When Your Boss Sees You as Competition

When Your Boss Sees You as Competition
There are probably few things harder to manage in the workplace than having a boss who considers you to be a competitor rather than a colleague. This may have little to do with your actual behavior or performance. Instead, it occurs when an insecure boss realizes how smart or how competent you are. Perhaps your good reputation preceded you, or you are better educated, hold more degrees, or have received more public recognition. Maybe you simply have worked hard and are on a fast track. Now, ... Read more
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Selling Yourself

Selling Yourself
It’s impossible to turn on your television or any news channel and not see and hear Presidential candidates talking about themselves and their accomplishments. They all claim outstanding records. They explain away any failures or inconsistencies in their past records. They take credit for a huge variety of successes from solving international crises to assisting small communities during difficult times. Regardless of fact checkers disputing what the candidates claim, they continue ... Read more
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Don’t Cry Over Spilled Water

Don’t Cry Over Spilled Water
I’m sitting in a meeting and a man just spilled his glass of water all over the table. He laughed it off, although it did get a microphone wet as well as the belongings of those around him. Not only did the young female intern immediately hop up to clean up his mess, but so did the two or three women surrounding him. They didn’t just clean off the water on their laps but also found paper towels and sopped up his mess on the table. While helpful and polite, I’ve simply never seen male ... Read more
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The Gender Pay Gap Starts with Your First Job

The Gender Pay Gap Starts with Your First Job
A recent report called “Accelerating Pathways” which was commissioned by the Citi Foundation, had some negative employment news for millennials. The researchers polled over 5000 people aged 18-25 in cities around the world. The findings showed that the global unemployment level among youth is about 3.4 times higher than it is for the rest of society. This is not surprising. All you have to do is talk to a few recent college graduates about the job market, and you will hear how ... Read more
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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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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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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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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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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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