Butter is Good for You and Stress May Be Even Better

Butter is Good for You and Stress May Be Even Better
Butter is one of my favorite foods. Put it on a piece of toast and it becomes my very top food choice. For years, experts made us feel guilty about eating butter. It was a “death” food. Then, last year, it all reversed, and the cover of Time magazine (June 23, 2014) had a headline of “Eat Butter.” The subtitle was “Scientists Labeled Fat the Enemy. Why They Were Wrong.” What wonderful news. No more olive oil or dry toast. It was certainly a day for butter ... Read more
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Ice Breaker or Bad Break?

Ice Breaker or Bad Break?
Before you attend a meeting, it’s often a good idea to think about how you will introduce yourself. The meeting leader usually gives clues such as asking each person to give a one sentence introduction or a short paragraph on your role in the work group. Sometimes, though, the facilitator decides to use an “ice breaking” question. These can take a variety of forms and are meant to help the attendees get to know one another. Whether you love or hate this sort of activity, ... Read more
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3 Steps for Success by Association

3 Steps for Success by Association
One of the best pieces of career advice I can give to a new professional is to be involved in your professional association. Whatever it is that you do or are interested in doing,   I can guarantee that there is an association for it. Step 1: Association Identification You may wonder how to find the right association to join. According to the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), there were 90,908 trade and professional associations in 2009. Regardless of your professional ... 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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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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Giving Up Your Helicopter

Giving Up Your Helicopter
Everyone knows the definition of “helicopter parent,” a term used to describe parents who constantly “hover” over their children, directing their activities, solving their problems, and providing career and life advice. Sometimes, helicopter parents go a bit too far—calling teachers, coaches, college professors, even bosses, when they think their son or daughter has been overlooked or underappreciated, or when there appears to be a problem that they think their child ... Read more
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Your Office Needs to Grow Up Too

Your Office Needs to Grow Up Too
When you were a teenager, you probably had a bedroom that reflected your teenage interests. Maybe you had movie and concert posters and pictures of your favorite singer and of all your friends. Your college dorm room may not have been too different. Perhaps you switched to travel posters, playbills from shows you had seen, and memorabilia that related to your college or university. Now you have an office. It might be an 8 by 10 cubicle or a regular office. There may be two desks, or if you ... Read more
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The Importance of Self Awareness & Self Care for Success As A Nonprofit Professional

The Importance of Self Awareness & Self Care for Success As A Nonprofit Professional
If you read my last post, you know that understanding your own needs in supervision and your organization’s culture are significant factors in your success as a new nonprofit professional. In Part Two, you’ll learn the importance of self-awareness and self care in achieving your career goals. You’ve started your new job and begun learning the organization’s policies and procedures. You’re beginning to understand how your position fits in with the mission you and your team are working to ... Read more
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What About You and the Leaders You Meet?

What About You and the Leaders You Meet?
The fact is, when you have a job, you are going to run into bad leaders. Why? Because leadership is difficult. Even for those with natural leadership ability, it is not easy. As the saying goes, “People quit their bosses, not their jobs.” In earlier posts, I wrote about two extremes of leadership: the good and the bad. This post is about you and what you do with the leaders you meet: 1) Be reasonable in your own expectations; but 2) Remove yourself from a bad situation when you can. Don’t ... Read more
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Things New Nonprofit Professionals Should Consider (Part One)

Things New Nonprofit Professionals Should Consider (Part One)
You’ve graduated from college and/or grad school and landed your dream job making a difference at your local nonprofit. You’re ready to change the world – and you will! Here are two factors to consider which will lead to your long-term success in the rewarding world of nonprofit work. Know what you need in supervision. Supervision is one of the most crucial elements of your success as a new nonprofit professional. It’s important to think about what you need from the start. The easiest way ... Read more
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