Category: Success

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »