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  • Practice Intentional Acts of Kindness Throughout Your Career
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - September 17, 2019
    You’re stressed beyond measure at work – toiling away on the umpteenth iteration of a new campaign; racing the clock to get a grant proposal in; or working overtime to iron out a distribution snafu – then a colleague sets aside their own project to pitch in on yours, or a friend, who’s been through something similar, picks up the phone to share advice…and everything changes for the better. A k...
  • Keeping Options Open vs. Failing to Commit
    by Sherri Edwards - September 16, 2019
    Failing to commit has sometimes been recognized as a West Coast issue, but I haven’t seen hard statistics about it. I don’t really know if this trend is limited to one area or not, but from what I observe, the reluctance to commit to just about anything is an increasing phenomenon in the Pacific Northwest. There’s a huge difference between evaluating and weighing out options to see what works best and j...
  • Stop the Busy Brag
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - September 10, 2019
    Busy-ness is a dangerous trap that relinquishes our control to find meaning and fulfillment in life and career when we are stuck in the quicksand of being busy. I am on a mission to disrupt the busy culture and focus on a life that is measured by meaning, value, fulfillment and other factors we can customize to celebrate our unique happiness and satisfaction. Busy Doesn’t Mean Important – as a recovering work...
  • The Absolute Worst Thing To Do When You Want to Change or Improve Your Career
    by Kathy Caprino - September 9, 2019
    When I was in my most unhappy period at the end of my 18-year corporate career, I was the definition of “stuck.” At age 40, I had spent all those years slogging through jobs and promotions, trying so hard to finally land a senior role that I could love and feel I was great at, working with people I respected, engaging in tasks I enjoyed. And I desperately wanted to be a part of a company that was delivering prod...
  • How To Love What You Do Even If You Don't Love Your Job
    by Steve Farber - August 27, 2019
    Graduation speakers, romantic comedies, and even our best friends from our freshman year of college have all, collectively, sold us a bill of goods. It turns out, you probably won’t get hit by Cupid’s arrow with “love at first sight,” either in your romantic or your work life. In fact, there’s strong evidence that most people are never going to find a great passion in life. Nope, most of us...
  • 4 Things You Should Never Apologize for at Work
    by Melody Wilding - August 26, 2019
    Why We Over-apologize Apologies, when warranted, are a sign of empathy in the workplace. But over-apologizing— or excessively saying sorry when you don’t need to — is a bad habit that can undermine your authority. More importantly, it hurts your self-esteem. Recently, there’s been a great deal of talk and controversy about women apologizing too often in the workplace. Research shows that women...
  • Put Your 'To-Do' List on a Diet
    by Sara Canaday - August 22, 2019
    Avid gardeners know from experience that accelerating the growth of a tree…requires pruning it. To make it grow bigger, you have to cut it back. That counterintuitive principle also applies to professionals. If we want remarkable business growth, we need the courage to prune things back, our schedules, our projects, and our commitments. We must be willing to drop our dependency on some of the things we’ve a...
  • Why Changing Jobs is Less of a Problem in Today's Market
    by Sherri Edwards - August 21, 2019
    A substantial part of my work is helping people identify why they are unhappy at work and figure out what they need to do about it. The other end of that is helping them carry out their plans successfully. Although there are many ways to change someone’s experience inside of their current employment scenario, it’s not always possible to do that. There is a variety of reasons someone may decide to change: they de...
  • Simple Acts to Safeguard Your Career
    by Mary Jeanne Vincent - August 19, 2019
    The global economy is in flux and the outlook for the future is not as rosy as it has been. Before the inevitable downturn occurs safeguard your career with these strategies. Be visible — in a good way! When I worked in outplacement a lot of very talented individuals were stunned to find themselves downsized out of a job. Afterall, they kept their heads down, did good work and didn’t cause any trouble. Why...
  • Don't Be a Prisoner of Your Own Perspectives
    by Sara Canaday - August 13, 2019
    We can make every effort to be objective, rational, and open-minded when making decisions or contemplating new ideas, but there are several roadblocks that may get in the way. The first one is cognitive bias. We simply can’t escape its effects. I’ll give you an example. You’re presented with a new business opportunity. Naturally, you’ll look at the forecasts, the spreadsheets and the potential...