The Devil Doesn’t Need Advocates

The Devil Doesn’t Need Advocates
We’ve all been there. The meeting has dragged on and on. It looks like the team has finally arrived at an action plan. Things are winding down, tasks are being assigned, and you are ready to pack up and get back to your real work. At that very moment, someone says, “Let me play devil’s advocate” and launches into a rehash of the previous discussion. Colleagues groan inwardly, everyone hoping the boss will dismiss this unnecessary showmanship. The concept of ... Read more
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Senator Mikulski Retires and an Era Ends

Senator Mikulski Retires and an Era Ends
“Do I spend my time raising money or raising hell?” These words were spoken by Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) as she announced her retirement from Congress today. The longest serving woman in Congress will not seek reelection to a sixth term when her tenure is up in 2016. Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1977, Senator Mikulski was first elected to the Senate in 1986, making her the first woman elected to the esteemed chamber in her own right. She has become known as ... Read more
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Feeling Inadequate? Maybe It’s Time for an Inner Strength Inventory

Feeling Inadequate? Maybe It’s Time for an Inner Strength Inventory
Inner strengths are similar to talents. The difference is we may not fully recognize or acknowledge our inner strengths, so they remain hidden, even from ourselves. Understanding and owning your inner strengths can be an asset to your self-confidence and to your job performance. As an exercise, ask your closest friends or family members if they could describe one or two strengths that they think you possess. You might be surprised at what is mentioned, terms like self-discipline, optimism, ... Read more
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Embrace the Unk Unks

Embrace the Unk Unks
It’s easy to say no. It takes up far less time and energy to take the easy way out. It may even be human nature to try to avoid the difficult, time consuming, challenging choices. However, very little is truly impossible. More importantly, you will never meet your potential or create something important by immediately refusing to take on big tasks and daunting projects. Think about it—what are your big picture goals or your personal moonshot? You won’t get there by being the person who ... Read more
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Spring Cleaning For Your Life

Spring Cleaning For Your Life
I recently came across an old letter from a woman who is now in her 90s. In it she mentioned she was in the middle of “spring cleaning.” She talked about taking rugs outside to sweep, washing windows and woodwork, and polishing furniture. She cleaned one room at a time, only moving to the next room when the previous room was finished. I doubt that few people today engage in actual spring cleaning. We have homes and environments that require less attention, and we have better ... Read more
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Your First Job: What You Want Out Of It

Your First Job: What You Want Out Of It
Susan T. Evans is the Senior Director for Strategy at mStoner, a marketing and communications firm working with higher education and independent schools. susantevans.com | @susantevans When you’re searching for your first job, you don’t usually concentrate on much beyond the starting salary and general aspects of the work you’ll do everyday. Once you land that first gig, you’ll breathe a sigh of relief and start managing any jitters about the first day. For most people, it takes hindsight ... Read more
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Who is Susan B. Anthony and Why Should Young Women Care?

Who is Susan B. Anthony and Why Should Young Women Care?
February 15 is Susan B. Anthony’s birthday. You won’t find her name on your calendar because calendars only note great men. There’s Columbus, Lincoln, Washington, and King. No one would argue that they all deserve continuing recognition. But when it comes to women, we have only Mother’s Day and Administrative Professionals Day, which was formerly Secretary’s Day, on the calendar. This is a bit like history textbooks where women’s history is diminished or ... Read more
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The Fryer’s Club

The Fryer’s Club
Vocal fry has taken over our speech patterns. You may not know what it means but you probably know what it sounds like. It’s also known as pulse register, laryngealisation, pulse phonation, creak, popcorning, glottal fry, glottal rattle, glottal scrape, or strohbass. Kim Kardashian and Zooey Deschanel are well known celebrity vocal fryers. Many singers like Britney Spears use digital modifiers to enhance the fry in their voice. Vocal fry is a graveling of the voice. It’s a ... Read more
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Male-Entrenched Work Cultures Affect Nonprofits Too

Male-Entrenched Work Cultures Affect Nonprofits Too
We frequently hear about how difficult it is for women to reach top leadership positions in corporate America. What we don’t often recognize is that many nonprofit organizations also have a male-entrenched leadership culture. For example, in health care women make up 74% of the workforce, but only 18% of hospital CEO positions are filled by women. This isn’t a surprising statistic. Even in female-dominated professions, men rise faster through the leadership ranks than women. ... Read more
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Spinning Time Into Gold at Work

Spinning Time Into Gold at Work
If your work schedule requires a meeting every hour on the hour, skip this entry. But if you are like most people, you find yourself with some dead periods of 10, or 15, or 30 minutes between meetings or commitments.  If you have two or three of these a day, it is like “found” time, almost as good as gold. You can spend this gold in a variety of ways—chatting with co-workers, balancing your bank account, or taking a brief walk. All of these may be good choices, but they are also ... Read more
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