Develop a Personal Strategic Plan

Develop a Personal Strategic Plan
With only a few weeks left in this calendar year, it is a good time to begin building a personal career strategic plan for your future. Strategic plans generally cover a three to five year period and are aspirational—they document what you aspire to achieve (desired outcomes) in a certain time frame. A good plan should contain a vision statement. This is a short, concise statement of what you want your career to look like in the next three to five years. Before you begin writing your plan, ... Read more
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No Problem

No Problem
I recently saw a poster that said, “Be the one who smiles, not the one who smiles back.” That made me think about several things. For example, how did smiling become a chore? When did that smile-back action become so awkward? You know the feeling. You’re minding your own business, in your usual hurry-up-and-get-this-chore done mode, and you happen to glance across the grocery store isle at an elderly woman or a child. She smiles. You feel obligated to smile back, but you ... Read more
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Does Your Boss Think You’re a Mind Reader?

Does Your Boss Think You’re a Mind Reader?
Are you sometimes frustrated with the interactions you have with your boss?  Do you have difficulty figuring out what exactly she wants, or how, or in what order,  you are to complete the multiple assignments she gives you? If your boss is generally organized and clear, the problem may be on your end. If you feel nervous or overwhelmed when interacting with her, you may not capture all the needed details and requests. More than likely you have asked friends and co-workers for advice.  You ... Read more
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Wishing You High Adventure

Wishing You High Adventure
“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.”                Amelia Earhart What is your adventure quotient?  Are you attracted to new challenges, new places, new experiences, or new foods? Do you enjoy getting to know new people? Have you read all the volumes of “Harry Potter?” Was “Wild” your favorite movie last year?  Do you keep up with fads in clothing and music and visit trendy restaurants?  Do you have to have the newest electronics?  Do you bore easily? ... Read more
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Emoticons, Emoji, Women, and Work

Emoticons, Emoji, Women, and Work
I have always disliked “smiley faces.” They seem rather silly to me. The emoticon for a smiley face (colon, hyphen, parenthesis) has been around since 1982, and a huge industry using pictographic symbols (generally referred to as emoji) for electronic communication has grown tremendously since the late 90s.  Currently, you can’t watch tv without seeing McDonald’s ads using “emoji” to highlight their change in menu. In the ads, everyone, men as well as ... Read more
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Looking Assertive vs. Being Assertive

Looking Assertive vs. Being Assertive
Recently I came across a statement  that claimed it is easier to look like an assertive woman than to be one. So how do you know if you actually are an assertive woman?  If you’re not one, how do you become one? Being assertive is not just how you dress, or how you speak, or the risks you take—even though all of these can be important. Being assertive is dependent on feeling self-confident, especially feeling confident about your own power. There may be external manifestations, but ... Read more
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Turn Down the Volume

Turn Down the Volume
Yesterday Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump referred to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton as “shrill.” That got me thinking about words that are used to describe powerful women. I looked up definitions of “shrill” and some of them made me smile. One described it as a sound that is high pitched and sharp, “like the squeak of a mouse in your cupboard.” Another source said shrill is a loud and high sound that “is unpleasant or painful ... Read more
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Leadership, Honesty, and Integrity

Leadership, Honesty, and Integrity
America is abuzz with “Pope mania.” People everywhere are talking about Pope Francis’ visit. The television coverage is nonstop, yet it doesn’t seem particularly bothersome. Perhaps it is because, for weeks, we have been inundated with 24 hours of negativity related to next year’s Presidential campaign. Watching the Pope is a welcome diversion. From the politicians, we have heard bragging, and aggrandizement, lecturing and shouting. We have listened to insults, ... Read more
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Building Each Other Up While Breaking Down Barriers

Building Each Other Up While Breaking Down Barriers
“The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.“ – V. Davis If you watched the Emmy’s last night (or even just caught some of todays’ highlights and buzz), you are likely aware that Viola Davis made history by becoming the first Black woman to win an Emmy for a leading role in a drama.  Whether or not you watch her show or are familiar with her work, is secondary to what her presence on that particular stage and the display of sisterhood that went on last ... Read more
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What Was I Saying? The Power of Self-Talk

What Was I Saying? The Power of Self-Talk
As so often happens, I find myself sitting at an airport waiting for a cross country flight. Since I am flying east to west coast today, I needed to get up in the middle of the night and arrive at the airport before sunrise. Sitting in my hotel room, trying to get motivated, a phrase from a Beckett novel that I had read somewhere went through my mind. “I can’t go on. I must go on. I’ll go on,” and, of course, I did. The phrase made me think of self-talk—that internal ... Read more
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