reward themselves once they’ve reached specific goals. They often set boundaries with friends and families and ... Read more
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Moody Judy and the Terrible Workplace

Moody Judy and the Terrible Workplace
It’s extremely challenging—and all too common—to work in an environment where the tone is set on a daily basis by the boss’s mood. Most of us have been in work situations where we know when the best time to approach our supervisors is—when they are more likely to say yes, give helpful feedback, or respond positively. We also know when to stay away from them, tiptoe around their office, and remain invisible until they come out of their funk. We are all human and it’s impossible to expect ... Read more
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Sugar and Spice

Sugar and Spice
The nursery rhyme tells us that little girls are made of “sugar and spice and all things nice” while little boys are made of “snips and snails and puppy dog tails.” The latter part of the rhyme about boys is confusing (a snip of what and aren’t puppy dog tails cute?)—while the former part about girls makes it clear that little girls are to be sweet and pleasing, polite and kind, dainty and quiet. Few of us escaped childhood without hearing this rhyme even though the message is damaging and ... Read more
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Hillary Clinton, Millennials, and Rhinoceros Skin

Hillary Clinton, Millennials, and Rhinoceros Skin
  This could be the year that we elect our first woman President. However, only 67% of Americans believe that we are ready to elect a female President. While we’ve made great strides in terms of gender equality in our political and social institutions over the past few decades, we still lag far behind many other countries. In fact, the U.S. is ranked 72nd in terms of female representation in Congress (or Parliament). With millennials filling more of the voter rolls, it can be assumed ... Read more
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Don’t Cry Over Spilled Water

Don’t Cry Over Spilled Water
I’m sitting in a meeting and a man just spilled his glass of water all over the table. He laughed it off, although it did get a microphone wet as well as the belongings of those around him. Not only did the young female intern immediately hop up to clean up his mess, but so did the two or three women surrounding him. They didn’t just clean off the water on their laps but also found paper towels and sopped up his mess on the table. While helpful and polite, I’ve simply never seen male ... Read more
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Tis the Season…for Debt

Tis the Season…for Debt
Many of us love this time of year. We may spend time with family and friends, cook and eat good food, attend or throw parties, travel to visit loved ones, and express our appreciation and love for others by giving gifts. It’s fun to do all of these things and it feels good to give to others. Beginning with Thanksgiving and ending with New Year’s, this season can be an endless spending spree. That warm feeling of generosity can quickly empty your bank account and make the New Year a time of ... Read more
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Politicians Take Note: Young Women are Serious and They Vote

Politicians Take Note: Young Women are Serious and They Vote
“I’m sorry I don’t have any Taylor Swift tickets.” This wasn’t a statement from Santa Claus to a little girl wishing to attend her favorite singer’s concert. It wasn’t a parent soothing a whining child or a tickets.com message when the pop singer’s tour is sold out. “I’m sorry I don’t have any Taylor Swift tickets” is what Republican Presidential candidate and Ohio Governor John Kasich said to Kayla Solsbak, a college sophomore, while speaking at the University of Richmond. Ms. Solsbak ... Read more
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Women You Should Know: Frances Perkins

Women You Should Know: Frances Perkins
The door might not be opened to a woman again for a long, long time, and I had a kind of duty to other women to walk in and sit down on the chair that was offered, and so establish the right of others long hence and far distant in geography to sit in the high seats. –Frances Perkins As we wind down the Labor Day weekend, we want to highlight a woman whose impact on workers in America is immeasurable. Today we celebrate the legacy of Frances Perkins and her numerous contributions to working ... Read more
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Are Millennials Really the Me, Me, Me Generation?

Are Millennials Really the Me, Me, Me Generation?
There have been think pieces published ad nauseum about generational practices and preferences at work. Millennials have been in the forefront as the generation du jour and it’s common for journalists and researchers to say that as a group, millennials value work-life balance and aren’t as professionally driven as their predecessors. Over the past ten years, I’ve been in numerous meetings or conversations where someone has painted millennials with a broad brush. They are idealists. They are ... Read more
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Curb Your Enthusiasm

The following is an excerpt from the forthcoming book, 100 Ways to Start Smart and Stay Ahead in Your Career. Many of us have heard about Pollyanna, the little girl who always saw a silver lining for every situation, who always found something to be glad about even in dire situations. Today, the word itself is used to refer to a person who is unusually upbeat and optimistic, perhaps overly so. There is even a concept in psychology literature called the “Pollyanna Principle” ... Read more
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