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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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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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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Intern 101

Intern 101
I just had my first week at my summer job, and it was terrible. It seemed like nothing went right. My boss called in sick on my first day and handed off his welcoming duties to a less than welcoming individual, it took me hours of waiting, in a DMV-like environment, to get my corporate ID, and it seemed like every coworker I met had already decided that they didn’t like me. Of course, week one of any internship can be challenging.  You have to deal with all of the paperwork and the details ... Read more
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Feeling Sandwiched?

Feeling Sandwiched?
The term “sandwich generation” was coined many years ago to refer to women who have responsibility for the care of their parents or an elderly relative while they are trying to raise their own children. It’s an apt analogy. When fewer women worked, the task of caring for older family members almost always fell to the daughter, frequently to the one who lived the closest. Today, most women hold jobs and they live further from their relatives, making this situation even more ... Read more
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The Reality of Microaggression

The Reality of Microaggression
A microaggression is, in theory, a form of unintended discrimination. Many people, including people of color, women, and other underrepresented groups, might argue that microaggressions are sometimes more insidious. The aggressor may truly not know the impact of their words, but sometimes it’s more cunning and manipulative. Microaggressions are often best understood when they are perpetrated against people of color because it happens so often. These include when someone is asked where they ... Read more
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Frances Perkins: The Architect of our Social Safety Net

Frances Perkins: The Architect of our Social Safety Net
Frances Perkins was the first female member of a Presidential cabinet in the United States and today is the 135th anniversary of her birth. She served as Secretary for Labor from 1933 to 1945 under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. A social worker by training, Perkins was a staunch advocate for workers’ rights and was the chief architect of New Deal legislation including the Social Security Act. She chaired the President’s Committee on Economic Security in 1934 and was relentless in her ... 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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Do You Know a Good Leader When You See One?

Do You Know a Good Leader When You See One?
My earlier post identified leadership as the good, the bad, and you. I wrote about six behaviors typical of bad leaders. While the opposite of my six observations of the bad are a place to start, there will be no getting off easy for me. Here are my top six qualities of good leaders. You work hard to build trust and earn respect. Sure, your team will trust you at the start, and your leadership role comes with some built-in respect. But strong leaders work continuously to prove themselves. ... Read more
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Leadership Lacking

Leadership Lacking
This past weekend I attended the opening Little League game for a local team. It was only the first day of spring, miserable weather, and the plowed field was surrounded with piles of snow. The people in the bleachers were bundled up and cold. The players on the field were colder still. Yet, there was an aura of excitement for an activity that both the kids and parents were looking forward to after a long winter in the northeast. The head coach spoke to the group before the game started. He ... Read more
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