Category: Success

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 »

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 »

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

This blog originally appeared on ASUG’s Leadership 2.0.

Perhaps my favorite moment at ASUG Annual Conference this year was when Olympic gold medalist and WNBA superstar Lisa Leslie shared the “7 Ps” that her mother instilled in her as a child – “Proper Prior Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance.” It was a humorous moment but also amazing to learn that this phrase stuck with Lisa all these years. Personally, I had never thought too much about the role “preparation” plays in our lives. read more »

Top 10 Tips for New Grads Entering the Business World

It’s that time of year – young men and women are graduating from college by the thousands and making the leap into the corporate world. For some of you, it’s a piece of cake – you’ve already spent time in various roles and internships and are comfortable in your new surroundings. For others out there, it’s a challenge. It’s a change in lifestyle (no more skipping classes or sleeping in!) and a change in culture (office politics!) and it’s not always easy to make this adjustment. read more »

How Do You Do It? Uncovering Your Work-Life Balance

Today I found myself answering the “how do you do it” question again. A colleague found out I have 4 young kids at home and couldn’t fathom that I work full-time and manage to have a happy family life. It got me thinking – I answer this question a lot – at least 3-4 times a week – at work, at the grocery store, at the dentist – you name it. People really want to know the magic trick to balancing work with life and I can understand why. read more »

Guilt, Guilt Go Away

After I had my first child, a new feeling boldly stole center stage in my life - guilt. As my maternity leave came to an end I was faced with the dreaded “return to work” day. How could I possibly choose to spend my days working instead of home with my beautiful child? I was a horrible person. Not to mention how utterly terrible I was for sending my daughter to daycare all day. I quickly became obsessed with the number of hours she spent outside of my care – if I drop her off at 8 and pick her up at 5 she is spending 9 hours at school. How selfish of me for wanting a career! read more »