Surviving a Lunch Job Interview

Surviving a Lunch Job Interview
Job interviews are hard. You should  be at the top of your game  regarding good communication and careful self-promotion. You should research and choose astute and insightful questions. You need to appear interested, but not overly eager, and you need to blend respect and engagement. No matter how hard a regular office interview is, being interviewed during a meal adds a layer of stress and caution. Interaction during a meal may appear less formal, but you should never think it is less ... Read more
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Managing Everyday Problems

Managing Everyday Problems
In health care, there is a concept called “Activities of Daily Living.” It’s a measure of whether someone is capable of self care and includes activities such as bathing, dressing and eating meals. On patient charts, this is abbreviated as ADLs. Perhaps a similar concept is appropriate for managing “problems in living” or PDLs. We all have them, and many problems we face are unexpected—things like a flat tire or car trouble, sickness requiring high co-pays for ... Read more
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Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better.

Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better.
The first time I read Samuel Beckett’s quote “Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better” I did not fully understand it or grasp the importance of those words. As a young social worker, a client painted this quote for me. It took years (and mistakes, setbacks, and disappointments) for the meaning of this sentiment to fully sink in. I was reminded of this quote again this week, upon hearing that Hillary Clinton would not be our first female President. Despite all of our hope—and arguably our need—to ... Read more
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Are Self-Imposed Boundaries Imprisoning Your Career

Are Self-Imposed Boundaries Imprisoning Your Career
We are all subject to boundaries of many types—geographic boundaries, legal boundaries, various rules and regulations, and the boundaries of good taste. All of these are essential to a well-functioning society. There are other boundaries, though, that are not essential, nor even useful. Many of these are self-imposed. Think, for a moment, about personal boundaries you have erected for yourself. Do they help or hinder you?  Do they have a positive effect, or are they limiting? Sometimes we ... Read more
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Stop Pleasantly Surprising Yourself

Stop Pleasantly Surprising Yourself
There have been numerous times when I’ve written something for work and after submitting it, didn’t give it much thought. At some point I’ve needed to refer to the document I’ve written and after reviewing it, I’m pleasantly surprised at how good my writing is. Whether it’s written eloquently or contains an informed critique or detailed analysis, I’ve often thought to myself…“wow, this is really good.” The most recent time I engaged in this little ritual with myself I wondered how it’s ... Read more
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Preparing to be a Stay-at-Work Mom

Preparing to be a Stay-at-Work Mom
Preparing to be a Stay-at-Work Mom When you are planning to start a family, it is important to think through how you will balance work demands and navigate potential career challenges. As you read the following information remember to stay flexible. Babies are notorious for bringing joy as well as interrupting the best-laid plans. Baby Blueprint Before you have a baby, check your healthcare benefits. What does your policy look like in terms of maternity coverage? Have you found a doctor yet ... Read more
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Meeting Opportunities

Meeting Opportunities
Every meeting and event you attend is an opportunity to learn new things, network with other professionals, and make a good impression. Based on a few meetings I’ve attended recently, here are some tips to help you make the most of events. Don’t Undermine Yourself I was recently asked to fill in as a panel moderator at an event. I didn’t hesitate to say yes because I was confident that I could handle it. If I didn’t feel comfortable with the topic or the request, I would have said no. It’s ... Read more
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What Can Google Tell Us About the Status of Women?

What Can Google Tell Us About the Status of Women?
Ads for high-income jobs are shown more often to men than women. Arrest records are more likely to show up in searches for distinctively “black” sounding names. Predatory loans are marketing more heavily to low-income individuals. And apparently the highest-ranking female CEO is Barbie…as in the doll. At least that’s the conclusion one must draw from a quick Google search for CEO. After 26 pictures of predominantly white men portraying what the American public has concluded is the image of ... Read more
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Leadership Lessons From Taylor Swift

Leadership Lessons From Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift has been ruling the charts ever since she burst onto the music scene in 2006. She’s sold over 40 million albums, 130 million single downloads, and has been one of the top-selling artists of all time worldwide. She’s become a force in her own right, not only penning infectious country and pop tunes, but also maintaining intellectual and creative control over her persona and brand. Love her or hate her, we can all learn something from the way she has crafted an incredible career ... Read more
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