Productivity Life Hacks For Work

14644698262_a5c82ef836_zLike many working parents, I sat in front of my computer last week distressed. Another snow day with four kids off from school. How would I get anything accomplished?

I thought I’d tap into my inner “productivity whiz” to make it through the day with a few more items crossed off my to-do list. read more »

Take the First Step Towards Job Satisfaction

2699933802_d1dd5414a3_zA few weeks ago I wrote a blog about some work resolutions everyone should take on in 2015, one of which is “find your passion.” The word “passion” gets a bad rap. It is said to be overused in in the workplace.  I get it – so instead of talking more about passion, I thought I’d share an example of how one person applied passion in their job successfully.

I talked to my friend and colleague Nicole McCabe, Senior Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion at SAP. read more »

3 Work Resolutions to Keep in 2015

5020840511_013bf66db9_zI admit it – I’m not a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions.  Usually because they involve limiting myself in some way that is supposed to make me “better.” For me, this approach only lasts a few weeks before I revert back to old behaviors.

This year I’m doing something different. I’m breaking my big, lofty resolutions into daily, weekly, and monthly mini-goals.  read more »

3 Reasons To Get Off The Career Ladder

380240868_17cacecd3e_zSeveral years ago, I made a pretty major career shift. I had been on an upward career track – each move promoted up a level and taking on more, steadily moving up the ladder.  But I found, the higher I rose within my team, the less I was learning. Even for the roles I hadn’t tried in our team, I felt I knew enough to take it on and easily be successful.

Although my reputation was solid, my peers respected me, and my stakeholders were happy, I was feeling stagnant and my work felt like “been there, done that.” read more »

Don’t Do This To Find A New Job

76842148_1d693d1f7d_zA few years back I received a connection request on LinkedIn from someone I did not know. I’m not a person who gets bothered by this or who turns down random connections. I see LinkedIn as a great tool to expand my network beyond those people I currently know. Some of my best networking and opportunities have come to me via LinkedIn. read more »

Five Step Formula To Take the Social Media Plunge

Diving BoardOne of my most favorite parts of my job is getting to work with senior executives interested in taking the plunge into social media. Usually they know they have to do something but don’t know where to start. I absolutely love this topic and helping folks slowly step into the scary social media universe. Let’s face it, it is scary. Nothing terrified me more than getting ready to hit send on my first tweet. But, we are really missing out if we jump in. There are things to learn, people to meet, and discussions to be had.

Here is the five step formula I use to help folks get started: read more »

Two Words I Banned This Year

2907434143_1037f2c742_zAt the beginning of our volleyball season this year, I went over the ground rules with the 5th and 6th grade girls that I coach.

 

The list included the standard ground rules like listening to the coach, supporting your teammates, and hustling at practice. But there was a new rule this year – one that the girls were surprised to hear – No one is allowed to say “I’m Sorry.” read more »

Four Things I’ve Learned From Coaching

coachYou could say I have a passion for coaching. I coach my daughter’s volleyball team, not only because I love the sport, but because I love helping others be successful. This follows me to the office too. Nothing gives me more satisfaction than seeing people grow and develop in their careers and realizing their potential. It gives me great joy to see mentees take on a new role or leaders building their social brands. Coaching fuels me.

The fringe benefit of coaching? The plethora of things I learn from those I coach and mentor – not only about business or sports – but about myself.

Here are a few of the I’ve learned over the years: read more »

The Best Advice I’ve Ever Received

3219004793_a0d5a6de82_zA few years back I was struggling. I had just been promoted to a management role and had several major decisions that needed to be made quickly. I was worried. These decisions would set the foundation for my success in my new role – and really “make it” or “break it” for me. read more »

Build Strong Stakeholder Relationships That Last

5072523945_249e20ca9e_z (2)Many of my roles through the years have involved being an advisor and partner to a senior stakeholder – especially during consulting engagements or when I was building their marketing strategy. This can be a tough job but is always so rewarding. I relish in supporting their success and the success of their team.

Sometimes the toughest part of this job is the relationship building. There are times when you get introduced to a stakeholder and you quickly need to move from a stranger to a trusted advisor.  read more »