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The Golden Rule to Help Guide Your Next Decision.

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When people show you who they are, believe them. I say it all the time, but I find, especially as women, that we want to give people the eternal benefit of the doubt and second, third and fourth chances. There is no end to the evidence and yet we still want to believe the best. […]

The One Word You Need to Take Into 2024.

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There isn’t a word more fear-inducing than the two-letter one we try to avoid saying. No. When it comes to refusal, boundaries, and, quite frankly, the truth of what we have time for and what we sincerely want, it can still feel like a slap in the face when we say it. It brings up […]

Are you future-proofed?

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This past summer, Seana noticed her manager and skip level seemed to be doing very little to promote the work that they were responsible for. Instead of panicking or just trusting that he had her back, she realized that she had to step up and take ownership of her situation or find herself on the […]

Since When Did Little Dreams Change the World?

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The other day, a female business owner said to me, “I don’t need to be crazy rich, just comfortable enough.” I almost blew a gasket. Why not rich? Why not filthy fucking rich? And, hey, it’s her thing if she just wants to make however much, but I could hear the resignation in her voice. […]

The Book That Shifted My Perspective

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If you haven’t read Oliver Burkeman’s book, “Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals”, let me summarize it for you (and before you think this is a shake-you-by-the-shoulders “You Only Live Once!” post, hear me out!) 4,000 weeks is about the average lifespan of a human. Which is not a lot of time. Staring straight […]

The Way Out of the Likeability Trap

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Ask most women what they’re job is and they’ll give you the same answer. To be liked. To be affable and pleasant and approachable is our full-time, round-the-clock, no-off-switch kind of job that’s baked into every single position regardless of how high up we are. The pressure to please is ingrained, and we all feel […]

Is Everyone an Idiot?

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As a coach, there are three little words that come along every once in a while that tell me a client has to make a change. You might’ve heard it, thought it or even said it yourself. “Everyone’s an idiot!” To that I say, you’ve got two options. CHANGE YOUR ENVIRONMENT If – when you […]

Does the Glass Ceiling Exist?

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I recently read a book that really pissed me off. Edited by Naina Lal Kidwai, “30 Women In Power: Their Voices, Their Stories” is a compilation of Indian essayists advice on many issues working women face. What surprised me is how in many of the stories the women claim to not have experienced a glass […]

PEOPLE are the way

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There’s an ancient African proverb that resonates deeply in the modern world of leadership: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” It’s a reminder that collaboration, not solitude, propels us toward lasting success. In the early stages of your career, blazing a trail alone might yield […]

Are You Delegating Your Destiny?

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Waiting for someone else to script your career success? If you’re nodding, it’s high time for a wake-up call. You need to be the architect of your own career, not a spectator. Many individuals mistakenly believe that their manager, HR department, or even their organization is diligently plotting the course of their careers. Let’s get […]