Four Things I Learned That One Time I Got Let Go

5711563136_96ac6fb29f_zOnce upon a time there was a girl who was a rock star at work. She just got promoted, got a killer mid-year review, and her customers loved her. Then, she got let go.

Yes, it happens. Organizations change and shift. Things happen that are outside of your control and no matter how good you think you are, you can find yourself in this situation. This happened to me – it wasn’t pleasant but it did teach me some really important things. read more »

Management Lessons From Under The Bus

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One ominous day a long, long time ago I got thrown under a bus to the CEO of my company at the time. Me, a pretty low level employee at the time, got blamed for a pretty huge issue. The person that pointed to me was a very senior executive who was looking for a scape goat. Luckily I had a few big time supporters in the inner circle who knew the truth and could set the story straight.

 

I learned one of the greatest management lessons during this really stressful situation – because of the way my manager reacted. She got my side of the story and then fought hard behind the scenes to protect me and my reputation. Wow – what a class act. read more »

My Top 5 Tips on Mentoring, Sponsorship, and Coaching

ladderMentor, sponsor, coach, oh my! These 3 words mean different things to different people.

Let me start by sharing my personal definition of these concepts:
• A mentor is someone you meet with regularly to provide guidance and advice on your career path or other topics.
• A coach is someone you meet with to provide direction and guidance on a specific task or goal usually related to your job.
• A sponsor is someone willing to put themselves on the line for you and act as your advocate behind the scenes to propel your career. read more »

Five Things I Wish I Knew When I Started My Career

10517585_10204393013886450_5055103348110987592_nBack when I started my career in the late 90s, things were a little different – I didn’t get a laptop and used a pager to learn about work emergencies on the weekends. Although the technology has changed, some things never change. There are 5 lessons I’ve learned throughout my career that I wish someone had shared with me when I was just starting out… read more »

Listen Up Employers – This Is What Millennials Want From You

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I keep reading article after article with unsolicited advice to millennials – tips on how to succeed, tips on communications, tips on how to lead.  It got me wondering – what would millennials tell their employers if they had the chance? I informally polled some of the best and brightest millennials I know and here are the things they want their employers to know right now, including their real quotes as backup.

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How Technology Is Changing The Future of Work

16645379_827e14f0f4Just had the opportunity to provide my view on the the Future of Business when it comes to Human Potential. This blog is written by Lindsey LaManna and originally appeared on SAP Business Innovation.

The internet, social media and mobile technologies are igniting massive changes in business world. These transformations are defining the Future of Business and at the same time, defining the workplace of the future. read more »

Learning To “Lean In” After A Career Setback

SophiesArrival_0010Back in March of 2003, my career was in full swing. I was a business consultant for a top firm, traveling each week to my clients. The work was engaging – I was learning so much – and I was getting great feedback on my work from my clients and my managers. Oh, did I mention I was 8.5 months pregnant?

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What My 9-Year Old Can Teach You About Career Development

Last summer, my daughter and I attended “Take Your Child To Work Day” in my office. I’m very lucky – my company goes all out and makes the day really special for the kids with a full agenda from breakfast to an afternoon ice cream social. read more »

When Work Is No Longer Work

I’m going to let you in on a little secret … I stopped working this year.

Yes, I admit it. I haven’t been working. It’s not that I don’t have a job anymore. I do. In fact, I’m quite busy. But this job kind of feels like I’m doing something valuable- something ground-breaking, something – dare I say it – fun. read more »

Preparing for Social Media Success, Part 2

This blog originally appeard on ASUG Leadership 2.0.

Back in June, I wrote a blog on Prepare for Social Media Success and the importance of building your “social” brand.

In the post, I referenced a story about my very first tweet.  read more »