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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When Mentoring Goes Bad

When Mentoring Goes Bad
You were excited to meet one of the leaders in your field. He said he liked the project you just presented and that the topic was of special interest to him. He gave you his business card and suggested you give him a call next week so you can talk further. You think this might be the big break you have been waiting for—your chance to have the attention and support of a giant who can help you move up that career ladder. You are hoping you have found a mentor. You do call, and he is ... Read more
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Reversing a Bad Decision

Reversing a Bad Decision
We do it all the time-—make a decision and then rethink it. Sometimes, we completely reverse it. Most decisions are personal and small. Will you go to your high school reunion?  Will you join a gym? Will you spend vacation with your parents? Other decisions, such as buying a house or changing jobs, are bigger and can have a bigger impact. In the workplace, decisions carry their own consequences. Each day, you probably make many small decisions, most of them so routine that they are barely ... Read more
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Preparing to be a Stay-at-Work Mom

Preparing to be a Stay-at-Work Mom
Preparing to be a Stay-at-Work Mom When you are planning to start a family, it is important to think through how you will balance work demands and navigate potential career challenges. As you read the following information remember to stay flexible. Babies are notorious for bringing joy as well as interrupting the best-laid plans. Baby Blueprint Before you have a baby, check your healthcare benefits. What does your policy look like in terms of maternity coverage? Have you found a doctor yet ... Read more
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This is your Captain Speaking

This is your Captain Speaking
Recently I spent some time vacationing in San Francisco. We stayed on Fisherman’s Wharf and did all of the usual fun tourist activities. Docked behind Pier 45 are two World War II vessels, the SS Jeremiah O’Brien, a huge warship, and the USS Pampanito, a submarine. In front of the sub, there is a photo opportunity where you can put your face in a wooden opening in an exhibit and you became “Rosie the Riviter” saying “We can do it” in a replica of the ... Read more
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When to Lead, When to Follow

When to Lead, When to Follow
I recently saw a young woman wearing a t-shirt that said, “Follow the leader.” What made the shirt a bit different was that the word “Follow” had been crossed off, and the word “Be” was written above it. We often see children playing “follow the leader.” It’s an age-old game that small children seem to enjoy. What’s most interesting is who gets to be the leader and how those decisions get made. Every now and then, an individual  is ... 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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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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