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When different types of leadership collide

Mary was at the pinnacle of her career. She had worked her way up in the cosmetic industry, building strong teams and learning all there was about marketing along the way. As a result of her dedication to growing as a leader, she became a marketing director in a prominent cosmetic company. The pressure of both that position and being a mom to two young children began to mount and Mary found alcohol as a great stress release. She started turning to wine the minute she got home and could easily consume a bottle a night. Soon, there was a

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How to ask for a promotion

Learning to advocate for ourselves and ask for a promotion can be intimidating. The following is a story about Claire who shares how she asked for a very big promotion. The Feedback Loop Claire rose through the ranks of a male-dominated tech industry to land a position four years ago as Chief Information Officer for a prominent housewares line. She is warm and welcoming, asking those around her for input in a continuous feedback loop that she keeps open. This means that she touches base with every employee in IT nearly every day. Some days and even some weeks, she

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How to be a Mindful Leader

Shannon is a woman who is small in stature and big in personality. Sometimes being a woman has been the biggest challenge she has faced in moving forward in her career. She’s worked in male-dominated industries, like construction and engineering, where the executives and board members were always male.  Being mindful about how she is showing up and relating to others is one of the superpowers she has leveraged to move forward in her career. Mindful about Opportunities Shannon was one of the longest tenured employees with her last employer. She watched as members of the “good old boys’ network”

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How to deal with a toxic workplace

A few months ago I received a call from a woman in a prominent leadership position who was looking for help navigating a career transition. To protect her, let’s call her Amy. She recently left her high-paying position on the cusp of being terminated. Her workplace had become so toxic that it was taking a toll on her health. She described the men as “machismo” and the women as “opportunistic, arrogant and stepping on others to get ahead”. Sadly, this isn’t the first time Amy found herself in such a workplace, yet it was the first time that her body

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Am I too old to go back to school

My 55-year-old mom was standing in the open-air market when she started to have a breakdown. My mom is not someone to have a breakdown. She’s always been a woman who speaks from a place of strength and self-assurance. I remember when Hillary Clinton was running for president in the 2008 Democratic primaries, the mom of one of my friends commented that my mom would give Hillary a run for her money. How could my mom reach the point of a breakdown? Pursuing a doctorate degree at 50 In 1996, when I was a sophomore in college and law school

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How to stay true to your leadership style

We have had the honor of listening to over 50 remarkable women leaders this last year, who have faced giant obstacles and persevered with all the might and courage they could muster. To celebrate Women’s History Month, we want to honor them by sharing their stories in the women’s leadership space. These women have inspired us in our journeys, not because they had an easy life handed to them, but because they faced giant obstacles and didn’t run away. They persevered with all the might and courage they could muster. This month, we honor them. A “People First” Leader We

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Is there a leader who inspires you? Here’s one of mine…

We don’t accomplish anything in this world alone…and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one’s life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something. Sandra Day O’Connor Today, I completed my research to become a certified women’s leadership coach. I listened to vulnerable stories from amazing women who are leaders who make things happen, see possibilities, have positive attitudes, and keep learning and getting better – all while building positive relationships. I started imagining how these ladies carry themselves – the facial expressions, posture, voice tone, gestures – and how

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Are your assumptions making you miserable?

Assumptions are made and most assumptions are wrong. Albert Einstein Do you ever find yourself going straight to negative assumptions about something? When we do this again and again about a person or situation, we risk not seeing things accurately. One of my coaching clients was struggling with the false assumption that her boss no longer liked her and had cut her off from important communication. As we began our coaching journey, my client would say, “I know he doesn’t like me, because he used to come by my office every Tuesday after his weekly meeting with his colleagues and

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How to Find a Mentor at Work

What would it feel like to have someone walk your career path with you, believing in you every step of the way, even during those times when all you feel is inadequate, overwhelmed and, at times, hopeless? The right mentor is there for you through the good and hard times. They know their role as a mentor and they take it to heart, helping you find your internal confidence so that you can have that career success. They are multi-talented and resourceful as they help you navigate your way forward. You can make the mentoring relationship a breeze by knowing

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The Surprising Benefit of a Career Plan

Do you know that a majority of senior leaders “under-manage” their careers at various times as they haven’t developed a plan for their career? This lack of a plan or a vision is problematic as it sets leaders back professionally. To avoid having this set back or to course correct if you already made one, work on that vision so you know where you’re going and what your next best steps are to get there. There are huge benefits to having a vision. Those who are strategic and proactive in managing their careers, improve their job satisfaction, often find rapid

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How to Navigate a Career Change into Your Dream Job

Are you ready to navigate a career change into your dream job or are you still letting “I’m not good enough” or “what if I fail” hold you back? To quote Dr. Seuss in Oh the Places You’ll Go, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” Where are you steering your career?  Navigating change can be hard and so many times we allow our negative self-talk to stop us dead in our tracks or leave us playing small in a position we’ve out grown. There are many

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How to Turn a Failure into a Success

Have you ever failed – no, I mean like really failed at something big like your career or your marriage or a friendship? J. K. Rowling, whose failure in marriage and business left her a single parent living off unemployment benefits, says, “Some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all—in which case, you fail by default.” Rowling didn’t let those failures define her. She picked herself up and penned the “Harry Potter” series, which has sold over 450

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How to Create a Vision Board for your Career (free printable included)

Have you ever wondered why you even need a vision or how to create a vision board for your career? I’ve been there, too.  I used to think I needed to apply to hundreds of jobs until I received an offer and accepted it.  Then, I started noticing that great leaders actually spent time envisioning their futures, creating some physical reminder of their vision, and being selective about what positions they were looking for to advance their careers.  And, I wanted that clarity and vision, too, so that I could have a clear path forward that worked with my own

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Are you stuck with 2020 vision for your career?

Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion. Jack Welch This time of year, you might be thinking about the year ahead and all the promise that it brings. Let me stop you for a minute and ask where you’re headed next year. Are you letting someone else navigate your career for you? Or are you at the helm of your career journey? If I asked you right now what your vision is for your career, what would you tell me? What are your steps to get there? An

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Time’s up!

A goal is a dream with a deadline. Napoleon Hill Several times in my career, I’ve set deadlines for my goal of landing a new job and made that new position happen. Previously, I shared with you my two-year time frame to land an executive position in the government. Today, I’m going to share with you how I landed my first government job within my one-year goal. I was a litigation attorney in private practice, billing every six minutes of my life, wondering if this was the life I was destined to live. My patient husband was at home, spending

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How to Overcome Burnout

If you feel ‘burnout’ setting in, if you feel demoralized or exhausted, it is best, for the safety of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. Dalai Lama My clients are women executives who have always juggled it all…careers, family, friendships and self-care.  Now, in the Covid world, they are juggling the school day alongside their workday.  They are trying to plan three healthy meals a day and trying to squeeze in time to prep and cook them.  They already juggle the politics of male-dominated workplaces – add to that the polarization of a political season and they feel pressed on

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What’s Your Why?

If you have a strong purpose in life, you don’t have to be pushed. Your passion will drive you there. Roy Bennett Have you ever started pursuing a goal and given up? Yep, me too! Why did we give up?  Well, we decided the goal just wasn’t worth it. This really is because we didn’t have a strong enough why to keep us going. Maybe you can relate to this example from my life. I played sports as a kid. I loved to swim and play basketball. With my 6-foot frame, I had pretty good height for a basketball player. I even played my first semester

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Did you know that wishes really can come true?

Goals are just a wish until you write them down. Unknown It was the fall semester of my junior year in high school and we had an all-school assembly. I remember over 2,000 students packing into the bleachers in the somewhat steamy gym on a crisp fall day in California. I can’t remember who the guest speaker was that day, but I do remember that he challenged us to turn to the person next to us and say our goal out loud and then to write our goal down as soon as we could locate a pen and paper. I’m

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Are you a goal setter or a goal getter?

Don’t ever be impressed with goal setting; be impressed with goal getting. Reaching new goals and moving to a higher level of performance always requires change, and change feels awkward. But take comfort in the knowledge that if a change doesn’t feel uncomfortable, then it’s probably not really a change. John C. Maxwell In 2012, I was at the top of the general schedule in my job as a federal government attorney. I had been advising and defending executives and political appointees on employment cases for over a decade in private practice and the government. I felt a bit stagnant

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Do you have the courage to write a new story about your career?

You’ve got a new story to write, and it looks nothing like your past. Unknown I’m so excited to start this regular practice of writing for you, the courageous leader, who is ready to be challenged to live more courageously. Perhaps you’ve gone through a trial at work and are lacking that courage you once had to step out and get that promotion. Or maybe you’ve been on your leadership journey for a while, you’ve applied for positions and been passed over, and you’re not sure what you want any more on your leadership journey. I’ve been overwhelmed before by

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