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5 Emotions That Could Be Stopping You From Leaving a Toxic Workplace Behind

The other day a former colleague (I’ll call her Ashley) reached out to me out of the blue. I had not heard from her for nearly four years. GET MY VISION COMPANION After I left the government, Ashley experienced a toxic workplace and decided she needed to leave and heal. She left government for a while, which she said brought some peace; however, she felt like a “fish out of water”, because she had always worked in government and that was the place she felt most comfortable. Two years ago, she returned to the government in a healthy work environment.

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Overcoming Fear: Lessons From A Courageous Friend

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine from my time in Washington, DC, was in town. I knew she had emigrated from Pakistan; however, I didn’t know everything that she and her family went through to come to the United States. I was so touched by what she shared and the running theme of overcoming so much fear to arrive on US soil when she was eight that I thought I would share some of the takeaways I had from our discussion. It’s natural to experience fear at times. Fear can be triggered by various situations, such as stepping

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Executive Presence: What It Is and Why It Matters for Women Executives

Recently, a number of my coaching clients have desired to level up their executive presence… GET MY VISION COMPANION …so I thought I would share about what executive presence is and why it matters. As a woman executive, you are likely aware of the importance of projecting confidence, authority, and credibility in your role. You may also be familiar with the term “executive presence,” which describes the way in which a leader carries themselves, communicates ideas, and interacts with others in a professional setting. The powerful example of a woman who embodied executive presence throughout her career that I like

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How To Own Your Voice

The other day one of my clients came into the coaching room with a lot more timidness than I’ve seen in her. GET MY GOAL COMPANION The room started to buzz as everyone hopped in and eventually my client said she had something she wanted to shed in the room. She shared how the week before she was in an executive meeting with her 11 peers, all of whom happen to be men. It was her turn to present on the health of the company and as the Chief Revenue Officer this update was her responsibility. She said that every

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Leadership Lessons From Our First Jobs

Recently, with summer approaching, it got me thinking about the teenagers heading off to their first jobs. GET MY VISION COMPANION I remember being a teenager and excited for my first job. Without any formal experience, I had no idea how to land a job. My parents encouraged me to apply as a server at a restaurant where my parents knew one of the managers. I applied and landed an interview with the general manager. I’ll never forget him asking me to sell him a set of salt and pepper shakers, even though he already had nine sets at home.

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5 Benefits of Joining a Women’s Mastermind Group

As more women take on leadership roles in the workplace, the need for support and collaboration is becoming increasingly important. GET MY GOAL COMPANION That’s where women leaders mastermind groups, like the ones I run, come in. My mastermind groups are a table where women leaders come together to help one another achieve their goals through brainstorming, accountability, and support. My groups are specifically designed for women who want to grow as leaders and support one another in their professional journeys. Here are some of the benefits of joining a mastermind group: 1. Accountability One of the key benefits of

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Bravery in Leadership: Overcoming Fear and Uncertainty

As women leaders, we’re often expected to exhibit bravery in our professional and personal lives. GET MY VISION COMPANION We’re expected to be confident, decisive, and unafraid to take risks, or at least not tell people that we’re scared to act. What does it mean to be brave? And how can we find the courage to do what needs to be done, even when we’re afraid? What Does it Mean to Be Brave? Being brave is not the absence of fear; rather, it’s the ability to act despite it. It is the willingness to take risks, to face uncertainty and

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Are You Burning Out?

Burnout is a common phenomenon that can affect anyone, but it disproportionately affects women leaders. GET MY GOAL COMPANION The constant juggling of responsibilities, dealing with high-pressure situations, and being held to unreasonably high expectations can all lead to us feeling overworked, exhausted, and burned out. Burnout is often seen as a rite of passage and we think it has to be the norm for us. Some of us feel that we need to push ourselves to the brink of exhaustion to prove our worth, yet this can be detrimental to us, our teams, and the organizations we lead. I

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How to Stay Positive After A Layoff

Losing your job, no matter what the reason, is never an easy experience. However, a job loss can also be an opportunity for growth and a catalyst to reassessing your career goals. Here are some tips on how to stay positive when faced with a layoff: GET MY VISION COMPANION Allow Yourself to Feel Your Emotions It is natural to feel sadness and frustration when dealing with job loss. It’s important to take the time to process these emotions and allow yourself to grieve over the loss of your job. This will help you clear your mind and focus on

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7 Simple Steps to Get More Out of Your Day

In one of my group coaching sessions recently, one of the women asked how to have more productive days. GET MY GOAL COMPANION She said that there always is so much to do and she never feels like she’s making progress on anything, because she’s either in a meeting or responding to emails. I thought the steps that others shared were helpful, as did my client, so I thought I would share them with you. 1. Plan your day the night before At the end of each work day write out all the things you need to do the following

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Leading Authentically: How to Show Up as Your True Self

As a woman leader, it’s easy to get caught up in the expectations of others and lose sight of who you truly are. GET MY VISION COMPANION However, authenticity is key to building trust, inspiring others, and achieving success. Here are some strategies for showing up as your true self as a leader: Know Yourself The first step to leading authentically is knowing yourself. Take time to reflect on your values, strengths, and weaknesses. Consider taking a personality assessment (CliftonStrengths is my favorite!) or working with a coach to gain further insight into your leadership style. Embrace Your Unique Perspective

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Finding Work-Life Balance as a Woman Leader: Strategies for Success

As a woman leader, finding work-life balance can be challenging. Whether you’re managing a team, running your own business, or working in a high-pressure corporate environment, it’s easy to get caught up in the demands of your career and neglect other areas of your life. However, achieving work-life balance is essential for both your personal and professional wellbeing. Here are some strategies that can help you find success in both areas: GET MY GOAL COMPANION Prioritize Your Health Your physical and mental health should always come first. Make time for regular exercise, healthy eating habits, and stress-reducing activities such as

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Getting Back Up: How to Overcome Failure and Keep Moving Forward

Failure is inevitable in life. Whether it’s a failed relationship, a failed project, or a failed career move, we all experience setbacks at some point. The true test of our character lies not in avoiding failure, but in how we respond to it. Getting back up after falling down can be one of the most difficult things we do. It takes courage, perseverance, and resilience. With the right mindset and these strategies, you can overcome failure and keep moving forward. GET MY VISION COMPANION Acknowledge Your Emotions The first step in getting back up is acknowledging your emotions. It’s natural

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Women Leaders: Helping Each Other Rise

This week, I heard many clients echo the power of their mastermind groups. They described the women in their groups as: empowering, uplifting, successful, supportive, understanding and amazing. I started wondering how many women are still missing out, because they describe the women around them as: selfish, controlling, backstabbing, game-playing, and even “bitchy”. GET MY GOAL COMPANION Women have made significant strides in leadership positions over the years, breaking through barriers and shattering glass ceilings. Despite these advancements, women are still struggling, often at the hands of other women. This is where the importance of women leaders helping each other

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The Burnout Epidemic: Women Leaders and the Cost of Success

As women continue to break barriers and shatter glass ceilings in leadership roles, they are also facing a growing epidemic: burnout. Despite their success, many women leaders are struggling to balance the demands of work and personal life, leading to exhaustion, stress, and even physical illness. Research has shown that women leaders face unique challenges in the workplace that can contribute to burnout. From gender bias and discrimination to imposter syndrome and unrealistic expectations, these factors can take a toll on mental health and overall well-being. GET MY VISION COMPANION The “Double Shift” Phenomenon One major contributor to burnout among

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Women Leaders: Navigating Toxic Work Environments

Women leaders face a unique set of challenges in the workplace. Sadly, one of the most significant obstacles is navigating toxic work environments. These environments can be harmful to anyone; however, women often face additional barriers due to gender bias and discrimination. The other day, I was in a coaching room with a group of c-suite women discussing the topic of burnout. One woman said that burnout and toxic work environments go hand-in-hand for her. Just five months earlier, we saw her get fired from her c-suite job. The immediacy of her job loss came as a shock to her

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5 Keys To Overcoming Failure

I have a client who landed a vice president position with a fortune 100 company last spring. All year, she would tell us that she was excited for the Celebration of Failures. She had no idea what this would look like; however, so many employees shared excitement about it that she knew it was not to be missed. And, she was right. At our meeting in January, she told us that the celebration was an amazing event that lasted most of the day and truly created a culture that wasn’t afraid to fail. She told us that she identified a

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The Power of Authenticity in Women Leaders

Women leaders have been breaking barriers and shattering glass ceilings for decades, paving the way for future generations of strong, capable women. GET MY GOAL COMPANION However, one trait that has been consistently overlooked is authenticity. Authenticity is often seen as a vulnerability, a weakness that can be exploited by others. In reality, it is a strength. Authenticity allows leaders to connect with their team on a deeper level, build trust and respect, and create an environment where people feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and ideas. When it comes to women leaders specifically, authenticity is even more important. Women have

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Celebrating Women Leaders During Women’s History Month

As we celebrate Women’s History Month this month, it’s important to recognize the incredible contributions of women leaders throughout history. From political pioneers to groundbreaking scientists, women have made significant strides in every field imaginable. GET MY VISION COMPANION Political Leaders Women have been making waves in politics for centuries, from suffragettes fighting for the right to vote to modern-day politicians breaking barriers and shattering glass ceilings. Some notable political leaders include: Kamala Harris: The first female Vice President of the United States and the highest-ranking female official in U.S. history. Rosa Louise McCauley Parks: An American activist in the

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Effective Time Management

I’ve been coaching a woman for almost a year and about once a quarter we coach through her time management. GET MY GOAL COMPANION She always starts off strong after coaching on this topic and then tells me that she notices she starts to backslide and needs help getting back on track. So this post is for anyone looking to better manage their time. 1. Clarify your goals and strategy Be very clear about your aims and ambitions, both short and long term. Write them down. Once you know what you really want to achieve (and why) it’s easier to

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5 Easy Steps To Accomplishing Any Goal

It’s hard sometimes to be almost seven weeks into the new year and already feel like we’ll never accomplish anything this year. GET MY VISION COMPANION We’ve already given up on the goals we made at the start of the year or we were laid off and going after a goal seems so hard right now. I talked with a client recently who was laid off at the start of the year and she said she had to dust off her goal setting muscles again. These are her five easy ways to accomplish any goal: 1. Establish a definite date

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