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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Beware Self-Proclaimed Experts

Beware Self-Proclaimed Experts
Perhaps you have tried it a time or two—passing yourself off as an expert and then rushing to become one. Maybe you padded your resume or job application by slightly overstating your technical expertise or your presentation skills.  When your boss asked you to fix a problem or fill in for a speaking engagement, you had to work fast to become as proficient as you had led her to believe you were. In the worst case scenario, you had no choice to but to admit your limitations and face the ... Read more
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Better to Give Than to Receive? Not Necessarily

Better to Give Than to Receive? Not Necessarily
We all approach advice in a personal way. Sometimes we solicit it. Sometimes we resent it, even if we asked for it. We may choose to use it or to discard it. We have power over advice received. What about advice given? We should have great control over that side of the advice equation, yet how often do you find yourself giving “unsolicited advice” to friends and family? Advice in the workplace is even trickier. If it’s your boss giving you “a little friendly ... Read more
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It’s Time for a Different Legacy for Women

It’s Time for a Different Legacy for Women
On the nineteenth of May, 1919, a Joint Resolution of the 66th Congress of the United States of America proposed an amendment to the Constitution “extending the right of suffrage to women.” The actual language was simple: “The right of citizens of the United States shall not be denied by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” The House of Representatives passed the 19th Amendment by a vote of 304-90. The Senate approved it 56 to 25. Thirty-six states ... Read more
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Systems Laziness

Systems Laziness
We all know a co-worker who always leaves the copier without paper or manages to be unavailable when the assistant needs a few minutes of help with the phone. Then there is the long-term employee who never seems to see or care about needed operational change like updating policies or changing the letterhead to include the new mailing address.  These people are annoying but don’t create chaos. There is another type of worker, however, who is personally and professionally lazy, and that ... Read more
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Forget Failure. Learn From Success.

Forget Failure. Learn From Success.
In the workplace and in our professional lives, we often agonize about mistakes. Whether large or small, we go over them again and again, trying to understand how we could have misunderstood the situation, the request, or the data, or how we could have been so stupid. We analyze each mistake vowing to learn from them, and promising ourselves not to make that same mistake twice. We don’t look at our successes the same way, but perhaps we should. Are there factors that you can identify ... 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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Thought Pioneer: How to Lead Through Exploration

Thought Pioneer: How to Lead Through Exploration
You’ve all been in the room with a creative thinker. They are the ones known for “thinking outside the box.” In a brainstorming session, they can come up with idea after idea. They are often quick and witty, and you may wish you were more like them. Every organization needs one or two creative thinkers to help other staff think more broadly. Creative thinkers, however, may not be particularly detail oriented. They may not be planners or implementers. These activities ... Read more
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High Achievers May Not Make the Best Mentors

High Achievers May Not Make the Best Mentors
Sometimes a mentor just seems to materialize. A professor takes an interest in something you have written or a research project you have completed. You find her supportive and encouraging. She is helpful with career advice and is happy to serve as a reference when you are applying for your first professional job. Other mentors may be found at work. Your first supervisor may help you adjust to the professional workplace and may help you recognize your potential. If you are an engaged ... Read more
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Digital by Default: 3 Ways to Take Advantage of Being an “Accidental Techie” at Your Organization

Digital by Default: 3 Ways to Take Advantage of Being an “Accidental Techie” at Your Organization
As the Founder of the Women in Tech Campaign, I’ve heard my share of stories from awesome women who self-identify as ‘accidental techies’. So what is an ‘accidental techie’? Often a communications professional by trade or study, these folks have somewhat organically turned into a digital ‘jack-of-all-trades’ for their organizations. But, the truth is, as the ‘Captain’ of your digital ship, it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day storms and not look to the shore ahead. So, this post is ... Read more
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