Mentoring is a Two-Way Street

Mentoring is a Two-Way Street
You know mentors are useful, and you know you should have one. You have thought about contacting an experienced colleague you admire and asking if she might be able to give you some career advice or help you network with a certain group. You’re not usually shy about asking for what you need, but you can’t help wondering why a successful woman would be interested in helping you. Let’s put aside the fact that many women like to mentor others. Or they may recall how important ... Read more
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Wanting and Having it All Can Be Two Different Things

Wanting and Having it All Can Be Two Different Things
We all have dreams for our lives.  Some of them are more realistic than others. When you were little, perhaps you wanted to be a fairy princess and a mom and an astronaut, all at the same time. As you got older, the combinations might have changed, but, generally, you still saw several interconnected roles in your future. Years ago, though, women didn’t have as many choices, and some of those choices used the conjunction “or” rather than “and.” You could be a ... Read more
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Leadership Lessons From Birds

Leadership Lessons From Birds
Recently, prompted by robins arriving on our front lawn, I was thinking about the folklore and sayings that are related to birds. We talk about feathering our nests and taking a bird’s eye view. Then there are sayings from our grandparents that remain with us–sayings like,”The early bird gets the worm,” or, “Birds of a feather stick together.” Sayings like these sound trite, but  the following are some take-away lessons that might be thought provoking ... Read more
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Eight Tips for Holding onto Spring Momentum

Eight Tips for Holding onto Spring Momentum
For those of us who live in geographic areas with changing seasons, May is a magical month. Winter has finally ended. The days lengthen. Flowers, leaves, and birds appear again. Spring is filled with hope and renewed vitality. For awhile, most people experience  a boost in both mood and productivity. What would it be like if you could maintain your Spring momentum? Could you focus better, accomplish more, and achieve a desirable work-life balance? Would you be better organized, more ... Read more
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Some Conversations are Harder Than Others: National Healthcare Decisions Day

Some Conversations are Harder Than Others: National Healthcare Decisions Day
April 16 is a day to take action. It is the date each year that is designated National Health Care Decisions Day, a day to review and document the type of care you would want if you were too ill or incapacitated to make your healthcare or end of life care wishes known. If you are thinking, “I’m young and healthy, I don’t need to know this,” think again. Every year, healthy young adults are involved in traffic accidents, skiing accidents, and falls while hiking. They ... 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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The Devil Doesn’t Need Advocates

The Devil Doesn’t Need Advocates
We’ve all been there. The meeting has dragged on and on. It looks like the team has finally arrived at an action plan. Things are winding down, tasks are being assigned, and you are ready to pack up and get back to your real work. At that very moment, someone says, “Let me play devil’s advocate” and launches into a rehash of the previous discussion. Colleagues groan inwardly, everyone hoping the boss will dismiss this unnecessary showmanship. The concept of ... Read more
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Feeling Inadequate? Maybe It’s Time for an Inner Strength Inventory

Feeling Inadequate? Maybe It’s Time for an Inner Strength Inventory
Inner strengths are similar to talents. The difference is we may not fully recognize or acknowledge our inner strengths, so they remain hidden, even from ourselves. Understanding and owning your inner strengths can be an asset to your self-confidence and to your job performance. As an exercise, ask your closest friends or family members if they could describe one or two strengths that they think you possess. You might be surprised at what is mentioned, terms like self-discipline, optimism, ... Read more
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Spring Cleaning For Your Life

Spring Cleaning For Your Life
I recently came across an old letter from a woman who is now in her 90s. In it she mentioned she was in the middle of “spring cleaning.” She talked about taking rugs outside to sweep, washing windows and woodwork, and polishing furniture. She cleaned one room at a time, only moving to the next room when the previous room was finished. I doubt that few people today engage in actual spring cleaning. We have homes and environments that require less attention, and we have better ... Read more
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Who is Susan B. Anthony and Why Should Young Women Care?

Who is Susan B. Anthony and Why Should Young Women Care?
February 15 is Susan B. Anthony’s birthday. You won’t find her name on your calendar because calendars only note great men. There’s Columbus, Lincoln, Washington, and King. No one would argue that they all deserve continuing recognition. But when it comes to women, we have only Mother’s Day and Administrative Professionals Day, which was formerly Secretary’s Day, on the calendar. This is a bit like history textbooks where women’s history is diminished or ... Read more
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