Category: Success

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 »

Welcome 2012 – Welcome Change

Coming into the 2nd work week of 2012, I feel refreshed and excited about the opportunities that lie ahead both personally and professionally.  One of my goals for the year is to write more so here I go. 

In reflecting on 2011, one thing stood out for me – many unexpected surprises- the biggest being a new baby in October.  During my maternity leave, I took some time to think about “change” and how it has been a driving force in both my personal and professional life. read more »

The Big 3 Lessons Learned from a Former Consultant

I often think fondly of my days as a consultant.  Yes, the schedule was tough, but it was great experience and a career path I always encourage recent grads to consider.  In a consulting role, you have the unique opportunity to face the most challenging problems.

You get to focus in (there are no personal distractions), help make a difference, resolve issues, and move on to the next challenge.  This can be taxing – but always rewarding.  You are constantly learning from both your project team and the client team alike.

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Trust Your People, People

I was in a meeting recently and had one of those “a-ha moments” a la Oprah Winfrey.

We were discussing a high visibility project with an ambitious deadline and at the end of the call, one of the executive sponsors of the project directly asked who was accountable for the project (Read – who’s responsible if it fails?) and then continued to the group: “Now- you have all that you need to move forward – I assume you will meet the deadline – and I expect that the results will be fantastic.” read more »