Tag: leadership

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 »

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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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 »

Follow the Leader: Paving the Way for Success

I always say the single best quality of a good leader is someone who stands behind their employees – supporting and promoting their work, pushing them to do their best, and enabling their career growth.

Tom DelMonte became my manager about 4 years ago when he brought me on to his marketing team. Throughout our 3 year journey together, Tom always lived up to this quality. He had my back when I was on a crisis-prone project, he recognized my work and nominated me for awards, he provided me learning and growth opportunities, and he even helped pave the way for my current role leading a team. read more »

4 Leadership Lessons from TSW and SAPPHIRE NOW

I just wrapped up a whirlwind couple of weeks of travel that left me a little exhausted but extremely inspired by the great keynotes and great people I had a chance to hear and meet. I wanted to wrap up the 4 simple leadership lessons I heard in my travels:

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Taking the Training Wheels Off – What Grandpop Taught Me About Leadership

When I was a kid, my Grandpop would load me and my bike into the back of his green pickup and drive us to a nearby parking lot so I could practice riding without training wheels. My bike was the coolest – with the purple, sparkly banana seat and it was even cooler once the extra wheels came off. read more »

Leveraging Political Savvy for Success: WLF Event Wrap Up

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend a fantastic luncheon hosted by the Greater Philadelphia Women’s Leadership Forum (WLF), for which I volunteer. It was fantastic to network with the group of over 200 women from top companies in the Philadelphia region and to hear from dynamic and inspirational panelists on the topic of leveraging political savvy for success. read more »

The Social C-Level – Social Media Impact on Today’s Leaders

I vividly remember sitting in front of my computer a few years back – TweetDeck was up – my first tweet was in the “compose box” and I was getting ready to click send. I was nervous. What would people think, what would they say, what would be the impact? That first tweet was by far the hardest but once I got going it got easy and the power of social media was clear. I started having real conversations with real people – people I normally wouldn’t have access to. 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 »